WEEKLY WISDOM 27/11/2017

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”

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WEEKLY WISDOM 20/11/2017

They’re easy to do– things of no good & no use to yourself. What’s truly useful & good is truly harder than hard to do.

– Dhammapada [7]

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WEEKLY WISDOM 15/11/2017

Suppose a man were wounded by an arrow, and when the surgeon arrived, he said to him, “Don’t pull out this arrow until I know who shot it, what tree it comes from, who made it, and what kind of bow was used.” Certainly the man would die before he discovered the answers. In the same way, if you say you will not be a monk unless I solve all the questions of the world, you are likely to die unsatisfied.

– Majjhima Nikaya

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WEEKLY WISDOM 06/11/2017

At the time for initiative
he takes no initiative.
Young, strong, but lethargic,
the resolves of his heart exhausted,
the lazy, lethargic one loses the path
to discernment.

-Dhammapada [280]

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WEEKLY WISDOM 30/10/2017

Focus, not on the rudenesses of others, not on what they’ve done or left undone, but on what you have & haven’t done yourself.

– Dhammapada [4]

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WEEKLY WISDOM 23/10/2017

One who wouldn’t, not for his own sake nor that of another, hanker for wealth, a son, a kingdom, his own fulfillment, by unrighteous means: he is righteous, rich in virtue, discernment.

Dhammapada [6]

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WEEKLY WISDOM 16/10/2017

 

Winning gives birth to hostility. Losing, one lies down in pain. The calmed lie down with ease, having set winning & losing aside.

– Dhammapada [15]

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WEEKLY WISDOM 09/10/2017

Simply talking a lot doesn’t maintain the Dhamma. Whoever, although has heard next to nothing, sees Dhamma through his body, is not heedless of Dhamma: he is one who maintains the Dhamma.

– Dhammapada [259]

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WEEKLY WISDOM 02/10/2017

From contact comes feeling. From feeling comes reaction. This is what keeps us in the cycle of birth and death. Our reactions to our feelings are our passport to rebirth.

– Ayya Khema, “Being Nobody, Going Nowhere”

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WEEKLY WISDOM 25/09/2017

If you cling to an idea as the inalterable truth, then when the truth does come in person and knock at your door, you will not be able to open the door and accept it.

– Udana Sutta

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