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#1. I have always worked with energy. Everything is energy. Buddhism. Christ teachings. These are foundation stones for a spiritual life. - Author: Dave Davies
Buddhism quotes by Dave Davies
#2. Why is it that one of the best songs in the world has to be written by the BeeGees?
Benedict - Author: Tricia Walker
Buddhism quotes by Tricia Walker
#3. The universe is made up of an endless ocean of life itself. It is an endless ocean of itself. And for a time it binds itself together in particularized forms. Those forms have perception and they perceive themselves as being separate. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#4. There's no point in getting frustrated at yourself. Just be truthful. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#5. Love has very little to do with a person. It comes from us. You can love a surprisingly great number of people. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#6. Zen students see themselves as athletes. Their competitive sport is enlightenment; only with enlightenment do we compete. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#7. For the Stoics, however, the near impossibility of becoming a sage is not a problem. They talk about sages primarily so they will have a model to guide them in their practice of Stoicism. The sage is a target for them to aim at, even though they will probably fail to hit it. The sage, in other words, is to Stoicism as Buddha is to Buddhism. Most Buddhists can never hope to become as enlightened as Buddha, but nevertheless, reflecting on Buddha's perfection can help them gain a degree of enlightenment. - Author: William B. Irvine
Buddhism quotes by William B. Irvine
#8. As the kundalini rises, the knowledge and powers of those dimensions will begin to come to you. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#9. The surface personality is only the beginning of what we are. So as we meditate, we still that surface personality, we can see beyond it, and we see that we encompass multitudes. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#10. In Buddhism, we talk of meditation as an act of awakening, to be awake to the fact that the earth is in danger and living species are in danger. - Author: Nhat Hanh
Buddhism quotes by Nhat Hanh
#11. You can lead an uncommonly fine life. But it takes determination. You have to march to the beat of different drummer. You have to decide. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#12. Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You've got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. - Author: Ray Bradbury
Buddhism quotes by Ray Bradbury
#13. Gratitude is a virtue of the rarest kind. - Author: K.Hari Kumar
Buddhism quotes by K.Hari Kumar
#14. What we focus on we become. If you are just focusing on unhappy things, you will become unhappy. If you focus on happy states of mind, then it will grow in you. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#15. This constant mental diatribe and the frustrations, worries, insecurities and muscular tension that ensues are the self. - Author: Chris Matakas
Buddhism quotes by Chris Matakas
#16. The study of meditation is the entrance into the world of Wonderland. It has nothing to do with how you'd like it. You want a nice neat little study that's easily understandable. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#17. When you break something, is your first impulse to throw it away? Or do you repair it but feel a sadness because it is no longer "perfect"? Whatever the case, you might want to consider the way the Japanese treated the items used in their tea ceremony. Even though they were made from the simplest materials... these teacups and bowls were revered for their plain lines and spiritual qualities. There were treated with the utmost care, integrity and respect.

For this reason, a cup from the tea ceremony was almost never broken. When an accident did occur and a cup was broken, there were certain instances in which the cup was repaired with gold.

Rather than trying to restore it in a what they would cover the gace that it ahad been broken, the cracks were celebrated in a bold and spirited way. The thin paths of shining gold completely encircled the ceramic cup, announcing to the world that the cup was broken and repaired and vulnerable to change.

And in this way, its value was even further enhanced. - Author: Gary Thorp
Buddhism quotes by Gary Thorp
#18. You might have a warrior spirit in there somewhere, and it's just waiting for the opportunity to come out. If you do, you might be a candidate for the pathway to enlightenment. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#19. We perceive the solidification as the world around us, which appears to be relatively solid. But that solidification is just really a reflection of the solidification of one's sense of self. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#20. Happiness does not mean that everything works out. Usually nothing works out, but you get a kick out of it anyway. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#21. Women tend to open themselves up more during sex. Because their subtle physical bodies are so much more sensitive they tend to pick up the total energy of the man they have sex with. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#22. We need not reply or even listen to people who are talking about - not to - us. - Author: Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Buddhism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#23. What creates happiness, peace, and balance is not becoming simply powerful, but knowledgeable. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#24. Today it is very popular to do a thing we call channeling. People are trying to channel entities and have these beings come through them. In my estimation this is downright ridiculous and dangerous. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#25. It seems to me that there's a terrible misunderstanding between us. It seems to me that I love you a great deal, my friends. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#26. Until we begin to question our basic assumptions about ourselves and view them as fluid, not fixed, it's easy to repeat established patterns and, out of habit, reenact old stories that limit our ability to live and love ourselves with an open heart. - Author: Sharon Salzberg
Buddhism quotes by Sharon Salzberg
#27. Effort is the unconstrained willingness to persevere through difficulty. - Author: Sharon Salzberg
Buddhism quotes by Sharon Salzberg
#28. Long is the night to him who is awake; long is a mile to him who is tired; long is life to the foolish who do not know the true law. - Author: Gautama Buddha
Buddhism quotes by Gautama Buddha
#29. Recollection of death also serves as a useful preparation for the time when one actually has to face death. As the concluding exercise among the body contemplations, a regular recollection of death can lead to the realization that death is fearful only to the extent to which one identifies with the body. With the aid of the body contemplations one can come to realize the true [impermanent] nature of the body and thereby overcome one's attachment to it. Being free from attachment to the body, one will be freed from any fear of physical death. - Author: Analayo
