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Renunciation is not getting rid of the things of this world, but accepting that they pass away.
Aitken Roshi, as quoted in The Awakening of Global Consciousness: A Guide to Self-Realization
(2010) by Jawara D. King, p. 20
I prefer Buddhism because it gives three principles in combination, which no other religion does.
Buddhism teaches prajna (understanding as against superstition and supernaturalism), karuna
(love), and samata (equality). This is what man wants for a good and happy life. Neither god nor
soul can save society.
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, Indian scholar, nationalist, jurist, political leader, Buddhist revivalist and
an architect of the Indian Constitution [citation needed]
The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the world's ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.
Atiśa, as quoted in Perspectives on Mankind's Search for Meaning (2008) by Walter Taminang, p.
63
In criticizing, the teacher is hoping to teach. That's all.
Bankei [citation needed]
The true meaning of the precepts is not just that one should refrain from drinking alcohol, but also
from getting drunk on nirvana.
Bassui [citation needed]
All know the Way, but few actually walk it.

but do not let either affect the poise of the mind: follow the calmness. Ananda. turned to the Buddha and exclaimed: "Lord. Do not injure any being. there should be just the sensed. In what is thought. In what is heard. [citation needed] Develop the mind of equilibrium. it will be an advantage and . I've been thinking . Only one person in a million becomes enlightened without a teacher's help. that person doesn't need a teacher. .. [citation needed] Mindfulness is the aware. you'll never know it. He should not kill a living being. you have the buddha-nature. Spiritual friendship is the whole of the spiritual life!" Samyutta Nikaya. study hard. either strong or weak in the world. though. In what is sensed. To one who follows such a wise man.. nor cause it to be killed. someone understands what the Buddha meant. It's true. If. It is opening to or receiving the present moment.Sutta Nipata One day. Ananda. David Brandon (Zen in the Art of Helping) You can explore the universe. just as it is. say not so. without either clinging to it or rejecting it.Bodhidharma [citation needed] If you don't find a teacher soon. balanced acceptance of the present experience. there should be just the seen. I could really see you. pleasant or unpleasant. looking for somebody who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself. Sutta Nipata II. and you will not find that person anywhere. as one would follow a guide to some buried treasure. Verse 2 In what is seen. there should be just the thought. The Buddha . You will always be getting praise and blame. there should be just the heard. the absence of pride.spiritual friendship is at least half of the spiritual life!" The Buddha replied: "Say not so. nor should he incite another to kill. by the conjunction of conditions. It isn't more complicated that that. Sylvia Boorstein [citation needed] If only I could throw away the urge to trace my patterns in your heart. But without the help of a teacher. who had been thinking deeply about things for a while. and by means of instruction you'll understand. Such a person has a natural awareness superior to anything taught. you'll live this life in vain.14 One should follow a man of wisdom who rebukes one for one's faults. But unless you're so blessed.

its depth. Conquer the ill-natured man by goodness. . Strive for this with a one-pointed mind. "Are you a magician?" "No. to maintain a friendship is to maintain wealth and to end a friendship is to end wealth. as you stand or walk. Even if it were their last and final bit of food.. Since you should abandon even good states of mind generated by these teachings.. The Dhammapada In Aryans' Discipline. . brahmin.. Conquer the miser with generosity. Your life will bring heaven to earth. Conquer the angry man by love. to be abandoned once you have crossed the flood. To its height. brahmin. if there were anyone to receive it. As long as you are awake. brahmin." said the Blessed One. Digha Nikaya If beings knew. "What are you then?" "I am awake. Cakkavatti Sutta. without hatred or enmity. Then.." said the Blessed One.not a disadvantage. Patika Vagga. A limitless love. . its broad extent. they would not enjoy its use without sharing it." said the Blessed One. they would not enjoy their gifts without sharing them with others. how much more so should you abandon bad states of mind! . Sit or lie down.. These teachings are like a raft." [citation needed] Let your love flow outward through the universe.. nor would the taint of stinginess obsess the heart and stay there. "Are you a saint?" "No. as I know. Conquer the liar with truth. to build a friendship is to build wealth. the results of sharing gifts. Itivuttaka 18 A brahmin once asked the Blessed One: "Are you a God?" "No.

