100 Quotes About Buddhism

Buddhism is a philosophy that maintains that all things are impermanent, or, in other words, that all things are in a state of constant change. Buddhism provides an escape from the suffering in the world through meditation and introspection, but it also involves various rituals, including the practice of daily religious ceremonies. The Buddha came to these ideas through many years of meditating and observing the world around him. If you want to live a more peaceful life for yourself, here are some buddhism quotes to help you get there.

Learning to let go should be learned before learning to...
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Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. Ray Bradbury
Even if things don't unfold the way you expected, don't...
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Even if things don't unfold the way you expected, don't be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end. Daisaku Ikeda
It is impossible to build one's own happiness on the...
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It is impossible to build one's own happiness on the unhappiness of others. This perspective is at the heart of Buddhist teachings. Daisaku Ikeda
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Life is painful. It has thorns, like the stem of a rose. Culture and art are the roses that bloom on the stem. The flower is yourself, your humanity. Art is the liberation of the humanity inside yourself. Daisaku Ikeda
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The institutions of human society treat us as parts of a machine. They assign us ranks and place considerable pressure upon us to fulfill defined roles. We need something to help us restore our lost and distorted humanity. Each of us has feelings that have been suppressed and have built up inside. There is a voiceless cry resting in the depths of our souls, waiting for expression. Art gives the soul's feelings voice and form. Daisaku Ikeda
Searching outside of you is Samsara (the world). Searching within...
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Searching outside of you is Samsara (the world). Searching within you leads to Nirvana. Amit Ray
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How aware are we of our own inner life, our spirituality-something so intangible yet so priceless? How much effort do we make to perceive that which is not obvious, which can neither be seen nor heard? I believe the exploration and enrichment of the human spirit is what determines our very humanity. Such enrichment provides an inner compass that can lead civilizations to greatness. Daisaku Ikeda
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I like the relaxed way in which the Japanese approach religion. I think of myself as basically a moral person, but I'm definitely not religious, and I'm very tired of the preachiness and obsession with other people's behavior characteristic of many religious people in the United States. As far as I could tell, there's nothing preachy about Buddhism. I was in a lot of temples, and I still don't know what Buddhists believe, except that at one point Kunio said 'If you do bad things, you will be reborn as an ox.' This makes as much sense to me as anything I ever heard from, for example, the Reverend Pat Robertson. . Dave Barry
Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods...
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Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun. Alan W. Watts
You are an aperture through which the universe is looking...
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You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself. Alan W. Watts
The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all...
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The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate, to reveal itself. Thich Nhat Hanh
A student, filled with emotion and crying, implored,
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A student, filled with emotion and crying, implored, "Why is there so much suffering?" Suzuki Roshi replied, "No reason. Shunryu Suzuki
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Too lazy to be ambitious, I let the world take care of itself. Ten days' worth of rice in my bag;a bundle of twigs by the fireplace. Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment? Listening to the night rain on my roof, I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out. Unknown
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Reality is harsh. It can be cruel and ugly. Yet no matter how much we grieve over our environment and circumstances nothing will change. What is important is not to be defeated, to forge ahead bravely. If we do this, a path will open before us. Daisaku Ikeda
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The question has often been asked; Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy? It does not matter what you call it. Buddhism remains what it is whatever label you may put on it. The label is immaterial. Even the label 'Buddhism' which we give to the teachings of the Buddha is of little importance. The name one gives is inessential.. In the same way Truth needs no label: it is neither Buddhist, Christian, Hindu nor Moslem. It is not the monopoly of anybody. Sectarian labels are a hindrance to the independent understanding of Truth, and they produce harmful prejudices in men's minds. Walpola Rahula
Sitting still is a pain in the ass.
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Sitting still is a pain in the ass. Noah Levine
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My experience with forgiveness is that it sort of comes spontaneously at a certain point and to try to force it it's not really forgiveness. It's Buddhist philosophy or something spiritual jargon that you're trying to live up to but you're just using it against yourself as a reason why you're not okay. Unknown
This body is fragile. It is just flesh. Listen to...