Buddhism quotes by Analayo
#30. The best martial artist doesn't win fights, but avoids fights. Martial arts is a way of gaining basic self-mastery of your mind, body and emotions. It can also be very useful in combat situations. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#31. You have compassion but by itself it is not enough. It is almost as if you carry around inside you some dead thing. Some heavy black cinder in your heart that burdens you; a ponderous anchor that tethers you to the past. Until you can burn it away, you can never truly live in the present, in the now. Until you can live in the now, you cannot see things as they really are. Meantime you are a man who is wilfully blind. You have eyes and yet you will not use them. - Author: John Dolan
Buddhism quotes by John Dolan
#32. Happiness will come through the practice of yoga and Buddhism, that happiness is not something you will lose at the end of this lifetime. It will stay with you. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#33. Examine your experience of the incarnation so far and realistically add up the moments of happiness and unhappiness and you tell me, oh somewhat vaguely nobly born, you tell me, what has it been like for you? - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#34. The sign that the kundalini is releasing is not the development of miraculous powers, but that your mind is becoming quieter. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#35. It is only when we are by ourselves that we can know others. When we are with other human beings we are distracted. People try and dream us into their dreams. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#36. When you are a young person, you are like a young creek, and you meet many rocks, many obstacles and difficulties on your way. You hurry to get past these obstacles and get to the ocean. But as the creek moves down through the fields, it becomes larges and calmer and it can enjoy the reflection of the sky. It's wonderful. You will arrive at the sea anyway so enjoy the journey. Enjoy the sunshine, the sunset, the moon, the birds, the trees, and the many beauties along the way. Taste every moment of your daily life. - Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Buddhism quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh
#37. The kundalini energy enables us to do things that would not happen otherwise, to apply an occult pressure, to use energy to create effects perhaps thousands of miles away. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#38. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him. - Author: Gautama Buddha
Buddhism quotes by Gautama Buddha
#39. Meditation is the study of making the mind still. As your mind becomes still, a power enters you. This power transmogrifies your mind, it escalates your evolution and you begin to cycle through many incarnations in one lifetime. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#40. As you meditate, you'll develop a sense of humor so that you can laugh at yourself, which you need to do in this world. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#41. Even the worst that has ever happened to you could have been worse. - Author: Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Buddhism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#42. "The person next to me meditates better than I do. They're purer." - This is the ego feeling sorry for itself. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#43. George used to say that Granny wasn't a time-optimist, she was a time-atheist, and the only religion she believed in was Do-It-Later-Buddhism. - Author: Fredrik Backman
Buddhism quotes by Fredrik Backman
#44. If you have the sense of participation in sports or athletics, of being a player, then you are not really into the Zen mind. In Zen mind there is no sense of self in the play. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#45. The nuns taught me that the best thing you can do in life when things get difficult is to work. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#46. Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun. - Author: Alan W. Watts
Buddhism quotes by Alan W. Watts
#47. It will take about a month for that awareness to be fully absorbed and modify someone's attention field. During that period of time, a person who studies with me will meditate on their own, and apply those things that they have learned to their daily lives. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#48. A teacher had two types of students. One type of student is a close student. The other is also a close student, but not in the sense of physical proximity. The close students rotate a lot. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#49. An action is at least a billion times less difficult to choose than a reaction. - Author: Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Buddhism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#50. The action of giving is in a certain vibratory level, meaning giving exists in a certain plane of consciousness. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#51. In building a path through the self to the far shore of awareness, we have to carefully pick our way through our own wilderness. If we can put our minds into a place of surrender, we will have an easier time feeling the contours of the land. We do not have to break our way through as much as we have to find our way around the major obstacles. We do not have to cure every neurosis, we just have to learn how not to be caught by them. - Author: Mark Epstein
Buddhism quotes by Mark Epstein
#52. Buddhism teaches us not to want things, not to avoid things, not to be upset by the loss. In the I Ching, there's a hexagram that says, "Be like the sun at midday". View all things as being equal. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#53. The virtues of free enterprise can become distorted by greed & delusion. - Author: Allan Lokos
Buddhism quotes by Allan Lokos
#54. As long as it's a world, it has laws. Why, I don't know, it's just the way it is. In Nirvana, there are no laws. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#55. To just be--to be--amidst all doings, achievings, and becomings. This is the natural state of mind, or original, most fundamental state of being. This is unadulterated Buddha-nature. This is like finding our balance. - Author: Lama Surya Das
Buddhism quotes by Lama Surya Das
#56. The Buddhas speak the wondrous sound throughout the world; the Teachings spoken over countless ages can all be expounded in a single word. - Author: Thomas Cleary
Buddhism quotes by Thomas Cleary
#57. Everything knows what is best for itself. That is what the Sanskrit word dharma means. Dharma means the best of all possible actions. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#58. A boddhisattva is someone who is on the way to becoming a buddha. All of us become boddhisattvas as soon as we start to take our Zen work seriously and the work we do contributes to creating a world in which all good actions become more efficacious. - Author: David Brazier
Buddhism quotes by David Brazier
