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Raising up his dust-whisk, the Master asked, "To what kind of dharma world does this belong?"

The monk contemplated what he might answer, and the Master remarked, "It is just feverish activity to try to realize or understand the matter by thinking or contemplating. In the light of the sun, a single lamp will certainly lose its brilliance."

-Ch’i An

The vast flood rolls onward,

But yield yourself

And it floats you upon it.

-Ikkyu

Just an old leaf, yet

try to follow its structure –

or count its colors!

-Hackett

Now, what does it mean to be free? Is freedom a matter of doing what happens to suit you, going where you like, thinking what you will? This you do anyhow.

-Krishnamurti

Merely to have independence, does that mean freedom? Many people in the world are independent, but very few are free.

-Krishnamurti

Freedom is a state of mind in which there is no fear or compulsion, no urge to be secure.

-Krishnamurti

Don’t we want to be told what marvelous people we are, how lovely we look, or what extraordinary intelligence we have? Otherwise we would not put letters after our names. All that kind of thing gives us self-assurance, a sense of importance. We all want to be famous people – and the moment we want to be something, we are no longer free.

Please see this, for it is the real clue to the understanding of the problem of freedom.

-Krishnamurti

You see, you are not educated for this; your education encourages you to become something or other – but that is not the understanding of yourself. Your "self" is a very complex thing; it is not merely the entity that goes to school, that quarrels, that plays games, that is afraid, but it is also something hidden, not obvious. It is made up, not only of all the thoughts that you think, but also of all the things that have been put into your mind by other people, by books, by the newspapers, by your leaders; and it is possible to understand all that only when you don’t want to be somebody, when you don’t imitate, when you don’t follow . . . That is the only true revolution, leading to extraordinary freedom.

 -Krishnamurti

The perfect man employs his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing, it

refuses nothing. It receives but does not keep.

-Chung-Tzu

A wrong means can never be used towards a right end.

If the means is evil, the end will also be evil.

-Krishnamurti

Good is not the opposite of evil; it comes into being only when that which is evil has utterly ceased.

-Krishnamurti

When the mind is no longer comparing, judging, evaluating, and is therefore capable of seeing what is from moment to moment without wanting to change it – in that very perception is the eternal.

-Krishnamurti

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

-Martin Luther King

Truth is not something to be archieved.

-Krishnamurti

You know, a lovely rose is a lovely rose; but we human beings have been given the capacity to think . . . To know how to think requires a great deal of penetration, understanding, but to know what to think is comparatively easy. Our present education consists in telling us what to think, it does not teach us how to think, how to penetrate, how to explore…

-Krishnamurti

Questioner: Why do men fight?

Why do young boys fight? You sometimes fight with your brother, or with the other boys here, don’t you? Why? You fight over a toy. Perhaps another boy has taken your ball, or your book, and therefore you fight. Grown-up people fight for exactly the same reason, only their toys are position, wealth and power. . . . It is as simple as that.

Thought is a very strange thing, is it not? Do you know what thought is?

-Krishnamurti

Thought or thinking for most people is something put together by the mind, and they battle over their thoughts. But if you can really listen to everything – to the lapping of the water on the bank or a river, to the song of the birds, to the crying of a child, to your mother scolding you, to a friend bullying you, to your wife or husband nagging you – then you will find that you go beyond the words, beyond the mere verbal expressions which so tear one’s being.

-Krishnamurti

Self inquiry begins in asking not what am I but what am I not?

-Allan Anderson

The moment you follow someone you cease to follow truth.

-Krishnamurti

Now if you come to think of it, what is the "I"? When you talk about "I," "mine," my house, my enjoyment, my wife, my child, my live, my temperament, what is that?

-Krishnamurti

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What is the "I"? It is nothing but the result of environment, and there is a conflict between that result, the "I," and the environment itself.

-Krishnamurti

You know we have lost all sense of living normally, simply, directly.

-Krishnamurti

As long as you are trying to be something other than what you actually are, your mind wears itself out.

-Krishnamurti

Is repetitive action virtuous action? If behavior and conduct are merely repetitive processes then all human relationships actually cease. If I behave mechanically every day – repeating a certain code of conduct which I have learnt, which I find profitable, or which is pleasant, repeating that over and over again, my relationship with you ceases, completely – I have become a machine.

-Krishnamurti

The true value of a human being can be found in degrees to which he has attained liberation from the self.

-Einstein

A person starts to live when he can live outside of himself.

