Three things cannot be long hidden:
the sun, the moon and the truth.
“An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.” – Buddha
“This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is a flash of lightning in the sky. Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.” -Buddha
Source: This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is a flash of lightning in the sky. Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.
“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.”
– Dalai Lama,
Everything is changeable, everything appears and disappears there is no blissful peace until one passes beyond the agony of life and death. – Buddha
“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”
“Be Yourself! ” – Buddha.
Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.
“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.”
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
“I believe the very purpose of our life is
to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether
one believes in religion or not, whether one
believes in this religion or that religion, we
all are seeking something better in life. So, I
think, the very motion or our life is towards
“Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.”
– Dalai Lama
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
“Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.”
– Dalai Lama
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
– Dalai Lama
“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
– Dalai Lama
“Sleep is the best meditation.”
“Remember that not getting what you want
is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”
Dogen: born January 19, 1200.
What we think, we become.
“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 kills. ”
Letting go gives us freedom,
and freedom is the only
condition for happiness. If, in
our heart, we still cling to
anything – anger, anxiety, or
possessions – we cannot be free.
Thich Nhat Hanh
It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy
or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
— Dalai Lama
563 BC – 483 BC
Happiness is not something ready made.
It comes from your own actions.
July 6, 1935
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn
for the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate
the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
You cannot travel the path
until you have become the path.
To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west, people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.
The tongue like a sharp knife…kills without drawing blood.
It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
– The Buddha
“When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation.”
-Donna Quesada, Buddha in the Classroom: Zen
Mind is like the wood or stone from which a person carves an image. If he carves a dragon or a tiger, and seeing it fears it, he is like a stupid person creating a picture of hell and then afraid to face it. If he does not fear it, then his unnecessary thoughts will vanish. Part of the mind produces sight, sound, taste, odor and sensibility, and from them raises greed, anger and ignorance with all their accompanying likes and dislikes.
“Through zeal, knowledge is gotten, through lack of zeal,
knowledge is lost; let a man who knows the double path of
gain and loss thus place himself that knowledge may grow.”
This global warming has brought changes in climate, including making perennial snow mountains melt, thereby adversely affecting not only human beings but also other living species.
Let me drop a word of advice for believers of my faith.
To enjoy life’s immensity, you do not need many things.
In my ten-foot bamboo hut
There is nothing:
There is everything.
Does one really have to fret
No matter what road I travel,
I’m going home.
Walking is Zen, sitting is Zen;
Talking or silent, moving or unmoving,-
The essence is at ease.
Mind is simply a combination of all thoughts, of all the clouds. Mind has no independent nature of its own. When all the thoughts are gone and the sky is clean and clear, you will see everything that you have paid so much attention to is nothing but emptiness. Your thoughts were all empty. They contained nothing, they were void.
According to Buddhist philosophy, happiness is the result of an enlightened mind whereas suffering is caused by a distorted mind. This is very important. A distorted mind, in contrast to an enlightened mind, is one that is not in tune with reality.
Joy in the morning,
Sleep in the evening,
Take me up to where
When other sects speak well of Zen, the first thing that they praise is its poverty.
Zen Master Dogen
In today’s materialistic society, if you have money and power, you seem to have many friends. But they are not friends of yours; they are the friends of your money and power. When you lose your wealth and influence, you will find it very difficult to track these people down.
-14th Dalai Lama
War is violence and violence is unpredictable. Therefore, it is better to avoid it if possible, and never to presume that we know beforehand whether the outcome of a particular war will be beneficial or not.
Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it. Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.
– The Buddha
He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.
“A jug fills drop by drop.”
Note: I am not a religious person. But I do like to read things about Buddhism, and it has made me a calmer and better person. If any of you feel offended or think that I am trying to force the Buddhist quotes, proverbs and sayings, then I do apologize. -Don
In recent generations, many have come to regard question and answer dialogues as the style of the Zen school. They do not understand what the ancients were all about; they only pursue trivia, and do not come back to the essentials. How strange!
People in older times asked questions on account of confusion, so they were seeking actual realization through their questioning; when they got a single saying or half a phrase, they would take it seriously and examine it until they penetrated it. They were not like people nowadays who pose questions at random and answer with whatever comes out of their mouths, making laughingstocks of themselves.
For many years
I have dug in the ground,
Seeking the blue skies
Time after time
Gaining only obstructions
In my heart one night
In the midst of the darkness
I kicked up a piece of tile.
Just letting go
I realized the already empty bones
Are struck into bits.
– Muso Soseki