#59. Music is not the only reason that I practice Buddhism anymore because it has affected my whole life. - Author: Herbie Hancock
Buddhism quotes by Herbie Hancock
#60. If someone else runs faster than you or makes more money than you or is more adept at anything, that doesn't mean you have lost. You are measuring yourself only against yourself and your tendencies not to do all that you are capable of doing. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#61. No sane person fears nothingness. - Author: Robert A.F. Thurman
Buddhism quotes by Robert A.F. Thurman
#62. When I missed the physical body of my partner, I meditated on its parts, tossed by the waves, torn, dispersed, and deteriorated. When memories of our lives together became acute and intense, I breathed. I breathed through each wave of yearning, of regret, of guilt, of what-could-have-been. Every time I asked him, "Where are you?" A quiet voice immediately responded, "I am here. I have never left you." I did not only lose a partner. I lost my childhood all over again. I lost my soul mate. I lost the accepting father and the gentle mother that he was to me. I lost the dream of a "normal life," which I had tried so hard to achieve. Now I had to face my own mind. - Author: Dang Nghiem
Buddhism quotes by Dang Nghiem
#63. Think about these things and see if they make sense to you. You will find that work will no longer be a four-letter word. It will be a three-letter word: fun. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#64. Its funny how human beings tend to think that they're the masters of the earth never realizing that the earth, for a time, simply tolerates its tenants and then, when the mood strikes, it shifts its continents around. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#65. The true tragedy in most people's lives is that they are far better than they imagine themselves to be and, as a result, end up being much less than they might be. - Author: Earl R. Smith II
Buddhism quotes by Earl R. Smith II
#66. Will is guided by wisdom. Wisdom comes from introspection, looking inside yourself, probing, studying the wisdom of the teachers, the masters and bringing that into your mind. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#67. There is a certain beauty and refinement that is often found in our world and it is expensive. It shouldn't necessarily be so. It is just the way our economic system is. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#68. The advantages of developing absorption concentration are not only that it provides a stable and receptive state of mind for the practice of insight meditation. The experience of absorption is one of intense pleasure and happiness, brought about by purely mental means, which thereby automatically eclipses any pleasure arising in dependence on material objects. Thus absorption functions as a powerful antidote to sensual desires by divesting them of their former attraction. - Author: Analayo
Buddhism quotes by Analayo
#69. If you know that you have had countless lives, then what happens in this life is not quite as traumatic. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#70. We can see that there are many ways in which we actively contribute to our own experience of mental unrest and suffering. Although, in general, mental and emotional afflictions themselves can come naturally, often it is our own reinforcement of those negative emotions that makes them so much worse. For instance when we have anger or hatred towards a person, there is less likelihood of its developing to a very intense degree if we leave it unattended.


However, if we think about the projected injustices done to us, the ways in which we have been unfairly treated, and we keep on thinking about them over and over, then that feeds the hatred. It makes the hatred very powerful and intense. Of course, the same can apply to when we have an attachment towards a particular person; we can feed that by thinking about how beautiful he or she is, and as we keep thinking about the projected qualities that we see in the person, the attachment becomes more and more intense. But this shows how through constant familiarity and thinking, we ourselves can make our emotions more intense and powerful. - Author: Dalai Lama XIV
Buddhism quotes by Dalai Lama XIV
#71. If all the members of a team have synchronized their energy and they have all subordinated their egos to success of the team, then we have a functioning unit. If we have a lot of hotshots who want attention, you won't really play that well. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#72. I was raised Catholic, but then I discovered Buddhism, and I used to have a boyfriend who was a Scientologist, and they are all good religions that help people. As far as I'm concerned, you can have all three religions at once and it's okay! - Author: Penelope Cruz
Buddhism quotes by Penelope Cruz
#73. Subhuti, someone might fill innumerable worlds with the seven treasures and give all away in gifts of alms, but if any good man or any good woman awakens the thought of Enlightenment and takes even only four lines from this Discourse, reciting, using, receiving, retaining and spreading them abroad and explaining them for the benefit of others, it will be far more meritorious. Now in what manner may he explain them to others? By detachment from appearances-abiding in Real Truth. -So I tell you-
Thus shall you think of all this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;
A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.
When Buddha finished this Discourse the venerable Subhuti, together with the bhikshus, bhikshunis, lay-brothers and sisters, and the whole realms of Gods, Men and Titans, were filled with joy by His teaching, and, taking it sincerely to heart they went their ways. - Author: Gautama Buddha
Buddhism quotes by Gautama Buddha
#74. The principles of Buddhism and Shambhala can be effective in helping the course of what is happening in the world. - Author: Sakyong Mipham
Buddhism quotes by Sakyong Mipham
#75. Sometimes we have to be hard on ourselves. We've got to get on our case, if we are being sloppy, lazy, and indulgent. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#76. The purpose of all of this is not to walk around with new vocabulary words, but to cause you to speculate on the marvel of your own being. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#77. A world full of people hating themselves is not a happy world. Buddhism does not seem to be about self-punishment. A key buddhist symbol is that of the lotus flower. The lotus flower grows in mud at the bottom of a pool, but rises above the murky water and blooms in the clear air, pure and beautiful, before eventually dying. This metaphor for spiritual enlightenment also works as a metaphor for hope and change. - Author: Matt Haig
Buddhism quotes by Matt Haig
#78. America's freedom of religion, and freedom from religion, offers every wisdom tradition an opportunity to address our soul-deep needs: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, secular humanism, agnosticism and atheism among others. - Author: Parker Palmer
Buddhism quotes by Parker Palmer
#79. Everyone makes mistakes. Whether we put our mistakes to use depends on how deeply we reflect on our actions. It is desirable to reflect until the tears come.
