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According to one legend, Kwan Yin, who is often referred to as the female Buddha, was a beautiful Indian princess who forsook marriage and the good life to live in a convent in order to become a truly enlightened human being, or bodhisattva.   Kwan Yin's name means "The one who hears the cries of the world.

Beautiful painting by Zeng Hao! Green Tara - originally a Hindu goddess and later adopted by some forms of Buddhism. She is known as the mother of liberation, a protectress, an obstacle remover, and an earth mother.

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I honor the place in you that is the same in me. I honor in you where the whole universe resides. I honor the place in you of love, of light, of peace and of truth. I honor the place in you that is the same in me. There is but one -- Namaste.

"In every moment we make a decision - whether conscious or unconscious. Will I chose to open my heart, send love, withhold judgment and thus free myself from fear? Or will I close my heart, project fear instead of extending love, judge others, and thus bind myself to fear? The choice is mine and mine alone." Marianne Williamson

Innocence by Virginia Peck, an amazing Boston-area artist. I have a reproduction of this painting in my dining room.

artemisdreaming: “. By your own efforts Waken yourself, watch yourself. And live joyfully. You are the master. ~Buddha ”

artemisdreaming: . By your own efforts Waken

The beautiful Jack Kornfield says.“You hold in your hand an invitation: to remember the transforming power of forgiveness and loving kindness. To remember that no matter where you are and what you face, within your heart peace is possible.

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