Monthly Archives: December 2014
The path to material gain goes one way,
the way to Unbinding, another.
Realizing this, the monk,
a disciple to the Awakened One,
should not relish offerings,
should cultivate seclusion instead.
– Dhammapada 
Speak not harshly to anyone. Those thus addressed will retort. Painful, indeed, is vindictive speech. Blows in exchange may bruise you. If, like a cracked gong, you silence yourself, you have already attained Nibbana: no vindictiveness will be found in you.
– Dhammapada [133-134]
If we have…presence of mind then whatever work we do will be the very tool which enables us to know right and wrong continually. There’s plenty of time to meditate, we just don’t fully understand the practice, that’s all. While sleeping we breathe, eating we breathe, don’t we? Why don’t we have time to meditate? Wherever we are we breathe. If we think like this then our life has as much value as our breath, wherever we are we have time.
– Ajahn Chah, “Taste of Freedom”
The Buddha taught:
“Do not pursue the past.
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer exists.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is.
In the very here and now,
the practitioner dwells
in stability and freedom.
We must be diligent today.
To wait until tomorrow is too late.
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
The sage calls a person who knows
how to dwell in mindfulness
night and day
‘one who knows the better way to live alone.'”
– Bhaddekaratta Sutta
“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