“Understanding and Love are not two separate things, but only one. To develop understanding, you have to practice looking at all living beings with the eyes of compassion.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh
Source: The Working of Faith | Great Middle Way
Jan 9, 2018
It is so, Venerable Sir, that any noble disciples who have faith, who have aroused energy and established awareness, and who are concentrated, will understand reality thus: “This samsara is without discoverable beginning. Any first point for beings roaming and wandering on, blinded by ignorance and bound by craving cannot ever be seen.”
But what can indeed be experienced is the traceless fading and ceasing of ignorance, this massive darkness. That is the peaceful state, that is the supreme state … that is, the stilling of all mental construction, the relinquishment of all acquisition, the elimination of all craving, complete disenchanting disillusion, the end of suffering, Nirvana.
Their unique comprehension is rooted in the ability to understand. And, Venerable Sir, when they strive again and again along this very way, repeatedly recollect in that way, again and again concentrate the mind in exactly this way, over and over again understand only this in this very way, then the noble disciples gain complete faith thus: “Regarding things that I previously had only heard about, now I dwell having contacted them with my senses, and having penetrated them by understanding, I now see and directly experience. That conviction, Venerable Sir, is the ability of faith working.”
“Sadhu! Sadhu! Good, true and well-spoken, Shariputra!,” said the Buddha.
Zen is not a particular state but the normal state: silent, peaceful, unagitated. In zazen, neither intention, analysis, specific effort nor imagination can take place. It’s enough just to be without hypocrisy, dogmatism, arrogance–embracing all opposites.
– Teisen Deshimaru
“Buddhist terrorist. Muslim terrorist. That wording is wrong,” he said. “Any person who wants to indulge in violence is no longer a genuine Buddhist or genuine Muslim, because it is a Muslim teaching that once you are involved in bloodshed, actually you are no longer a genuine practitioner of Islam.”
“All major religious traditions carry the same message: a message of love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment, self-discipline – all religious traditions”.
Source: Dalai Lama: There is no such thing as a Muslim terrorist | The Independent
Source: These Two | Great Middle Way
These two mental states are conducive to correct knowledge. Which two? Peace and clarity.
By developing peace, what purpose is served? The mind is purified. By purifying the mind, what purpose is served? Craving is abandoned.
By developing clarity, what purpose is served? Wisdom is developed. By developing wisdom, what purpose is served? Ignorance is abandoned.
Defiled by craving, the mind is not released [from emotional agitation] and defiled by ignorance, wisdom is not developed. Thus, abandoning craving through peace, there is liberation of the mental fluctuations, and abandoning ignorance through clarity, there is liberation by wisdom.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Vijjābhāgiya Sutta
Source: From Ignorance to Liberation | Great Middle Way
Appearances arise from afflictions and karma.
Karma originates from the mind.
The mind is constituted by latent tendencies.
Freedom from latent tendencies is bliss.
This blissful mind is peaceful.
A peaceful mind will not be ignorant.
Not to be ignorant is the realization of true reality.
The realization of true reality is the attainment of liberation.