. make yourself your refuge. Digha Nikaya. And the life of the candle will not be shortened. and known. Sutta Nipata [citation needed] What is this world condition? Body is the world condition. And with body and form goes feeling. sought after and reached by the mind--all this is the embodied world. sensed. without obstruction.. . 16 Solitude is happiness for one who is content.. Samyutta Nikaya [citation needed] Make an island of yourself. is the holy state here. without enmity. One should cultivate an unbounded mind. one should practice this mindfulness. there is no other refuge. without rivalry. her only son. they say. make truth your refuge.. but knowing how to be forbearing alone makes one victorious.harmlessness towards all living beings. who has heard the Dhamma and clearly sees. . and loving-kindness towards all the world. as long as one is free from drowsiness. or going. Udana 10 Things are not what they appear to be: nor are they otherwise. Make truth your island. or seated. consciousness. to be penetrated and realized. there is no other refuge. above and below and across.Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle. The arising of form and the ceasing of form--everything that has been heard. The fool thinks he has won a battle when he bullies with harsh speech.. Nonaffliction is happiness in the world .. and all the activities throughout the world. so one should cultivate an unbounded mind towards all beings. perception. This.. Standing. or lying down. I teach one thing and one only: suffering and the end of suffering. Just as a mother would protect with her life her own son. Happiness never decreases by being shared .

a traveler passing through. no less than all beings have Buddha Nature within. set time aside. If you talk much. Your essential Mind is pure. let it be. Resist nothing. to be alone with yourself. we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else's eyes.. and you will denied the joy that comes from labor's end. and you should know that there are few so wise that they cannot learn from others. you haven't begun to meditate. . wealth and fame. your stay is but short and the moment of your departure unknown. fatigue and weariness will overtake you. But if you toil without rest. Take small account of might. Instead. let it be. Pema Chodron [citation needed] Remember always that you are just a visitor here. If you ponder this truth always you will offer more light. They are led astray by ignorance. You. no one is really evil. Be near when help is needed. Be of good cheer and with this understanding.Surangama Sutra [citation needed] Do not try to become anything. Do not be a meditator. compassion is a balm for many wounds. let not remorse nor dark foreboding cast you down. this will make you deaf to what others say. What you walk. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves. When you sit. rather than blame and condemnation. when defilements cause you to stumble and fall. Do not become enlightened. Carry this lamp always and in good time the darkness will yield and you will abide in the Light. Treasure silence when you find it. Cast off pretense and self-deception and see yourself as you really are. Do not make yourself into anything. Grasp at nothing. Despite all appearances. Therefore. Ajahn Chah [citation needed] If you haven't wept deeply. Truly. for they soon pass and are forgotten. Faith is like a lamp and wisdom makes the flame burn bright.. summon strength and walk on. Dhammavadaka [citation needed] . but far when praise and thanks are being offered. Speak quietly and kindly and be not forward with either opinions or advice. None can live without toil and a craft that provides your needs is a blessing indeed. The only reason we don't open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don't feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. nurture love within you and and strive to be a friend to all. and while being mindful of your duties.

.. and also tell other Buddhists that the question of Nirvana will come later. One has to try to develop one's inner feelings.. both for oneself and others. Likewise. . . not luxuries. This is a priceless human asset and one you don't have to pay income tax on! . only suffering and confusion will ensue. with compassion. with love.. . The universe that we inhabit and our shared perception of it are the results of a common karma. . then expect changes from others. you may 'solve' one problem. Without them.. Whenever Buddhism has taken root in a new land. honesty.. have contributed to the world in which we live... there has been a certain variation in the style . human or nonhuman. Love and compassion are necessities.. It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good. the places that we will experience in future rebirths will be the outcome of the karma that we share with the other beings living there.H. I first watch myself... If the love within your mind is lost and you see other beings as enemies.Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something.. and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent. which can be done simply by training one's mind. We all have a common responsibility for our world and are connected with everything in it. check myself. . First one must change.. then automatically it will lead to Nirvana. . The 14th Dalai Lama Through violence. I myself feel. If in day to day life you lead a good life. with less selfishness. H.. but you sow the seeds for another.. then no matter how much knowledge or education or material comfort you have. The actions of each of us. humanity cannot survive. There is not much hurry...

