Theravada Tradition

Quotes from Buddhist masters of the Theravada Tradition.
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Becoming disenchanted ~ Joseph Goldstein http://justdharma.com/s/tolip    When we see deeply that all that is subject to arising is also subject to cessation, that whatever arises will also pass away, the mind becomes disenchanted. Becoming disenchanted, one becomes dispassionate. And through dispassion, the mind is liberated.    – Joseph Goldstein  from the book "" ISBN: 978-1622036059…

Becoming disenchanted ~ Joseph Goldstein http://justdharma.com/s/tolip When we see deeply that all that is subject to arising is also subject to cessation, that whatever arises will also pass away, the mind becomes disenchanted. Becoming disenchanted, one becomes dispassionate. And through dispassion, the mind is liberated. – Joseph Goldstein from the book "" ISBN: 978-1622036059…

Buddha’s medicine ~ Ajahn Chah http://justdharma.com/s/i38p1  If you’ve trained properly, you wouldn’t feel frightened when you fall sick, nor be upset when someone dies. When you go into the hospital for treatment, determine in your mind that if you get better, that’s fine, and that if you die, that’s fine, too. I guarantee you that if the doctors told me I had cancer and was going to die in a few months, I’d remind the doctors, "Watch out, because death is coming to get you, too. It’s just…

Buddha’s medicine ~ Ajahn Chah http://justdharma.com/s/i38p1 If you’ve trained properly, you wouldn’t feel frightened when you fall sick, nor be upset when someone dies. When you go into the hospital for treatment, determine in your mind that if you get better, that’s fine, and that if you die, that’s fine, too. I guarantee you that if the doctors told me I had cancer and was going to die in a few months, I’d remind the doctors, "Watch out, because death is coming to get you, too. It’s just…

Starting Loving-Kindness Practice ~ Jack Kornfield http://justdharma.com/s/hzgso  In our culture, people find it difficult to direct loving-kindness to themselves. We may feel that we are unworthy, or that it’s egotistical, or that we shouldn’t be happy when other people are suffering. So rather than start loving-kindness practice with ourselves, which is traditional, I find it more helpful to start with those we most naturally love and care about. One of the beautiful principles of…

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Starting Loving-Kindness Practice ~ Jack Kornfield http://justdharma.com/s/hzgso In our culture, people find it difficult to direct loving-kindness to themselves. We may feel that we are unworthy, or that it’s egotistical, or that we shouldn’t be happy when other people are suffering. So rather than start loving-kindness practice with ourselves, which is traditional, I find it more helpful to start with those we most naturally love and care about. One of the beautiful principles of…

Perception is artificial and personal ~ Bhante Gunaratana http://justdharma.com/s/u33qr  Perception is artificial and personal ~ Bhante Gunaratana    We can prove to ourselves that perception is artificial and personal by remembering how often people disagree about the beauty or ugliness, deliciousness or distastefulness, pleasantness or unpleasantness, of a particular work of art, architectural style, item of clothing, type of food, or musical composition. Moreover, opinions often vary over…

Perception is artificial and personal ~ Bhante Gunaratana http://justdharma.com/s/u33qr Perception is artificial and personal ~ Bhante Gunaratana We can prove to ourselves that perception is artificial and personal by remembering how often people disagree about the beauty or ugliness, deliciousness or distastefulness, pleasantness or unpleasantness, of a particular work of art, architectural style, item of clothing, type of food, or musical composition. Moreover, opinions often vary over…

Contemplating the truth of not-self ~ Ajahn Anan http://justdharma.com/s/35533  The most obvious place we can observe and contemplate the truth of not-self, or anatta, is just with our own breath. Anytime we turn our attention to observe the breath, we can see that it is merely carrying on its function. The breath goes in and then it goes out. It arises, it passes away. And that whole process of the breathing is beyond our control, isn't it?...Anytime we can observe something following its…

Contemplating the truth of not-self ~ Ajahn Anan http://justdharma.com/s/35533 The most obvious place we can observe and contemplate the truth of not-self, or anatta, is just with our own breath. Anytime we turn our attention to observe the breath, we can see that it is merely carrying on its function. The breath goes in and then it goes out. It arises, it passes away. And that whole process of the breathing is beyond our control, isn't it?...Anytime we can observe something following its…

