"We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and
emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images
which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society."
"When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers
deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need
punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending."
"The longness and shortness of the present moment can be recognized
by utilizing a big image of the moon, which is reflecting on the surface of the
ocean, and a small image of the moon on the surface of a cup of water, or in
another example the very wide scale of the whole sky itself, and the very narrow
space of the moon, which is shining in the sky."
"There is a simple way to become buddha: When you refrain from
unwholesome actions, are not attached to birth and death, and are compassionate
toward all sentient beings, respectful to seniors and kind to juniors, not
excluding or desiring anything, with no designing thoughts or worries, you will
be called a buddha. Do not seek anything else."
"To study the Buddha Way is to study the self. To study the self is
to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things.
When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and
minds of others drop away. No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no-trace
"When you ride in a boat and watch the shore, you might assume that
the shore is moving. But when you keep your eyes closely on the boat, you can
see that the boat moves. Similarly, if you examine many things with a confused
mind, you might suppose that your mind and nature are permanent. But when you
practice intimately and return to where you are, it will be clear that there is
nothing that has unchanging self."
"Do not be concerned with the faults of other persons. Do not see
others' faults with a hateful mind. There is an old saying that if you stop
seeing others' faults, then naturally seniors and venerated and juniors are
revered. Do not imitate others' faults; just cultivate virtue. Buddha prohibited
unwholesome actions, but did not tell us to hate those who practice unwholesome
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