April 30, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/30/2009


You cannot describe it or draw it. You cannot praise it enough or perceive it. No place can be found in which to put the Original Face; it will not disappear even when the universe is destroyed....

~ Zen Quote by Mumon


April 29, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/29/2009


The mind that does not understand is the Buddha. There is no other....

~ Zen Quote by Ma-Tsu


April 28, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/28/2009


He who wherever he goes is attached to no person and to no place by ties of flesh; who accepts good and evil alike, neither welcoming the one nor shrinking from the other - take it that such a one has attained Perfection.

~ Bhagavad-Gita


April 27, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/27/2009


The living meaning of Zen is beyond all notions. To realize it in a phrase is completely contrary to the subtle essence; we cannot avoid using words as expedients, though, but this has limitations. Needless to say, of course, random talk is useless. Nonetheless, the matter is not one-sided, so we temporarily set forth a path in the way of teaching, to deal with people.

~ Zen Quote by Qingfu


April 26, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/26/2009


When you're deluded, every statement is an ulcer; when you're enlightened, every word is wisdom.

~ Zen Quote by Zhiqu


April 25, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/25/2009

One single still light shines bright: if you intentionally pursue it, after all it's hard to see. Suddenly encountering it, people's hearts are opened up, and the great matter is clear and done. This is really living, without any fetters -- no amount of money could replace it. Even if a thousand sages should come, they would all appear in it's shadow.
~ Zen Quote by Chuzhen

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April 24, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/24/2009


Just think of the trees: they let the birds perch and fly, with no intention to call them when they come and no longing for their return when they fly away. If people's hearts can be like the trees, they will not be off the Way.

~ Zen Quote by Langya


April 22, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/22/2009


Giving properly means doing so confidently and without too much encumberments.

~ The Buddha


April 21, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/21/2009


Living well favours a serene death and rebirth in a happy state.

~ The Buddha


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April 15, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/15/2009


One is to cultivate the seven factors of enlightenment: mindfulness, investigation into phenomena, energy, bliss, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity.

~ The Buddha


April 14, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/14/2009


Thought-habits can harden into character. So watch your thoughts.

~ The Buddha


April 13, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/13/2009


Sensuous craving often gives rise to dissension, quarrelling and fighting, and so on.

~ The Buddha


April 11, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/11/2009


Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.

~ The Buddha


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April 09, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/9/2009


By overcoming mental formations in a right way, bliss opens up.

~ The Buddha


April 08, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/8/2009


Profound truth, so difficult to perceive, difficult to understand, tranquilizing and sublime, is not to be gained by mere reasoning and is perceived only by the wise.

~ The Buddha


April 06, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/6/2009


A man is not to be considered a good man just because he is an able talker.

~ The Buddha


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April 04, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/4/2009


As the bee collects nectar and fragrance, so let the sage dwell on earth.

~ The Buddha


April 03, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/3/2009


Whatever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings; believe and cling to that doctrine, and take it as your guide.


~ The Buddha


April 02, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/2/2009


Be greatly aware of reality as you meet or confront it each day, and from that become fit enough to deal with it.

~ The Buddha


April 01, 2009

Early Morning Buddhist Inspiration - 4/1/2009


Vipassana Bhavana Meditation
'Vipassana bhavana meditation' is realization of the three signs of being, 'anicca', 'dukkha', and 'anatta', by direct insight. These three characteristics, impermanence, suffering and non-self, can be grasped intellectually, as scientific and philosophical truth, but this is not in itself sufficient to rid the mind of egoism and craving.
The philosopher who fails to live according to his philosophy is the most familiar example of this incompatibility between theory and practice. When the direct perception is obtained, however, what was at its highest intellectual level still merely a theory becomes actual knowledge, in precisely the same way that we "know" when we are hot or cold hungry or thirsty. The mind that has attained it is established in the Dhamma, and 'panna', wisdom, has taken the place of delusion.