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All the meditation is right there inside you.

I went all over looking for places to meditate. I didn’t realize it was already there, in my heart. All the meditation is right there inside you. Birth, old age, sickness, and death are right there within you. I traveled all over until I was ready to drop dead from exhaustion. Only then, when I stopped, did I find what I was looking for… inside me.


Ajahn Chah

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Be immovable – unshakable from a peaceful state of mind.

If you find yourself angry at any government, please recollect how harmful anger is to yourself and others, and steady yourself with a firm resolve. Make an unwavering commitment to yourself that you will not allow your mind to become perturbed. Be immovable – unshakable from a peaceful state of mind.

– 17th Karmapa

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Six Words of Advice from Tilopa

1) Don’t recall – Let go of what has passed

2) Don’t imagine – Let go of what comes

3) Don’t think – Let go of what is happening now

4) Don’t examine – Don’t try and figure anything out

5) Don’t control – Don’t try to make anything happen

6) Rest – Relax, right now, and rest.

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Maintain a concerted gaze on your mind.

Maintain a concerted gaze on your mind. That doesn’t mean staring at it unblinkingly like a madman. It means constantly tracking your feelings. Do it a lot; concentrate a lot; develop it a lot: this is called progress. You don’t know what I mean by this gazing at the mind, this kind of effort and development. I’m talking about knowing the present state of your mind. If lust or ill-will or whatever arise in your mind, then you have to know all about it. In practice, the mind is like a child crawling about and the sense of knowing is like the parent. The child crawls around in the way that children do and the parent lets it wander, but, all the same, they keep a constant eye on it. If the child looks like its going to fall in a pit, down a well or wander into danger in the jungle, the parent knows. This type of awareness is called ‘the one who knows, the one who is clearly aware, the radiant one’.

Ajahn Chah

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He wanted us to see suffering and to see origination, cessation and the path.

My way of training people involves some suffering, because suffering is the Buddha’s path to enlightenment. He wanted us to see suffering and to see origination, cessation and the path. This is the way out for all the ariya, the awakened ones. If you don’t go this way there is no way out. The only way is knowing suffering, knowing the cause of suffering, knowing the cessation of suffering and knowing the path of practice leading to the cessation of suffering. This is the way that the ariya, beginning with stream entry, were able to escape. It’s necessary to know suffering.


Ajahn Chah

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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