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Wisdom

Perfect wisdom can’t be learned or distinguished or thought about or found through the senses

Subhuti asked : ” Is it possible to find perfect wisdom through reflection or listening to statements or through signs or attributes , so that one can say ‘This is it’ or ‘ here it is ‘?” The Buddha answered : “No, Subhuti . Perfect wisdom can’t be learned or distinguished or thought about or found through the senses . This is because nothing in this world can be finally explained, it can only be experienced, and thus all things are just as they are. Perfect wisdom can never be experienced apart from all things. To see the suchness of things , which is their empty calm being , is to see them just as they are. It is in this way that perfect wisdom and the material world are not two, they are not divided. As a result of Suchness, of calm and empty being , perfect wisdom cannot be known about intellectually. Nor can the things of the world, for they are understood only through names and ideas. Where there is no learning or finding out , no concepts or conventional words , it is in that place one can say there is perfect Wisdom .”
-Ashtasahasrika-

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Understanding all the teachings that anyone has ever taught

“If your everyday practice is to open to all your emotions, to all the people you meet, to all the situations you encounter, without closing down, trusting that you can do that — then that will take you as far as you can go. And then you’ll understand all the teachings that anyone has ever taught.”
~PEMA CHODRON


Compassion and Generosity

 

Source: Compassion & Generosity | Great Middle Way

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Oct 2, 2017

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disciples should be detached.

We should practice compassion and generosity

without regard to appearances, without regard to form,

without regard to sound, smell, taste, touch, or any quality of any kind.

This is how we should practice compassion and generosity.

 

Practicing compassion and generosity without attachment

is the way to reaching the Highest Perfect Wisdom,

it is the way to becoming a living Buddha.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Diamond Sutra


The wise reject what they think

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The foolish reject what they see,
not what they think.
The wise reject what they think,
not what they see.
~Huang Po

Foolishness

Source: Foolishness | Great Middle Way

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Sept 14, 2017

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If, to his detriment,

the fool grows in cleverness,

he only destroys his own mind,

and his fate is worse than before.

—Buddha Shakyamuni


Stairway to wisdom

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Susan Lurié


Just as the honey is not sweetness, The words of Wu Hsin are not The truth

With thanks to Yvon at ivonprefontaine.com

Source: Pointers to Non-Duality | Teacher as Transformer

When I am mindful and present to the world in its past, present, and future moments the text I live comes to life with new meaning:

 

Just as the honey is not sweetness,

The words of Wu Hsin are not

The truth.

However, time spent with these words is like

The aftermath of rain.

In due course, a sprouting of

Understanding will occur and

Will bear fruit at a pace

Outside of one’s control.