Tag Archives: Buddhism

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 »

“….the well-intentioned urge to preserve a religion runs the risk of mummifying it.” // Stephen Batchelor

“….the well-intentioned urge to preserve a religion runs the risk of mummifying it. Although you might succeed in preserving its institutions and dogmas for a while, you cannot preserve a path any more than you can preserve the current of a river or the whistling of a wind. Insidiously, Mara attempts to secure what by… Read More »

“….we need to get rid of the illusion of believing that we have “our whole life ahead of us.” // Matthieu Ricard

“Every moment of our lives has tremendous value. Yet we let the time go by, like gold dust running through our fingers. What is sadder than coming to the end of one’s life empty-handed? We need to be aware that every second of our life is inestimably precious and have the intelligence to decide to… Read More »