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Why was I born?

A good practice is to ask yourself very sincerely, “Why was I born?” Ask yourself this question in the morning, in the afternoon, and at night…every day.

– Ajahn Chah

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Without Settling Anywhere

The wind blows through the sky and flies over continents without settling anywhere. It traverses space and leaves no trace. Thus should thoughts pass through our minds, leaving no karmic residues and not altering our realization of fundamental simplicity.

Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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There is no Buddha

There is a Buddha for those who do not know what he is really, there is no Buddha for those who know what he is really.

KOBORI ROSHI

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Is that heavy?

I remember once when I was walking with my teacher Ajahn Chah he pointed to a boulder in a field and asked, “Is that heavy?” I replied, “Yes, of course.” Ajahn Chah smiled and said “Not if you don’t pick it up.”

Jack Kornfield

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Real tranquillity is born of correct view.

“…I finally came to believe that real tranquillity is born of correct view. If we don’t have right view, then it doesn’t matter where we stay, we won’t be at peace and wisdom won’t arise.”

Ajahn Chah

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Wisdom beyond dualistic thinking and emotional sensations.

Note that all dualistic concepts and emotions – even positive ones such as caring, compassion, and wishing others well – are accompanied by grasping at ‘self’. So although positive emotions are good, they still fall short of perfection, which is the primordial wisdom beyond dualistic thinking and emotional sensations.

Grasping at positive qualities is nonetheless a stepping-stone to perfection, helping us eventually to loosen the grip of grasping at ‘self’ and to experience sensations of peace and joy. So transforming from negative to positive, and then from positive to perfection, is the ideal way to move towards the full perfection of buddhahood.

~ Tulku Thondup

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Unknown Unknowns

“Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns- the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

Donald Rumsfeld

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The poise of a dying man

HSU YUN

Beyond meditation practice, there is attitude. A beginner must learn to cultivate what is called, “the poise of a dying man”. What is this poise? It is the poise of knowing what is important and what is not, and of being accepting and forgiving. Anyone who has ever been at the bedside of a dying man will understand this poise. What would the dying man do if someone were to insult him? Nothing. What would the dying man do if someone were to strike him? Nothing. As he lay there, would he scheme to become famous or wealthy? No. If someone who had once offended him were to ask him for his forgiveness would he not give it? Of course he would. A dying man knows the pointlessness of enmity. Hatred is always such a wretched feeling. Who wishes to die feeling hatred in his heart? No one. The dying seek love and peace.

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8 Kinds of Silence in Dharma Practice

PADMASAMBHAVA

8 Kinds of Silence in Dharma Practice:

1-Silence of the body – avoid the allurement of violation.
2- Silence of the speech -free from mindless rhetorical diversion.
3- Silence of the mind, reside in the non-dualistic primordial awareness.
4- Silence of sense-gratification, set yourself free from the conceptual fixation of pure and impure experiences, free of conflict.
5- Silence of transmission, do not offer instruction to people who are unsuited for such teaching, enabling you to receive the blessing of the lineage.
6- Silence of behaviour, act unpretentiously and without deceit.
7- Silence of experience, do not form attachment with your experience, and do not elaborate your encounters to others. Thus, enabling you to attain full enlightenment in this lifetime.
8- Silence of realisation, do not cling to mundane longing and reside in the calm abiding of non-duality. Thus, enabling you to be free from the bondage of samsara in the moment of realisation.

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The Three Gates of Speech

Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: At the first gate, ask yourself “Is is true?” At the second gate ask, “Is it necessary?” At the third gate ask, “Is it kind?”