Before you've seen it, and when you first see it, it is the greatest thing; afterwards, it is ordinary.
Those who, relying upon themselves only, not looking for assistance to anyone besides themselves, it is they who will reach the top-most height.
By defilement of mind, beings are defiled; by purification of mind, beings are purified.
Long is the night for the sleepless. Long is the road for the weary. Long is samsara (the cycle of continued rebirth) for the foolish, who have not recognised the true teaching.
I will not look at another's bowl intent on finding fault: a training to be observed.
And so, with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings.
Wish I am free from barriers when I die, and Buddha will welcome me from far away.
I call wise man who, while he is innocent , endures insults and blows with a patience equal to its strength.
Your greatest weapon is your enemy's mind
Not merely by rules of conduct and religious observances, nor by much learning either, nor even by attainment of concentration, nor by sleeping alone, do I reach the happiness of freedom, to which no worldlings attain. If you have not put an end to compulsions, nurse your faith
A virtuous man or woman who is determined to develop the Supreme Enlightened Mind, should thus develop it: I have to lead all living beings to put a stop to (reincarnation) and escape (suffering), and when they have been so led, not one of them in fact stops (reincarnating) or escapes suffering. Why
An pretend and evil friend is haughty to be feared than a unmanageable beast; a unmanageable beast may mouthful your build up, but an evil friend fortitude mouthful your intellect.
'I've got children', 'I've got wealth.' This is the way a fool brings suffering on himself. He does not even own himself, so how can he have children or wealth?
Through effort you will cross any raging flood, through energy you will pass any sorrow.
The Tempter masters the lazy and irresolute man who dwells on the attractive side of things, ungoverned in his senses, and unrestrained in his food, like the wind overcomes a rotten tree. But the Tempter cannot master a man who dwells on the distasteful side of things, self-controlled in his senses,
Whatever the hateful do to the hateful, or an enemy to an enemy, worse is the harm of a misguided mind directed at oneself.
Release old concepts and energies that keep you in self-punishment patterns. Release old stories and create from a place of love and self-validation. You are worth it!
May all sentient beings be happy and free of suffering.
A man may conquer a million men in battle but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors.
The world, indeed, is like a dream and the treasures of the world are an alluring mirage! Like the apparent distances in a picture, things have no reality in themselves, but they are like heat haze.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.
As a flower that is lovely and beautiful, but is scentless, even so fruitless is the well-spoken word of one who practices it not.
Be lamps unto yourselves; be your own confidence. Hold truth within yourselves.
Those who attempt to conquer hatred by hatred are like warriors who take weapons to overcome others who bear arms. This does not end hatred, but gives it room to grow. But, ancient wisdom has advocated a different timeless strategy to overcome hatred. This eternal wisdom is to meet hatred with non-h
When a man is stimulated by his own thoughts, full of desire and dwelling on what is attractive, his craving increases even more. He is making the fetter even stronger. But he who takes pleasure in stilling his thoughts, practising the contemplation of what is repulsive, and remaining recollected, n
The tongue like a sharp knife ... Kills without drawing blood.
Conquer a liar with truth.
Men who are addicted to the passions are like the torch-carrier running against the wind; his hands are sure to be burned.
The fool who thinks he is wise is just a fool. The fool who knows he is a fool is wise indeed.
A contemplative should pay equal attention to concentration, energetic effort and equanimity, and not exclusively to one of these factors only.