zen - zen
one meditative day
and goodness, rather
a hundred years badly.
is a movement emphasizing self-education with the aim
of unlocking and developing our inherent Buddha nature while at
the same time bringing forth diverse wisdom and using various
expedient means to help others tap their Buddhahood. This
development of potential, this education of oneself and others,
is the noblest path a human being can ever pursue.
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you want release from suffering then be done with doubt, desire, and
passion. Strengthen your practice, understand goodness and
truth, and you will be free of suffering.
true holy person delights in what he or she is given,
regardless of how much or how little. They are not
attached to anything and live a life of loving kindness
towards all. Such a life will find that place of
nothing on the faith of traditions, even
though they have been held in honor for many
generations and in diverse places. Do
not believe a thing because many people speak of it.
Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past. Do
not believe what you yourself have imagined, persuading
yourself that a God inspires you. Believe
nothing on the sole authority of your masters and
priests. After examination, believe what you yourself have tested and
found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.
If you are absorbed
in acquiring family, money, and possessions, death will come and
sweep you away. No one can save you from this. So
seize the time, learn your practice and follow the path that leads
mules, horses and elephants are all useful, but a
well-trained mind is even more so. No trained animal
can lead you to Nirvana, but a well-trained mind can.
arrives in ten ways if you harm the innocent: pain,
calamity, accident, illness, insanity, legal problems,
accusations, death or financial ruin; or your house may be
burnt down. Following this you will go to hell.
and anger will disappear when you
stop concerning yourself with the fruits of your actions.
at the world as a mirage, as a bubble floating
of you. See it like this and death will have
no fear for you,
and you will not be
attached to the world.
will never be a person who receives only blame
or only praise. But an enlightened being, endowed with
qualities of wisdom, insight and discipline, is free from blame.
befalls you, even if it be death, do not let dark thoughts
enter your mind. Make a great effort to establish mindfulness
calm the body and mind so that both are firm and resolved.
|Bad actions create bad consequences. Good
good consequences. Undertake only good actions, but make
sure you protect yourself and don't waste even a second. For
time wasted means you are not going forward quickly enough.
you can look at situations with a balanced point of view, without
attachment or indulging in harmful acts, then it may be said that
you are living a proper life, a righteous life.
life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter,
wisdom is the light by
day and right mindfulness is the protection
by night. If a person
lives a pure life nothing can destroy him or
one has conquered greed nothing can limit one's freedom.
slightest trace of desire will keep you suckling on the teat
of materialism. Remove every desire, as you would pluck an
forever cautious among the worldly, alert among the apathetic.
With this attitude you will soon leave others behind, since this
will mark you as aware, while others will be seen as idle.
I like the relaxed way in which the Japanese approach religion.
of myself as basically a moral person, but I'm definitely not
and I'm very tired of the preachiness and obsession with
behavior characteristic of many religious people in
the United States.
As far as I could tell, there's nothing preachy
about Buddhism. I was
in a lot of temples, and I still don't know
what Buddhists believe, except
that at one point Kunio said "If you
do bad things, you will be reborn as
an ox." This
makes as much sense to me as anything I ever heard from,
example, the Reverend Pat Robertson.
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|I do not believe in a fate that falls on
people however they act;
do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
untrained mind cannot resist the torrent of desire, while one
that is steeped in practice and discipline is able to deflect any
temptations, like a house with a solid roof remaining/
watertight in a shower of rain.
There are those who are
sorry for deeds which they need
not worry about, and not sorry for deeds which they should
worry about. These people are on the wrong path.
your life in happiness, even though those around you live
their lives in hatred and wish to spread their antipathy to you.
Be happiness itself.
given to satisfying material desires is rewarded only with suffering
and fear. Avoid material desires and you avoid suffering and
Four Noble Truths comprise the essence of Buddha's
teachings, though they leave much left unexplained.
