- Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.
- “Be kind. It will reveal your true inner beauty.”
- If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.
- Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. (See also: 10 Tips to Start Living in the Present, becomingminimalist.com)
- “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
- Those who cling to perceptions and views wander the world offending people.
- One is not called noble who harms living beings. By not harming living beings one is called noble.
- To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss. Bodhidharma
- The instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
- “This moment is the most important and beautiful moment of your life. Live it, love it, and enjoy it!”
- Live every act fully, as if it were your last.
- “I once found an ego, crawling around and trying to shine on me. I took it in my arms and the ego turned itself into a virus. First it took over my mind, then my heart, and finally attempted to destroy my soul by corrupting me with fear and guilt. Therefore, with as much energy as I could gather, I trapped the ego within my anger and pulled it out of me. Once on the floor, the ego begged me for mercy and compassion, promising to give me joy in return. I allowed it once again into my life, and again, it tried to hurt me once more, this time with abandonment. So I unveiled the ego for what it truly was, and that was resentment filled with desire for power, a power the ego was feeding from me, from my compassion and willingness. Now unprotected by deceit, the ego shown itself weak and scared. In panic, it run from me, boasting a delusional victory. And when it looked back, searching for another chance, I stepped on it. But believe me, it hurt me far much more than it hurt the ego.”
- “The Buddha may have been the Beethoven of his psychological state, but Beethoven got to where he was gradually, and still fell somewhere on the endless continuum of musical mastery by the end of his life.”
Designing the Mind,
Designing the Mind: The Principles of Psychitecture
- Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
- Everything in moderation, including moderation. Buddhist saying
- “There has been more bloodshed in the name of God than for any other cause. And it is all because people never attempt to reach the fountain-head. They are content only to comply with the customs of their forefathers and instructions on some books, and want others to do the same. But, to explain God after merely reading the scriptures is like explaining the city of New York after seeing it only in a map.”
Love, God & Neurons: Memoir of a scientist who found himself by getting lost
- The teachings of the Buddha tells you clearly and plainly to make this the most magnificent and wonderful moment of your life. You can train yourself to be free from worries and preoccupations about the past and the future. Thich Nhat Hanh
- Without health life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering – an image of death.
- To awaken suddenly to the fact that your own Mind is the Buddha, that there is nothing to be attained or a single action to be performed. This is the Supreme Way. Huang Po
- “Some people simply bury their heads in the sand and refuse to think about the sorrow of the world, but this is an unwise course, because, if we are entirely unprepared, the tragedy of life can be devastating.”
- “The Four Noble Truths are pragmatic rather than dogmatic. They suggest a course of action to be followed rather than a set of dogmas to be believed. The four truths are prescriptions for behavior rather than descriptions of reality. The Buddha compares himself to a doctor who offers a course of therapeutic treatment to heal one’s ills. To embark on such a therapy is not designed to bring one any closer to ‘the Truth’ but to enable one’s life to flourish here and now, hopefully leaving a legacy that will continue to have beneficial repercussions after one’s death. (154)”
Confession of a Buddhist Atheist
- “Consider the sunlight. You may see it is near, yet if you follow it from world to world you will never catch it in your hands. Then you may describe it as far away and, lo, you will see it just before your eyes. Follow it and, behold, it escapes you; run from it and it follows you close. You can neither possess it nor have done with it. From this example you can understand how it is with the true Nature of all things and, henceforth, there will be no need to grieve or to worry about such things.”
The Zen Teaching of Huang Po: On the Transmission of Mind
- “In this present life, you can experience your enlightened essence, and if you do that, you can, before passing away, attain the perfectly and fully awakened state of a buddha.”
Repeating the Words of the Buddha
- A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise. Buddha
- Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.
- Be a lamp for yourselves. Be your own refuge. Seek for no other. All things must pass. Strive on diligently. Don’t give up.
- The one who has conquered himself is a far greater hero than he who has defeated a thousand times a thousand men.
- People with opinions just go around bothering each other.
- Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else. Shunryu Suzuki
- “In the book of Job, the Lord demands, “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?”“I was there!”-surely that is the answer to God’s question. For no matter how the universe came into being, most of the atoms in these fleeting assemblies that we think of as our bodies have been in existence since the beginning. Each breath we take contains hundreds of thousands of the inert, pervasive argon atoms that were actually breathed in his lifetime by the Buddha, and indeed contain parts of all the ‘snorts, sighs, bellows, shrieks” of all creatures that ever existed or will exist. These atoms flow backward and forward in such useful but artificial constructs as time and space, in the same universal rhythms, universal breath as the tides and stars, joining both the living and the dead in that energy which animates the universe.”
The Snow Leopard