Inspiring Words

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Sam Vara » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:59 pm

"The extreme affliction which overtakes human beings does not create human misery, it merely reveals it."

-Simone Weil

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Post by denise » Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:28 pm

"to renounce things is not to give them up. it is to acknowledge that all things go away." Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

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Post by robertk » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:10 pm

"I firmly believe that you live and learn, and if you don't learn from past mistakes, then you need to be drug out and shot." R. Lee Ermey, actor.

best line in a movie:
Full Metal Jacket, : "Sound off like you got a pair!

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Sam Vara » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:51 pm

Happy is he whose wants reflect his needs,
but woe to him whose ever-hungry mind
cannot possess the thing it covets most;
our boundless longing never dies but grows,
and growing racks us all the more: who yearns
the most must always settle for much less.
That man who's pleased with what he has seems much
more rich to me than he who values what
he doesn't have above the things he owns.
True wealth is tranquil poverty, so long
as it supplies life's needs. If you feel rich
or poor, it's what you're used to, nothing more.

- Lorenzo de' Medici Altercazione c.1485.

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:18 pm

It happens that many of us are able to believe political evils are simply structural, as if human nature itself were no obstacle.
Christopher DeGroot
Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. -- MN 19

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by aflatun » Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:03 pm

In this natural state of primordial nonarising,
There is nothing to be negated and nothing to be affirmed.
Nirvāṇa and nonnirvāṇa
Are without difference in the natural state of nonarising.

This is not even nonarising as such,
Because arising things do not exist.
The seeming does not exist, the ultimate does not exist,
Buddhas do not exist, sentient beings do not exist,

Views do not exist, something to be meditated on does not exist,
Conduct does not exist, and results do not exist:
The actuality of this is what is to be cultivated.
Let this mind free from thoughts rest in its own peace.

Without identifying something, without being distracted,
Without characteristics and luminous—thus meditate

-Candrakīrti: Madhyamakāvatāra
The Center of the Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka in the Kagyu Tradition pg 173
"People often get too quick to say 'there's no self. There's no self...no self...no self.' There is self, there is focal point, its not yours. That's what not self is."

Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli
Senses and the Thought-1, 42:53

"Those who create constructs about the Buddha,
Who is beyond construction and without exhaustion,
Are thereby damaged by their constructs;
They fail to see the Thus-Gone.

That which is the nature of the Thus-Gone
Is also the nature of this world.
There is no nature of the Thus-Gone.
There is no nature of the world."

Nagarjuna
MMK XXII.15-16

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:12 am

Songs of Milarepa:

Milarepa composed many spiritual songs that revealed his realizations. This is one of his famous verses:

“Meditate in the unborn nature of the mind:
Like space, no center, no limit;
Like the sun and moon, bright and clear;
Like a mountain, unmoving, unshakeable;
Like the ocean, deep, unfathomable.”


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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by denise » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:45 pm

Tact is the ability to see other people as they think you see them ....

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:28 pm

Permanent things are the creations of an intention and a wisdom more than natural, more than private, more than human.
Russell Kirk
Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. -- MN 19

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by aflatun » Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:12 pm

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche wrote:
Mind is empty, we don’t have to make it empty...

Do not hold onto the notion that mind is empty. To hold an idea, ‘Now it is empty; now it is empty,’ is a conceptual construct that we keep in mind. That is not necessary. In the moment of recognising, you see that mind is empty. At that point allow it to be naturally as it is, without applying any technique whatsoever. That is naturalness with­out technique. That will last for a little while. Your attention will then stray, and you will at some point notice that your attention wandered off. Our mind is not completely beyond us—we know when we get distracted. Simply recognise what was distracted. Again, the moment you do so, you see that there is no thing to see...
Recognizing the Thinker
"People often get too quick to say 'there's no self. There's no self...no self...no self.' There is self, there is focal point, its not yours. That's what not self is."

Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli
Senses and the Thought-1, 42:53

"Those who create constructs about the Buddha,
Who is beyond construction and without exhaustion,
Are thereby damaged by their constructs;
They fail to see the Thus-Gone.

That which is the nature of the Thus-Gone
Is also the nature of this world.
There is no nature of the Thus-Gone.
There is no nature of the world."

Nagarjuna
MMK XXII.15-16

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:25 pm

To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.
—Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present
Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. -- MN 19

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Sam Vara » Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:31 am

Dwell in some decent corner of your being,
Where plates are orderly set and talk is quiet,
Not in its devious crooked corridors
Nor in its halls of riot.

- James Reeves, from The Questioning Tiger, 1964.

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by aflatun » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:50 pm

If the self were the aggregates,
It would arise and cease.
If it were different from the aggregates,
It would have none of their characteristics.

When the self does not exist,
How could that which belongs to it?
Due to the pacification of self and that which belongs to it,
The belief in an “I” and a “mine” will cease.

The one who does not grasp at “I” or “mine”
Does not exist either.
The one who sees what lacks the grasping of “I” and “mine,”
That one does not see.

When the sense of “I” and “mine” that is based
On the inner and outer is exhausted,
Appropriation comes to an end.
As that is exhausted, so is birth.

Liberation follows from the exhaustion of action and affliction.
Action and affliction are due to thought,
And thoughts proliferate due to prapañca.
They are brought to an end by emptiness.


Nagarjuna
Mūlamadhyamakakārikā XVIII1-5
"People often get too quick to say 'there's no self. There's no self...no self...no self.' There is self, there is focal point, its not yours. That's what not self is."

Ninoslav Ñāṇamoli
Senses and the Thought-1, 42:53

"Those who create constructs about the Buddha,
Who is beyond construction and without exhaustion,
Are thereby damaged by their constructs;
They fail to see the Thus-Gone.

That which is the nature of the Thus-Gone
Is also the nature of this world.
There is no nature of the Thus-Gone.
There is no nature of the world."

Nagarjuna
MMK XXII.15-16

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by denise » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:30 pm

"the burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness"....

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by Will » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:35 pm

There is a deity within us who breathes that divine fire by which we are animated. -- Ovid.
Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of his mind. -- MN 19

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by rightviewftw » Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:49 pm

Rocky Balboa

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place, and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Now if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth, but you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain't you. You're better than that! I'm always gonna love you, no matter what. No matter what happens. You're my son and you're my blood. You're the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, you ain't gonna have a life.

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Re: Inspiring Words

Post by rightviewftw » Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:49 pm

SN 5.2
Soma Sutta: Mara Meets His Match


The nun Soma has entered Andhavana (Blind Man's Grove) near Savatthi to practice meditation. Mara, the embodiment of delusion, sees her there and desires to make her waver and abandon her concentration. He addresses her with a verse:

That which can be attained by seers
— The place so hard to arrive at —
Women are not able to reach,
Since they lack sufficient wisdom.

[Soma replies:]
What difference does being a woman make
When the mind is well-composed,
When knowledge is proceeding on,
When one rightly sees into Dhamma?

Indeed for whom the question arises:
"Am I a man or a woman?"
Or, "Am I even something at all?"
To them alone is Mara fit to talk!
What a refutation

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