19 December, 2014

Dhammapada


“You should do the work yourself, 
for Buddhas only teach the way.” 

Dhammapada

18 December, 2014

Craving...


“Encircled with craving, people hop 'round & around like a rabbit caught in a snare. Tied with fetters & bonds they go on to suffering, again & again, for long. Encircled with craving, people hop 'round & around like a rabbit caught in a snare. So a monk should dispel craving, should aspire to dispassion for himself.” 

Dhammapada
translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.


17 December, 2014

On Duality...


“What is meant by nonduality, Mahatmi? It means that light and shade, long and short, black and white, can only be experienced in relation to each other; light is not independent of shade, nor black of white. There are no opposites, only relationships. In the same way, nirvana and the ordinary world of suffering are not two things but related to each other. There is no nirvana except where the world of suffering is; there is no world of suffering apart from nirvana. For existence is not mutually exclusive.”

Lankavatara Sutra

16 December, 2014

Awaken...


“The dharma that is taught and the dharma
that is experienced are descriptions of
how to live, how to use your life to wake 
you up rather than put you to sleep. ” 

Pema Chödrön
"Wisdom of No Escape"

15 December, 2014

On Liberation...


“Liberation cannot be achieved except through perceiving the identity of the individual spirit with the Universal Spirit. Atman and Brahman are identical. Their essence is pure Consciousness.”

Sankara

13 December, 2014

Water of Being....


“Listen to the sound of water. Listen to the water running through chasms and rocks. It is the minor streams that make a loud noise; the great waters flow silently. The hollow resounds and the full is still. Foolishness is like a half-filled pot; the wise man is a lake full of water.”

Sutta Nipata

12 December, 2014

Conscience...


“The ultimate test of a man’s conscience may be his 
willingness to sacrifice something today for future 
generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.” 

G. Nelson

11 December, 2014

Koan...


“Birth is an expression complete this moment. Death is an expression complete this moment. They are like winter and spring. You do not call winter the beginning of spring, nor summer the end of spring.”

Genjo Koan

10 December, 2014

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu...

 

“In Buddhism, the essential meaning of the word "study" is the unceasing, dedicated observation and investigation of whatever arises in the mind, be it pleasant or unpleasant. Only those familiar with the observation of the mind can really understand Dharma.”

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
"Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree"

09 December, 2014

On Grasping...


“A student asked: "For all the different people who have come to listen to your words, please tell us about the way you have found and known." The Buddha answered: "When you take things it is because of a thirst, a clinging, and a grasping. You should lose that and lose it altogether, above, below, around, and within. It makes no difference what it is you are grasping. When you grasp, you are losing your freedom. Realize this and grasp at nothing. Then you will cease being a creature of attachment, tied to the powers of death."”

Sutta Nipata

08 December, 2014

Angels...


“Never give up, never despair! Your angel is 
always close by, 
willing to gently place its hand 
under your elbow and lead you forward.” 

Margaret Neylon

05 December, 2014

Self control...


“You can’t ever get everything you want. It is impossible. Luckily, there is another option: You can learn to control your mind, to step outside of this endless cycle of desire and aversion. You can learn not to want what you want, to recognize desires but not be controlled by them.”

Bhanta Henepola Gunaratana
"Mindfulness in Plain English"

03 December, 2014

The joy of silence...


“When a man knows the solitude of silence, 
and feels the joy of quietness, he is then 
free from fear and he feels the joy 
of the dharma. ” 

Buddha

On ego and love...


“What is commonly called "falling in love" is in most cases an intensification of egoic wanting and needing. You become addicted to another person, or rather to your image of that person. It has nothing to do with true love, which contains no wanting whatsoever.”

Eckhart Tolle

02 December, 2014

The foundations...


“Such human qualities as morality, compassion, decency, wisdom and so forth have been the foundations of all civilizations. These qualities must be cultivated and sustained through systematic moral education in a conductive social environment, so that a more humane world may emerge.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

01 December, 2014

On success...


“The first and most important step toward 
success is the feeling that we can succeed.” 

Nelson Boswell

28 November, 2014

Tao...


“The Tao does not act
yet it is the root of all action.
The Tao does not move
yet it is the source of all creation.”

27 November, 2014

Angels & Rainbows


“Hey, angel," Amarante called out in his dream. 
"What's a rainbow doing over our 
 on a sunny day like today?” 

John Nichols,
"The Milagro Beanfield War"