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The Buddhist “Middle Way” & Balance

“The Buddha said, ‘I’ve discovered a new way to go,
and it’s not the path of asceticism,
and it’s not the path of sensory indulgence.
It’s the Middle Way…everything needs to be balanced.”

— Mark Epstein, psychiatrist

“Fair goes the dancing when the Sitar is tuned.

Tune us the Sitar neither high nor low,
And we will dance away the hearts of men.

But the string too tight breaks, and the music dies.

The string too slack has no sound, and the music dies.

There is a middle way.

Tune us the Sitar neither low nor high.
And we will dance away the hearts of men.”

— An ancient song that inspired The Buddha

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Wisdoms on Nirvana

“There is no where else than here.

The only gate is now.

The only doorway is your own body and mind.

There’s nowhere to go…there’s nothing else to be.

There’s no destination.


It’s not something to aim for in the afterlife.

It’s simply the quality of this moment.

Just this…this room where (you) are.

Pay attention to that…

Pay attention.”

— Poets Jane Hirshfeld & W.S. Merwin