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"Do not give attention to what others do or fail to do; give it to what you do or fail to do." Dhammapada, verse 50

I also remember reading another great Ajahn Chan saying. He was asked about the proper sitting posture. He said, if the sitting posture was the most important part of meditation, then all the frogs

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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Many people are afraid to empty their minds lest they may plunge into the void.

They do not know that their own mind IS the void.

Huang Po

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Self shining presence-awareness is not the result of effort.

There is no need to try to do something with the expectation that suddenly awareness will be there.

Presence-awareness is always here and now whether it is recognized or seemingly lost.

It is not something that can be created or destroyed.

Conceptual thinking is like the cloud that seemingly blocks the sun.

Bob Adamson

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As for the 'I', our understanding of its nature is also mistaken.



This doesn't mean that there is no person and no desire.

When Buddha rejected the existence of a self

He meant that the self we normally conceive is not existent.

Geshe Lhundrub Sopa

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"Furthermore, Subhuti, in the practice of compassion and charity a disciple should be detached. That is to say, he should practice compassion and charity without regard to appearances, without regard to form, without regard to sound, smell, taste, touch, or any quality of any kind. Subhuti, this is how the disciple should practice compassion and charity. Why? Because practicing compassion and charity without attachment is the way to reaching the Highest Perfect Wisdom, it is the way to becoming a living Buddha."

Diamond Sutra

chapter 4, First alinea

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"How I Became a Madman

You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus: One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen -- the seven masks I have fashioned and worn in seven lives -- I ran maskless through the crowded streets shouting, "Thieves, thieves, the cursed thieves."

Men and women laughed at me and some ran to their houses in fear of me.

And when I reached the market place, a youth standing on a house-top cried, "He is a madman." I looked up to behold him; the sun kissed my own naked face for the first time. For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, "Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks."

Thus I became a madman.

And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.

But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief".

A quote from the book "The madman" (1918) by Khalil Gibran.

What has this to do with Buddhism? It is in essence the same story as Buddha told: if you can drop, transcend your conditioning, your conditioned mind, you can experience something of nature, also your own nature, in a more direct, unfiltered way. See things "as they are".

If you want to read more from Gibran, you can find it on the following website:

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Attainment does not come at the moment when we are making a conscious effort to attain, because at that time we have uddhacca-kukkucca, 'distraction and worry', but rather at the unexpected moment when we relax after an apparently fruitless effort.

--Ven. Ñanavira

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Everything that appears is the magical play of the mind and the whole magical play of the mind is unfounded and empty.

If you realize that all events are your own mind, all visual manifestations become to be the emptiness of Dharmakaya.

Phenomenons do not record anything. It is our attachment to it that we become bound.

Cut all paranoid attachment, children of my heart.

From "The flight of the Garuda", Shabkar Lama

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Not-knowing is itself. Before there canbe talk for knowing, first there must be space for it, a state ofnot knowing. ...

You and I constantly find ourselves in a state ofnot knowing, but our attention is focused on what we do know,

so weare not aware - and we do not want to be aware - of our not-knowing.

Not-knowing is what is not knowledged.

It is what not become perceived or experienced in any way, so onefind nothing.

It is open, unfilled, empty in a sense.

Peter Ralston - The book of not knowing

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Effortlessness is not something that can be attained by effort.

No-mind is not a state that can be achieved by the mind.

Peacecannot be achieved by striving.

Trying to be aware of 'just beingin the present moment' is a contradiction in terms;

being'self-consciously' aware of it takes you out of it.

You can't try to be happy any more than you can try to goto sleep or try to act naturally.

You only act naturally whenyou're not trying, not thinking, but simply going about life.

Just be yourself

David Carse

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To let go is not to cut myself off, it's the realization that I can't control another.

To let go is not to try to change or blame another, it's to make the most of myself.

To let go is not to judge but to allow another person to be a human being.

To let go is to... fear less, and to love more!!

- Ven. Pandit

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