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This body is fragile. It is just flesh. Listen to the heartbeat. Life depends on the pumping of a muscle. Stephen Batchelor
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If you know how to be happy with the wonders of life that are already there for you to enjoy, you don't need to stress your mind and your body by striving harder and harder, and you don't need to stress this planet by purchasing more and more stuff. The Earth belongs to our children. We have already borrowed too much from it, from them; and the way things have been going, we're not sure we'll be able to give it back to them in decent shape. And who are our children, actually? They are us, because they are our own continuation. So we've been shortchanging our own selves. Much of our modern way of life is permeated by mindless overborrowing. The more we borrow, the more we loser. That's why it's critical that we wake up and see we don't need to do that anymore. What's already available in the here and now is plenty for us to be nourished, to be happy. Only that kind of insight will get us, each one of us, to stop engaging in the compulsive, self-sabotaging behaviors of our species. We need a collective awakening. One Buddha is not enough. All of us have to become Buddhas in order for our planet to have a chance. Fortunately, we have the power to wake up, to touch enlightenment from moment to moment, in our very own ordinary and, yes, busy lives. So let's start right now. Peace is your every breath. . Thich Nhat Hanh
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There is no unmoving mover behind the movement. It is only movement. It is not correct to say that life is moving, but life is movement itself. Life and movement are not two different things. In other words, there is no thinker behind the thought. Thought itself is the thinker. If you remove the thought, there is no thinker to be found. Walpola Rahula
Emotional states are fairly quick bursts of neuronal gossip. Traits,...
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Emotional states are fairly quick bursts of neuronal gossip. Traits, on the other hand, are more like the neuronal equivalent of committed relationships. Yongey Mingyur
... the four noble truths: that there is suffering, that...
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... the four noble truths: that there is suffering, that it has an origin, that there is a cessation of suffering, and that there is a path to that cessation. Sid Brown
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Subhuti, someone might fill innumerable worlds with the seven treasures and give all away in gifts of alms, but if any good man or any good woman awakens the thought of Enlightenment and takes even only four lines from this Discourse, reciting, using, receiving, retaining and spreading them abroad and explaining them for the benefit of others, it will be far more meritorious. Now in what manner may he explain them to others? By detachment from appearances-abiding in Real Truth. -So I tell you- Thus shall you think of all this fleeting world: A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream; A flash of lightening in a summer cloud, A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream. When Buddha finished this Discourse the venerable Subhuti, together with the bhikshus, bhikshunis, lay-brothers and sisters, and the whole realms of Gods, Men and Titans, were filled with joy by His teaching, and, taking it sincerely to heart they went their ways. . Gautama Buddha
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The golden eternity is { } Jack Kerouac
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If you’re reading these words, perhaps it’s because something has kicked open the door for you, and you’re ready to embrace change. It isn’t enough to appreciate change from afar, or only in the abstract, or as something that can happen to other people but not to you. We need to create change for ourselves, in a workable way, as part of our everyday lives. Sharon Salzberg
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When love and hate are both absent, everything becomes clear and undisguised. Make the slightest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart. If you wish to see the truth, then hold no opinions for or against anything. To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind. Hsin Hsin Ming
Whenever ego suffers from fear of death & your practice...
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Whenever ego suffers from fear of death & your practice turns to seeing impermanence, ego settles down. Tsoknyi Rinpoche
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Yes, Kālāmas, it is proper that your have doubt, that you have perplexity, for a doubt has arisen in a matter which is doubtful. Now, look you Kālāmas, do not be led by reports, or traditions, or hearsay. Be not led by the authority of religious texts, not by the delight in speculative opinions, nor by seeming possibilities, not by the idea: 'this is our teacher'. But, O Kālāmas, when you know for yourself that certain things are unwholesome, and wrong, and bad, then give them up.. And when you know for yourself that certain things are wholesome and good, then accept them and follow them. Gautama Buddha
We must accept the reality that the causes of impatience...
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We must accept the reality that the causes of impatience travel a two-way street. Allan Lokos
The art of peaceful living comes down to living compassionately...
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The art of peaceful living comes down to living compassionately & wisely. Allan Lokos
Patience is a natural consequence of the cultivation of compassion...
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Patience is a natural consequence of the cultivation of compassion & love, for ourselves and all beings. Allan Lokos
Buddhism is all about science. If science is the systematic...
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Buddhism is all about science. If science is the systematic pursuit of the accurate knowledge of reality, then science is Buddhism, Buddhism is science. Robert A.F. Thurman
To advance spiritually requires a method of practice & determination...
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To advance spiritually requires a method of practice & determination to carry it out. Allan Lokos
Understanding the true nature of things, or seeing things as...
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Understanding the true nature of things, or seeing things as they really are, is the ground of wisdom. Allan Lokos
Peace can be found within, no matter the external circumstances.
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Peace can be found within, no matter the external circumstances. Allan Lokos
One of the best ways to support the development of...
