Monthly Archives: December 2011
If you really want freedom, happiness will arise
From happiness will come rapture
When your mind is enraptured, your body is tranquil
When your body is tranquil, you will know bliss
Because you are blissful, your mind will concentrate easily
Being concentrated, you will see things as they really are
In so seeing, you will become aware that life is a miracle
Being so aware, you will lose all your attachments
As you cease grasping, so you will be freed.
– Digha Nikaya
Monks, we who look at the whole and not just the part, know that we too are systems of interdependence, of feelings, perceptions, thoughts, and consciousness all interconnected. Investigating in this way, we come to realize that there is no me or mine in any one part, just as a sound does not belong to any one part of the lute.
– Samyutta Nikaya
“The results of karma cannot be known by thought, and so should not be speculated about. Thus, thinking, one would come to distraction and distress.
Therefore Ananda, do not be the judge of people; do not make assumptions about others. A person is destroyed by holding judgements about others.”
– Anguttura Nikaya
Defiled by passion, the mind is not released. Defiled by ignorance, discernment does not develop. Thus from the fading of passion is there release of awareness. From the fading of ignorance is there release of discernment.
– Anguttara Nikaya