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Sadness is an effective antidote to arrogance

“Suffering, in fact, can be helpful in many ways. It spurs your motivation and as many teachings point out, without suffering there would be no determination to be free from samsara. Sadness is an effective antidote to arrogance.”

~Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Mere appearance

In a dream there’s nothing substantial but there is the mere appearance of something substantial. Thus, its true nature transcends both existence and nonexistence. Its true nature is not something we can describe with these kinds of terms, because it is beyond any type of thing we might be able to think up about it. And so, just like a flower that appears in a dream, all phenomena that appear, wherever they appear, are the same. They all appear in terms of being a mere appearance. There is nothing substantial to them, and their true nature transcends both existence and nonexistence and any other idea. All phenomena that appear to us in this life are exactly the same.

– Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche

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Tao & Zen

To change the system you have to first unplug from it

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Buddha taught that freedom from suffering means liberation from the illusion of separation that society feeds us.

You are the Universe, walking upon this planet in human form. We are each a part of the great symphony of universal creation, sister or brother to the animals, the mountains, rivers, trees and stars.

Civilisation’s institutions tell us we are our names, race, nationality, politics, religion and gender preference. They con us (program us from childhood) into believing we are separate from the world. And it’s these illusions which give rise to all our desires and fears.

This is the Big Lie, that keeps us hypnotized. Thinking we are individuals competing with other individuals distracts us from our true nature. Keeps us from opening our hearts to reality, from waking up.

The Buddha understood this, as did Jesus, Walt Whitman, Gandhi, Einstein, Alan Watts, Thich Nhat Hanh and many many others.

This is the choice we face every moment of our lives, to stay asleep, plugged in to the dreams of civilization’s MATRIX, or to wake up to deeper truth about ourselves, connecting with the magnificence of this Universe that brought everything into being…

~Christopher:::
Tao & Zen

“As soon as you say that you are an individual, illusion is very happy to distract you from your real nature and to keep you inside her institutions.” ~Sri Siddharameshwar Maharj

“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ – a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~Albert Einstein

Embracing the groundlessness of our situation

It’s not impermanence per se, or even knowing we’re going to die, that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught. Rather, it’s our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty of our situation. Our discomfort arises from all of our efforts to put ground under our feet, to realize our dream of constant okayness. When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment, or awakening to our true nature, to our fundamental goodness. Another word for that is freedom — freedom from struggling against the fundamental ambiguity of being human.

– Pema Chödron

from the book “Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change”

Overpowering images of the mind’s lucidity

When we watch a television program, we have no trouble identifying places, persons, animals, mountains, and so on. Through becoming involved with the program, we identify with what we are seeing and begin to feel an emotional response. Actually what we are looking at are not places, persons, animals, or mountains, but points of light on a tube in a little box. The confusion that is necessary to enjoy a television program is similar to bewilderment or ignorance, where the very vividness or intensity of the images of the mind’s lucidity overpowers the mind.

– Thrangu Rinpoche

from the book “A Song for the King: Saraha on Mahamudra Meditation”

Just Dharma Quotes

No roots, no home

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The clouds that wander through the sky have no roots, no home,
Nor do the distinctive thoughts floating through the mind. Once the self-mind is seen,
Discrimination stops.
– Tilopa
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