- On Self-Reflection - - Author: Kentetsu Takamori
Buddhism quotes by Kentetsu Takamori
#80. Meditation is a practice of detaching and then stopping ourselves from thinking; our thoughts are interruptions in the flow of awareness. Consciousness, in its highest aspect, is perfect and formless. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#81. Put the mind in alignment with the ten thousand radiances of enlightenment and experience them in various gradations forever. That's the total purpose of a monk. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#82. They were the good old days. Don't give up hope in the bad new
days, which will become then good old days. We appreciate Kennedy because he was killed; Martin Luther King was a great man. If you'd meet Naropa or Tilopa on the spot you'd be pissed off. History is very deceptive, reality is more important. There is a piece of philosophy for you. - Author: Chogyam Trungpa
Buddhism quotes by Chogyam Trungpa
#83. Attachment has to do with suffering, so it's really close to Buddhism, because Buddhism wants to relieve you from suffering; you're supposed to escape from suffering. - Author: Gerald Stern
Buddhism quotes by Gerald Stern
#84. ... the doctrinal differences between Hinduism and Buddhism and Taoism are not anywhere near as important as doctrinal differences among Christianity and Islam and Judaism. Holy wars are not fought over them because verbalized statements about reality are never presumed to be reality itself. - Author: Robert M. Pirsig
Buddhism quotes by Robert M. Pirsig
#85. What worlds are there herein? I'll tell you. In these seas of fragrant waters, numerous as atoms in unspeakably many buddha-fields, rest an equal number of world systems. Each world system also contains an equal number of worlds. Those world systems in the ocean of worlds have various resting places, various shapes and forms, various substances and essences, various locations, various entryways, various adornments, various boundaries, various alignments, various similarities, and various powers of maintenance. - Author: Thomas Cleary
Buddhism quotes by Thomas Cleary
#86. Kundalini is generated through cultivating humility, purity, through meditation, selfless giving, and by studying with an advanced teacher on a personal level. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#87. There are two sides to a person's being - the superconscious and the conscious. These have reverberations in the popular works of Carlos Castaneda, in the don Juan terminology of the tonal and the nagual. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#88. Everything is perception. A hallucination is a perception of a certain reality. It is a perception of a certain state of mind. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#89. There are no problems, there is only confusion. When confusion passes away, there is only happiness. Happiness is not complicated at all. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#90. Meditation is a process of liquefying the self temporarily and then allowing the self to rebind. The ice melts and then it comes back again. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#91. But I will tell you in all honesty that there is no Deity or Messiah, no Jesus or Muhammad, no angel or mythical spirit who can save you. Not even Buddha can save you, even if he or any of the other spirits wished it with all of their might, for your only salvation, if there is any, lies within you and you alone. Each of us has the potential for good as well as evil; it is whatever circumstances we find ourselves in and what choices we make in life which really takes us down one or the other path. - Author: Andrew James Pritchard
Buddhism quotes by Andrew James Pritchard
#92. It is better to agree with a "wrong" idea than to press a "right" idea on other people. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#93. All the philosophical theories that exist have been created by the mistaken dualistic minds of human beings. In the realm of philosophy, that which today is considered true, may tomorrow be proved to be false. No one can guarantee a philosophy's validity. Because of this, any intellectual way of seeing whatever is always partial and relative. The fact is that there is no truth to seek or to confirm logically; rather what one needs to do is to discover just how much the mind continually limits itself in a condition of dualism.

Dualism is the real root of our suffering and of all our conflicts. All our concepts and beliefs, no matter how profound they may seem, are like nets which trap us in dualism. When we discover our limits we have to try to overcome them, untying ourselves from whatever type of religious, political or social conviction may condition us. We have to abandon such concepts as 'enlightenment', 'the nature of the mind', and so on, until we are no longer satisfied by a merely intellectual knowledge, and until we no longer neglect to integrate our knowledge with our actual existence. - Author: Namkhai Norbu
Buddhism quotes by Namkhai Norbu
#94. Happiness is a state of mind. The key to happiness is being able to disconnect your life from your perceptions. If you saw things as they really were, you would be happy automatically. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#95. To produce a primary [karmic] cause which is potentially capable of having an effect, three things are necessary: intention, the actual action, and then satisfaction. - Author: Namkhai Norbu
Buddhism quotes by Namkhai Norbu
#96. Jealousy, anger, fear - these are ridiculous emotions that drain your power. You need to control them by being content, trusting that life knows what is best, accepting with an even mind whatever is presented to you. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#97. The root of all happiness is the mind; the root of all suffering is the mind. The root of all afflictions and the root of all faith, devotion, love and compassion come down to the mind. If we know the nature of our mind, we can make use of the great treasure and eventually gain perfect happiness and the ultimate result of liberation and omniscience. - Author: Khenchen Thrangu
Buddhism quotes by Khenchen Thrangu
#98. Nirvana is not really a physical place, although sometimes I talk about it as if it were. It is not really an experience, although sometimes I mention it as if it was. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#99. Life is an endless matrix of existence. And as you experience it in that pure form, that's what we call enlightenment. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#100. There is a difference between willing and forcing. Willing something simply means you are not being lazy. Forcing something means you are trying to do something inappropriate or in an inappropriate way. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#101. What counts is not the enormity of the task, but the size of the courage. - Author: Matthieu Ricard
Buddhism quotes by Matthieu Ricard
#102. We interact with others and we decide who we are. Are we reclusive? Are we outgoing? Are we successful? Are we going to be a failure? We cast a role for ourselves and we step into it. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#103. Ruth and I often share the stories that we have heard and the things that we have learned to help the western church and many of its congregations grasp a new, and perhaps more biblical, perspective on suffering and persecution in our faith. We share often about how suffering and persecution relate to our faith. We desperately want our western brothers and sisters in Christ to realize that the greatest enemy of our faith today is not communism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Atheism, or even Islam. Our greatest enemy is lostness. Lostness is the terrible enemy that Jesus commissioned His followers to vanquish with the battle strategy that He spelled out for them in Matthew 28:18-20. He was addressing this same enemy when He plainly clarified His purpose in coming: 'I have come to seek and to save those who are lost.' Our hope is that believers around the world will get close enough to the heart of God that the first images that come to mind when we heard the word 'Muslim' are not Somali pirates or suicide bombers or violent jihadists or even terrorists. When we hear the word 'Muslim,' we need to see and think of each and every individual Muslim as a lost person who is loved by God. We need to see each Muslim as a person in need of God's grace and forgiveness. We need to see each Muslim as someone for whom Christ died. - Author: Nik Ripken
Buddhism quotes by Nik Ripken
#104. Equanimity can be hard to talk about. - Author: Sharon Salzberg
Buddhism quotes by Sharon Salzberg
#105. From the Buddhist point of view, all living beings -- that is, beings with feelings, experiences, and sensations -- are considered equal. Human beings can live without eating meat. As human beings, I think that deep down our nature tends towards vegetarianism and leads us to do everything in our power to prevent harming other species. - Author: Dalai Lama XIV
Buddhism quotes by Dalai Lama XIV
#106. Mind is a forerunner of all actions.
