Welcome to the Meditation Circle site. This longtime Buddhist-oriented meditation group based at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 520 Kanawha Boulevard W., in Charleston, West Virginia, will be closing down its meetings for good effective with the end of June 2022, after a good run. See the ‘RESOURCES’ page for tips on setting up or deepening meditation practice. Be well!
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Category Archives: Quotes
“If you can put to restThe mind that frantically seeksFrom moment to moment,You will be no different from old Shakyamuni Buddha.” ~ Lin Chi, founder of the Linji school of Chán Buddhism during Tang Dynasty China: “Linji’s teachings encouraged people … Continue reading
“The ocean of suffering is immense, but if you turn around, you can see the land.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
“Meditation is not evasion.It is a serene encounter with reality.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
“Think about the people who’ve devoted their lives to the practice of the Dhamma and were able to reap the fruit of that practice. As you look at what you’re doing in the course of the day, you may find … Continue reading
Take care not to let mechanicalIntelligence burden your mind;Watch what is not temporalAnd remain unmoved by things. ~ Lao tzu(quote courtesy DailyZen.com)
“My advice is to not let yourself get wrapped up in doubts and questions. Let them go and directly contemplate whatever you are experiencing. Don’t make a big deal out of any physical pleasure or pain you experience. When you … Continue reading
You are a seeker.Delight in the masteryOf your hands and your feet,Of your words and your thoughts.Delight in meditation and in solitude.Compose yourself, be happy.You are a seeker. ~ The Buddha in “The Dhammapada”
“To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem. To meditate means to observe.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
The Dhammapada is an exquisite collection of short, pithy teachings by the Buddha. Read the whole collection here.
~ More on Thich Nhat Hanh here
Few people see the acacia blossoms fall,Night is quiet, the spring mountain empty.The sudden moon alarms mountain birds.Long moment of song in the spring ravine. ~ Wang Wei (699-759)
NOTE 2 SELF: ‘You still in bed?!’ (Quote by C.S. Lewis from a letter to Arthur Greeves).
“Maranenapi tam pahiyatiyam puriso mamidanti mannati.Etampi viditva pandito,na mamattayanametha mamako. “At death, a person abandonswhat one construes as mine.Realizing this, the wiseshouldn’t inclineto be devoted to mine.” ~ The Buddha from the Sutta Nipata, 4:812(translated from the Pali by Thanissaro … Continue reading