awareness

QUOTATIONS

November 08, 2007

I have extracted most of the quotations below from Geoff Hunt's weekly Modern Buddha Way emails

"Don't use meditation to suppress thoughts or emotions that need to come up to your surface consciousness.
Similarly, do not suppress thoughts of pain or discomfort,
but observe them." (Zen teacher, Daido Loori)

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A Zen master held out his staff and said:
"If you call this a staff you cling to it;
if you do not call it a staff you depart from the facts.
So what should you call it then?"

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"Wisdom is helped by virtue, by wide learning, by discussion of what was learned, by tranquility and by insight"
(Buddha, Anguttaranikaya V:25)

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If we are unable to create a new path by which to discover our true nature,
the human race may be condemned to disappear" (Thich Nhat Hanh)

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"Colours of the mountains, streams in the valleys,
One in all, all in one,
the voice and body of Buddha"
(Dogen Zenji)

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The unenlightened scorn those who have made no material gain,
and say bad things about those who have."
(Shantideva)

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"In Eastern spirituality is found that tendency towards
universal harmony that refreshes the heart"
(Thich Nhat Hahn)

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"After one look at the peach blossoms,
I have arrived directly at the present
and have no further doubts"
(Dougen: Keisei-sanshiki)

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"Spring rain -
under trees
a crystal stream"
(Basho, haiku poet)

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"... the truth is clarified: that a person does not destroy wrong" (Dogen Zenji)

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"Each day, we practise looking deeply into ourselves
and into the situation of our brothers and sisters.
It is the most serious work we can do."
(Thich Nhat Hanh)

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"For all that science has achieved in the field of materialism, are the peoples of the world happy…about what has happened, what is happening and what may happen next? Why not? This is because while man has mastery over nature, he is still lacking in mastery over his mind"
(U Ba Khin, Burmese teacher)

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"The world is now facing serious problems threatening mankind. It is just the right time for everyone to take to Vipassana [Insight] meditation and learn how to find a deep pool of quiet in the midst of all that is happening today"
(U Ba Khin, Burmese teacher)

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"If we meditate together as a family, a community, a city, and a nation, we will be able to identify the causes of our suffering and find ways out" (Thich Nhat Hanh)

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"By it, my friends and relatives are disheartened;
Though attracted by my generosity, they will not trust me;
In short, there is nobody who lives happily with anger."
(Shantideva)

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"The person who strives to attain things of this world
finds proof of having attained them by holding them.
He says 'This is mine' because he possesses it.
Spiritual attainment, on the other contrary, wants to take the possessions away; it does not even allow you to possess yourself" (Hazrat Inayat Khan)

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"The mind is like a restless horse:
when it is ridden it is more restless,
when in the stable less restless.
Such is the nature of mind:
it becomes more restless
when you desire to control it."
(Hazrat Inayat Khan)

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"Taking refuge in the sangha is not a matter of devotion.
It is a matter of practice."
(Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh)

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Vigilant,
the moment a delusion appears,
Which endangers myself and others,
I shall confront and avert it
Without delay.
(Translation of part of Tibetan Buddhist chant)

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"No other single thing exists like delusion,
which so obstructs humankind
and makes us wander aimlessly"
(Itivuttaka 14)

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"Day and night
Night and day,
The way of the Dharma as everyday life;
In each act our hearts
Resonate with the call of the sutra"
(Zen teacher, Dougen Zenji)

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“Craving grows in the thoughtless like creepers in the jungle"
(Buddha, Dhammapada 334).

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“…whatever a person frequently thinks and ponders upon,
that will become the intention of his mind"
(Buddha).

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"This is the moment when the New Year begins. We promise to let go of all our anger, sadness, and resentment, and to forgive, love, and accept each other. We are determined to help build a society in which people are not always busy, where little is consumed, and there is plenty of time to live with nature, look after nature, and bring happiness to, care for, and smile to each other." (Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, Plum Village Chanting & Recitation Book.)

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"Hatred never ceases in the world by hating,
but by love;
this is an eternal truth.
Overcome anger by love,
overcome harmfulness by good"
(Buddha, Dhammapada).

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"Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who abuse you"
(Jesus, Luke 6:27-30).

