Source: Anger | Great Middle Way
Jan 10, 2019
What is anger? It is a vindictive attitude towards sentient beings, towards frustration, and towards that which gives rise to frustration.
Its function is to serve as a basis for faultfinding and for never attaining even a moment of happiness.
There are these two extremes that are not to be indulged in by one who has gone forth. Which two? That which is devoted to sensual pleasure with reference to sensual objects: base, vulgar, common, ignoble, unprofitable; and that which is devoted to self-affliction: painful, ignoble, unprofitable. Avoiding both of these extremes, the middle way realized by the Tathagata — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding.
And what is the middle way realized by the Tathagata that — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding? Precisely this Noble Eightfold Path: right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. This is the middle way realized by the Tathagata that — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding.
Source: Friends, Relatives, Allies | Great Middle Way
Those who accomplish difficult tasks,
give up what is difficult to give up,
and tolerate what is difficult to bear;
who accept what is difficult to accept;
who turn you away from what is inappropriate,
and take care to turn you toward what is appropriate;
whose commitment supports your intentions;
who desire your happiness and regard you with affection
—these are friends, relatives, and allies.
Others who follow you only in their own interest
are nothing but very ordinary beings.
Nov 7, 2018
Everything in the world is an illusion. To see things like this is to see them as they really are. To see otherwise is to see them as they are not, to engage in projection, and to become attached to phenomena.
Perceiving an image in a mirror, a reflection in water, a figure in the moonlight, a shadow on a wall, or an echo in a valley, people attached to their own projections cling to phenomena and non-phenomena. Unable to abandon them, they continue to engage in projection and fail to attain tranquility.
—Buddha Sakyamuni, Lankavatara Sutra
Oct 4, 2018
When angry, we do not know what is good for us;
when angry, we do not see the Dharma.
When anger overcomes us,
we dwell in blind darkness.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Gandhari Dharmapada
Sept 13, 2018
Those people who, having obtained vast wealth, are not intoxicated by it, are not led into heedlessness and reckless indulgence which endangers others, are very rare in this world.
Those who, having obtained much wealth, are intoxicated by it, led into heedlessness and reckless indulgence which endangers others, are truly far greater in number.
Sept 11, 2018
When the mind is pure, the disciples of the Noble Ones gain a sense of the goal, gain a sense of the Dharma, gain joy connected with the Dharma.
In those who are joyful, bliss arises. In those who are blissful, the body grows calm. Those whose bodies are calmed experience ease. In those who are at ease, the mind becomes concentrated.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Mahatma Sutta