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"A true elder is truthful, virtuous, gentle, self-controlled, and pure in mind." Dhammapada, 262.

It is common for us to focus too much on what make us different from each other. This over-emphasis leads to arrogance and insecurities, prejudice and fear. As Buddhist we seek to prevent this imbal

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"The law that all things are devoid of self is the teaching that all things in this world, without exception, are related to one another. There is nothing that leads an isolated existence, that is wholly separated from other things."

- from Basic Buddhist Teachings of the Rissho Kosei-kai organization.

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"The man enmeshed in delusion will never be purified through the mere study of holy books, or sacrifices to gods, or through fasts, or sleeping on the ground, or difficult and strenuous vigils, or the repetition of prayers. Neither gifts to priests, nor self-castigation, nor performance of rites and ceremonies can work purification in him who is filled with craving. It is not through the partaking of meat or fish that man becomes impure, but through drunkenness, obstinacy, bigotry, deceit, envy, self-exaltation, disparagement of others and evil intentions — through these things man becomes impure."

- the Buddha.

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"As most people go through life they are influenced by their families, societies and other features of their environments to the degree that they become products of their environments. As a result, the development of their personalities is largely a matter of chance. The purpose of Buddhism is to guide and direct the development of one's personality so that such development is no longer a matter of chance."

- Mahidol University web site.

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"Doubting is natural. Everyone starts out with doubts. You can learn a great deal from them. What is important is that you don't identify with your doubts: that is, don't get caught up in them. This will spin your mind in endless circles. Instead, watch the whole process of doubting, of wondering. See who it is that doubts. See how doubts come and go. Then you will no longer be victimized by your doubts. You will step outside of them and your mind will be quiet. You can see how all things come and go. Just let go of what you are attached to. Let go of your doubts and simply watch. This is how to end doubting."

- Ajahn Chah.

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From: 'Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening' Hui Hai, Trans.

John Blofeld

A monk enquired, 'How are we to interpret correctly all names,

forms, speech and silence in order to integrate them and realize

a state that is neither anterior nor posterior?'

M: When a thought arises, fundamentally there is neither form

nor name; how can you speak in terms of before and after?

Failure to understand the essential purity of all that has name

and form is the cause of your mis- takenly reckoning everything

in those terms. People are locked in by these names and forms,

and, lacking the key of wisdom, they are unable to unlock

themselves. Those clinging to the Middle Way suffer from Middle

Way psychosis; those grasping at extremes suffer from a dualist

psychosis. You do not comprehend that that which mani- fests

itself right now is the unequalled Dharmakaya. Delusion and

awakening, as well as gain and loss, pertain to the worldly way.

The rising (of the thought) of creation and destruction leads to

the burial of true wisdom; both the cutting off of defilements

(klesha) and the search for bodhi are in direct opposition to

wisdom.'

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Regardless of what Einstien said, time does not really exist; it appears only when you desire something.

Time starts when you desire something and it ends when you got what you desire,..

so does selfness. :o

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"The Buddhist task involves trying to figure out how we were programmed (by parents, teachers, friends, the government, and so on...) and to reprogram ourselves."

- Prawase Wasi

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O Nobly Born, O you of glorious origins, remember your radiant true nature, the essence of mind. Trust it. Return to it. It is home. - The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in the eyes of the Divine. If only they could all see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time. There would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed...I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worshiop each other. -Thomas Merton

- Discovering Our Nobility: A Psychology of Original Goodness - Jack Kornfeild

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