-Einstein

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

-Einstein

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

-Einstein

Regard life not as several isolated problems, but comprehensively, as a whole, with a mind that is not suffocated by the search for solutions.

-Krishnamurti

When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about.

-Einstein

There are moments when one feels free from one’s own identification with human limitations and inadequacies. At such moments one imagines that one stands on some spot of a small planet, gazing in amazement at the cold yet profoundly moving beauty of the eternal, the unfathomable; life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor destiny; only Being.

-Einstein

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.

Einstein

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.

-Einstein

You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.

-Einstein

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.

-Einstein

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

-Einstein

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

-Einstein

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

-Einstein

What does a fish know about the water in which it swims all its life?

-Einstein

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The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.

-Einstein

A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging

their prejudices.

-William James

Memory is the lack of comprehension; that lack of comprehension is your background, and from that proceeds your action.

-Krishnamurti

The mere search for the solution of your problems is not going to free the mind from creating further problems. … It is only when the mind, which has taken shelter behind the walls of self-protection, frees itself from its own creations that there can ever be that exquisite reality.

-Krishnamurti

Truth cannot be given to you by somebody. You have to discover it; and to discover, there has to be a state of mind in which there is direct perception.

-Krishnamurti

Understanding comes through being aware of what is.

-Krishnamurti

Now is it possible to come that state when you yourself perceive the truth instantaneously and, therefore, put and end to confusion? I say that it is, and that it is the only possible way.

-Krishnamurti

There is no interval in the confusion of existence.

-Krishnamurti

The real is near, you do not have to seek it; and a man who seeks truth will never find it.

-Krishnamurti

Do not beliefs set man against man?

-Krishnamurti

To be free from the wrong approach is the only problem. This means, really, the understanding of conditioning, which is the mind.

-Krishnamurti

The problem is the mind itself, not the problems it breeds.

-Krishnamurti

When observed with passive watchfulness, the limited reveals the limitless.

-Krishnamurti

Is there really any time at all apart from chronological time? Obviously there is time as yesterday, but is there time as the mind thinks of it?

-Krishnamurti

Surely time, psychological time, is the product of the mind.

-Krishnamurti

To understand anything, any human or scientific problem, what is important, what is essential?

-Krishnamurti

To understand anything, any human or scientific problem, what is important, what is essential? A quiet mind, is it not? A mind that is intent on understanding.

-Krishnamurti

When you are listening to music, your mind does not wander all over the place; you are listening. Similarly, when you want to understand conflict, you are no longer depending on time at all; you are simply confronted with what is, which is conflict.

-Krishnamurti

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Do we really suffer, or only think we suffer?

-Krishnamurti

Conventional education makes independent thinking extremely difficult. Conformity leads to mediocrity.

-Krishnamurti

Intelligence is the capacity to perceive the essential, the what is; and to awaken this capacity, in oneself and in others, is education.

-Krishnamurti

A disciplined mind is never a free mind, nor can a mind that has suppressed desire ever be free. It is only through understanding the whole process of desire that the mind can be free.

-Krishnamurti

For the total development of the human being, solitude as means of cultivating sensitivity becomes a necessity.

-Krishnamurti

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.

-Abraham Lincoln

Isn’t a pity that people wander so much in delusion once they have been trapped by their perception.

-Keizan

In the cultivation of our mind, the emphasis should not be on concentration, but on attention. Concentration is a process of forcing the mind to narrow down to a point, whereas attention is without frontiers.

-Krishanmurti

To be truly educated it is to understand our relationship with all things – to money, to property, to people, to nature – in the vast field of our experience.

-Krishnamurti

You have to be your own teacher and your own disciple. You have to question everything that man has accepted as valuable, as necessary.

-Krishnamurti

Thought is never new, for thought is the response of memory. Anything that is the result of memory is old, and therefore, never free. There is no such thing as freedom of thought. It is sheer nonsense.

-Krishnamurti

[From "Freedom From the Known" – on solving man’s psychological problems by analyzing them.]

If you can look at things without allowing pleasure to creep in – at a face, a bird, the beauty of a sheet of water simmering in the sun, or anything that gives delight – if you can look at it without wanting the experience to be repeated, then there will be no pain, no fear, and therefore, tremendous joy.

-Krishnamurti

It is the struggle to repeat and perpetuate pleasure which turns it into pain. Watch it in yourself.