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"As the vast ocean…has but one taste,
the taste of salt,
even so this teaching and discipline has but one taste,
the taste of deliverance'
(Buddha, Vinaya)

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'What are the four causes of harm from which one refrains?
Harmful action springs from attachment,
it springs from ill-will,
it springs from ignorance,
it springs from fear'
(Buddha, Digha Nikaya)

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Evening rain patters on my lonely door
Every detail is complete
Ah! What else is there that I need?
(Zen teacher Ryoukan, 'In my Hut')

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"I don't have a particle of Dharma to give anyone.
All I have is cure for sickness,
freedom from bondage.
You followers of the Way from here and there,
try coming to me without depending on anything."
(Zen Master Lin-Chi)

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"There are five courses of speech…
timely or untimely,
true or untrue,
gentle or harsh,
connected with good or with harm,
spoken with a mind of loving-kindness or with inner hate"
(Majjhimanikaya, 220)

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'If there were a mountain of gold,
made entirely of solid gold,
not even double this would be enough for one person.
Knowing this,
be moderate'
(Buddha, Samyuttanikaya, 210)

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"The philosopher Schopenhauer says that money is human happiness turned into an abstraction; consequently, those who have given up on actual happiness set their whole heart on money" (from David Loy)

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"A World of dew!
And even in one dewdrop -
A world of stress and tension"
(Haiku by Issa)

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"Don't use meditation to suppress thoughts or emotions that need to come up to your surface consciousness.
Similarly, do not suppress thoughts of pain or discomfort, but observe them." (Zen teacher, Daido Loori)

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"We constantly talk to ourselves! It is this scattering of mental activity that keeps us separated from each other, from the environment and, indeed, from ourselves."
(Zen teacher, John Daido Loori)

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‘As a man who has no wound on his hand
cannot be hurt by the poison he may carry in his hand,
since poison cannot hurt where there is no wound,
the man who has no evil cannot be hurt by evil’
(The Buddha)

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"This straight road,
full of loneliness"
(Haiku by Zen poet Santouka Taneda)

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As the vast ocean…has but one taste, the taste of salt,
even so this teaching and discipline has but one taste,
the taste of deliverance' (Buddha, Vinaya)

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"He sits quietly by the fireside,
an old man with a running nose.
He has forgotten Zen and everything like that.
But if you observe him carefully,
looking at his casual and seemingly trivial actions
- his carriage, his manner, his words
- you will discover how wonderfully harmonious and mellow they are"
(Sekida).

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"... it would be even more fruitful still [than any alms offering]
if one would develop the perception of impermanence
just for the time it takes to snap one's fingers"
(Buddha, Anguttara nikaya 9:20)

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"If you have suffered,
it is only because you have forgotten
you are a leaf, a flower"
(Zen monk, Thich Nhat Hanh)

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"By oneself the harm is done,
and it is oneself who suffers;
by oneself the harm is not done,
and by one's self one becomes purer.
The pure and the impure come from oneself.
No one can purify another" (Dhammapada)

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And the Dhamma that he teaches is profound,
hard to see and hard to understand,
peaceful and sublime,
unattainable by mere reasoning,
subtle, to be experienced by the wise"
(Buddha, Canki sutta, Majjhimanikaya)

"When he is practising the way,
memories and intentions associated with attachment beset him now and then
through lapses of mindfulness."
(Majjhimanikaya 66:16)

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Each time you acknowledge a thought and release it,
you are empowering yourself
with the ability to put your mind where you want it…
That simple activity is extremely powerful"
(John Daido Loori, The Still Point)

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Ifa meditator contemplates each presently arising object,
aiming and aligning the mind with it,
her or his awareness falls onto the object and sticks to it.
Then the object is seen clearly as it is:
fleeting, incapable of bringing lasting peace or lasting trouble."
(Sayadaw Pandita, The State of Mind Called Beautiful)

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"Very often we find that at a time of deadlock in life
a new idea strikes us and a new perspective begins to open up.
If only we wait, after the rain comes fair weather."
(Sekida, Zen Training)

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"Actually, we don't know anything,
and yet we don't admit that fact."
(Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi, zen teacher)

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"Impermanence isthe essential factor
which must be first experienced
and understood by practice."
(U Ba Khin, Burmese meditation teacher)

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"You think you are controlling the mind,
but the mind is controlling you more than you are controlling it.
If a person is not mindful,
he or she acts largely on impulses"
(Ven. Sujiva)

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"It is the supreme medicine
That quells the world's disease.
It is the tree that shelters all beings
Wandering and tired."
(Shantideva)

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"People do not generally live in their actions in the present moment.
They live in the past or in the future
they live somewhere else in their thoughts,
in their problems and worries."
(Rahula, What the Buddha Taught)

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Please do not take this practice lightly.
Know that in every single aspect of it
there are multiple levels of depth
to be seen, appreciated, realized and actualised."
(John Daido Loori, Zen teacher)

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"Live in the nowhere that you come from,
Even though your have an address here"
(Sufi poet, Rumi)

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"While I ponder
a snail passes me by"
(Japanese haiku)

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"When one has attained the most subtle level of breathing,
one will be bright, cool, calm, happy, and just knowing the heart
- and there will be no connection with any disturbing influence.
Even if finally at that time the breath 'disappears',
there will be no anxiety because one will have let go of the burden
and will just have knowledge of the heart alone."
(Monk Achaan Maha Boowa)

