The Quotable Thanissaro

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Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Post by dhammapal » Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:58 pm

Thanissaro Bhikkhu wrote:We live in the world where there’s so much impermanence and we find somebody that we really like, that we love, that we get attached to, and there’s a lot of clinging there. The affection is not what the Buddha criticizes. He criticizes the clinging, because the clinging is where the suffering is. Clinging basically means that we’re feeding off of them. A large part of our happiness depends on them. In that way they become part of us, so when there’s a loss, we feel that a good part of us has been lost as well. Think of all the unskillful things we do out of the concern to maintain a relationship, fear that we’re going to lose someone who’s dear to us.
From: The Buddha's Relationship Advice by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Post by SDC » Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:15 pm

Moderator Note: please use the below from the OP as a guideline for this topic. Anyone wishing to discuss the quotes herein should do so in a new thread.
danieLion wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:28 am
My idea in starting this topic is for myself and others to not only drop Thanissaro quotes we like, but also the ones we find controversial, provocative, or downright heretical. I have no way to enforce this, but I ask that this topic just be for quoting and if discussing is to happen that it be made a new topic of its own
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Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Post by dhammapal » Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:09 am

Thanissaro Bhikkhu wrote:We often think that vipassana means seeing things as they are, the idea being that there’s something already out there — things as they are — and they’re all covered over by our preconceived notions, our mental fabrications. What we’ve got to do is clear those fabrications away and that will leave just the pristine things as they are. But that’s not really how insight works. That understanding actually gets in the way of insight’s arising because the Buddha didn’t say, “things as they are.” He said, “things as they’ve come to be”: how they’ve come into being. That’s a process of fabrication. It’s not the case that fabrications lie on top of pristine things as they are. Fabrication is how those things have come into being in the first place.
From: Things as They've Come to Be by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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Re: The Quotable Thanissaro

Post by dhammapal » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:11 am

Thanissaro Bhikkhu wrote:Many people define [mettā] as “lovingkindness,” implying a desire to be there for other people: to cherish them, to provide them with intimacy, nurture, and protection. The idea of feeling love for everyone sounds very noble and emotionally satisfying. But when you really stop to think about all the beings in the cosmos, there are a lot of them who — like the snake — would react to your lovingkindness with suspicion and fear. Rather than wanting your love, they would rather be left alone. Others might try to take unfair advantage of your lovingkindness, reading it as a sign either of your weakness or of your endorsement of whatever they want to do. In none of these cases would your lovingkindness lead to anyone’s true happiness.
From: Metta Means Goodwill by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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