Monthly Archives: February 2016
In the gloom and darkness of the night, when there is a sudden flash of light, a person will recognize objects; in the same way, the one with a flash of insight sees according to reality; “This is how sorrow works; this is how it arises; this is how it can come to an end; this is the path leading to that end.”
– Anguttara Nikaya
If he recites next to nothing but follows the Dhamma in line with the Dhamma; abandoning passion, aversion, delusion; alert, his mind well-released, not clinging either here or hereafter: he has his share in the contemplative life.
– Dhammapada [19-20]
If a monk abandons passion for the property of form,
If a monk abandons passion for the property of feeling,
If a monk abandons passion for the property of perception,
If a monk abandons passion for the property of fabrications,
If a monk abandons passion for the property of consciousness,
then owing to the abandonment of passion, the support is cut off, and there is no base for consciousness. Consciousness, thus unestablished, not proliferating, not performing any function, is released. Owing to its release, it stands still. Owing to its stillness, it is contented. Owing to its contentment, it is not agitated. Not agitated, he (the monk) is totally unbound right within. He discerns that ‘Birth is ended, the holy life fulfilled, the task done. There is nothing further for this world.’
For one knowing in this way, seeing in this way, monk, there is the immediate ending of fermentations.
– Udana Sutta
As in a pile of rubbish cast by the side of a highway
a lotus might grow clean-smelling pleasing the heart,
so in the midst of the rubbish-like,
people run-of-the-mill & blind,
there dazzles with discernment
the disciple of the Rightly Self Awakened One.
– Dhammapada 
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”