The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

Buddhism

All without exception

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The Dharma which I teach is totally pure and makes no distinctions between race or caste, between rich or poor, between good and bad. It is like washing in pure water. The water washes all races and castes, rich and poor, good and bad, without distinction. It is like a fire which burns all substances without exception: mountains, rocks, sky and earth. My teaching is like the sky under which all find a place: men, women, boys, girls, rich and poor, all without exception.

– Buddha

Sutra of the Wise and Foolish


Never take it for granted

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Since my son died eight months ago, it seems my Joie de vivre is gone forever. I have consumed countless hours of Buddhist philosophy but to no avail, it is like water off a duck’s back. I fear the future, regret the past, and tolerate the present. All of my responsibilities seem overwhelming. By global standards I am a wealthy man, still, anxiety haunts me day and night. I seek no advice, there is none that will suffice. I wish only to tell you this. All philosophy aside, the best reason to enjoy the present is because in the blink of an eye something irrevocable may occur and the best of life will suddenly be behind you, and all the philosophy ever conceived will not fix it. If you are finding joy in life never never never take it for granted!

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts

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“Thoughts are unsteady, they wander at their own will. The task is to quiet them, and by calming them to find happiness. An untroubled mind, a mind beyond judgments, watches and understands.

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, no one can help you as much, not even your father or your mother.”

~Buddha~
The Dhammapada

Tao & Zen


Emotionally not possible

If it were not for certain people’s greed for wealth, the highways would be filled with cars powered by the sun, and no one would be starving. Such advances are technologically and physically possible, but apparently not emotionally possible.

– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book “What Makes You Not a Buddhist”

With thanks to Just Dharma Quotes


Rebirth

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There are six realms of transmigration where beings take birth.

They are the realms of gods, demigods, humans, animals, hungry ghosts, and hell.
You take birth in those realms because of superior, middling, and evil karmas.

– Buddha

Lankavatara Sutra


Anger and hatred are always coming from a place of unhealed trauma

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If we feel anger towards others it comes from a place within us where we are suffering. Hatred and anger are always coming from a place of unhealed trauma. The way to help others is to first heal ourselves by cultivating greater compassion, understanding, and love. Judging minds caught up in anger and judgment only feeds the problem. There is no healing. By compassionately examining our own anger and releasing it we come to deeper understanding and love. This is the eternal way Buddha taught, as well as Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr, and many others. 

~Christopher


The jailkeeper is ignorance

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Gautama felt as though a prison which had confined him for thousands of lifetimes had broken open. Ignorance had been the jailkeeper. Because of ignorance, his mind had been obscured, just like the moon and stars hidden by the storm clouds. Clouded by endless waves of deluded thoughts, the mind had falsely divided reality into subject and object, self and others, existence and non-existence, birth and death, and from these discriminations arose wrong views—the prisons of feelings, craving, grasping, and becoming. The suffering of birth, old age, sickness, and death only made the prison walls thicker. The only thing to do was to seize the jailkeeper and see his true face. The jailkeeper was ignorance. And the means to overcome ignorance were the Noble Eightfold Path. Once the jailkeeper was gone, the jail would disappear and never be rebuilt again.

The hermit Gautama smiled, and whispered to himself, “O jailer, I see you now. How many lifetimes have you confined me in the prisons of birth and death? But now I see your face clearly, and from now on you can build no more prisons around me, you shall build no house (for me) again. How can you? I have destroyed the very materials by which you build it. All your rafters are broken, your roof-tree is destroyed. My mind has reached the unconditioned (i.e., Nibbana); the end of craving (Arahatta Phala) has been attained. And I am eternally awake.

– Dharmacakrapravartana Sūtra


On calming the mind

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Zen. Mindfulness, Love and Compassion.


Contented life

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Do what is right

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“Do what is right. Live in your heart. Seek the highest consciousness. Let go of winning and losing. Live in joy, in love, even among those who hate. Look within. Be still. Free from fear and attachment, know the sweet joy of the way.”

~Buddha
The Dhammapada