- Even the buddha does not want anyone to follow him. Even the greatest masters cannot give you a single commandment. They see you so uniquely you, they see your freedom to be so uniquely for you. Osho
- You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
- My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama
- Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.
- Looking deeply at life as it is in this very moment, the meditator dwells in stability and freedom.
- In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi (wisdomquotes.com)
- “The only path wide for us all is love.”
- “Nhiều học giả đã làm cho giáo pháp của Bụt trở nên phức tạp và khó hiểu. Nhưng những gì Bụt dạy thì rất đơn giản và không kẹt vào ngôn từ.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
- “Equanimity embraces the loved and the unloved, the agreeable and the disagreeable, the pleasure and pain. It eliminates clinging and aversion.”
Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are
- As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.
- “Jesus recognized that God within him and became Christ – so did Siddhartha Gautama and became Buddha – so did I – and so can you.”
Neurons of Jesus: Mind of A Teacher, Spouse & Thinker
- Long is the night to him who is awake; long is a mile to him who is tired; long is life to the foolish who do not know the true law.
- It is in the nature of things that joy arises in a person free from remorse.
- “Love one another.” If we took those simple words to heart, we’d already be the Buddhas Jesus wanted us to be.”
Kathleen Dowling Singh,
The Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older
- “Ah Buddha, you boastful charlatan. You may have learned nothing after 6 years of suffering, but then what of 7 years? What of 17? What might you have learned from a lifetime of pain? […] From what I can tell, the wisest man in all these scriptures was the first person Buddha ever tried to teach – an Ajivika named Upaka. Buddha bragged to him of how he achieved nirvana, to which Upaka simply replied: “That may be so,” and walked away.”
Citations: A Brief Anthology
- Know from the rivers in clefts and in crevices: those in small channels flow noisily, the great flow silent. Whatever’s not full makes noise. Whatever is full is quiet.
- “13. A Buddha In Tokyo in th Meiji era there lived two prominent teachers of opposite characteristics. One, Unsho, an instructor in Shingon, kept Buddha’s precepts scrupulously. He never drank intoxicants, nor did he eat after eleven o’clock in the morning. The other teacher, Tanzan, a professor of philosophy at the Imperial University, never observed the precepts. When he felt like eating he ate, and when he felt like sleeping in the daytime he slept. One da Unsho visited Tanzan, who was drinking wine at the time, not even a drop of which is supposed to touch the tongue of a Buddhist. “Hello, brother,” Tanzan greeted him. “Won’t you have a drink?” “I never drink!” exclaimed Unsho solemnly. “One who never drinks is not even human,” said Tanzan. “Do you mean to call me inhuman just because I do not indulge in intoxicating liquids!” exclaimed Unsho in anger. “Then if I am not human, wht am I?” “A Buddha,” answered Tanzan.”
Nyogen Senzaki and Paul Reps
- Irrigators channel waters; fletchers straighten arrows; carpenters bend wood; the wise master themselves.
- Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.
- “The great bliss state is the state of reality – where we actually are, right here and now. It is not some elaborate place far away from where we are. The wonderful thing about the Buddha‘s revelation, the Buddha‘s insight, is that this reality itself is the great bliss state, that which he first called „Nirvana“, the extinction of all suffering, which he came to describe as „bliss void indivisible.“ The extinction of suffering and the achievement of perfect happiness and the reality of perfect happiness is the reality of our world. This was the Buddha‘s good news. This is what he realized under the bodhi tree, where he first became enlightened. The bodhi tree was the original wish-granting gem tree. To find happiness or peace or enlightenment, we do not have to create some artificial world, a world apart from this world. We have to understand the nature of this world. And the nature of this world, when we do understand it, is revealed to us through our understanding, not from some other person just showing us something. Our own understanding reveals the nature of the world to us as the great bliss state of emptiness and openness. The nature of this world is superbliss, intertwined and indivisible.”
Robert A.F. Thurman,
The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The Enlightenment Engine of Tibetan Buddhism
- “Covered by the web of disturbing emotions,One is a sentient being.Freed from disturbing emotions,One is called a buddha.– Nagarjuna”
Tsele Natsok Rangdrol,
Lamp of Mahamudra
- Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.
- The mind’s capacity is limitless, and its manifestations are inexhaustible. Seeing forms with your eyes, hearing sounds with your ears, smelling odors with your nose, tasting flavors with your tongue, every movement or state is all your mind. Bodhidharma
- “As I started going deeper into meditation, I realised that its silence is more melodious than all the songs of the world.”
Shivanshu K. Srivastava
- Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.
- As long as you look for a Buddha somewhere else, you’ll never see that your own mind is the Buddha. Bodhidharma
- “A Buddha doesn’t observe precepts. A Buddha doesn’t do good or evil. A Buddha isn’t energetic or lazy. A Buddha is someone who does nothing, someone who can’t even focus his mind on a Buddha. A Buddha isn’t a Buddha. Don’t think about Buddhas.”
The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma
- Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind that prevents evil from arising in either. Bodhidharma
- “The Buddha lived close to nature and anymals, and exemplified compassion. Buddhist practice is rooted in ahimsa, metta, and karuna, and the first Buddhist precept prohibits killing. Buddhist philosophy teaches that harming other living beings is inimical to the spiritual life because we cannot avoid harming our own future through acts of cruelty due to reincarnation and karma. Buddhist philosophy also teaches that there is no independent self; we are part of an interconnected and interdependent universe. Anymals are inherently worthy of our respect and care; in light of years of reincarnation, they are our loved ones. Buddhist morality and practice requires human beings to actively strive to help anymals, and to fearlessly protect every sentient and suffering being.”
Animals and World Religions
- Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu (wisdomquotes.com)