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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby ground » Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:02 am

An alltime non-favorite
"If I were to set up a Dharma to teach you, it would not be leading you. If I were to set up a Dharma, it would be deceiving you; it would be failing you. If I had a Dharma, how could I explain it to someone else? How could I speak of it to you? It comes down to this: If there are terms and written words, all of it will deceive you. How could I tell you even a mustard seed's worth of the meaning of the great path? If I could speak of it, what purpose would that serve?"

Master Yüan; The Bodhidharma Anthology, J. L Broughton
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby muni » Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:15 pm

Kashyapa, a belief in a self as huge as Mt Sumeru is easy to destroy, but the belief in emptiness with deep conceit is not destroyed so easily.

Shakyamuni Buddha.
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby Sherab Dorje » Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:31 pm

I deplore this vulgar place where demons dwell with worthies.
They say they're the same, but is the Tao impartial?
A fox might ape a lion's mien and claim the disguise is real,
but once ore enters the furnace, we soon see if it's gold or base.

Hanshan
"When one is not in accord with the true view
Meditation and conduct become delusion,
One will not attain the real result
One will be like a blind man who has no eyes."
Naropa - Summary of the View from The Eight Doha Treasures
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby Mr. G » Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:37 pm

    Although your realization is equal to that of the buddhas', make offerings
    to the Three Jewels. Although you have gained mastery over your mind, direct
    your innermost aims towards the Dharma. Although the nature of the Great
    Perfection is supreme, don't disparage other teachings.

    Although you have realized that buddbas and sentient beings are equal,
    embrace all beings with compassion. Although the paths and bhumis are beyond
    training and journeying, don't forsake purifying your obscurations through
    Dharma activities. Although the accumulations are beyond gathering, don't
    sever the roots of conditioned virtue.

    Although your mind lies beyond birth and death, this illusory body does
    die, so practice while remembering death. Although you experience dharmata
    free from thought, maintain the attitude of bodhichitta. Although you have
    attained the fruition of dharmakaya, keep company with your yidam deity.

    Although dharmakaya is not some other place, seek the true meaning. Although
    buddhahood is not anywhere else, dedicate any virtue you create towards
    unexcelled enlightenment. Although everything experienced is original
    wakefulness, don't let your mind stray into samsara.

    Although your mind essence is the awakened one, always worship the deity
    and your master. Although you have realized the nature of the Great Perfection,
    don't abandon your yidam deity. Those who, instead of doing this, speak foolishly
    with boastful words only damage the Three Jewels and will find not even
    an instant of happiness.


    - Guru Padmasambhava - The Jewel Spike Testament
    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
    - Vasubandhu
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby muni » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:12 am

"Lo! This is the self-aware primordial wisdom. It is beyond all avenues of speech and all thoughts of mind. I, Tilopa have nothing further to reveal. Know all to be the display of awareness. Without imagining, without deliberating, without analyzing, without meditating, without investigating, just let the mind be in its natural state." - India Mahasiddha Tilopa
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby muni » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:16 am

Maitreya: ordinary beings are truly buddhas but this fact is obscured by adventitious distortions. Once these are removed, truly there is buddhahood.
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby Indrajala » Sat Apr 07, 2012 3:44 pm

One should live with few possessions
And dwell with one's back turned
To the things that cause grasping
Be as a wanderer in foreign lands
Taking food as it is found
Like the birds in migration.


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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby muni » Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:44 am

If you show a small child the moon, it will look to the moon. If you show a dog the moon, dog will look to your finger.
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby Ogyen » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:10 am

Do not try to become anything.
Do not make yourself into anything.
Do not be a meditator.
Do not become enlightened.
When you sit, let it be.
When you walk, let it be.
Grasp at nothing.
Resist nothing.
If you haven’t wept deeply, you haven’t begun to meditate.

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"To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget." –Arundhati Roy
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby White Lotus » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:14 pm

i love Ajahn Chah!
in any matters of importance. dont rely on me. i may not know what i am talking about. take what i say as mere speculation. i am not ordained. nor do i have a formal training. i do believe though that if i am wrong on any point. there are those on this site who i hope will quickly point out my mistakes.
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby Mr. G » Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:10 pm

Not a Mahayana quote, but I like this one:

    Passāmi naṁ manasā cakkhunā va,
    I see him in my mind as though with the eye,

    rattindivaṁ brāhmaṇa appamatto.
    (as I dwell) heedful night and day, brahmin.

    Namassamāno vivasemi rattiṁ,
    revering him I make the night pass by,

    ten’ eva maññāmi avippavāsaṁ.
    for that reason I think there is no (real) dwelling apart


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    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
    - Vasubandhu
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby JohnJigmeHeimrShmidt » Sun Apr 15, 2012 4:53 pm

Always take the lowest place. Wear simple clothes. Help other beings as much as you can. In everything you do, simply work at developing love and compassion until they have become a fundamental part of you.
- Patrul Rinpoche, Words of My Perfect Teacher
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby Ogyen » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:44 pm

JohnJigmeHeimrShmidt wrote:
Always take the lowest place. Wear simple clothes. Help other beings as much as you can. In everything you do, simply work at developing love and compassion until they have become a fundamental part of you.
- Patrul Rinpoche, Words of My Perfect Teacher


this text is loaded with 'favorite quotes' huh? I think the book IS a favorite quote...
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby AilurusFulgens » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:41 pm

Lest we forget.

Solzhenitsyn on evil

From "The Gulag Archipelago"

If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

During the life of any heart this line keeps changing place; sometimes it is squeezed one way by exuberant evil and sometimes it shifts to allow enough space for good to flourish. One and the same human being is, at various ages, under various circumstances, a totally different human being. At times he is close to being a devil, at times to sainthood. But his name doesn't change, and to that name we ascribe the whole lot, good and evil.

Socrates taught us: "Know thyself."

Confronted by the pit into which we are about to toss those who have done us harm, we halt, stricken dumb: it is after all only because of the way things worked out that they were the executioners and we weren't.

From good to evil is one quaver, says the proverb.

And correspondingly, from evil to good.
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby muni » Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:04 am

If I had been taming own mind, I already had been awaken.

Alas! I have too much work in taming others!
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby muni » Mon May 28, 2012 11:50 am

It's not the appearance that binds you, it's the attachment to the appearance that binds you.

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby Shanti » Mon May 28, 2012 2:45 pm

"All beings and I awaken together."

-- The Buddha, at the moment of his enlightenment

“Live as if everything in the past dissolved yesterday, and all the future begins today.”

-- a Buddhist monk (I believe he was a Zen master)

The Dalai Lama's 18 rules for living:

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three Rs: 1. Respect for self 2. Respect for others 3. Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

Also, I love anything from the Dhammapada, and anything from His Holiness the Dalai Lama's books.

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby greentreee » Mon May 28, 2012 7:55 pm

The Buddha Dharma is in the world
Awakening is not apart from the world
If you seek enlightenment apart from the world
It is like seeking a rabbit with horns.

the Sixth Patriarch Huineng
scratching thick hair'd head,
"if air can be conditioned,
like where's the shampoo?"

"greentreee"
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby Wesley1982 » Mon May 28, 2012 9:02 pm

"Sun faced Buddha, Moon faced Buddha" . .
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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Postby muni » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:01 am

You may possess the power and might of a world ruler, but unless you gain mastery over your own mind, when the time of death arrives you still haven’t attained the power of freedom. So gain mastery over your mind!

Guru Rinpoche.
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