"You are so anxious about the future that you do not enjoy the
present. You therefore do not live in the present or the future. You live as if
you are never going to die, and then die having never really lived."
"There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt
separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up
pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that
"I reached in experience the nirvana which is unborn, unrivalled,
secure from attachment, undecaying and unstained. This condition is indeed
reached by me which is deep, difficult to see, difficult to understand,
tranquil, excellent, beyond the reach of mere logic, subtle, and to be realized
only by the wise."
"Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears
from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk
safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the
guidance of virtue."
Sometimes it gets overwhelming and feel very daunting...take refuge in this day, in this moment, in the Buddha, the Sangha and the Dharma!
As proven over the centuries, the best way to digest the teachings would be to listen to teachings or read on a subject, and to spend some time pondering over it before continuing to the next subject, because unlike an academic study, all the subjects have direct implications for our own lives. Study, reflection and meditation are essential, as we need to check if these teachings are relevant to us. Buddhism should not be accepted on the basis of blind faith, but rather because we find it sensible. The Buddha put it this way: "Only when it agrees with your experience and reason, and when it is conducive to the good and gain of oneself and all others, then one should accept the teachings, and live up to them".
"You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is
more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person
is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire
universe deserve your love and affection."
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