All deeds are led by mind, created by mind.
If one speaks or acts with corrupt mind,
suffering follows,
As the wheel follows the hoof of an ox pulling a cart.

Mind is the forerunner of all actions.
All deeds are led by mind, created by mind.
If one speaks or acts with a serene mind,
happiness follows,
As surely as one's shadow.

'He abused me, he mistreated me, defeated me, robbed me.'
Harboring such thoughts keeps hatred alive.

'He abused me, he mistreated me, defeated me, robbed me.'
Releasing such thoughts banishes hatred for all time.

Animosity does not eradicate animosity.
Only by loving kindness is animosity dissolved.
This law is ancient and eternal. - Author: Dhammapada
Buddhism quotes by Dhammapada
#107. When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love. - Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Buddhism quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh
#108. All beings want to be happy, yet so very few know how. It is out of ignorance that any of us cause suffering, for ourselves or for others - Author: Sharon Salzberg
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#109. Combine meditation with career as a yoga. You will find that your practice will not be any less powerful than a person who lives in a monastery. You might even excel because practice in a monastery can get very one-sided. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#110. Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts. Develop the mind of equilibrium. You will always be getting praise and blame, but do not let either affect the poise of the mind: follow the calmness, the absence of pride. - Author: Gautama Buddha
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#111. The energy strands and bands of our being are linked in a certain way and makes us what we are. It causes us to perceive a certain level of the dream of life. But you can reorder those. That's magic, you see. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#112. The astral dimensions afford you opportunities to have experiences and gain insights into the structural nature of how dimensions are made up and phased together. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#113. Although hundreds or thousands of explanations are given,
There is only one thing to be understood -
Know the one thing that liberates everything -
Awareness itself, your true nature. - Author: Dudjom Rinpoche
Buddhism quotes by Dudjom Rinpoche
#114. As the grounding effect of breath awareness disengages you from the often-overwhelming chatter of the mind, the level at which you think will seem to transcend the noise. - Author: Benjamin W. Decker
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#115. When you meditate deeply, you will see beyond life and death. You will see that you can't die and you can't be reborn. You are existence itself. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#116. Use power wisely. If you search your heart, I think you will. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#117. Buddhism, it seemed, was a rational religion, whose truth-claims could withstand the test of reason. - Author: Stephen Batchelor
Buddhism quotes by Stephen Batchelor
#118. I offer you the possibilities of immortality, a pathway that leads beyond the known and the unknown, few follow it. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#119. As you become a powerful person, it becomes increasingly important to have periods of solitude. Take a weekend by yourself. Go up into the mountains or desert and check into a little cabin. Go by yourself. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#120. Meditation is a cyclical process that defies analysis, but demands acceptance. - Author: Sharon Salzberg
Buddhism quotes by Sharon Salzberg
#121. Instead of engaging in cutthroat competition, we should strive to create value. In economic terms, this means a transition from a consumer economy - the mad rush for ownership and consumption - to a constructive economy where all human beings can participate in the act of creating lasting worth. - Author: Daisaku Ikeda
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#122. The condition of humankind is not good, in the sense that the illusory prisons we create for ourselves through our desires and our frustrations are unhappy. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#123. Enlightenment is cumulative. You become a little more enlightened each day as you practice yoga and Buddhism. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#124. Anybody or anything can become enlightened because enlightenment is the very nature of existence itself. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#125. In the western philosophy you can't perceive infinities at every moment. It's not there to do. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#126. The bigger the family, the bigger the number of corpses it owes life. - Author: Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Buddhism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#127. Relaxing with the present moment, relaxing with hopelessness, relaxing with death, not resisting the fact that things end, that things pass, that things have no lasting substance, that everything is changing all the time - that is the basic message. - Author: Pema Chodron
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#128. [Buddhism and Christianity] are in one sense parallel and equal; as a mound and a hollow, as a valley and a hill. There is a sense in which that sublime despair is the only alternative to that divine audacity. It is even true that the truly spiritual and intellectual man sees it as sort of dilemma; a very hard and terrible choice. There is little else on earth that can compare with these for completeness. And he who does not climb the mountain of Christ does indeed fall into the abyss of Buddha. - Author: G.K. Chesterton
Buddhism quotes by G.K. Chesterton
#129. In no way can words convey the nagual. But they open up the possibility. They allow an admission on the island of the tonal. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#130. Even most of those whose wealth was not inherited or won often lose sleep over losing their wealth. - Author: Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Buddhism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#131. If you seek the realms of light, the best thing to do is to meditate with love and the gentle aliveness. Meditation should not be forced. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#132. There is a correlation between how seriously we take life and how many problems it gives us. - Author: Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Buddhism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#133. In our world, in our pre-World War III condition, meditation is considered a cult activity and people who practice self-discovery are actually persecuted and ridiculed. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#134. Tibetan Buddhism had an enormous impact on me. - Author: Richard Gere
