February 20, 2014

The self


When a lute is played, there is no previous store of playing that it comes from. When the music stops, it does not go anywhere else. It came into existence by way of the structure of the lute and the playing of the performer. When the playing ceases, the music goes out of existence. 
In the same way all the components of being, both material and nonmaterial, come into existence, play their part, and pass away. That which we call a person is the bringing together of components and their actions with each other. It is impossible to find a permanent self there. And yet there is a paradox. For there is a path to follow and there is walking to be done, and yet there is no walker. 
There are actions but there is no actor. The air moves but there is no wind. The idea of a specific self is a mistake. Existence is clarity and emptiness.
~ Visuddhi Magga

January 3, 2013

Spring wind



What does the spring wind have in mind,
Coming day and night to these groves and gardens?
It never asks who owns the peach and damson trees
But blows away their crimson without a word.

~ Ch'i-chi, "Clouds Should Know Me By Now"



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November 26, 2012

Love




Put away all hindrances, let your mind full of love pervade one quarter of the world, and so too the second quarter, and so the third, and so the fourth.

And thus the whole wide world, above, below, around and everywhere, altogether continue to pervade with love-filled thought, abounding, sublime, beyond measure, free from hatred and ill-will.

~ Adapted from the Digha Nikaya


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December 19, 2011

Afflictions



People who do not know how to practice the way
want to get rid of afflictions.
Afflictions are originally void and null;
you are trying to use the way to seek the way beyond.

~ Pao-chih


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September 4, 2011

Attitude


If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.

~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama



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August 5, 2011

Transcience



All formations are transient; all formations are subject to suffering; all things are without a self. Therefore, whatever there be of form, of feeling, perception, mental formations, or consciousness, whether past, present, or future, one's own or external, gross or subtle, lofty or low, far or near, one should understand according to reality and true wisdom: "This does not belong to me; this am I not; this is not my Self."


- Anguttara Nikaya and Samyutta Nikaya


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