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The Ice Pond

Consciousness is an ice pond:Though it is all water,It needs the energy of the sun to melt.When ordinary people are awakened,They are Buddhas;But they rely on the power ofDharma for cultivation.When ice melts,Then water flows and moistens;Only then can it … Continue reading

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Observe Your Own Mind

“People today have been confused for a long time. They do not know that their own mind is the real Buddha. “They do not know that their own essence is the real Dharma. “Wishing to seek Dharma, they attribute it … Continue reading

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The world of continual emergence

Perceive freshly as you enterThe world of continual emergence.That rock-bottomed essence of your mind,Is always still, but ever-emerging;Always there, as if waiting to be noticed. – Ji Aoi Isshi (Quote courtesy DailyZen.com)

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Settling Quarrels

“There are those who do not realize that one day we all must died. But those who do realize this settle their quarrels.” ~ The Buddha | Dhammapada 1.6

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Be your own witness

People may look at you and feel your way of life, your interest in Dhamma, makes no sense. Others may say that if you want to practise Dhamma, you ought to be ordained as a monk. Being ordained is not … Continue reading

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Don’t Be a Meditator

“Don’t try to become anything. Don’t make yourself into anything. Don’t be a meditator. Don’t become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. What you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. ” ~ Ajahn Chah

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Turn to the Ocean

I explain to you mattersPertaining to enlightenment,But don’t try to keepYour mind on them.Just turn to the oceanOf your own essenceAnd develop practicalAccord with its nature. ~ Yangshan

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Recipe for Contentment

“If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the … Continue reading

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Why don’t you touch your nose?

Then spring now autumn,the four seasons revolve.Then young now old,you see the hair turn white.Then wealthy and nobility,now a long dream.Years and months go by,Carrying ten thousand pecks of sorrow.In the path of suffering,The wheel of rebirth rolls endlessly.In the … Continue reading

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Abandon COnceit

“It is by diminishing ego, letting go of arrogance, and abandoning conceit that one becomes a better Buddhist, no matter what tradition one may follow.” ~ Bhikkhu Analayo, “Superiority Conceit in Buddhist Traditions”

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Calmness in Activity

“Calmness of mind does not mean you should stop your activity. Real calmness should be found in activity itself. We say, “It is easy to have calmness in inactivity, it is hard to have calmness in activity, but calmness in … Continue reading

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Errant Thoughts

After awakening, it is necessary to always observe and examine yourself. When errant thoughts suddenly arise, do not go along with them at all; reduce them, reduce them, until you reach the point of noncontrivance, which alone is the ultimate … Continue reading

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Drop by Drop

“Think not lightly of good, saying, “It will not come to me.”Drop by drop is the water pot filled.Likewise, the wise one, gathering it little by little,fills oneself with good.” ~ The Buddha (The Dhammapada 9.122)

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The Bonds of Sympathy

Generosity, kind words,doing a good turn for others,and treating all people alike:these bonds of sympathy are to the worldwhat the linchpin is to thechariot wheel. ~ Jataka 20

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Train Yourself in this Way

“You must bring yourself back to mindfulness wherever you are, all the time. Along with your regular meditation practice, add practices such as this one-minute meditation into your daily life. Train yourself in this way—as soon as some psychic irritant … Continue reading

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