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One of the best ways to support the development of patience is to cultivate happiness with yourself. Allan Lokos
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The Buddha encouraged people to "know for yourselves that certain things are unwholesome and wrong. And when you do, then give them up. And when you know for yourselves that certain things are wholesome and good, then accept them and follow them." The message is always to examine and see for yourself. When you see for yourself what is true-and that's really the only way that you can genuinely know anything-then embrace it. Until then, just suspend judgment and criticism. Steve Hagen
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The idea that traumatic residues–or unresolved stories–can be inherited is groundbreaking. Sharon Salzberg
The unconscious mind is a vast repository of experiences and...
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The unconscious mind is a vast repository of experiences and associations that sorts things out much faster than the slow-moving conscious mind. Sharon Salzberg
Many people think excitement is happiness.... But when you are...
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Many people think excitement is happiness.... But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace. Thich Nhat Hanh
Leave behind the passive dreaming of a rose-tinted future. The...
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Leave behind the passive dreaming of a rose-tinted future. The energy of happiness exists in living today with roots sunk firmly in reality's soil. Daisaku Ikeda
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According to the Buddha, the failure to recognize the illusion of the self is the source of all ignorance and unhappiness. It is only by renouncing the self, that is, by dropping his ego defences and committing metaphorical suicide, that a person can open up to different modes of being and relating and thereby transform himself into a pure essence of humanity. In so doing, he becomes free to recast himself as a much more joyful and productive person, and attains the only species of transcendence and immortality that is open to man. Neel Burton
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Culture is an elevated expression of the inner voice which the different peoples of the Earth have heard in the depths of their being, a voice which conveys the vibrant compassion and wisdom of the cosmic life. For different cultures to engage in interaction is to catalyze each other's souls and foster mutual understanding. Daisaku Ikeda
Our greatest happiness comes from the experience of love &...
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Our greatest happiness comes from the experience of love & compassion. Allan Lokos
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Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent of everything you think, and of everything you do, is for yourself–and there isn’t one. Wei Wu Wei
Buddhism has a term for the happiness we feel at...
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Buddhism has a term for the happiness we feel at someone else’s success or good fortune. Sympathetic joy, as it is known, invites us to celebrate for others. Sharon Salzberg
A man came to Budha and said,
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A man came to Budha and said, "I want happiness". Budha replied" Remove 'I", its your ego, Remove "want" its you source of misery, Now you are left with "happiness". DrDLN
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Our desires, dreams and hopes, open portals. These portals manifest in our conscience and 5 senses, in the form of decisions related to the material world - one person, a job, an opportunity. Now, at the exact same time, or maybe even slightly before in time, we get the exact opposite, the temptation, the illusion and deception. And when we are about to make a decision, as if by magic, the two things come stronger to us, as if pushing us into a duality that makes it hard to decide. Now, this brings me to another super interesting fact. Most people assume that they have freewill, and that choices are hard to made, and that life is full of dualities. And I've learned that this is just a great deception related to our planet, which as human beings, we must transcend. And what I'm really saying here, is that the duality and the freewill don't exist. There's only one choice to be made, the one that bring us upwards. Self-destruction is not a choice. And yet, every duality presents exactly that, and not really a choice. Robin Sacredfire
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It is never too late to turn on the light. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn't depend on how long it has been running; a shift in perspective doesn't depend on how long you've held on to the old view. When you flip the switch in that attic, it doesn't matter whether its been dark for ten minutes, ten years or ten decades. The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see the things you couldn't see before. Its never too late to take a moment to look. Sharon Salzberg
Suffering usually relates to wanting things to be different from...
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Suffering usually relates to wanting things to be different from the way they are. Allan Lokos
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Mindfulness helps us get better at seeing the difference between what’s happening and the stories we tell ourselves about what’s happening, stories that get in the way of direct experience. Often such stories treat a fleeting state of mind as if it were our entire and permanent self. Sharon Salzberg
One doesn't have to be religious to lead a moral...
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One doesn't have to be religious to lead a moral life or attain wisdom. Allan Lokos
Directing the mind to stay in the present can be...
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Directing the mind to stay in the present can be a formidable task. Allan Lokos
When we are aware of our weaknesses or negative tendencies,...
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When we are aware of our weaknesses or negative tendencies, we open the opportunity to work on them. Allan Lokos
Mindfulness, also called wise attention, helps us see what we’re...
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Mindfulness, also called wise attention, helps us see what we’re adding to our experiences, not only during meditation sessions but also elsewhere. Sharon Salzberg
People turn to meditation because they want to make good...
