List of Buddhist
quotes from various traditions
the student is ready, the Master appears.
- 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.
always that you are just a visitor here, a traveler passing through.
Your stay is but short and the moment of your departure unknown. None
can live without toil and a craft that provides your needs is a
blessing indeed. But if you toil without rest, fatigue and weariness
will overtake you and you will be denied the joy that comes from
labour┤s end. Speak quietly and kindly and be nor forward
opinions or advice If you talk much this will make you deaf to what
others say and you should know that there are few so wise that they can
not learn from others Be near when help is needed but far when praise
and thanks are being offered. Take small account of might , wealth and
fame, for they soon pass and are forgotten. Instead nurture love
within you and strive to be a friend to all. Truly compassion is a balm
for many wounds. Treasure silence when you find it and while being
mindful of your duties set time aside to be alone with yourself. Cast
off pretence and self-deception and see yourself as you really are.
Despite all appearance no one is really evil. They are led astray by
ignorance. If you ponder this truth always you will offer more light
rather than blame and condemnation. You, no less than all beings, have
Buddha Nature within. your essential mind is pure. Therefore when
defilement causes you to stumble and fall, let not remorse nor dark
fore-Bonding cast you down. Be of good cheer and with this
understanding, summon strength and walk on. Faith is like a lamp and
wisdom it is that makes the flame burn bright. Carry this lamp always
and in good time the darkness will yield and you will abide in light.
teacher, or the spiritual friend, enters your system much as medicine
is injected into your veins. According to the tradition, this is known
as planting the heart of enlightenment in your heart. It is
transplanting the full moon into your heart. Can you imagine
full moon coming through your living room window and coming closer and
suddenly entering your heart? On the one hand, unless you are terribly
resentful, usually it is a tremendous relief: "Phew. The full moon has
entered my heart." That's great, wonderful. On the other hand, however,
when that particular full moon has entered into your heart, when it's
transplanted into your heart, you might have a little panic. "Good
heavens, what have I done? There's a moon in my heart. What am I
going to do with it? It's too shiny!" By the way, once that moon has
entered your heart, it cannot be a waning moon. It never wanes. It is
not necessary to try to become your true self. you can't be anything
else. it's impossible to be other than what we truly are - and what we
are changes moment to moment. but because our tendency to grasp is so
strong, it may take us some time to learn to trust and relax into our
unfixed nature. ego wants to be substantial and special, and it will
try to possess each new realization and insight. when ego grasps at the
gains we've made, we will suffer the consequences. most of us fall into
this trap many times before finally seeing that grasping is futile and
admitting to ourselves, 'ah, maybe i really am zero, nothing special!'
we make practice our life, we can expect to encounter many traps and
sticking places. yet we can make this an honorable part of our practice
by remaining watchful and letting go each time we become stuck. by
returning to zero again and again, we gradually close the gap and
actualize our unfathomable true nature."
Roshi, the path of the human being
is to become:
but the world has committed itself to being, delights only in being;
yet wherein it delights brings fear, and what it fears is pain. Now
this Life Divine is lived to abandon pain.
is it Master
Gotama, is suffering of one's own making?"
"Do not put it like
"Then is suffering of another's making?"
not put it like that, Kassapa"
"Then is suffering both of
one's own and another's making?"
"Do not put it like that,
"Then is suffering neither of one's own nor of
another's making but fortuitous?"
"Do not put it like that,
"Then is there no suffering?"
"It is not a
fact that there is no suffering: there is suffering, Kassapa"
does Master Gotama neither know nor see suffering?"
"It is not
a fact that I neither know nor see suffering; I both know and see
the Samyutta Nikaya 12:17 translation by Bhikkhu Nanamoli
truth; yield not to anger; if asked, give even a little. By
these three steps a man reaches the presence of the gods.
sages who injure none, and who always control their body attain the
changeless state; therein is no grief.
All taints disappear
when a man is vigilant, studious day and night,
and strives after Nirvana.
This is an old saying, O Atula; it
is not of this day only. "They blame
him who sits silent, they blame him who talks much, they blame him who
speaks moderately in measured terms." There is not any one in the world
who is not blamed.
was, nor will be,
nor is there now to be found any one who stands wholly praised or
But the man
discerning always praise, because he is without blemish, wise, endowed
with both knowledge and virtue, who would dare to blame such a one? He
is like a coin of gold from the Jambu river. Even the gods praise him,
even by BrahmÔ he is praised.
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