Tag Archives: Yoga

On Spinoza // Will Durant

“Perhaps so many were influenced by Spinoza because he lends himself to so many interpretations, and yields new riches at every reading. All profound utterances have varied facets for diverse minds. One may say of Spinoza what Ecclesiastes said of Wisdom: “The first man knew him not perfectly, no more shall the last find him… 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 »

The meaning of Life // Viktor Frankl

“We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life — daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and mediation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right… 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 »

“We can create our own potential.” // Anders Ericsson

“….we now understand that there’s no such thing as a predefined ability. The brain is adaptable, and training can create skills….that did not exist before. This is a game changer, because learning now becomes a way of creating abilities rather than of bringing people to the point where they can take advantage of their innate… Read More »