Thanks to Clive over at  for nominating me for the ‘Three Quotes for Three Days’ challenge.  I’ve decided to incorporate this into my Thursday blogs for the next few weeks, and so here’s the second quote below:

The rules of the challenge are:

  1. Three quotes for three days.
  2. Three nominees each day (no repetition).
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.
  4. Inform the nominees.

As I read my way through Douglas Abrams ‘The Book of Joy’ (conversations between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu), I find I identify with quite a few Buddhist teachings.  I’m going to quote a Tibetan Buddhist prayer that is often said before a meal:

‘I am viewing this meal as a medicine.  I shall enjoy it without greed or anger, not out of gluttony nor out of pride, not to fatten myself, but only to nourish my body.’

I find the book quite fascinating, and regarding the above quote, realise my non-religious parents unwittingly brought me up to follow some of the teachings.  For example, if I reached for the biscuit barrel as a child, I was not allowed to take any more than three biscuits.  If I asked for another piece of cake I was always told no, and that nobody needs two pieces of cake!  I accepted this fact, and although I haven’t eaten biscuits for years, the one piece of cake mantra still stands.  I was also informed that nobody needs a dinner consisting of three courses, and that we only really need two meals a day as we become older.

The Dalai Lama, now in his eighties, rises at 3am every day to do 5 hours of meditation, and then has breakfast and lunch only, before retiring to bed at 7pm.  I know I couldn’t even hope to follow such a strict regime.  However, I highly recommend The Book of Joy to all my friends out there in Cyberworld.  Give it a whirl – you will definitely learn a thing or two!

I’m going to nominate another 3 people whose quotes I’d be interested in reading:

Frank Parker:

Chris, the Story Reading Ape:

Don Massenzio: