This was offered by Thich Nhat Hanh in The Plum Village Chanting Book (Parallax Press, 1991):
I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.
I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to escape ill health.
I am of the nature to die...
There are many forms of Buddhism. They differ considerably. Some are more like a religion. Others are more of a practice. I lived in a Zen Center for a few years. I can tell you about that.
All belief systems are interpreted through the eyes of the individual practitioner. To me...
With mind far off, not thinking of death's coming,
Performing these meaningless activities,
Returning empty-handed now would be complete confusion;
The need is recognition, the spiritual teachings,
So why not practice the path of wisdom at this very moment?
From the mouths of...
A lot of people always ask me... "How can you be into Buddhism? You're a Christian."
Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy or 'way of life'. It is a philosophy because philosophy 'means love of wisdom'.
Buddhism can be summed up as leading a moral life...
Life, health and happiness are all about mind. Our thoughts make us happy or miserable. The present moment is beautiful, if only we could stay in here. How is to bring Mindfulness into our daily lives?Practice step-by-step:1. Choose one meal that you're going to eat mindfully...
People say that practicing Zen is difficult, but there is a misunderstanding as to why. It is not difficult because it is hard to sit in the cross‑legged position, or to attain enlightenment. It is difficult because it is hard to keep our mind pure and our practice pure in its...
THE WORLD IS ON FIRE:
AND ARE YOU LAUGHING?
YOU ARE DEEP IN THE DARK.
WILL YOU NOT ASK FOR LIGHT?
FOR BEHOLD YOUR BODY --
A PAINTED PUPPET, A TOY,
JOINTED AND SICK AND FULL OF FALSE IMAGINATIONS,
A SHADOW THAT SHIFTS AND FADES.
HOW FRAIL IT IS!
FRAIL AND PESTILENT,
Unsatisfactoriness and suffering exist and are universally experienced.
The Second Noble Truth
Desire and attachment are the causes of unsatisfactoriness and suffering.
The Third Noble Truth
There is an end to unsatisfactoriness and suffering.
The Fourth Noble Truth...
1 The world is not enough.
2 Addiction to pleasure and avoidance of pain ties us to the world.
3 Stopping our addictions frees us from the world.
4 We can do this by following the Noble Eightfold path.
privileged life and embraced the life of an aesthete. He wore rags, and begged for his meals.
He taught those who would listen to him to question everything. Enquire into everything you are told, so that you test out what you hear.
It is a wise thing to question life, because...
"The answer to life and death is simple. It rests in the palm of my hand. Watch."
He threw the dust into the air; it remained suspended like a murky cloud for a second before the breeze carried it away.
"Consider what you just saw. The dust holds its shape for a...
even now I want to be a Buddhist. I think my family is Buddhist but it's pretty much unclear. I like the idea of self enlightenment and peace within oneself. hopefully I can find peace within myself one day.
when I was younger but stopped studying it about 4 years ago when I decided to rid my life of all religion or religious-type things. Well I've grown since then and am in a very different place in my life, a place where I feel I need Buddhism. I'm very conflicted between my...
religions in the past dozen years. Buddhism to me is philosophy, psychology, and experiential. It is not a faith religion, if it's even a religion. Yet Buddhism has many variations. Probably in some eastern countries it is a religion. I have found a home in Tibetan Buddhism, and...
and being judged as a child. For a long time I looked down to myself, but as I was a little bit older I started to understand it is no big deal, after all everyone goes through pain.
You may ask how does all this thoughts come from? Everything started by deep reflection. I...
I realize how little anyone knows about different religions. maybe if we could all take some time to get to know each other better, we may find we have some common ground and maybe we can get on with our lives. I know so little of Buddhism. If there is a...
Usually people lose themselves in a strong emotion and become overwhelmed. That is not the way to handle emotion, because when that happens you are a victim of emotion. In order not to become a victim, breathe and retain your calm, and you will experience the insight that an...
...about trying to remain mindful
...about living in the present
...about not judging others
...about not becoming "attached"
...about not hating
...about enjoying what nature offers
...about living peacefully and...
substances: Sweat, urine, faeces, genital fluids, blood, pus, hair, skin, wax, mucus and tears. And when they die, a whole eco-system of putrefaction begins from within and outside. I think it's best that our bodies are buried in cloth shrouds to allow mixture with the earth and...
“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.” ~ Buddha
Human-beings are great creators; we craft from thin air the articles and verbiages of said articles that we need to sustain...
A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain...
I have described myself as a Buddhist for over five years now, but I seem agnostic to many. I am a student of the Theravada tradition, but there are aspects, like the apparent sexism within I don't really like.
I have read a lot of work, words, on the Buddha and what he taught...
months ago. It was the best thing I've done for my spiritual life! Buddhist teaching make sense with my lifestyle and I love the group of people I practice with. I can't wait to learn more and growth closer to liberation.
Buddhism cycle of rebirth. There are six separate planes into which any living being can be reborn -- three fortunate realms, and three unfortunate realms. Those with favorable, positive karma are reborn into one of the fortunate realms: the realm of demigods, the realm of gods...
Ajahn Chah (1918~1992) was a teacher of the Theravadan Tree Forest tradition. He was considered to be one of the great Buddhist masters of our modern age. Here are some quotes and teachings attributed to him:
"There are people who are born and die and never once are aware...
Beautiful, soothing to the soul, and it touches me deeply.
Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer), Om Mani Padme Hum, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. Viewing...
First establish yourself in the way,
And so defeat sorrow.
To straighten the crooked
You must first do a harder thing-
You are your only master.
And discover your master.
One of the many things that impresses me about Buddhism is that I'm not forced just to rely on faith as my method of determining the truth. I can actually consider things like evidence, use critical thinking. I also like that there is no concept that anyone who doesn't believe...
Gautama's teachings, especially his pictorial biography. I feel that I have been identifying more with Zen Buddhism, though. I absolutely love meditating and the peace and tranquility that comes with following the Buddha's teachings of loving and accepting all that enter and...