Tag Archives: Buddha

What is “renunciation”? // Matthieu Ricard

True renunciation is not a constrain but a freedom. It comes from the strong desire to end the frustration inevitably created by the ordinary preoccupations of life…. Renunciation essentially means simplifying one’s mind, one’s words, and one’s activities, by letting go of what obstructs inner freedom. Constraint creates frustration; renunciation produces a real sense of… Read More »

What is “Freedom”? — II // Matthieu Ricard

To be free is to be master of ourselves. It is not a matter of doing whatever comes into our heads, but rather of freeing ourselves from the constraints and afflictions, that dominate and obscure our minds. It is a matter of taking our life into our own hands rather than abandoning it to the… Read More »

The Buddha “encourages his followers to be independent of him.” // Stephen Batchelor

“In contrast to popular images of Buddha surrounded by an entourage of monks who hang on his every word, some of the earliest discourses in Pali present him as a solitary figure who wanders from place to place and encourages his followers to be independent of him. Traditionally, a Buddhist monk would spend only five… Read More »

“”If you meet the Buddha,” advises the Zen patriarch Lin-chi, “kill him.”” / / Stephen Batchelor

“According to legend, when the young man who was to become Buddha left the security of his home to explore the world beyond its walls, he chanced upon a person crippled with age, another ridden with disease, and a corpse. These sights perplexed him. For the first time, his existence became a question for him.… Read More »

“Questioning is a quest….” // Stephen Batchelor

“….to question means to acknowledge that we do not know something. But it is more than an acknowledgment: it includes a yearning to confront an unknown and illuminate it through understanding. Questioning is a quest: it takes the first step into the dark and proceeds to build a path from ignorance to clarity, from bewilderment… Read More »