Monthly Archives: March 2014
A hundred thousand elephants,
A hundred thousand horses,
A hundred thousand mule-drawn chariots,
Are not worth a sixteenth part
Of a single step forward.
– Buddha, “The Connected Discourses of the Buddha”
“Here I’ll stay for the rains.
Here, for the summer and winter.”
So imagines the fool,
unaware of obstructions.
That drunk-on-his-sons-and-cattle man,
all tangled up in the mind:
death sweeps him away —
as a great flood,
a village asleep.
– Dhammapada [286-287]
If we train our breathing, we can control our emotions. That is, we can cope with the happiness and pain in our lives. We should practice until we feel this; our practice is not complete until we can see this clearly.
– Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, “Mindfulness with Breathing”
Friends, I know nothing which brings suffering as does an untamed, uncontrolled, unattended and unrestrained heart. Such a heart brings suffering.
– Anguttara Nikaya
The Buddha was invited by a Brahman Akkosaka (“Insulter”) Bharadvaja to have a meal in his house. But when he arrived, the Brahman greeted him strangely, with a torrent of abuse.
Politely, the Buddha asked, “Do visitors come to your home, good Brahman?”
“What preparations do you make for them?”
“We get ready a great feast.”
”What happens if they don’t arrive?”
“Then we gladly eat it ourselves.”
“Well, Brahman, you’ve invited me for a meal and you’ve entertained me with hard words. I want nothing from your preparation. So please take it back and eat it yourselves.”
“Never retaliate in kind,” the Buddha told his followers. “Hatred does not come to an end through hatred but can only cease through generosity.”
– Akkosa Sutra