Monthly Archives: September 2014
“You tell me to stand still, but I am not walking,” he shouted, “whereas you who are walking say you are still. How is it that you are standing still but I am not?”
The Buddha turned round. “My legs move but my mind is still,” he said. “Your legs are still but your mind moves all the time in a fire of anger, hatred, and feverish desire. Therefore, I am still but you are not.”
– Majjhima Nikaya
Better than if there were thousands
of meaningless words
is one meaningful word
that on hearing brings peace.
– Dhammapada 
Hidden in the mystery of consciousness, the mind, incorporeal, flies alone far away.
Those who set their mind on harmony become free from the bonds of death.
Suppose a man who was not blind beheld the many bubbles on the Ganges as they drive along, and he watched them and carefully examined them, then after he had carefully examined them they would appear to him empty, unreal and unsubstantial.
In exactly the same way does the monk behold all physical phenomena, feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and states of consciousness-whether they be of the past, or the present, or the future, far or near. And he watches them, and examines them carefully; and, after carefully examining them, they appear to him empty, void and without a Self.
– From Majjhima Nikaya translated by Most Ven. Nyanatiloka Thero
Don’t be afraid of doing good. It’s another name for happiness, for all that is dear and delightful–this phrase “doing good.”
Whoever would live well,
Long lasting, bringing bliss–
Let him be generous, be calm,
And cultivate the doing of good.
By practising these three,
These three bliss-bringing things,
The wise one lives without regret
His world infused with happiness.
– Itivuttaka Sutta