Friday, May 13, 2016

Find Lightness

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Look at your own mind. The one who carries things thinks he's got things, but the one who looks on only sees the heaviness. Throw away things, lose them and find lightness.

(Ajahn Chah, "No Ajahn Chah")

Monday, May 2, 2016

One activity, one mind

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There is a saying, "To catch two birds with one stone." That is what people usually try to do. Because they want to catch too many birds they find it difficult to be concentrated on one activity, and they may end up not catching any birds at all!

(Shunryu Suzuki, "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind")

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Not Criticising Bodhisattvas

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When we start attacking somebody else verbally with the intent to ruin their reputation, we are actually saying more about ourselves and our own faults, than we are about the person whom we are bad-mouthing.

(Thubten Chodron, "37 Practices of Bodhisattvas")

Friday, April 8, 2016

Place Inside and Outside

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If you're allergic to one place, you'll be allergic to every place. But it's not the place outside you that's causing you trouble. It's the place inside you.

(Ajahn Chah, "No Ajahn Chah")

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Sky And The Crow

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A tale from the Bhagawat Purana:

A crow once flew into the sky with a piece of meat in its beak. Twenty other crows set out in hot pursuit and began to attack it viciously.
When the crow finally dropped-the meat, its pursuers left if alone and flew off shrieking after the morsel.
Said the crow: “I’ve lost the meat and gained this peaceful sky.”

Said a Zen monk,
“When my house burnt down I got an unobstructed view of the moon at night!”

(Anthony de Mello SJ, "The Song Of The Bird")