The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

Thoughts

Thoughts create reality

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Nurturing Harmony

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Nothing to be grasped

When a rainbow appears vividly in the sky, you can see its beautiful colors, yet you could not wear it as clothing, or put it on as an ornament. It arises through the conjunction of various factors, but there is nothing about it that can be grasped. Likewise, thoughts that arise in the mind have no tangible existence or intrinsic solidity. There is no logical reason why thoughts, which have no substance, should have so much power over you, nor is there any reason why you should become their slave.

– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book “The Heart of Compassion: The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva”

With thanks to Just Dharma Quotes


Just avoid clinging to thought

Above all, don’t wish to become a future Buddha;
Your only concern should be,
As thought follows thought,
To avoid clinging to any of them.

– Dogen Zenji

quoted in the book “The Practical Peacemaker: How Simple Living Makes Peace Possible”

With thanks to Gems of Wisdom – Zen Tradition


Awareness of thoughts

Every time we become aware of a thought, as opposed to being lost in a thought, we experience that opening of the mind.

– Joseph Goldstein

from the book “Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom”


The void nature of thoughts

What we normally call the mind is the deluded mind, a turbulent vortex of thoughts whipped up by attachment, anger, and ignorance. This mind, unlike enlightened awareness, is always being carried away by one delusion after another. Thoughts of hatred or attachment suddenly arise without warning, triggered by such circumstances as an unexpected meeting with an enemy or a friend, and unless they are immediately overpowered with the proper antidote, they quickly take root and proliferate, reinforcing the habitual predominance of hatred or attachment in the mind and adding more and more karmic patterns.

Yet, however strong these thoughts may seem, they are just thoughts and will eventually dissolve back into emptiness. Once you recognize the intrinsic nature of the mind, these thoughts that seem to appear and disappear all the time can no longer fool you. Just as clouds form, last for a while, and then dissolve back into the empty sky, so deluded thoughts arise, remain for a while, and then vanish into the voidness of mind; in reality nothing at all has happened.

When sunlight falls on a crystal, lights of all colors of the rainbow appear; yet they have no substance that you can grasp. Likewise, all thoughts in their infinite variety – devotion, compassion, harmfulness, desire – are utterly without substance. There is no thought that is something other than voidness; if you recognize the void nature of thoughts at the very moment they arise, they will dissolve. Attachment and hatred will never be able to disturb the mind. Deluded emotions will collapse by themselves. No negative actions will be accumulated, so no suffering will follow.

– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book “The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones”

 


Take care of your thoughts

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Creating a world of neurotic fantasy

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There is no miserable place waiting for you, no hell realm, sitting and waiting like Alaska – waiting to turn you into ice cream. But whatever you call it – hell or the suffering realms – it is something that you enter by creating a world of neurotic fantasy and believing it to be real. It sounds simple, but that’s exactly what happens.

– Lama Yeshe


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Related imageWe are what we think.

All that we are arises with our thoughts.

With our thoughts, we make the world.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

The thought manifests as the word;

the word manifests as the deed;

the deed develops into habit;

and the habit hardens into character.

Watch the thought and its way with care, and let it spring from love, born out of concern for all beings.

—Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda


Thoughts, compassion, and poison

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Thich Nhat Hanh Quote Collective


Not seeing thoughts as simple phenomena

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 When you relate to thoughts obsessively, you are actually feeding them because thoughts need your attention to survive. Once you begin to pay attention to them and categorize them, then they become very powerful. You are feeding them energy because you are not seeing them as simple phenomena. If one tries to quiet them down, that is another way of feeding them.

– Chögyam Trungpa

from the book “The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation”