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It seems to me that opinions are not of any great worth, that next to every ‘no’ there is a ‘yes’ that is equally true, which means, that not only are they without much worth, but also they are not free of danger.
— Hein Thijssen, Our Original State: Return to Natural Religion
The waters are still in the pool of our mind;
the Buddha and the moon are reflected there.
But the winds of karma stir up ripples;
Sentient beings and the Buddha become distant.
Vinaya Master Tansheng
Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there
Be a hollow bamboo, and God will come and play on you.
Regard this phantom world
As a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud
A flickering lamp - a phantom - and a dream.
Everything comes and goes.
Pleasure moves on too early,
And trouble leaves too slow.
Just when you're thinking
You've finally got it made,
Bad news comes knocking
At your garden gate.
—Joni Mitchell, Down to You
I wonder if fewer people would eat Rabbit Stew if instead it was called Bunny Rabbit Stew.
Bodhi Neil deGrasse Tyson
Challenge accepted! Oops think I went wrong again ...
The heart of the path is quite easy. There’s no need to explain anything at length. Let go of love and hate and let things be. That is all I do in my practice.
— Ajahn Chah
Anything which is troubling you, anything which is irritating you, that is your teacher.
With mindfulness as one's tool
one won't become mind fool
~Just a thought~
"We do not have to die to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. In fact we have to be fully alive. When we breathe in and out and hug a beautiful tree, we are in Heaven. When we take one conscious breath, aware of our eyes, our heart, our liver, and our non-toothache, we are transported to Paradise right away. Peace is available. We only have to touch it. When we are truly alive, we can see that the tree is part of Heaven, and we are also part of Heaven. The whole universe is conspiring to reveal this to us, but we are so out of touch that we invest our resources in cutting down the trees. If we want to enter Heaven on Earth, we need only one conscious step and one conscious breath. When we touch peace, everything becomes real. We become ourselves, fully alive in the present moment, and the tree, our child, and everything else reveal themselves to us in their full splendor."
Thich Nhat Hanh.
“The miracle is to walk on Earth.”
Something for the weekend sir?
There is no way to happiness — happiness is the way.
— Thich Nhat Hanh
“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change”
I grew lettuce this year and it was too early. It was limp lettuce. Should have tried to be hardier. Bad useless lettuce ... all dead ...
"Wherever you go, there you are."
Also a well-known song...
All the Buddhist monks I have seen have been dry because Buddhism doesn’t teach love very well. You need love.
— H. W. L. Poonja
Always recognize the dreamlike qualities of life and reduce attachment and aversion. Practice good-heartedness towards all beings. Be loving and compassionate, no matter what others do to you. What they do will not matter so much when you see it as a dream. The trick is to have a positive intention during the dream. This is the essential point.
~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
Unenlightenment is a game: lila.
It is a game to be enjoyed, but remember:
Death, suffering and pain are the taxes of sense enjoyments.
"Defilements were invented by the Ego to keep itself employed"
~A Meditative Thought~
First, you need to know the meaning of illusion. What is projected onto the screen is illusion. You don’t have any awareness of the projection when you are engrossed in the physical pictures of the movie theater. In these pictures some are happy and some are sad. You are so into these people on this screen that you become one with those who suffer and those who enjoy. This is the story of samsara.
When the projection is over and another show is to be shown you will see for a moment what the pictures have been played on. The screen is not tainted at all. She is not wet from the ocean and she is not burned from the fire. All of these projections are not real.
If you know you are the screen and that all the projections are illusions then only can you enjoy them. You will know that you cannot be tainted. Simply stay quiet and you will know that you have never been tainted because you have never been born. The one who is born and dies is only a concept. Knowing this you will become very happy.
The truth is within, but you always look somewhere else in order to appease your tendency to go out after sense objects. But all of this is illusion. Find where the illusion arises from. Find where this thought arises from. Then you will have found the love which always dwells within you. Then you will see the illusion of everything, including your own body.
What appears and disappears is not real.
Once you know it is illusion you will separate yourself from it and you are “the one who has gone beyond the illusion”, like a mirage of a river in the desert. The ones who try to be fulfilled by this mirage will never be satisfied. They will just get into more and more trouble.
Some people will know that this river is a mirage and they don’t go there, they know maya appears, but does not exist. When you know this you must ask where peace and happiness is. This search will bring you to Satsang.
The entire waking state is a concept just as the dream state is. When you know this you will say, “now I am looking at this in a very new atmosphere”, and you will know who is always awake, who does not sleep.
Thought is in the last moment, not in this moment. In the present there is no room for thought.
“Instead of becoming the worlds greatest expert on Buddhism..let go ..let go ...let go.”
Arrogance is not recognising this timeless moment.
Arrogance is “I am the body”.
Remove arrogance and enlightenment is instantaneous.
“I am so and so” is the first arrogance.
And “this is mine” is the second. Look at it!
On three accounts searching and practice
are foolishness and misleading
and are only the clever mind postponing freedom.
The first is that it creates a searcher.
This reinforces the concept of an individual sufferer
That is separate from Freedom, and
That Self is something other than Here and Now.
The second is the search.
Searching is a distraction which causes postponement
and endless needless suffering.
Searching promotes religions, traditions,
And paths to be adhered to,
Which only entrap you deeper in illusion.
The Truth is only here and now,
While the search says it is tomorrow.
The third is that the search creates an object to be found,
And this can be the subtlest and most misleading trap.
As you start a search you conceptualise
What it is you are searching for.
Since it is the nature of Maya, illusion,
To become whatever is your desire;
Whatever you think you will attain it.
So because of your search you will create
And then attain whatever it is you are searching for.