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"In this world of ours, human beings are making all possible efforts for prevention and alleviation of suffering and enjoyment of happiness. Nevertheless, their efforts are mainly directed to the physical well-being of material means. Happiness is, after all, conditioned by attitudes of mind, and yet only a few persons give real thought to mental development." (Mahasi Sayadaw)

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"mental processes are many times swifter than a wink of an eye
or a flash of lightning.
Yet, if the meditator goes on simply noticing these processes
he or she can fully comprehend them as they happen.
Mindfulness becomes very strong."
(Mahasi Sayadaw, Therevada monk teacher)

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"Try to be mindful and let things take their natural course.
Then your mind will become quieter and quieter in any surroundings.
It will become still like a clear forest pool.
Then all kinds of wonderful and rare animals will come to drink at the pool.
You will see clearly the nature of all things in the world."
(Theravada monk-teacher, ven. Achaan Chaa)

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"Beneath the River of Heaven
The drunkard dances all night"
(Santouka, zen poet)

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"Who once lived in recklessness
And then was reckless nevermore,
He shall illuminate the world
Like the full moon unveiled by a parting cloud."
(Buddha to the reformed criminal Angulimala)

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"Whatever joy there is in this world,
all comes from desiring others to be happy."
(Shantideva, Guide, 129)

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"There is no birth,
Nor is there death;
There is no beginning,
Nor is there any ending;
Nothing is identical with itself,
Nor is there any diversification;
Nothing comes into existence,
Nor does anything go out of existence."
(Nagarjuna, 'Eight No's')

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"Trust, only trust!
And trust again - thus it is
The dew comes down!"
(Haiku by Kobayashi Issa)

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"we talk so much about conquering nature,
except our own nature
which requires more disciplining."
(D.T. Suzuki)

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"When there is no story,
that will be our story.
When there is no forest,
that will be our forest"
[Note on self-destructiveness, poet Robert Graves]

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"Snow is falling far and wide,
Each snowflake neither the very same
nor completely different from the other ones."
(Dogen, poem)

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The four horses of suffering,
The four chariots of compassion;
How can one
Find the true Way
without riding upon them?"
(Zen master Dogen, poem)

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"Embarking on the spiritual journey
is like getting into a very small boat
and setting out on the ocean to search for unknown lands."
(Pema Chodron, Buddhist nun).

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"To a Mahayana Buddhist
there is an unmistakable resonance
between the notion of emptiness and the new physics"
(Dalai Lama).

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ONE: 'Then the Buddha addressed the monks saying: "I am freed from all snares.
And you too are freed from all snares" (Vinaya).

TWO: 'He (Jesus) said to them: "When I sent you out without a purse, bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?" They answered: "No, not a thing".

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"By oneself the harm is done,
and it is oneself who suffers;
by oneself the harm is not done,
and by one's self one becomes purer.
The pure and the impure come from oneself.
No one can purify another" (Dhammapada)

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"... Right View is helped by virtue,
by wide learning,
by discussion (of what was learned),
by tranquility and by insight"
(Buddha, Anguttaranikaya V:25)

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"And the Dhamma that he teaches is profound,
hard to see and hard to understand,
peaceful and sublime,
unattainable by mere reasoning,
subtle,
to be experienced by the wise"
(Buddha, Canki sutta, Majjhimanikaya)

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"Hearing the Dhamma is most helpful for
memorizing the teachings ...
Memorizing the teachings is most helpful for examining the meaning
Examination of the meaning is most helpful for accepting the teachings."
(The Buddha in Canki sutta, Majjhima nikaya)

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"Having known acquisition as a bond in the world,
A person should train for its removal."
(Buddha, Marasamyutta)

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"Day and night
Night and day,
The way of the Dharma as everyday life;
In each act our hearts
Resonate with the call of the sutra"
(Zen teacher, Dougen)

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"In the vast firmament of the peerless Dharma,
My eagle-child of Awareness learns to fly."
(Tibetan teacher, Milarepa)

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"Whoever has self-importance is destroyed by it:
He is disturbed and has no self-confidence."

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Vigilant, the moment a delusion appears,
Which endangers myself and others,
I shall confront and avert it
Without delay.
(Translation of part of Tibetan Buddhist chant)

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"If it is only expressed in language
The precious mirror will be stained"
(Song of the Precious Mirror Samadhi,
Zen master Tung-shan Liang-chieh
)

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"People normally cut reality up into compartments,
and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena"
(Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh)

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"To know when you have enough,
is truly to be rich" (Lao Tzu)

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"With our thoughts we make the world"
(Dhammapada 1:1)

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"There are five main ways of speech ...
timely or untimely,
true or untrue,
gentle or harsh,
connected with good or with harm,
spoken with a
mind of loving-kindness or with inner hate"
(Majjhimanikaya, 220)

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"Craving grows in the thoughtless like creepers in the jungle"
(Dhammapada v34)

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"The one who truly understands
is the one who has gone beyond both good and evil
and who lives in the Way of awakening"
(The Dhammapada v267)