Buddhism quotes by Richard Gere
#135. The determination to win is the better part of winning. - Author: Daisaku Ikeda
Buddhism quotes by Daisaku Ikeda
#136. Don't worry about your future lives, past lives. Button up your shirt! Stand up straight! Go out and do something. Go out and have some fun. Be alive, change, dissolve, explode! - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#137. A walk in the woods can reveal many things, and it is a good time to practice transcendentalism. Look at a tree and realize it's not just a tree, its roots may go into the ground but it may also go into other worlds, other eternities. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#138. On the first day of November last year, sacred to many religious calendars but especially the Celtic, I went for a walk among bare oaks and birch. Nothing much was going on. Scarlet sumac had passed and the bees were dead. The pond had slicked overnight into that shiny and deceptive glaze of delusion, first ice. It made me remember sakes and conjure a vision of myself skimming backward on one foot, the other extended; the arms become wings. Minnesota girls know that this is not a difficult maneuver if one's limber and practices even a little after school before the boys claim the rink for hockey. I think I can still do it - one thinks many foolish things when November's bright sun skips over the entrancing first freeze.

A flock of sparrows reels through the air looking more like a flying net than seventy conscious birds, a black veil thrown on the wind. When one sparrow dodges, the whole net swerves, dips: one mind. Am I part of anything like that?

Maybe not. The last few years of my life have been characterized by stripping away, one by one, loves and communities that sustain the soul. A young colleague, new to my English department, recently asked me who I hang around with at school. "Nobody," I had to say, feeling briefly ashamed. This solitude is one of the surprises of middle age, especially if one's youth has been rich in love and friendship and children. If you do your job right, children leave home; few communities can stand an individual's most - Author: Mary Rose O'Reilley
Buddhism quotes by Mary Rose O'Reilley
#139. Left alone, I am overtaken by the northern void-no wind, no cloud, no track, no bird, only the crystal crescents between peaks, the ringing monuments of rock that, freed from the talons of ice and snow, thrust an implacable being into the blue. In the early light, the rock shadows on the snow are sharp; in the tension between light and dark is the power of the universe. This stillness to which all returns, this is reality, and soul and sanity have no more meaning than a gust of snow; such transience and insignificance are exalting, terrifying, all at once ... Snow mountains, more than sea or sky, serve as a mirror to one's own true being, utterly still, utterly clear, a void, an Emptiness without life or sound that carries in Itself all life, all sound. - Author: Peter Matthiessen
Buddhism quotes by Peter Matthiessen
#140. You have to look at your own thought forms. Are you sitting around and thinking a lot of negative thoughts? These injure the subtle body. When you hate, when you are angry, you bring that energy through you. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#141. The kundalini comes in two primary forms when it comes forward from a spiritual teacher. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#142. Western science has made nature intelligible in terms of its symmetries and regularities, analyzing its most wayward forms into components of a regular and measurable shape. As a result we tend to see nature and to deal with it as an "order" from which the element of spontaneity has been "screened out." But this order is maya, and the "true suchness" of things has nothing in common with the purely conceptual aridities of perfect squares, circles, or triangles - except by spontaneous accident. Yet this is why the Western mind is dismayed when ordered conceptions of of the universe break down. and when the basic behavior of the physical world is found to be a "principle of uncertainty. - Author: Alan W. Watts
Buddhism quotes by Alan W. Watts
#143. You cannot control the results, only your actions. - Author: Allan Lokos
Buddhism quotes by Allan Lokos
#144. Perhaps you're not the next Buddha. Perhaps you're not the Maitreya. Perhaps that's not your job in this incarnation. Perhaps you have to enjoy life and learn about life through whatever way that you find yourself going. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#145. I show people the techniques for gaining knowledge, and this inspires them in their search for truth, freedom and happiness. I also try to show people that truth exists as much in this world as it does in any other world. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#146. Your experiences in the causal dimensions will give you knowledge of time, space, dimensionality and what lies beyond all these things. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#147. The world won't necessarily change but your understanding of it will, and therefore the world will change. Your attention will no longer be confined to the physical body and the physical world. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#148. Pretty much all wealthy people who were willing to lose and have lost their health while chasing wealth are now willing to lose their wealth while chasing health. - Author: Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Buddhism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#149. When the Aggregates arise, decay and die, O bhikkhu, every moment you are born, decay, and die. - Author: Gautama Buddha
Buddhism quotes by Gautama Buddha
#150. There is only one prayer and that is prayer for light, for purity, for perfection. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#151. Beyond this life and
This world I'll have it til
My heart's content:
The bright moon that passed over
The horizon before I had my fill. - Author: Saigyo
Buddhism quotes by Saigyo
#152. As Buddhism moved from one culture to another, it always adapted. - Author: Pema Chodron
Buddhism quotes by Pema Chodron
#153. Sometimes people start to meditate and they get a headache. It's because they're trying too hard. You're pulling in too much energy. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#154. You menace others with your deadly fangs. But in tormenting them, you are only tormenting yourselves. - Author: Milarepa
Buddhism quotes by Milarepa
