Monthly Archives: December 2010

WEEKLY WISDOM 27/12/2010

Whatever an enemy might do
to an enemy,
or a foe to a foe,
the ill-directed mind
can do to you even worse.

Whatever a mother, father
or other kinsman
might do for you,
the well-directed mind
can do for you even better.
– Dhammapada [42, 43]

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WEEKLY WISDOM 20/12/2010

When the perfect wisdom is first seen, a new perception comes into being that does not depend on any structure. The great quest of the seeker now blossoms as various vast and mysterious doors swing open at the mere touch of the new perception.

There is the door that opens to a vista of the essence-less essence, that which is the real nature of the manifested world. There is the door of liberation from a merely partial perception or muddled perspective of this real nature. And there is the door that opens directly into the authentic realization of this true nature.

There is the wonderful door that opens into an intensity of sights and sounds, colour and beauty. And there is the door of balance and ease through which one looks in awe at all the limitless structures of the world as one looks at the star-studded night sky. And there is the door to the exquisite happiness that would never want to own any worldly treasures or to possess even that same happiness. Finally, there is the door of total awakening itself.
– Prajnaparamita

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WEEKLY WISDOM 13/12/2010

For a person of unsteady mind,
Not knowing true Dhamma,
Serenity
Set adrift:
Discernment doesn’t grow full.

For a person of unsoddened mind,
Unassaulted awareness,
Abandoning merit & evil,
Wakeful,
There is no danger
No fear.
– Dhammapada [3]

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WEEKLY WISDOM 07/12/2010

Ananda thero said: “Friendship with what is lovely, association with what is lovely, intimacy with what is lovely–that is half of the holy life”. Lord Buddha responded: “Don’t say that, Ananda. It’s the whole not the half of the holy life. One so blessed with what is lovely will develop a right way of being, a thinking that no longer grasps at what is untrue, an aim that is concerned and ready, a contemplation that is unattached and free. Association with what is lovely is the whole of the holy life.”
– Samyutta Nikaya

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