List of Buddhist Meditation Quotes
from various Buddhist traditions
- "When a sense of hunger, loneliness, dissatisfaction and craving comes, don’t blame it on others, or on circumstances. Instead, stop and look within. Know it is the monkey mind that is robbing you of the joy and fulfillment that is your natural birthright.
- How To Feed The Hungry Heart by Dr. Brenda Shoshanna
- "in the beginning of practice, we focus primarily on learning the form of meditation. we learn how to work with our bodies so that we can sit comfortably in zazen with good posture and natural breathing, and we learn how to work with our minds so that we can focus our attention. at some point we experience an opening to our true nature. we call that first experience of nonduality 'the shift' because it is a shift from our usual way of perceiving reality. suddenly, instead of perceiving only the apparent reality, what appears to be so, we have a direct experience of the absolute reality that underlies and pervades all things, including the self. once we have glimpsed the absolute, the self never again seems so solid or permanent. our usual way of perceiving the self and the world has been cut through, even if only for an instant, and it becomes easier to remember that duality is just one side of reality."
- Genpo Roshi, the path of being human
- " Shunyata simply means emptiness, nothingness.....Shunyata, or emptiness, is empty of subject-object relationship. Nonexistent subject, nonexistent object. Perceiver and perceptions do not exist. As far as the groundwork is concerned, there is no definite ground. As long as there is definite ground on the spiritual quest, it becomes a struggle, a deliberate attitude of achievement. And once we begin to be aware of our process of searching as an ambitious struggle, that struggle automatically becomes a formulated struggle, a struggle with ideas, a struggle with theology, concept, which is perpetually creating samsaric mind rather than the spiritual path. The spiritual path becomes religion from that point of view, pejoratively speaking. So the shunyata experience seems to be that which frees us from religiosity and lead us to true spirituality."
- Chogyam Trungpa, From "Ground," in GLIMPSES OF SHUNYATA
- Follow the truth of the way.
Reflect on it. Make it your own.
It will always sustain you.
Do not turn away what is given you,
Nor reach out for what is given to others,
Lest you disturb your quietness.
- The Dhammapada
- Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with a polluted mind, suffering will follow you, as the wheels of the oxcart follow the footsteps of the ox. Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with a pure mind, happiness will follow you, as a shadow clings to a form.
- The Buddha
- "we practice meditation in order to see ourselves as we truly are and life as it truly is. when we are suffering, we can look inside to find the cause - always some form of clinging. by noticing how quickly we attach to new ideas and perspectives, we can begin to unlearn the habit. one trick is to watch for moments when we feel the need to defend ourselves or our point of view. defensiveness is always a red flag; it shows that we have once again become stuck in a point of view. we are pretending to be solid, and we want everyone else to go along with it. with a little honesty and effort, we can determine where we are stuck and then choose to let go. gradually we become more flexible, finding it easier to let go of our perspectives. we take this 'me' less seriously, appreciating instead our dynamic and unfixed true nature.
with practice, we begin to see the world from the perspective of BIG MIND, which can see all perspectives but clings to none. we learn that it is possible to return to the view of BIG MIND whenever we've become stuck. it's easiest to assume that we're stuck somewhere; we only have to figure out where and then let go. liberation from the self is living each day without a place to stand or ideas about who we are. that's when we can dance with life."
- Genpo Roshi, the path of the human being
- More quotations from the Buddhist tradition:
- Buddhist Quotes - Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes - Quotes on Attachment and Love
- See also: Mindfulness meditation and Mindfulness meditation books