Monthly Archives: March 2016
Friends, I know nothing which brings suffering as does an untamed, uncontrolled, unattended and unrestrained mind. Such a mind brings suffering.
– Anguttara Nikaya
In reply to the question, ‘What is the best that people can possess, what brings them truest happiness, what is the sweetest of the sweet, and what is the pleasantest life to live?’ the Buddha answered: ‘Trust is the best that people can possess; following the way brings happiness; truth is the sweetest of the sweet; and the practice of insight is the pleasantest way to live.’
– Sutta Nipata
This mind is an uncertain thing. This body is uncertain. Together they are impermanent. Together they are a source of suffering. Together they are devoid of self. These, the Buddha pointed out, are neither being, nor a person, nor a self, nor a soul, nor us, nor they. They are merely elements: earth, water, fire and wind. Elements only!
– Ajahn Chah, “Bodhinyana”
This body, bhikkhus, is perishable, consciousness is of a nature to dissolve, and all objects of clinging are impermanent, suffering and subject to change.