1. "

    There is a story I would like to tell you about a woman who practices the invocation of the Buddha Amitabha’s name. She is very tough, and she practices the invocation three times daily, using a wooden drum and a bell, reciting, “Namo Amitabha Buddha” for one hour each time. When she arrives at one thousand times, she invites the bell to sound. (In Vietnamese, we don’t say “strike” or “hit” a bell.) Although she has been doing this for ten years, her personality has not changed. She is still quite mean, shouting at people all the time.

    A friend wanted to teach her a lesson, so one afternoon when she had just lit the incense, invited the bell to sound three times, and was beginning to recite “Namo Amitabha Buddha,” he came to her door, and said, “Mrs. Nguyen, Mrs. Nguyen!” She found it very annoying because this was her time of practice, but he just stood at the front gate shouting her name. She said to herself, “I have to struggle against my anger, so I will ignore that,” and she went on, “Namo Amitabha Buddha, Namo Amitabha Buddha.”

    The gentleman continued to shout her name, and her anger became more and more oppressive. She struggled against it, wondering, “Should I stop my recitation and go and give him a piece of my mind?” But she continued chanting, and she struggled very hard. Fire mounted in her, but she still tried to chant “Namo Amitabha Buddha.” The gentleman knew it, and he continued to shout, “Mrs. Nguyen! Mrs. Nguyen!”

    She could not bear it any longer. She threw away the bell and the drum. She slammed the door, went out to the gate and said, “Why, why do you behave like that? Why do you call my name hundreds of times like that?” The gentleman smiled at her and said, “I just called your name for ten minutes, and you are so angry. You have been calling the Buddha’s name for ten years. Think how angry he must be!

  2. (Source: canyildizz, via veganismislove)

  3. Tony Porter: A Call To Men
    "Tony is the original visionary and co-founder behind A CALL TO MEN: The National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence Against Women. He is the author of "Well Meaning Men...Breaking Out of the Man Box - Ending Violence Against Women" and the visionary for the book, NFL Dads Dedicated to Daughters.

    Tony's message of accountability is welcome and supported by many grassroots and established organizations. He’s currently working with numerous domestic and sexual violence programs, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, colleges and universities around the country. He has worked with the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.

    Tony is an international lecturer for the U.S. State Department having worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, United Kingdom and Brazil. In addition, he has been a guest presenter for the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women and has been a script consultant for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." - (x)

    (Source: exgynocraticgrrl, via amazelife)


  4. triniwindowseat:

    Take small good things and magnify it. When someone smiles at you hold on to that. Ignore insult. Ignore anger. Ignore rudeness. Take sun and light and water from people and leave the trash. You have enough trash of your own. You don’t need anyone else’s.

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  6. "

    When you are 13 years old,
    the heat will be turned up too high
    and the stars will not be in your favor.
    You will hide behind a bookcase
    with your family and everything left behind.
    You will pour an ocean into a diary.
    When they find you, you will be nothing
    but a spark above a burning bush,
    still, tell them
    Despite everything, I really believe people are good at heart.

    When you are 14,
    a voice will call you to greatness.
    When the doubters call you crazy, do not listen.
    They don’t know the sound
    of their own God’s whisper. Use your armor,
    use your sword, use your two good hands.
    Do not let their doubting
    drown out the sound of your own heartbeat.
    You are the Maid of Untamed Patriotism.
    Born to lead armies into victory and unite a nation
    like a broken heart.

    When you are 15, you will be punished
    for learning too proudly. A man
    will climb onto your school bus and insist
    your sisters name you enemy.
    When you do not hide,
    he will point his gun at your temple
    and fire three times. Three years later,
    in an ocean of words, with no apologies,
    you will stand before the leaders of the world
    and tell them your country is burning.

    When you are 16 years old,
    you will invent science fiction.
    The story of a man named Frankenstein
    and his creation. Soon after you will learn
    that little girls with big ideas are more terrifying
    than monsters, but don’t worry.
    You will be remembered long after
    they have put down their torches.

    When you are 17 years old,
    you will strike out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
    one right after the other.
    Men will be afraid of the lightening
    in your fingertips. A few days later
    you will be fired from the major leagues
    because “Girls are too delicate to play baseball”

    You will turn 18 with a baby on your back
    leading Lewis and Clark
    across North America.

    You will turn 18 
    and become queen of the Nile.

    You will turn 18 
    and bring justice to journalism.

    You are now 18, standing on the precipice,
    trembling before your own greatness.

    This is your call to leap.

    There will always being those
    who say you are too young and delicate
    to make anything happen for yourself.
    They don’t see the part of you that smolders.
    Don’t let their doubting drown out the sound
    of your own heartbeat.

    You are the first drop of a hurricane.
    Your bravery builds beyond you. You are needed
    by all the little girls still living in secret,
    writing oceans made of monsters and
    throwing like lightening.

    You don’t need to grow up to find greatness.
    You are stronger than the world has ever believed you to be.
    The world laid out before you to set on fire.
    All you have to do
    is burn.

  7. Me, my selfies and I 

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  8. …because I live where you vacation 


  10. "A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage."
    — Sydney Smith (via maxkirin)
  11. glacee:




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  13. thefeministpress:

    Part II in our Feminism 101 Booklist series, here is a list of literature by ladies that shakes the boundaries of old-white-dude academia. All books are linked to their publisher’s purchase page, not Amazon. Most are published by independent presses.


  14. "Because this is my life. And that’s the only explanation you will ever need."
    — (via hefuckin)s3 (via quirkyvirgin)

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  15. humansofnewyork:

    “They are taking control of the water supply. They are breaking dams, and flooding crops, and destroying the food supply of an entire country. They are forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes. It seems that there is a hand behind all of this. They are very calculating. They are making their moves very carefully to destroy the human soul. They want to rob an entire people of food and water and homes, as if to wipe them from the pages of history. And when they take the homes from these people, the children have no place to play. The children have no place to be young. No physical space, and no emotional space. They have no place to be a child, so their only frame of reference is war and fighting. And when that’s all they know, how can they grow up to be doctors and teachers? All they can possibly know is the desire for revenge and hatred for their enemies. I wish people would understand that Iraq is filled with intelligent, civilized people. This was the cradle of civilization in the Ancient World. Even the Garden of Eden was here. These aren’t dust covered, nameless refugees being forced from their homes. The refugee camps are filled with architects, and musicians, and teachers.”