. you must know the meaning of teachings.. self-cherishing is eliminated. On the other hand. . . where as we often lie and misrepresent ourselves in devious ways in order to achieve our ends or better ourselves. in order to meditate correctly. . each in its own particular way. . Naturally.... consequently. one leaf falls down and another leaf falls down. . To develop genuine devotion. there are three stages or steps. The beautiful plants become as if dead and we do not feel very happy. This is the meaning of tantra.in which it is observed. The initial stage is to reduce attachment towards life.. Why? I think it is because deep down our human nature likes construction. and this transformation depends upon meditation. The main emphasis in Buddhism is to transform the mind. violence is not good. Then in the third stage.. Samsara ... The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.. Nonviolence is the only way. From this perspective. in autumn. The second stage is the elimination of desire and attachment to this samsara. we feel very happy... But we can also say that insects are innocent and free from guile. you must have knowledge.. the occasion and the situation of those who were listening to him. Constructiveness is the human way. to the beauty and prosperity of the world. I think that in terms of basic human feeling.. According to Buddhist practice. From one point of view we can say that we have human bodies and are practicing the Buddha's teachings and are thus much better than insects. . and does not like destruction. ... . The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute. The Buddha himself taught differently according to the place. Therefore. the grass becomes fresh and. When the days become longer and there is more sunshine. every action which is destructive is against human nature.are nothing but different manifestations of a basic continuum. . So this continuity of consciousness us always present. we are much worse than insects.our conditioned existence in the perpetual cycle of habitual tendencies and nirvana genuine freedom from such an existence. Anything that contradicts experience and logic should be abandoned.

learn from it and change so that every new moment is spent not in regret. Drakpa Gyaltsen [citation needed] To deny the reality of things is to miss their reality." H. understand it. Don't run from them. understanding and love. our overall population would have decreased.. we can see it.. You have a problem? Great. or bury your burden in saintly silence. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana. condemn yourself. "Mindfulness in Plain English" Humans prepare for the future all their lives.H. We humans have existed in our present form for about a hundred thousand years. Rejoice. Ithaca. yet meet the next life totally unprepared. Since these negative emotions are states of mind.. the method or technique for overcoming them must be developed from within. while we cannot undo what is done. Snow Lion Publications. But today. And this is why unpleasant events are "news". The more you talk and think about it.. a factor that has to be overcome and eliminated. negative emotions are always the true enemy. . This clearly indicates to me that love and compassion predominate in the world. therefore. This is why in Buddhist writings and teachings we find such an extensive explanation of the mind and its different processes and functions. and this untamed mind itself comes about because of ignorance and negative emotions. to assert the emptiness of things is to miss their reality. Look upon negativities that arise as opportunities to learn and to grow. More grist for the mill. . the further astray you wander from the truth. fear or anger but in wisdom.. There is no alternative. largely ignored. The fundamental philosophical principle of Buddhism is that all our suffering comes about as a result of an undisciplined mind. For the Buddhist practitioner then. compassionate activities are so much a part of daily life that they are taken for granted and . I believe that if during this time the human mind had been primarily controlled by anger and hatred. despite all our wars. 2004 The beauty of life is. and investigate. regardless of whether he or she follows the approach of the Fundamental Vehicle. Mahayana or Vajrayana. we find that the human population is greater than ever. dive in. And it is only by applying methods for training the mind that these negative emotions can be dispelled and eliminated. Jennifer Edwards [citation needed] View all problems as challenges. like a surgical operation. The 14th Dalai Lama in 'Dzogchen: The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection'. They cannot be removed by some external technique. guilt.