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People turn to meditation because they want to make good decisions, break bad habits & bounce back better from disappointments. Sharon Salzberg
The practice of lovingkindness can uplift us & relieve sorrow...
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The practice of lovingkindness can uplift us & relieve sorrow & unhappiness. Allan Lokos
That's why it's called a practice. We have to practice...
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That's why it's called a practice. We have to practice a practice if it is to be of value. Allan Lokos
We all have issues & we have usually come by...
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We all have issues & we have usually come by them honestly. Allan Lokos
Being a senior doesn't automatically make one wise but the...
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Being a senior doesn't automatically make one wise but the wise & foolish alike have things to teach us. Allan Lokos
Meditation is essentially training our attention so that we can...
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Meditation is essentially training our attention so that we can be more aware– not only of our own inner workings but also of what’s happening around us in the here & now. Sharon Salzberg
No one should ever despair because the entrance to his...
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No one should ever despair because the entrance to his or her chosen career path is clogged. There is an ancient saying: "The persistent drip wears through stone. Kentetsu Takamori
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Because the development of inner calm & energy happens completely within & isn’t dependent on another person or a particular situation, we begin to feel a resourcefulness and independence that is quite beautiful–and a huge relief. Sharon Salzberg
We train the mind so that we can enjoy greater...
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We train the mind so that we can enjoy greater peace, happiness, wisdom & equanimity. Allan Lokos
Amida's unimpeded light is the sun of wisdom that destroys...
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Amida's unimpeded light is the sun of wisdom that destroys the mind of darkness.( Preface in Teaching, Practice, Faith, Enlightenment) Kentetsu Takamori
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The erruption of feelings & emotions that follows a near-death exerience, or any event that causes us to stop & look deeply at the reality of our lives, is ripe with the potential for insight & clarity. Allan Lokos
Yes I am, I am also a Muslim, a Christian,...
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Yes I am, I am also a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist, and a Jew. Mahatma Gandhi
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The thought manifests the word; The word manifests the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character; So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let them spring forth from love Born out of compassion for all beings. As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become. Unknown
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The word desire suggests that there is something we do not have. If we have everything already, then there can be no desire, for there is nothing left to want. I think that what the Buddha may have been trying to tell us is that we have it all, each of us, all the time; therefore, desire is simply unnecessary. Tom Robbins
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A boddhisattva is someone who is on the way to becoming a buddha. All of us become boddhisattvas as soon as we start to take our Zen work seriously and the work we do contributes to creating a world in which all good actions become more efficacious. David Brazier
Once a Buddha, always a Buddha, Sam. Dust off some...
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Once a Buddha, always a Buddha, Sam. Dust off some of your old parables. You have about fifteen minutes.' Sam held out his hand. "Give me some tobacco and a paper. Roger Zelazny
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It is the nature of the Kali Yuga that most human beings are now held back from spiritual liberation due to the gravity of inertia, apathy and laziness, (known in Sankrit as the quality of tapas) that overwhelms this age. Despite this seemingly gloomy prognosis, there is a way out of this predicament for those with the will and stamina to awaken from the rampant lethargy, within and outside of themselves, to take action. Zeena Schreck
Bliss and suffering, it seems, always go hand in hand.
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Bliss and suffering, it seems, always go hand in hand. Kentetsu Takamori
Many Buddhist temple priests regard their parishioners as possessions and...
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Many Buddhist temple priests regard their parishioners as possessions and fear their departure as a diminishing of assets. Kentetsu Takamori
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If one does not make an ego out of gender, one would still know whether one is a man or a woman, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender–whatever else we may think of. But those identities need to fit very loosely and be worn very lightly. All sense of privilege or deprivation that has developed around one’s gender identity, all rigidity regarding proper roles and behaviors for the various genders, must be cut through. Rita M. Gross
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But, the true reason for the success of such new expositions [translated Eastern religious texts] is to be found where they are the most accommodating, least rigid, least severe, most vague, and ready to come to easy terms with the prejudices and weaknesses of the modern world. Let everyone have the courage to look deeply into himself and to see what it is that he really wants. Julius Evola
Guarding knowledge is not a good way to understand. Understanding...
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Guarding knowledge is not a good way to understand. Understanding means to throw away your knowledge. Thich Nhat Hanh
Shall any gazer see with mortal eyes, Or any searcher...
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Shall any gazer see with mortal eyes, Or any searcher know by mortal mind, Veil after veil will lift--but there must be Veil upon veil behind. Edwin Arnold
Accepting the reality of change gives rise to equanimity.
