Monthly Archives: December 2009
Restraint with the eye is good, good is restraint with the ear. Restraint with the nose is good, good is restraint with the tongue. Restraint with the body is good, good is restraint with speech. Restraint with the heart is good, good is restraint everywhere. A monk everywhere restrained is released from all suffering & stress.
The Buddha said to Ananda: “Truly, Ananda, it’s not easy to teach the way of freedom to others. In teaching freedom to others, the best way is to first establish five things and then teach. What are the five? When you teach others, you must think: ‘I will teach in a gradual and sensitive way. I will speak with the goal in mind. I will speak with gentleness. I will not speak in order to gain anything. I will not speak with a view to harming anyone.’ “If you establish the five things, your teaching will be well received.”
– Anguttara Nikaya
There’s no fire like passion, no seizure like anger, no snare like delusion, no river like craving.
He who, depraved, devoid of truthfulness & self-control, puts on the ochre robe, doesn’t deserve the ochre robe. But he who is free of depravity endowed with truthfulness & self-control, well-established in the precepts, truly deserves the ochre robe.
Think not of the faults of others, of what they have done or not done. Think rather of your own sins, of the things you have done or not done.
– Lord Buddha
Whose minds are well-developed in the factors of self-awakening, who delight in non-clinging, relinquishing grasping– resplendent, their effluents ended: they, in the world, are Unbound.
When you are thinking about an object, it sometimes occurs that evil, unwholesome thoughts connected with hate and delusion come into your mind. The way to get rid of them is to concentrate on another object that is wholesome and good. Just as a skilled carpenter knocks out a coarse peg with a fine one, so the evil thoughts will disappear. With their departure, the mind will become calm, unified, and concentrated once more.
– Majjhima Nikaya
The Buddha said: “When a person has thoroughly understood the world, from top to bottom, when there is nothing in the world that agitates him anymore, then he has become somebody who is free from confusion and fears and tremblings and the longings of desire. He has gone beyond getting old and beyond birth and death.”
– Sutta Nipata
My teaching does not require anyone to become homeless or resign the world unless he wants to, but it does require everyone to free himself from the illusion that he is a permanent self and to act with integrity while giving up his craving for pleasure.
– Majjhima Nikaya
Hard to hold down, nimble, alighting wherever it likes: the mind. Its taming is good. The mind well-tamed brings ease.