when it gets in your eyes. Truth is apt to be neither. These are all natural phenomena. Lin-Chi [citation needed] One day I complained to Suzuki Roshi about the people I was working with. Hsin Hsin Ming [citation needed] Although gold dust is precious. one is a Buddha. He listened intently. When one does what Bodhisattvas do. Finally he said.. When one does what ghosts do. one is a Bodhisattva. as insubstantial as empty space. if you look at your own mind you will discover it is void and groundless. "If you want to see virtue. think about them. one is a ghost. There are no shortcuts in cultivation. you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion." "To Shine One Corner of the World: Moments with Shuryu Suzuki" (Edited by David Chadwick) Like it or not.Stop talking and thinking and there is nothing you will not be able to know. When one does what Arhats do. Venerable Sumedho [citation needed] . One should read them. can one insightfully know the truth beyond words. one is an Arhat. Then. and investigate the present reality. listen to them. Christmas Humphreys [citation needed] . contemplate them.. it obstructs your vision. Hsi-Tang [citation needed] When one does what Buddhas do. you have to have a calm mind. Venerable Master Hsuan Hua [citation needed] Our lives are based on what is reasonable and common sense. Padma Sambhava [citation needed] Suttas are not meant to be 'sacred scriptures' that tell us what to believe. the present experience with them. And the other half is taking complete personal responsibility for getting there! Joshua Bryer [citation needed] If you live the sacred and despise the ordinary. and only then.

Bertrand Russell. The psychological facts underlying those religious experiences are accepted by the Buddhist and are well-known to him. Dr Carl Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychologist / psychiatrist. The philosophy of the theory of evolution and the law of karma were far superior to any other creed. A Buddhist must not be defeated. exclusion. through it. "Buddhism and the God-Idea" (1962) This method of Bare Attention. while benefiting from the refinement of consciousness he has achieved. of the subjective factor in judgment. mathematician. This relative unification of mind is then interpreted as a union or communion with the One God. in which considerable changes are effected in the quality of consciousness. tallies with the procedure and attitude of the true scientist and scholar: clear definition of subjectmatter and terms.. advocate for social reform. accompanied by a transporting feeling of rapture and bliss. British philosopher. Mystical experiences are also characterized by a marked reduction or temporary exclusion of the multiplicity of sense-perceptions and restless thoughts. I hope you will maintain an alert and winning spirit in your work and daily life.. My task was to treat psychic suffering and it was this that impelled me to become acquainted with the views and methods of that great teacher of humanity. and will thus be able to avoid interpretations of that experience not warranted by the facts. and pacifist [citation needed] As a student of comparative religions. The contrast between these states and normal conscious awareness is so great that the mystic believes his experiences to be manifestations of the divine. and he will further know that they are without any abiding substance that could be attributed to a deity manifesting itself to his mind.president of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) [citation needed] The lives and writings of the mystics of all great religions bear witness to religious experiences of great intensity. The meditator will not be overwhelmed by any uncontrolled emotions and thoughts evoked by his singular experience.Of the great religions of history I prefer Buddhism. but he carefully distinguishes the experiences themselves from the theological interpretations imposed upon them. unprejudiced receptivity for the instruction that comes out of the things themselves. the Buddhist’s conclusion must be that the highest mystical states do not provide evidence for the existence of a personal God or an impersonal godhead. taking courages action and showing triumphant actual proof time and again. so helpful to mind-knowledge and. Daisaku Ikeda . Profound absorption in prayer or meditation can bring about a deepening and widening.. or at least reduction. I believe that Buddhism is the most perfect one the world has even seen. Therefore. This is what the Daishonin teaches. Nyanaponika Thera. logician. . especially in its earliest forms because it has had the smallest element of persecution. whose principal theme was the chain of suffering. Founder of the Jungian school of psychology [citation needed] Buddhism is an earnest struggle to win. a brightening and intensifying. of consciousness. deferring of judgment until a careful examination of facts has been made. and given the contrast. this assumption is quite understandable.. to world-knowledge. sickness and death. . old age. It was neither the history of religion nor the study of philosophy that first drew me to the world of Buddhist thought but my professional interest as a doctor. . Hence a Buddhist meditator. historian. will be able to see these meditative experiences for what they are.

Nyanaponika Thera. The Heart of Buddhist Meditation (1965). Richard Dawkins [1] . p. 39 Hinduism and Buddhism offer much more sophisticated worldviews (or philosophies) and I see nothing wrong with these religions.