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To be aware of a single shortcoming



within oneself is more useful than

to be aware of a thousand in somebody else.

Rather than speaking badly about people

and in ways that will produce friction and

unrest in their lives,

we should practise a purer perception of them,

and when we speak of others, speak of their good qualities.

If you find yourself slandering anybody,

first imagine that your mouth is filled with excrement.

It will break you of the habit quickly enough.

- The Dalai Lama

Edited by Bakuteh

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If nibbana could be reached by endurance alone, chickens would be enlightened!

- Ajahn Chah.

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Human happiness and human satisfaction



must ultimately come from within oneself.

It is wrong to expect some final satisfaction

to come from money or from a computer

- The Dalai Lama

Edited by Bakuteh

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As rain penetrates an improperly shingled roof, so passion overwhelms a confused mind.

-Buddha

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One should first establish oneself

In what is proper,

And then instruct others.

A wise man who acts in this way

Shall never get defiled.

Dhammapada

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Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

Watch your words, for they become actions.

Watch your actions, for they become habits.

Watch your habits, for they become character.

Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

- Unknown

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We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

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If the creator of the world entire

They call God, of every being be the Lord

Why does he order such misfortune

And not create concord?

If the creator of the world entire

They call God, of every being be the Lord

Why prevail deceit, lies and ignorance

And he such inequity and injustice create?

If the creator of the world entire

They call God, of every being be the Lord

Then an evil master is he,

Knowing what's right did let wrong prevail!

Bhuridatta Jataka

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Ehipassikadhamma means to come and see, to turn towards or go to the Dhamma. It means to look, to be aware. It is not that we pray to the Dhamma to come, or wait for it to tap us on the shoulder; we have to put forth effort. It is like Christ’s saying, ‘Knock on the door and it shall be opened.’ Ehipassiko means that we have to put forward that effort, to turn towards that truth.

- Ajahn Sumedho, Now is the Knowing.

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DOWNFALL

When the mind decays,

through immoral acts,[1]

one's whole life too decays,

one's own roots are uprooted.

and the the journey begins,

towards one's downfall.

[1] Constantly going outside the boundaries of the five precepts.

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Steady and unruffled sure is he

Whose mind rests as a mighty hill,

Removed from things arousing thirst

By those that provoke rage unhurt

Refined when his mind thus,

How can suffering make a fuss?

Diligent and devoted to the higher mind,

A safe, in wisdom's ways trained

Sorrows none afflict the stable one

Who is forever mindful and calm".

Mindfulness is the way to peace, happiness and

the state of human perfection

May you be well, happy, and peaceful!

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It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.

Dhammapada

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If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.

HHDL

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From Be good, be happy:

“Kindness is part of goodness. Because, as the Buddha once told His son Rahula, whatever is harmful to another person and harmful to yourself, is what is unvirtuous. Whatever is helpful to another person and helpful to yourself, that is called virtuous, good Kamma. So it is obviously being kind to yourself, is to be virtuous, to be good. There is no difference being kind and being good. Immoral people are unkind to themselves and unkind to others,” he said.

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Looking outside the self is comparing, discriminating. You will not find happiness that way. Nor will you find peace if you spend your time looking for the perfect man or the perfect teacher. The Buddha taught us to look at the Dhamma, the truth, not to look at other people.

- Ajahn Chah

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