#155. The description you have been given of the world is an aberrant one. It does not accept and give proper place to the nagual, to the mysterious unknown that is our heritage. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#156. What a nuisance is the friend who must have this and that, whose likes and hates are infinite, with bitter and loud voiced complaint about the whole of circumstance? How pleasant are the truly great who, wanting nothing, are content with anything. Accepting all things in a world of illusion as born of cause-effect they live in a mind above the opposites, and we call them great because they do so. - Author: Christmas Humphreys
Buddhism quotes by Christmas Humphreys
#157. If you are in a state of mind in which all things are one, then you can spend your time in lingerie shops. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#158. There are endless planes of attention, endless realities and endless mind states. They're like collections of atoms and protons and neutrons, nuclei. They just go on forever. They're plasma, they're fluid ... they're alive. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#159. The only real time as far as Buddhism is concerned is right now. Right now there is no old age or death because old age and death are descriptions of things as they are now when we compare them to things as they used to be. - Author: Brad Warner
Buddhism quotes by Brad Warner
#160. Sometimes it takes a miracle to remind us that the only permanent condition is that of impermanence. - Author: Eric Micha'el Leventhal
Buddhism quotes by Eric Micha'el Leventhal
#161. On the whole, I think the Darwinian theory of evolution, at least with the additional insights of modern genetics, gives us a fairly coherent account of the evolution of human life on earth. At the same time, I believe that karma can have a central role in understanding the origination of what Buddhism calls "sentience," through the media of energy and consciousness. - Author: Dalai Lama XIV
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#162. The rhythm of life is give and take. It is necessary to put things back into the system. To not do that is to foul your own nest - to use up all the natural resources greedily. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#163. We have a body, but we also have a subtle body, a body of energy that looks like our physical body. The subtle physical body is made up of energy, of light that vibrates at a very high rate so the human physical eyes can't see it. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#164. This place of stuck - "I have to" and "I can't" - feels familiar from my spiritual work. We're told to simply "let go" - but when we try to do this, we often seem to get more deeply tangled in the willful web of resistance. In spite of injunctions to the contrary, "letting go" doesn't appear to be something we have conscious control over. Why can't we just let go into the loving arms of the universe? What is this holding back that seems so essential - so imperative? - Author: David Rynick
Buddhism quotes by David Rynick
#165. We get so involved with the latest craze or having the latest car or the most high-powered house that we lose touch with that which makes us happy - what makes us happy are quiet states of mind. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#166. A teacher is not someone you need perpetually. You need them to show you how to get through the doorway; but once you get through the doorway, you are on your own. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#167. It is childish to be surprised by something that you knew exists or is possible. - Author: Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Buddhism quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#168. And this presence of the Spirit will enlighten not only yellow skin people or white skin people but even black skin people. I believe in the last days the Spirit of God will be poured out in the nations of Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Because Jesus Christ is the Lord. Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Universe. Amen. - Author: Brother Yun
Buddhism quotes by Brother Yun
#169. Without hope, Chöd practitioners are freed from the limits of hope and fear; having cut the ropes of grasping, definitely enlightened, where does one go? - Author: Machik Labdrön
Buddhism quotes by Machik Labdrön
#170. Both outer and inner phenomena arise as a result of causes and conditions. Outer phenomena, the things of the physical world, arise in a series of seven steps. The texts use the example of a seed giving rise to a plant that gives rise to a fruit. The seven steps are: seed, sprout, leaflets, stemmed plant, bud, flower, fruit. Each stage succeeds the previous one in time and in order, each giving rise to the next. - Author: Dharma Publishing
Buddhism quotes by Dharma Publishing
#171. Changing the way you dress can make it easier to make deeper changes in the structure of your personality. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#172. When people ask the Dalai Lama, "Is Buddhism a religion?" he answers, "Yes, it is." Then they ask, "What kind of religion is it?" He responds, "My religion is kindness." You might think, "Everyone's is." Everyone's is. That's true. It's not complicated to describe the goal of a spiritual life. It's easier than you think to explain it. It's more difficult than you can imagine to do it. - Author: Sylvia Boorstein
Buddhism quotes by Sylvia Boorstein
#173. The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass. - Author: Dogen
Buddhism quotes by Dogen
#174. As we go within the self, we discover that all the voices of our past lives are still there. As we peel ourselves, which is a process very much like peeling an onion, we discover that there are many selves within the self. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#175. Tantric Zen is for someone who is really broad-minded. It is Bodhidharma's Zen, your Zen, my Zen. Which doesn't mean I have a problem with Japanese Zen. Most Japanese Zen is minding your p's and q's. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#176. A soul mate is not necessarily someone with whom you set up housekeeping. Your soul and their soul have a multi-incarnation attraction. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#177. We're constantly waking up to what we're about, what we're really doing in our lives. And the fact is, that's painful. But there's no possibility of freedom without this pain. - Author: Charlotte Joko Beck
Buddhism quotes by Charlotte Joko Beck
#178. The navel center will bring the power of all three of the lower chakras into your being, but with safety. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#179. Allow the emptiness inherent within actions and experiences to guide and shape your choices. Let your actions direct you, the actor, not the other way around. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#180. We must find the way of love rather than that of being loved. - Author: Gyomay M. Kubose
Buddhism quotes by Gyomay M. Kubose
#181. BUDDHISM teaches that nothing is permanent, nothing is fixed, all is in flux. - Author: Peter Popham