They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of
suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth
of the path that leads to the end of suffering. More
simply put, suffering exists; it has a cause; it has an end;
and it has a cause to bring about its end. The notion
of suffering is not intended to convey a negative world
view, but rather, a pragmatic perspective that deals with
the world as it is, and attempts to rectify it. The
concept of pleasure is not denied, but acknowledged as
fleeting. Pursuit of pleasure can only continue what
is ultimately an unquenchable thirst. The same logic
belies an understanding of happiness. In the end, only
aging, sickness, and death are certain and unavoidable.
If you cannot find
a good companion to travel with, walk
alone, like an elephant roaming the jungle. It is better to be
alone than to be with those who will hinder your progress.
It is hard to
live in the world and hard to live outside it. It is
difficult to live with those who revel in the world and difficult not
to have a permanent home. Be at peace and your suffering will end.
Path (the fourth Noble Truth)
*Samma-Ditthi — Complete or Perfect Vision, also
translated as right view or understanding. Vision of
the nature of reality and the path of transformation.
Samma-Sankappa — Perfected Emotion or Aspiration, also
translated as right thought or attitude. Liberating
emotional intelligence in your life and acting from love and
compassion. An informed heart and feeling mind that
are free to practice letting go.
Samma-Vaca — Perfected or whole Speech. Also
called right speech. Clear, truthful, uplifting and
Samma-Kammanta — Integral Action. Also
called right action. An ethical foundation for life
based on the principle of non-exploitation of oneself and
others. The five precepts.
Samma-Ajiva — Proper Livelihood. Also
called right livelihood. This is a livelihood based on
correct action, the ethical principal of
non-exploitation. The basis of an Ideal society.
Samma-Vayama — Complete
or Full Effort, Energy or Vitality. Also called right effort
or diligence. Consciously directing our life energy to
the transformative path of creative and healing action that
fosters wholeness. Conscious evolution.
Samma-Sati — Complete
or Thorough Awareness. Also called "right
mindfulness". Developing awareness, "if you
hold yourself dear watch yourself well". Levels
of Awareness and mindfulness--of things, oneself, feelings,
thought, people and Reality.
Samma-Samadhi — Full, Integral or Holistic Samadhi.
This is often translated as concentration,
meditation, absorption or one-pointedness of mind.
None of these translations is adequate. Samadhi
literally means to be fixed, absorbed in or established at
one point, thus the first level of meaning is concentration
when the mind is fixed on a single object. The second
level of meaning goes further and represents the
establishment, not just of the mind, but also of the whole
being in various levels or modes of consciousness and
awareness. This is Samadhi in the sense of
enlightenment or Buddhahood.
The word Samma means 'proper', 'whole',
'thorough', 'integral', 'complete', and 'perfect'--related
to English 'summit' - It does not necessarily mean 'right',
as opposed to 'wrong'. However it is often translated
as "right" which can send a less than accurate
message. For instance the opposite of 'Right
Awareness' is not necessarily 'Wrong Awareness'. It may
simply be incomplete. Use of the word 'right' may make
for a neat or consistent list of qualities in
translations. The down side is that it can give the
impression that the Path is a narrow and moralistic approach
to the spiritual life. I use variant interpretations
so you consider the depth of meanings. What do these
things mean in your life right now?
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you are living your life in awareness, it will be as though
you stand high above others, witnessing their suffering,
while you do not suffer at all.
The good desire
nothing, do not speak of cravings and, regardless
of what happens, are not influenced by good or bad.
Such actions will highlight them as special people.
only endearing speech, speech that is welcome.
Speech, when it brings no evil to others, is a pleasant thing.
teaches that human life is endowed simultaneously with
both good and evil. The human mind is interpreted as partaking
ten different conditions, or states, including, at one end of the
scale, hell, which is filled with suffering; hunger, dominated by
greed; and animality, characterized by fear of the strong and
contempt for the weak. At the other end are the Bodhisattva
Buddha conditions--states of mind in which people strive to help
others by eliminating suffering and imparting happiness.
further teaches that the nature of life is for good and evil
to be essentially inseparable.
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