Tag Archives: Buddhism

“….in Zen doubt is transformed into the path….// Stephen Bachelor

By | 22nd January 2018

“….in Zen doubt is transformed into the path…. The Zen tradition often speaks of three factors that need to be cultivated along the path: great faith, great doubt, and great courage. Thus faith and doubt are brought together. Clearly, doubt in this context does not refer to the kind of wavering indecision in which we… Read More »

The Buddha’s realisation & Teaching // Yuval Noah Harari

By | 12th January 2018

“….he came to the realization that suffering is not caused by ill-fortune, by social injustice, or by divine whims. Rather, suffering is caused by the behaviour patterns of one’s own mind. Gautam’s insight was that no matter when the mind experiences, it usually reacts with craving, and craving always involves dissatisfaction. When the mind experiences… Read More »

“….the goal of life is a deep state of well-being and wisdom at all moments….” // Matthieu Ricard

By | 3rd January 2018

“Living on a pendulum between hope and doubt, excitement and boredom, desire and weariness, it’s easy to fritter away our lives, bit by bit, without even noticing, running all over the place and getting nowhere. Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things…. ….the goal of life… Read More »

The message of Buddha // Juan Mascaro

By | 1st January 2018

“Buddha avoided metaphysical questions. He might have answered them in the words of Jesus: ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.’…. It is said that once a man of arms undertook a long journey to see a holy follower of Buddha, and asked… Read More »

“….the notion of God can also be used to prop up and inflate the ego….” // Karen Armstrong

By | 25th December 2017

“….the notion of God can also be used to prop up and inflate the ego….If we imagine God to be a being like ourselves writ large, with likes and dislikes similar to our own, it is all too easy to make ‘him’ endorse some of our most uncharitable, selfish and even lethal hopes, fears and… Read More »

“….”when you’re young, everybody knows they’re going to die and nobody believes it….” // Morrie Schwartz

By | 21st December 2017

“When you arrive at the point I’m at, you appreciate the start truth of the Buddhist statement that “when you’re young, everybody knows they’re going to die and nobody believes it.” When you’re facing death, you believe it. We’re all on the same ship, and it’s going to sink sooner or later. One hundred and… Read More »

Seeds of Anger and Compassion in us // Thich Nhat Hanh

By | 28th November 2017

“Every one of us has a seed of anger. Every one of us has a seed of compassion. We have all kinds of seeds in our store of consciousness. To practice meditation is to practice mindful watering of the seeds in us. We don’t want the negative seeds to manifest often because every time a… Read More »

The Buddha on Love// Juan Mascaro

By | 27th November 2017

“This is how the Buddha speaks of love in the Majjhima Nikaya: Buddha spoke thus once to his disciples: The words of men to you can be of five kinds: at the right time or at the wrong time, true or false, gentler or bitter, profitable or unprofitable, kindly or resentful. If men speak evil… Read More »

“The Buddha was never melancholy or gloomy.” // Walpola Rahula

By | 25th November 2017

“The Buddha was never melancholy or gloomy. He was described by his contemporaries as ‘ever-smiling’ (militia-pubbamgama). In Buddhist painting and sculpture the Buddha is always represented with a countenance happy, serene, contented and compassionate. Never a trace of suffering or agony or pain is to be seen…. Although there is suffering in life, a Buddhist… Read More »

“…….it’s not by ceremony that you become a Buddhist. It is by committing to practice.” // Thich That Hanh

By | 7th July 2017

“Buddhism is made of mindfulness, concentration, and insight. If you have these things, you are a Buddhist. If you don’t, you aren’t a Buddhist. When you look at a person and you see that she is mindful, she is compassionate, she is understanding, and she has insight, then you know that she is a Buddhist.… Read More »

“We are responsible….for all that lives.” // Stephen Batchelor

By | 7th July 2017

“We are responsible not merely for ourselves but for all that lives, for everything that is capable of calling out to us. The path of compassion means to silence the roar of our own internal chatter as to be attentive to the gestures, hints, declarations, and appeals of others. The response that comes from such… Read More »