Buddhism quotes by Peter Popham
#182. If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. - Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
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#183. It's necessary to respect all other ways and other teachings on the subject because even though they may not make a lot of sense to us, they might to someone else. Who are we to say? - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#184. You remember, you are drawn back to the pathway to enlightenment, to meditation, and when you begin to meditate your past life knowledge returns to you. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#185. How can you possibly overcome your fears, doubts, worries and other problems? You can't. You simply don't have the capacity. Fortunately, the infinite can do all of these things for you. How? Because it is lacking in nothing. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#186. What you call your life is not yours at all
not yours to plan, manipulate, or control, at least not very often ... In fleeting moments of deep satisfaction and insight, I saw the absolute truth of life: the unbroken line of love that had led to my existence and would lead on through my daughter. My mother's love, her mother's love, her mother's love, and back and back forever ago. Love that is no mere word, love that goes beyond feeling, love that is life itself ... What miracles, what sacrifice, what love! ... Can you imagine this love? Can you anticipate it, fabricate it, measure and evaluate it? No you can't, you can only be love, and your child will release its magnitude within you. - Author: Karen Maezen Miller
Buddhism quotes by Karen Maezen Miller
#187. The first principle of Buddhism is 'Suffering exists. How do I escape it?' Buddhism - Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Buddhism quotes by Yuval Noah Harari
#188. Each of is endlessly generating waves with our actions. If you could see the earth from a vibratory point of view, you would see something like radio waves billions of them, cascading constantly into very complex patterns all over the earth. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#189. To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past or responsibly plan for the future. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the past or worries about the future. If you are firmly grounded in the present moment, the past can be an object of inquiry, the object of your mindfulness and concentration. You can attain many insights by looking into the past. But you are still grounded in the present moment. - Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Buddhism quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh
#190. In the zazen posture, your mind and body have, great power to accept things as they are, whether agreeable or disagreeable.
In our scriptures (Samyuktagama Sutra, volume 33), it is said that there are four kinds of horses: excellent ones, good ones, poor ones, and bad ones. The best horse will run slow and fast, right and left, at the driver's will, before it sees the shadow of the whip; the second best will run as well as the first one does, just before the whip reaches its skin; the third one will run when it feels pain on its body; the fourth will run after the pain penetrates to the marrow of its bones. You can imagine how difficult it is for the fourth one to learn how to run! - Author: Shunryu Suzuki
Buddhism quotes by Shunryu Suzuki
#191. The danger to power is obsession - power junkies. You need a very strong mind and humor to balance yourself. If you don't, you will get shredded. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#192. Humankind has no idea what existence is, at this stage. They're all dreaming, they're all asleep ... Once in a great while a fully awakened one is here, observes everybody is sleeping and leaves, quietly. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#193. The left-hand path adept seeks to liberate him/herself from passive subjection to the illusory nature of Maya, thus freeing the consciousness from the binds of self-created delusion. - Author: Zeena Schreck
Buddhism quotes by Zeena Schreck
#194. To see them succeed, to see them improve, that is what matters. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#195. At the beginning and the middle and the end of all things, there is only the perfection of enlightenment that is nirvana. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#196. Finally, the tern 'asceticism' is also susceptible to being misunderstood by those who view Buddhism from the outside. Evola reminds his readers that the original meaning of the term asceticism is "practical exercise," or 'discipline' - one could even say 'learning.' It certainly does not mean, as some are inclined to think, a willingness to mortify the body that derives from the idea of penance, and even leads to the practice of self-flagellation, since it is believed that one must suffer in order to expiate one's sins. Asceticism is rather a school of the will, a pure heroism (that is, it is disinterested) that Evola, a real expert in this subject, compares to the efforts of a mountain climber. To the layman, mountain climbing may be a pointless effort, but to the climber it is a challenge in which the test of courage, perseverance, and hero-ism is its only purpose. In this we recognize an attitude that Brahmanism knew under certain forms of yoga and Tantrism.

In the spiritual domain, the procedure is the same. Buddha, as we know, was tempted early in his life by a form of asceticism that was similar to that of a hermit living in the desert. This approach involved prolonged fasts and techniques aimed at breaking the body's resistance. Siddhartha, however, realized himself and achieved the Awakening only when he understood this type of asceticism to be a dead end. Turning away from the indignant protests of his early companions, he stopped mortifying his body, - Author: Jean Varenne
Buddhism quotes by Jean Varenne
#197. The population of the planet is increasing at an alarming rate, and yet each day human beings manage to destroy ten species. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#198. The constraints that humankind has set upon itself are so narrow, so rigid. If you don't wear your clothes one day, they'll lock you up. That's a pretty simple action. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#199. When you go into the planes of light, all of the incorrect ways of seeing and understanding life that you pick up are washed away. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz
#200. To be in thousands of states of mind simultaneously as you perform simple physical tasks gives you a reverence for life. Each of these outer manifestations of life is God. - Author: Frederick Lenz
Buddhism quotes by Frederick Lenz

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