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"May I perfect the sublime virtue of generosity, which liberates and releases craving, grasping, and attachment, and brings joyous contentment."
-  Lama Surya Das, Buddha is as Buddha Does, p. 21


"One must care about a world one will never see."
-  Bertrand Russell  


"He who shares the joy in what he's grown, Spreads joy abroad and doubles his own."
-  Author unknown  


"The sage accumulates nothing,
but the more he does for others
the greater his existence;
the more he gives to others,
the greater his abundance."
-  Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter
   Translated by Red Pine 


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"You don't have a garden just for yourself.  You have it to share."
-  Augusta Carter  


"The best things that can come out of the garden are gifts for other people."
-  Jamie Jobb  


"Things were not tragic for us then, because although we cared passionately we didn't care deeply."
-  Vita Sackville-West, Autobiography, 1920


"What would become of the garden if the gardener treated all the weeds and slugs and birds and trespassers as he would like to be treated, if he were in their place."
-  Thomas Henry Huxley  


"We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers."
-  Seneca  


"The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow."  


"The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm."
-  Swedish proverb  


"Those that are wasters and willful spoilers of trees and plants, without just reason to do so, have seldom prospered in this world."
-  Moses Cook  


"Humane men are concerned about providing benefits to the world and eliminating its calamities. . . . When we come to ask about the causes of the calamities (war, poverty, etc.) that people suffer, from what do these calamities arise?  Do they arise from people loving others and benefiting others?  Certainly not.  We should say that they arise from people hating and injuring others.  If we should classify one by one all those who hate and injure others, will we find that they are partial or universal in their love?  Certainly, we'll find them partial in their love.  Therefore, partial love is the cause of all the human calamities in the world.  Partial love is wrong."
-  Mo Tzu, circa 300 BCE


"A kind word is like a spring day."
-  Russian proverb  



The Art of Happiness by the Dali Lama, 2009. 
Heart of Yoga: The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism by Karuna Erickson and Andrew Harvey, 2010. 
Loving Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg, 2003.  

The Ten Paramitas: Transformational Practices for Realizing an Enlightened Heart-Mind

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp, 2011.
A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield, 1993. 




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"As the biocentric view suggests, the garden prospers when control is balanced by equal measures of humility and benevolence.  A balance is struck.  Control, servitude, respect, imagination, pragmatism, an ecological conscience, compliance, and a certain measure of mysticism and altruism, all meld together to provide nurturance."
-  Jim Nollman, Why We Garden, The Sentient Garden  


"Hospitality is a form of worship."
-  The Talmud 


"Kind hearts are the garden,
kind thoughts are the root,
kind words are the blossoms,
kind deeds are the fruit."  


"Carrying capacity  ...   Caring Capacity."
-  Marlene Mountain,
nature talks back  


"A person who cares about the earth will resonate with its purity."
-  Sally Fox  


"Gardening helps us to carefully attend to the close at hand.  
The best thing that grows in the garden is a careful gardener. 
Your rich, famous, and handsome; and, your garden doesn't care. 
Gardens are not inherently meaningful in many ways; but, making a garden and caring
     for it creates meaningfulness.  
If you plant it, they will come."  

-   Michael P. Garofalo,
Pulling Onions  


"In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November."
-  Rose G. Kingsley, The Autumn Garden, 1905  


"Chance was to work in the garden, where he would care for plants and grasses and trees which grew there peacefully.  He would be as one on them: quiet, open hearted in the sunshine and heavy when it rained." 
-  Jerzy Kozinski   




Buddha Is as Buddha Does: The Ten Original Practices for Enlightened Living, by  By Lama Surya Das, 2007.  

Living Kindness: The Buddha's Ten Guiding Principles for a Blessed Life, by Donald Altman, 2009.   

The Practice of Perfection: The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective, by Robert Aitken, 1997. 

The Ten Paramitas: Transformational Practices for Realizing an Enlightened Heart-Mind

The Six Perfections: Buddhism and the Cultivation of Character, by Dale S. Wright, 2009.  

The Six Perfections, by Geshe Sonam Rinchen, 1998. 

The Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva, 8th Century CE.







"You're giving a part of yourself when you grow a plant and give it to somebody else."
-  Art Scarpa 


"A profusion of pink roses being ragged in the rain speaks to me of all gentleness and its enduring."
-  William Carlos Williams  


"A garden is a grand teacher.  It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust."
-  Gertrude Jekyll  



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