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Accepting the reality of change gives rise to equanimity. Allan Lokos
I cannot say this too strongly: Do not compare yourselves...
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I cannot say this too strongly: Do not compare yourselves to others. Be true to who you are, and continue to learn with all your might. Daisaku Ikeda
We need the courage to learn from our past and...
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We need the courage to learn from our past and not live in it. Sharon Salzberg
True patience is grounded in wisdom & compassion.
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True patience is grounded in wisdom & compassion. Allan Lokos
When we teach a child patience we offer them the...
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When we teach a child patience we offer them the gift of a dignified life. Allan Lokos
Observe & accept what ever arises & know that everything...
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Observe & accept what ever arises & know that everything is as it needs to be. Allan Lokos
While meditating we are simply seeing what the mind has...
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While meditating we are simply seeing what the mind has been doing all along. Allan Lokos
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Beliefs are a powerful thing. I often travel the world and sometimes the local waitresses attending me are nervous if they can’t speak English. Now, when this happens, I point at the pictures in the menu. However, I’ve noticed that the ones with the strongest beliefs, the most nervous ones, still do a mistake in my order. Another interesting things to notice in these situations is that, when I correct them, by pointing again at what I ordered before, they recognize their mistake, but get angry, as if their mistake was my fault, and that’s called irresponsibility. Now, when you combine irresponsibility with the wrong beliefs, you have a a very dumb person. That’s what stupidity is, it’s a human being doing the wrong things with the wrong beliefs and never ever accepting any responsibility for it. That’s how those with the lowest spiritual conscience behave in general with themselves and others. Robin Sacredfire
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Anxiety and desire are two, often conflicting, orientations to the unknown. Both are tilted toward the future. Desire implies a willingness, or a need, to engage this unknown, while anxiety suggests a fear of it. Desire takes one out of oneself, into the possibility or relationship, but it also takes one deeper into oneself. Anxiety turns one back on oneself, but only onto the self that is already known. Mark Epstein
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The teaching of the sexual tantras all come down to one point. Although desire, of whatever shape or form, seeks completion, there is another kind of union than the one we imagine. In this union, achieved when the egocentric model of dualistic thinking is no longer dominant, we are not united with it, nor am I united with you, but we all just are. The movement from object to subject, as described in both Eastern meditation and modern psychotherapy, is training for this union, but its perception usually comes as a surprise, even when this shift is well under way. It is a kind of grace. The emphasis on sexual relations in the tantric teachings make it clear that the ecstatic surprise of orgasm is the best approximation of this grace. Mark Epstein
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While the primary function of formal Buddhist meditation is to create the possibility of the experience of "being, " my work as a therapist has shown me that the demands of intimate life can be just as useful as meditation in moving people toward this capacity. Just as in formal meditation, intimate relationships teach us that the more we relate to each other as objects, the greater our disappointment. The trick, as in meditation, is to use this disappointment to change the way we relate. Mark Epstein
You don't have to love yourself unconditionally before you can...
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You don't have to love yourself unconditionally before you can give or receive real love. Sharon Salzberg
So often we operate from ideas of love that don’t...
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So often we operate from ideas of love that don’t fit our reality. Sharon Salzberg
One foundation of loving relationships is curiosity, keeping open to...
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One foundation of loving relationships is curiosity, keeping open to the idea that we have much to learn even about those we have been close to for decades. Sharon Salzberg
To truly love ourselves, we must challenge our beliefs that...
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To truly love ourselves, we must challenge our beliefs that we need to be different or better. Sharon Salzberg
As soon as we ask whether or not a story...
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As soon as we ask whether or not a story is true in the present moment, we empower ourselves to re-frame it. Sharon Salzberg
Maybe what we really need is to change our relationship...
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Maybe what we really need is to change our relationship to what is, to see who we are with the strength of a generous spirit & a wise heart. Sharon Salzberg
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Until we begin to question our basic assumptions about ourselves and view them as fluid, not fixed, it’s easy to repeat established patterns and, out of habit, reenact old stories that limit our ability to live and love ourselves with an open heart. Sharon Salzberg
Living in a story of a limited self–to any degree–is...
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Living in a story of a limited self–to any degree–is not love. Sharon Salzberg
Identifying the source of our personal narratives helps us to...
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Identifying the source of our personal narratives helps us to release its negative aspects and re-frame it in ways that promote wholeness. Sharon Salzberg
How wonderful it would be if people did all they...
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How wonderful it would be if people did all they could for one other without seeking anything in return! One should never remember a kindness done, and never forget a kindness received. Kentetsu Takamori