-Krishnamurti

Living in the present is the instant perception of beauty and the great delight in it without seeking pleasure from it.

-Krishnamurti

When you see clearly the problem is solved. [!]

-Krishnamurti

We do not see things as they are,

we see them as we are.

-Unknown

The future is what you are now.

-Krishnamurti

A conclusion is merely the response of a particular conditioning, is it not?

-Krishnamurti

Hating can never overcome hatred.

Only love can bring the end of hating.

This is the eternal law.

You too will die someday, as everyone must.

When you know this, your hatred is stilled.

-Dhammapada

Life is a movement, an endless movement. To inquire into this extraordinary thing called life one must ask fundamental questions and never be satisfied with answers, no matter how satisfactory they may be. Because the moment you have an answer, the mind has concluded, and conclusion is not life – it is merely a static state.

-Krishnamurti

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The difficulty is that we do not see, we do not listen, we do not perceive things directly and simply as they are.

-Krishnamurti

Sorrow is the shadow of desire.

-Krishnamurti

Man is educated to conform to a pattern, not to doubt, not to inquire…

-Krishnamurti

The Great Way is not difficult

for those who are not attached to their preferences.

-Sengtsan

The torch of chaos and doubt – this is what the sage steers by.

-Chuang Tzu

Time is the psychological enemy of man.

-Krishnamurti

Your perception of life is shaped by the concepts already established in your mind.

-Krishnamurti

In observation one begins to discover the lack of freedom.

-Krishnamurti

What would happen if you were not attached?

-Krishnamurti

Understanding attachment is more important than detachment. Why is there attachment?

-Krishnamurti

Can the mind live, be vital, engergetic, full of depth, without attachment? Of course it can.

-Krishnamurti

What does it mean to attend? If you know how to attend, it may solve every problem. Have you ever given total attention to anything?

-Krishnamurti

Desire creates illusions.

-Krishnamurti

There are two kinds of time: physical, chronological time by the watch – yesterday, today, and tomorrow – and the psychological time of "I will be," a psychological tomorrow, where I shall be "better." But is there psychological time at all, or is it the invention of thought?

-Krishnamurti

Our consciousness is filled with the things of thought and, therefore, our consciousness is fragmentary.

-Krishnamurti

Thought, being fragmentary, is not capable of understanding what is actually happening in the present.

-Krishnamurti

An ideal is the opposite of what is.

-Krishnamurti

Can you look at what is without a prejudice, without a prejudgment? Can you look at what is without the observer, who is the past?

-Krishnamurti

What prevents a radical change of what is is the interference of the observer, who is the past. To understand this removes all conflict.

-Krishnamurti

Truth is not reality. Thought can never touch truth. Then what is the relationship between truth and reality?

-Krishnamurti

The very observation is the energy that transforms "that which is." Get this, and then you will see that you are entirely free from psychological fears.

-Krishnamurti

Total observation is only possible when there is no observer – the observer being the past. When there is that total attention given to observation, that which is observed undergoes a fundamental transformation. Got it? Do it!

-Krishnamurti

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What is that which is silent? Look into it by examining awareness.

-Krishnamurti

The ending of the content of consciousness is complete silence. That silence is full of energy. It is not vacant silence. It is not a silence that wants something more.

-Krishnamurti

Because we have allowed time as a factor to intervene between living and dying, fear arises.

-Krishnamurti

Suppose I died this second; there is no problem. When I allow time, I am afraid of death.

-Krishnamurti

The nature of dying can be found in living.

-Krishnamurti

One wonders what beauty is. You may see some statue or picture or lovely head of the Buddha in a museum, or in a house, and you say how marvelous it is; but behind the words, behind the structure of a painting, the shadows, the proportions, what is beauty? Is it in the way way you look at it? Is it in the picture? Is it in the face of a person? When you see a marvelous mountain against a blue sky, with the great depth of a valley and snow-capped peaks, when you look at all that great beauty, for a moment you have forgotten yourself.

-Krishnamurti

Beauty is when the self is not.

-Krishnamurti

When we’re deluded

there’s a world to escape to.

When we’re aware

there’s nothing to escape.

-Bodhidharma

Not to be subject to affliction is what’s meant by liberation.

There’s no other liberation.

-Bodhidharma

study the Way and never grow old

distrust emotions; truth will emerge

sweep away your worries

set even your body aside

autumn drives off the yellow leaves

yet spring renews every green bud

quietly contemplate the pattern of things

nothing here to make us sad

-Shih-shu

Since earnestly studying the Buddhist doctrine of emptiness,

I’ve learned to still all the common states of mind.

