The Blessed One said:
“It’s because of not understanding and not penetrating four things that we have wandered & transmigrated on such a long, long time, you & I. Which four?
“It’s because of not understanding and not penetrating noble virtue that we have wandered & transmigrated on such a long, long time, you & I.
“It’s because of not…[Read more]
“The soul, O lord, [is of what] shape?”
And Adda answered them, “The soul is similar to the body, which is divided into five limbs: one head, two arms, and two feet.
The soul [is] just like that: [life] counts as the first member of the soul, the power [counts] as the second member, the light is counted as the third member, beauty is count…[Read more]
“These are the five facts that one should reflect on often, whether one is a woman or a man, lay or ordained.
“Now, for what compelling reason should one often reflect… that ‘I am subject to aging, have not gone beyond aging’?
There are beings who are intoxicated with a [typical] youth’s intoxicatio…[Read more]
Now what disintegrates?
The eye disintegrates.
Consciousness at the eye disintegrates.
Contact at the eye disintegrates.
And whatever there is that arises in dependence on contact at the eye—experienced as pleasure, pain, or neither-pleasure-nor-pain—that too disintegrates.
The ear disintegrates.
Sounds dis…[Read more]
The highest good is not to seek to do good,
but to allow yourself to become it.
The ordinary person seeks to do good things,
and finds that they cannot do them continually.
The Master does not force virtue on others,
thus she is able to accomplish her task.
The ordinary person who uses force,
will find that they accomplish nothing.
With his mind thus concentrated, purified, and bright, unblemished, free from defects, pliant, malleable, steady, and attained to imperturbability, he directs and inclines it to knowledge and vision.
He discerns: ‘This body of mine is endowed with form, composed of the four primary elements, born from mother and father, nourished with rice and…[Read more]
“One should not honour only one’s religion and condemn the religion of others, but one should honour others’ religion for this or that reason.
In so doing, one helps one’s own religion to grow and renders service to the religions of others too.
In acting otherwise, one digs the grave of one’s own religion and also does harm to other religions…[Read more]
When the mind was thus concentrated… & attained to imperturbability, I directed it to the knowledge of the passing away & reappearance of beings.
I saw by means of the divine eye, purified & surpassing the human — beings passing away & re-appearing, and I discerned how they are inferior & superior, beautiful & ugly, fortunate & unfortunate i…[Read more]
The Blessed One: “What do you think, What is a mirror for?”
Rahula: “For reflection, sir.”
The Blessed One : “In the same way, Rahula, bodily acts, verbal acts, & mental acts are to be done with repeated reflection.
We already have perfect compassion, perfect wisdom, perfect joy.
We only need to settle our minds so they can arise from deep within us.
○● Lord Gautama Buddha
The distinguishing of an ego entity is erroneous.
The distinguishing of a personality, or a being, or a separated individuality is erroneous.
Consequently those who have left behind every phenomenal distinction are called Buddhas all.
○● The Diamond Sutra
So you should view this fleeting world.
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,
A flash of lightening in a summer cloud.
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.
○● The Diamond Sutra
Just as water cools both good and bad and washes away all impurity and dust.
In the same way you should develop thoughts of love for friend and foe alike.
And having reached perfection in love, you will attain enlightenment.
Will all be bound By binding my mind alone,
And all will be subdued By subduing my mind alone.
The Perfect Teacher himself has shown
That in this way all fears As well as all boundless miseries Originate from the mind.
Who intentionally created All the weapons for those in hell?
Who created the burning iron ground?
From where did all the…[Read more]
He who sees the truth sees me.
The teachings and the discipline which I have given you will be your teacher.”
○● Shakymuni Buddha
(The Discourse on the Great Decease, 2:154)
Once mortals see their nature, all attachments end.
Awareness isn’t hidden.
But you can only find it right now.
It’s only now. If you really want to find the Way, don’t hold on to anything.
Once you put an end to karma and nurture your awareness, any attach-ments that remain will come to an end.
Understanding comes naturally.
You don’t…[Read more]
Four things shine in the world.
A fifth you will not find.
By day the sun shines and by night the moon.
Fire gives light both day and night.
Both here and there.
But of all things that shine.
A Buddha is the best.
○● Shakymuni BuddhaFour things shine in the world.
A fifth you will not find.
By day the sun shines and by night the moo…[Read more]
What you sow. So shall you reap.
This Law is Eternal and True:
As Angulimala has said:
“There is karma.
Everything I give returns.
Everything I send forth comes back.
It will be foolish of me then to send evil forth; to send forth pain, for these will return.
Knowing these, I cannot harm any”.
If wise people, knowing the right time, want to speak, then, words connected with justice, following the ways of the noble ones:
That’s what the enlightened ones speak, without anger or arrogance, with a mind not boiling over, without vehemence, without spite.
Without envy they speak from right knowledge.
They would delight in what’s well-said…[Read more]
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