Quotes and Reflections

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The person who is free and easy
Beyond every boundary, is enlightened.

He doesn't hoe much,
But there are no weeds in his field.

Jungkwan Haean



We have much more possibilities
available in each moment
than we realize.

Thich Nhat Hanh



Deaf, he hears his own nature.
Blind, he sees his Original Mind.

The empty, clear moon
In the water rises
Where heart and mind are forgotten.

Jungkwan Ilson (1533-1608)



Sometimes, when we judge what we hear or see,
we are actually reacting based
on our own cravings and aversions.

Dharma Teacher



Impossible to imagine something to be born.
There is only continuation.

Thich Nhat Hanh



Your first love has no beginning or end.
Your first love is not your first love,
and it is not your last.

It is just love.
It is one with everything.

Thich Nhat Hanh



Do not just look for what you want to see,
that would be futile.

Do not look for anything,
but allow the insight to have a chance to come by itself.

That insight will help liberate you.

Thich Nhat Hanh



Buddhism is a plan for living in such a way
as to derive highest benefit from life for all living beings.

It is a religion of wisdom
where knowledge and intelligence predominate.

The Buddha did not preach to win converts,
but to enlighten listeners.

Dharma Teacher



The mind for truth
Begins, like a stream, shallow
At first, but then
Adds more and more depth
While gaining greater clarity.

Saigyo (1118-1190)



Without discrimination,
Just so the immaculate element,
Which in its essential nature is mind,
Is present in all.

Visuddhis Magga



Delusion, enlightenment
just fox-words fooling
Zen practitioners everywhere.

Daito (1282-1334)



Forgiving is hard
if you have not yet practiced
cultivating the four universal love minds,

Metta – Loving kindness
Karuna - Compassion
Mudita – Altruistic joy
Upekkha – Equanimity

With no love
you can't forgive.

Desmond Chiong



The nature of mind is the background to the whole of life and death,
like the sky which enfolds the whole universe in its embrace.

Sogyal Rinpoche



The mighty ocean has but one taste,
The taste of salt.

Even so, the true way has
But one savor,
The savor of freedom.

Majjhima Nikaya



Dharma itself is pure.

if the Dharma is left
the way it is

Dharma will be pure.

Des Boo-ngoh



The essential Nature of Mind

No words can describe it
No example can point to it
Samsara does not make it worse
Nirvana does not make it better.

It has never been born
It has never ceased
It has never been liberated
It has never been deluded
It has never existed
It has never been nonexistent
It has no limits at all.

It does not fall into any kind of category.

Dudjom Rinpoche



Overcome your uncertainties
And free yourself
From dwelling on sorrow.

If you delight in existence,
You will become a guide
To those who need you,
Revealing the path to many.

Sutta Nipata



Oh sons and daughters of Buddha,
there is no place where the wisdom of the Tathagata does not reach.

Why? Because there is not a single sentient being
that is not fully endowed with the wisdom of the Tathagata.

Hua-yen Sutra



Life is energy
and is not destroyed
At the dissolution of one life.

Energy changes form.

n Buddhism
Form is Emptiness.

Life is therefore Emptiness.

Des boo ngoh



I believe compassion can not be expressed toward anothers
until we have fully felt it for ourselves.

Once compassion is deeply experienced for ourselves and our own human plight,
I think only then can it spill over to others.
Most of us, however, are taught to never feel sorry for ourselves when so many others are in pain.

But knowing our pain is the same for every sentient being just expressed differently,
makes the seed of compassion flower naturally.

Dharma Teacher



Constantly be aware,
Without stopping.

When the aware mind is present,
It senses the formlessness
Of things.

Master Tao-hsin (580-651)



Learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this life.

For it is only through meditation that you can undertake the journey to discover your true nature,
and so find the stability and confidence you will need to live, and die, well.

Meditation is the road to enlightenment.

Sogyal Rinpoche



When your fear touches someone’s pain it becomes pity;
when your love touches someone’s pain, it becomes compassion.

Stephen Levine



We have to face the pain we have been running from.

In fact, we need to learn to rest in it,
and let its searing power transform us.

Charlotte Joko Beck



If there is peace within oneself,
there is room for another mind.

Dharma Teacher



Increasing the space between the perceptions,
thoughts, feelings, and behaviours we experience,
we allow for stillness.