-Po Chu-i

Everyone knows enough to pursue what he does not know,

but no one knows enough to pursue what he already knows.

-Chuang Tzu

keep in mind the tailorbird

at home on a single branch

-Han-shan

for those who live honest death is fine too

-Han-shan

I left behind what weighed me down

-Han-shan

impermanence undoes us all

-Han-shan

wealth eventually swallows its owner

spread it around and blessings grow

-Han-shan

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here’s the way to always win

the trick is don’t be greedy

-Han-shan

think about what you hear

children must see for themselves

-Han-shan

don’t think your cares will wait

-Han-shan

Freedom is a state of mind.

-Krishnamurti

Let everything find its own enjoyment.

-Chuang Tzu

how can you avoid old age

better to know nothing at all

to sit and not speak and have no cares

-Han-shan

your nature is naturally so

what Heaven bestows is perfect

looking for proof leads you astray

-Han-shan

When water is so clear it sparkles

you can see the bottom without effort

when your mind doesn’t have a goal

no circumstance can distract you

-Han-shan

once your mind contains no plan

wherever you are it’s alert

-Han-shan

using one pain to get rid of another

you never get rid of pain

unless you learn before it’s too late

you learn to turn to yourself

-Shih-te

For a mud ball dropped in water

big plans make no sense

for a fragile dreamlike body

a hundred years is rare

unable to ponder deeply

and claiming they’re immortal

people steal a ton of gold

then leave it all behind

-Shih-te

Who looks for me in form

who seeks me in a voice

indulges in wasted effort

such people see me not.

-Buddha

As a lamp, a cataract, a star in space

an illusion, a dewdrop, a bubble

a dream, a cloud, a flash of lightning

view all created thing like this.

-Buddha

No beginning, this is the highest truth.

-Buddha

In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.

-Leo Tolstoy

It is amazing how complete the delusion that beauty is goodness.

-Tolstoy

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

-Tolstoy

How can I tell that the past isn’t a fiction designed to account for the

discrepancy between my immediate physical sensation and my state of mind?

-Douglas Adams

Turns out … it’s what you think that really matters.

-Mathews

Until you’ve walked away from it you can’t see it.

-Jim White

It all comes down to nothing.

-Mathews

I have burned my tomorrows

And I stand inside today

On the edge of the future

All my dreams fade away.

-Lavelle

The activity of the mind is life.

-Aristotle

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Nothing is easier than self-deceit.

-Demosthenes

A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused

him in vain.

-Jessamyn West

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.

-James Thruber

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it

becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

-Henry Miller

It doesn’t hurt if you don’t let it.

-Unknown

Ask of me no answer – there is none I could give that you couldn’t find.

-Anderson

The cultivation of self-awareness does not involve argument.

-Hui-neng

People who argue about which comes first and which comes second only confuse themselves.

-Hui-neng

If someone says to contemplate the mind, the mind is basically a delusion. And because a delusion is the same as an illusion, there is nothing to contemplate.

-Hui-neng

What’s the use in worrying?

-Mathews

What’s the use in hurrying?

-Mathews

Externally, if you are attached to form, internally, your mind will be confused. But if you are free of form externally, internally your nature will not be confused.

-Hui-neng

Your material body is but an inn and not a fit place of refuge.

-Hui-neng

Good friends, what does repentance mean? Repentance means to be aware of past misdeeds and not to commit them again for the rest of your life.

-Hui-neng

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.

-Suzuki

Nothing comes from outside your mind.

-Suzuki

Do not be bothered by anything.

-Suzuki

Take refuge in the truth of your own mind. When your thoughts are free from delusion, you are therefore free from attachment. And freedom from attachment is called the "best of what transcends desire."

-Hui-neng

When we are attached to objects, we give rise to birth and death, like when waves form on the water.

-Hui-neng

Good friends, affliction is enlightenment. One moment you’re deluded and a fool. The next moment you’re awake and a buddha.

-Hui-neng

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Suddenly, all at once, we return to our original mind.

-Hui-neng, quoting Vilmalakiriti

Those who realize this teaching do so through ‘no-thought,’ ‘no-memory,’ and ‘no-attachment.’ Don’t create a bunch of delusions. You yourself are the nature of suchness.

