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Wisdom

Knowing the truth

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When we know the truth, we become people who don’t have to think much, we become people with wisdom. If we don’t know, we have more thinking than wisdom or no wisdom at all. A lot of thinking without wisdom is extreme suffering.

– Ajahn Chah
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All Aims

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March 7, 2018

518dc4d28a72ee53290e079bb2da4f2fFrom generosity comes wealth;

happiness from ethical conduct.

From patience comes beauty;

splendor from joyous effort.

Through concentration comes peace;

from wisdom comes liberation.

Compassion accomplishes all aims.

—Nagarjuna, Precious Garland


Peace and Clarity

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Feb 22, 2018

Related imageThese 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


You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person

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Thich Nhat Hanh Philosophy & Practice


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-


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

 

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Oct 2, 2017

22154496_373875656366689_5813282923501672362_nIn the practice of compassion and generosity

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