Monthly Archives: August 2011

WEEKLY WISDOM 29/08/2011

All the delightful things of the world–sweet sounds, lovely forms, all the pleasant tastes and touches and thoughts–these are all agreed to bring happiness if they are not grasped and possessed.
But if you regard them merely as pleasures for your own use and satisfaction and do not see them as passing wonders, they will bring suffering.
– Sutta Nipata

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WEEKLY WISDOM 22/08/2011

“But what makes these ‘experts’ preach their opinion and call it truth?” asked the inquirer. “Is it an inheritance of humankind to do this, or is it merely something they gain satisfaction from?”

“Apart from consciousness,” answered the Buddha, “no absolute truths exist. False reasoning declares one view to be true and another view wrong. It is delight in their dearly held opinions that makes them assert that anyone who disagrees is bound to come to a bad end. But no true seeker becomes embroiled in all this. Pass by peacefully and go a stainless way, free from theories, lusts and dogmas.”

– Majjhima Nikaya

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WEEKLY WISDOM 15/08/2011

Defilements are like a cat. If you feed it, it will keep coming around. Stop feeding it, and eventually it will not bother to come around anymore.

– Ajahn Chah, “Still Forest Pool”

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WEEKLY WISDOM 08/08/2011

“Great Teacher,” said Upashiva, “when one is free from attachment and craving, when everything is let go and one depends on emptiness, will one be permanently in that state?”

“When you are free from craving for sense pleasures and when you are aware of emptiness, you are free in a supreme way and that will not change. It is like a flame struck by a gust of wind. In a flash the flame has gone out. Similarly, the person is suddenly free and no more words can be said. When all the ways of being a self are let go and when all phenomena are seen to be empty, then all the ways of describing this have also vanished.”

– Sutta Nipata

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WEEKLY WISDOM 01/08/2011

Sakuladayi the Wanderer asked the Buddha: “What is the past and what is the future?”

“Let the past be,” answered the Buddha, “and forget the future. I will teach you that which is now.”

When this condition is, that condition comes to be,
With the arising of this, that arises,
When this is not here, that does not come into existence,
With the ceasing of this, that too ceases.

– Majjhima Nikaya

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