-Hui-neng

View all dharmas with wisdom. Neither grasp nor reject them. This is the way to see your nature and become a buddha.

-Hui-neng

[Definition of "dharma" from the translator: Anything held to be true.]

Nothing that exists is true

don’t think what you see is true

what you see is surely false

if you want to find the true

the mind free of the false is true

-Hui-neng

To see what truly doesn’t move

in movement find what doesn’t move

-Hui-neng

If you can perceive its attributes

the ultimate truth doesn’t move

if you can realize this

you will see how reality works

-Hue-neng

Make of yourself a light. Rely upon yourself; do not depend on anyone else.

-Buddha

Even though it is midnight, dawn is here; even though dawn comes, it is

night time.

-Dogen

A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do

not love it.

-Dogen

We have nowhere to escape.

-Suzuki

After the wind stops I see a flower falling. Because of the singing bird I

find the mountain calmness.

-Unknown

Hate is like feeding yourself poison and expecting someone else to die.

-Unknown Native American Indian

The ponit of the teachings is to control your own mind.

-Buddha

For it is not death and pain that is a fearful thing, but the fear of death and pain.

He who binds himself to a joy

Doth the winged life destroy;

But he who kisses the joy as it flies

Lives in Eternity’s sunrise.

-Blake

The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.

-Bruce Lee

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.

-Bruce Lee

As you think, so shall you become.

-Bruce Lee

It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.

-Bruce Lee

To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.

-Bruce Lee

All goals apart from the means are illusions.

-Bruce Lee

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Freedom overtakes a man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or is about to make.

-Bruce Lee

Use only that which works, and take it from any place you find it.

-Bruce Lee

The only thing that matters is to probe into the very depth of it, not with

the silly little mind with its endless muttering of thought, but with

silence.

-Krishnamurti

You passed away and they remained, the mountains, the hills, the green

fields and the river. They will always be there, and you with your worries,

your insufficiencies and sorrow, will pass away.

-Krishnamurti

Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.

-Sawyer

Be alone sometimes, and if you are lucky "it" might come to you, on a falling

leaf, or from that distant solitary tree in an empty field.

-Krishnamurti

When you realize, your action is immediate.

-Krishnamurti

We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.

-Hahn

To adhere to a thing because of its form is the source of delusion.

-Buddha

There’s so much more to life than me.

-Karin Bergquist

All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.

-Buddha

Not to be subject to affliction is what’s meant by liberation.

There’s no other liberation.

-Bodhidharma

Things do not differ in their essential nature, so how can there be duality?

-Buddha

People habitually think of themselves as connected to birth and death, but in reality there are no such conceptions.

-Buddha

It is because people cherish the ida of an ego-personality that they cling to the idea of possession; but since their is no such thing as an "ego," there can be no such things as possessions. When people are able to realize this truth, they will be able to realize the truth of "non-duality."

-Buddha

People cherish the distinctions of purity and impurity; but in the nature of things, there is no such distinction, except as it arises from false and absurd images in their mind.

-Buddha

People naturally fear misfortune and long for good fortune, but if the distinction is carefully studied, misfortune often turns out to be good fortune and good fortune to be misfortune.

The wise man learns to meet the changing circumstances of life with an equitable spirit, being neither elated by success nor depressed by failure. Thus one realizes the truth of non-duality.

-Buddha

This teaching leads us to non-duality, from the discriminating concept of two conflicting points of view. It is a mistake to seek a thing supposed to be good and right, and to flee from another supposed to be bad and evil.

-Buddha

If a king is plagued by bandits, he must find out where their camp is before he can attack them. So, when a man is beset by worldly passions and suffering, he should first ascertain their origins.

-Buddha

"He abused me, he laughed at me, he struck me."

Thus one thinks and so long as one cherishes such thoughts one’s anger continues.

-Buddha

Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon s thoughts of resentment are forgotten.

-Buddha

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When a man closes his fist and raises his arm, the eyes see it and the mind discriminates it, but the mind that discriminates is not the true mind.

-Buddha

A man opens his hand and the mind perceives it; but what is that moves? Is it the mind, or is it the hand? Or is it neither?

-Buddha

A man opens his hand and the mind perceives it; but what is that moves? Is it the mind, or is it the hand? Or is it neither? If the hand moves then the mind moves accordingly, and vice versa; but the moving mind is only a superficial appearance of mind: it is not the true and fundamental mind.

-Buddha

Beauty helps me to understand that everything is going to be just fine.

