Monthly Archives: May 2011
This is what I say: Your mind is spiritual and so too is the sense-perceived world. The spirit is timeless and it dominates all existence as the great law guiding all beings in their search for truth. It changes crude nature into mind, and there is no being that can’t be transformed into a vessel of truth.
– Brahmajala Sutra
The mindfulness of in and out breathing, of body contemplation, of keeping consciousness of the moment, is a noble occupation and a sublime way, leading to independence of mind and to wisdom.
– Samyutta Nikaya
Sakka asked the Buddha: “Do different religious teachers head for the same goal or practice the same disciplines or aspire to the same thing?” “No, Sakka, they do not. And why? This world is made up of myriad different states of being, and people adhere to one or another of these states and become tenaciously possessive of them, saying, ‘This alone is true, everything else is false.’ It is like a territory that they believe is theirs. So all religious teachers do not teach the same goal or the same discipline, nor do they aspire to the same thing. “But if you find truth in any religion or philosophy, then accept that truth without prejudice.”
– Digha Nikaya
Don’t go by gossip and rumour, nor by what’s told you by others, nor by what you hear said, nor even by the authority of your traditional teachings. Don’t go by reasoning, nor by inferring one thing from another, nor by argument about methods, nor from liking an opinion, nor from awe of the teacher and thinking he must be deferred to.
Instead, when you know from within yourselves that certain teachings are not good, that when put into practice they lead to loss and suffering, you must then trust yourselves and reject them.
– Anguttara Nikaya
As a cowherd with a rod
drives cows to the field,
so ageing and death
drive the life of living beings.
– Dhammapada