Look at the truth, not at other people ~ Ajhan Chah http://justdharma.com/s/issbc  Looking outside the self is to compare and to discriminate. You will not find happiness that way. Nor will you find peace, if you spend more time looking for a perfect person or the perfect teacher. The Buddha taught us to look at the Dhamma, the truth, and not to look at other people.   – Ajahn Chah  source: http://www.dharmaweb.org/index.php/No_Ajahn_Chah:_Reflections

Look at the truth, not at other people ~ Ajhan Chah http://justdharma.com/s/issbc Looking outside the self is to compare and to discriminate. You will not find happiness that way. Nor will you find peace, if you spend more time looking for a perfect person or the perfect teacher. The Buddha taught us to look at the Dhamma, the truth, and not to look at other people. – Ajahn Chah source: http://www.dharmaweb.org/index.php/No_Ajahn_Chah:_Reflections

The foundation of goodwill ~ Joseph Goldstein http://justdharma.com/s/4i7nf    If we try to practice meditation without the foundation of goodwill to ourselves and others, it is like trying to row across a river without first untying the boat; our efforts, no matter how strenuous, will not bear fruit. We need to practice and refine our ability to live honestly and with integrity.    – Joseph Goldstein  from the book "Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom" ISBN: 978-1590300169…

The foundation of goodwill ~ Joseph Goldstein http://justdharma.com/s/4i7nf If we try to practice meditation without the foundation of goodwill to ourselves and others, it is like trying to row across a river without first untying the boat; our efforts, no matter how strenuous, will not bear fruit. We need to practice and refine our ability to live honestly and with integrity. – Joseph Goldstein from the book "Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom" ISBN: 978-1590300169…

Never once aware ~ Ajahn Chah http://justdharma.com/s/iy7db  There are people who are born and die and never once are aware of their breath going in and out of their body. That’s how far away they live from themselves.  – Ajahn Chah  source: http://www.dharmaweb.org/index.php/No_Ajahn_Chah:_Reflections

Never once aware ~ Ajahn Chah http://justdharma.com/s/iy7db There are people who are born and die and never once are aware of their breath going in and out of their body. That’s how far away they live from themselves. – Ajahn Chah source: http://www.dharmaweb.org/index.php/No_Ajahn_Chah:_Reflections

The commitment to morality ~ Joseph Goldstein http://justdharma.com/s/hik6a  The commitment to morality, or non-harming, is a source of tremendous strength, because it helps free the mind from the remorse of having done unwholesome actions. Freedom from remorse leads to happiness. Happiness leads to concentration. Concentration brings wisdom. And wisdom is the source of peace and freedom in our lives.  – Joseph Goldstein  from the book "A Heart Full of Peace" ISBN: 978-0861715428…

The commitment to morality ~ Joseph Goldstein http://justdharma.com/s/hik6a The commitment to morality, or non-harming, is a source of tremendous strength, because it helps free the mind from the remorse of having done unwholesome actions. Freedom from remorse leads to happiness. Happiness leads to concentration. Concentration brings wisdom. And wisdom is the source of peace and freedom in our lives. – Joseph Goldstein from the book "A Heart Full of Peace" ISBN: 978-0861715428…

Studying that which is beyond good and evil ~ Ajahn Chah http://justdharma.com/s/bz2qa  People don’t study that which is beyond good and evil. This is what they should study. "I’m going to be like this; I’m going to be like that," they say. But they never say, "I’m not going to be anything because there really isn’t any ‘I’." This they don’t study.  – Ajahn Chah  source: http://www.dharmaweb.org/index.php/No_Ajahn_Chah:_Reflections

Studying that which is beyond good and evil ~ Ajahn Chah http://justdharma.com/s/bz2qa People don’t study that which is beyond good and evil. This is what they should study. "I’m going to be like this; I’m going to be like that," they say. But they never say, "I’m not going to be anything because there really isn’t any ‘I’." This they don’t study. – Ajahn Chah source: http://www.dharmaweb.org/index.php/No_Ajahn_Chah:_Reflections

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