-Sam

The mind that is not disturbed by things as they occur, that remains pure and tranquil under all circumstances, is the true mind and should be the master.

-Buddha

Water is round in around receptacle and square in a square one, but often people forget this fact, even if they ever realize it.

-Buddha

One can get fire if one holds a lens between the sun and moxa, but where does the fire come from? The lens is at an enormous distance from the sun; but the fire certainly appears upon the moxa by means of the lens. But if the moxa did not have the nature to kindle, there would be no fire.

-Buddha

There are two kinds of worldly passions that defile and cover over the pure, true nature.

The first is the passion for analysis and discussion by which people become confused in judgement. The second is the passion for emotional experience by which people’s values become confused.

-Buddha

It is easy to shield the outer body from poisoned arrows, but it is impossible to shield the mind from the poisoned darts that originate within itself: greed, anger, foolishness, and the infatuations of egoism.

-Buddha

People should have more sympathy for one another; they should respect one another for their good traits and help one another in their difficulties.

-Buddha

It is natural for people to think and act selfishly and egotistically and, because of it, it is equally natural for suffering and unhappiness to follow.

-Buddha

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

-Buddha

At one time there lived in the Himalayas a bird with one body and two heads. Once one of the heads noticed the other head eating some sweet fruit and felt jealous and said to itself: "I will then eat poison fruit." So it ate poison and the whole bird died.

-Buddha

To be foolish and to recognize that one is a fool, is better than to be foolish and imagine that one is wise.

-Buddha

One must remove resentment when he is feeling resentful; one must remove sorrow while he is in the midst of sorrow; one must remove greediness while he is seeped in greeed. To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.

-Buddha

Do not become attached to the things you like, do not maintain aversion to the things you dislike. Sorrow, fear, and bondage come from one’s likes and dislikes.

-Buddha

He who is influenced by his like and dislikes can not rightly understand the significance of circumstances and tends to be overcome by them; he who is free from attachments rightly understands circumstances and to him all things become new and significant.

-Buddha

It is worthy to perform the present duty well and without fail; do not seek to avoid or postpone it till tomorrow. But acting now, one can live a good day.

-Buddha

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

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Whatever takes place is inside. Whatever we see, hear, taste, touch, smell, is inside.

-Barragato

The great delusion is that there is something there.

-Barragato

The Buddha was once asked, "What is the true teaching?" The Buddha’s response was, "Look inside yourselves and that which you know to be a good thing to do, do, and that which you know not to be a good thing to do, don’t do."

-Barragato (quoting the Buddha)

Do not rely on others. Do not rely on anything other than yourselves.

-Barragato (quoting the Buddha)

One of the great teachings of Hui-neng is to trust the word in one’s own heart. To know that is all one needs.

-Barragato

Before a person has ever been insulted, he has already departed from right-mindedness. And for this reason, he suffers insult.

-Takuan Soho

It is the very mind itself

That leads the mind astray.

-Takuan Soho

If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it.

-Wonka

Let their be a silent understanding and no more.

-Huang Po

Our original True-Nature is, in the highest truth, devoid of any atom of objectivity. It is void, omnipresent, silent, pure; it is glorious and mysterious peaceful joy – and that is all. Enter deeply into it by awaking to it yourself.

-Huang Po

That which is before you is, in all its fullness, utterly complete.

-Huang Po

Blinded by their own sight, hearing, feeling and knowing, people do not perceive the spiritual brilliance of the source-substance.

-Huang Po

Students of the way need study no doctrines whatever, but learn only how to avoid seeking for and attaching yourselves to anything.

-Huang Po

If only you will avoid concepts of existence and non-existence in regard to absolutely everything, you will then perceive The Absolute.

-Huang Po

Nothing is born, nothing is destroyed. Away with your dualism, your likes and dislikes. Every single thing is just the One Mind.

-Huang Po

Question: Should we not seek for anything at all?

Answer: By conceding this, you would save yourself a lot of mental effort.

-Huang Po

Observe things as they are and don’t pay attention to other people.

-Huang Po

You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are.

-Jesus

You should know how to put all mental activity to rest and thus achieve tranquility. Certainly, do not begin by thinking things out and ending up in perplexity.

-Huang Po

The primary cause of disorder in ourselves is the seeking of reality

promised by another.

-Krishnamurti

Develop a mind which rests on no thing whatever.

-Huang Po (Quoting the Diamond Sutra)

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