Moving deeper in that stillness, patience.
In that patience, concentration, generosity, morality, and diligence arise.

Harvey So Daiho Hilbert



When we filter information through the conditioned sense of self,
we are an easy target to get hurt.

Des Boo-ngoh



While evil minds can destroy everything,
kind hearts can beautify the entire world.

Desmond Chiong



We can use our sufferings to build more suffering.
Or we can use suffering as a springboard to the path of liberation.

Painful childhood memories too, can be used
to remind us of our purpose on this path.

Dharma Teacher



Listen carefully:

The teachers of the past have said that people are complete as they are.
Each one is perfected; not even the width of one eyebrow hair separates them from this perfection.

All sentient beings fully possess the wisdom and virtues of the Buddha.
But because they are overcome by delusive thoughts and attachments, they cannot manifest this.

From: “The Awakening of Mugai Nyodai”



Good Karma
From a clear mind.

Des boo ngoh



The Dharma is without living beings,
because it is free of the dust of living beings.

It is selfless, because it is free of the dust of desire.
It is lifeless, because it is free from birth and death.

It is without personalities,
because it dispenses with past origins and future destinies.

The Buddha in Vimalakirti Sutra



The realm of non-thinking
Can hardly be fathomed by cognition.

In the sphere of genuine suchness
There is neither "I" nor "other."

Master Yunmen (864-949)



The moon's the same old moon,
The flowers exactly as they were.

Yet I've become the thingness
Of all the things I see!

Bunan (1602-1676)



The eye sees it,
But no hands can take hold of it.

The moon in the stream:
This is the secret of this school.

Dharma Teacher



This empty, wide-open true mind
Is subtly and correctly

Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091–1157)



The water of the mind,
how clear it is!
Gazing at it,
the boundaries are invisible.

But as soon as even
a slight thought arises,
ten thousand images crowd it.
Attach to them,
and they become real.

Be carried by them,
and it will be difficult to return.
How painful to see a person
trapped in the ten-fold delusions.




All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
The mind is everything.

What we think we become

The Lord Buddha



Life is so hard
and people are so difficult to deal with.

There is no choice
but to be loving and kind.

Desmond Chiong



Taking refuge is not about ceremony, but mind.

We should be mindful about Buddha's teachings,
and practice them in our daily lives.

Desmond Chiong



Only with precepts in their heart,
can parents educate children with personal example,
and teachers cultivate students with kind hearts.

Dharma Teacher



Movement and stillness:
Both are part of the same principle,
Emotions of this dusty world
Are not as important as the Way.

So I endure this thin paper robe
Until the dawn bell,
While pomegranate leaves and mulberry
Branches dance in the north wind.

Tesshu Tokusai



To face life in its impermanence, is like stepping onto a boat
that is about to sail out to sea and sink.

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi



Your self-partiality
is at the root of all your illusions.

There aren't any illusions
when you don’t have
this preference for yourself.

Master Bankei (1622-1693)



As long as you are subject
To life bound by force of habit,
You are not free from the
Burden of the body.

Master Kuei-Shan (771-854)



You should be an island to yourself,
a refuge to yourself,

not dependent on any other
but taking refuge in the truth
and none other than the truth.

Digha Nikaya, 16



At the sound of the bell
in the silent night,
I wake from my dream
in this dream world of ours.

Gazing at the reflection
of the moon in a clear pool,
I see, beyond my form,
my real form.

Master Kojisei



The prerequisite for Ch'an practice is to extinguish wrong thinking.
Shakyamuni Buddha taught much on this subject.

His simplest and most direct teaching is the word "stop!"
from the expression "stopping is Bodhi."

Master Xuyun



Even after having defeated a million men,
one is better off by conquering oneself.

Dhammapada, 103



In Buddhist teaching, the law of karma, says only this:

“For every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first,
and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according as its cause was skillful or unskillful.”

A skillful event is one that is not accompanied by craving, resistance or delusions;
an unskillful event is one that is accompanied by any one of those things.

(Events are not skillful in themselves, but are so called
only in virtue of the mental events that occur with them.)

Therefore, the law of karma teaches that responsibility for unskillful actions
is born by the person who commits them.

Dharma Teacher



Words cannot express things;
Speech does not convey the spirit.

Swayed by words, one is lost;
Blocked by phrases, one is bewildered.

Master Mumon




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