All the quotes

Whatever you experience will become an object for contemplation.
This is where the practice really begins.
It is the fruit which arises as samadhi matures.

Buddhist meditation, personal insight,
is central to the Buddha’s advice — not ritual or belief.

— Diana St. Ruth

We cannot be present and run our story-line at the same time.

— Pema Chödrön

One will never come to see Dhamma by means of rational thinking.

— Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Every step is on the path.

— LaoZi

We can just allow things to be the way they are.
Even if you are stressed out,
you can allow it,
you can let it be the way it is.

— Ajahn Sumedho

Let things be
just as they are.

— Ajahn Chah

All conditioned things are impermanent.
Work out your own salvation with diligence.

— Gautama Buddha, His last words

All I do
is refrain from grasping after what is not real.

— The Buddha, Prajnaparamita

You are your own teacher.
Investigate yourself to find the truth —
inside, not outside.
Knowing yourself is most important.

— Ajahn Chah

I teach only one thing — dukkha and the end of dukkha.

— The Buddha

Those who think ‘this is me’, this is mine’,
are on the path of suffering.

— The Buddha

When your thoughts go wandering,
just sit there and let them go,
but don’t go with them.
Keep sitting.

— B. D. Schiers

Each human being is quite capable of realizing
ultimate reality,
immortal truth,
and yet not one of us is capable
of proving it to anyone else.

— Ajahn Sumedho

Transform anger with kindness
and evil with good,
meanness with generosity,
and deceit with integrity.

— The Buddha, Dhammapada v. 223

Loving-kindness [metta]
is a skillful way of enduring
what we would not normally endure.

— Ajahn Sumedho

The significance of the Buddhist teaching lies in the fact that
it’s not an attempt to tell us how things should be,
it’s more a way of bringing our attention to the way things are.

— Ajahn Sumedho

The real challenge lies in just being able to
integrate this awareness into the most ordinary things.

— Ajahn Sumedho

‘Mystical experience’, the ‘insight’ …
all the ways of talking about
that realisation of the deathless reality …
is indescribable.

— Ajahn Sumedho

Happiness means feeling you are on the right path every moment.
You don’t need to arrive at the end of the path in order to be happy.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

The spiritual life does not remove us from the world
but leads us deeper into it.

— Henri Nouwen

Deluded people don’t realize that their own mind is the Buddha.
They keep searching outside.

— Bodhidharma

Stuff we create in our own mind — that’s what dukkha is.

— Ajahn Sumedho

Here in the world,
anger is never pacified by anger.
It is pacified by love.
This is the eternal truth.

— The Buddha, Dhammapada, The Way of Truth, (trans. Sangharakshita), I, 5-6; XV, 1; XVII, 2

When covered by seeing, hearing, touching, and thinking,
the brightness of original mind cannot be seen.

— Huángbò Xīyùn

The Buddha taught that
greed, anger, and misunderstanding are the causes that give rise to suffering.
If we ourselves are not yet acquainted with
greed, anger, and misunderstanding, then there is no way we can believe this.
When we know ourselves what
greed, anger and delusion are like,
and that whenever they arise in the mind,
they produce suffering like a fire burning us,
then we can believe it on the basis of our own experience.

— Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Playing with words and ideas is like trying to catch rain in buckets.
Just allow your consciousness to receive the rain,
and the seeds buried deep within will have a chance to be watered.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Today is a new day.
Yesterday is a memory.
Tomorrow is the unknown.
Now is the knowing.

— Ajahn Sumedho

That which is threatening to the ego is liberating to the heart.

— Ajahn Amaro

I realize all forms are but illusions.
I thus free myself from the illness of ego-clinging.

— Jetsun Milarepa

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience.

— Sylvia Boorstein

Watch what happens when
you don’t name an experience as bad
and instead bring an inner acceptance, an inner YES to it,
and so let it be as it is.

— Eckhart Tolle

He who binds to himself a joy,
Doth the winged life destroy,
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sunrise.

— William Blake

All is flux.
You cannot step into the same river twice.
Change alone is unchanging.

— Heraclitus

Just remain in the center; watching.
And then forget that you are there.

— LaoZi

In your patience, you will own your heart.

— Gospel of Luke, New Testament

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.
It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.

— Albert Einstein

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.

— Gautama Buddha

Whenever the mind wants to grab on to something as a sure thing,
just say, ‘It’s not sure, it’s transient’.

— Ajahn Chah

As rain does not break into a well-thatched house,
so craving does not break into a well-trained mind

— Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada

If you teach others, do what you teach.
To train others, train yourself.
Self-control is not easy.

— Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada

Detach, let go.
Whenever there is any feeling of clinging,
we detach from it
because we know that feeling is just as it is.

— Ajahn Chah

All delusions begin in the mind.
All delusions are based on various ways we’re talking to ourselves
and then believing what we are saying.

— Adyashanti

When life is sweet,
say thank you and celebrate.
When life is bitter,
say thank you and grow.

— Shauna Niequist

These loves, hates, frustrations etc, unpleasant as they seem,
are the essential manure out of which the lotus of enlightenment grows and blossoms.

Instead of becoming the world’s expert on Buddhism,
just let go, let go, let go.

— Ajahn Sumedho

When there is mindfulness and right understanding,
then I can’t find any suffering at all in this moment, now.

— Ajahn Sumedho

Keeping the body in good health is a duty.
Otherwise we will not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

— Gautama Buddha

There is no way that we can guarantee that anything is definitely like this or like that, so the Buddha said to just leave it be. Leave it be as uncertain. However much you like it or dislike it, you should understand it as uncertain.

Just remain in the center; watching.
And then forget that you are there.

— LaoZi

As a bee gathering nectar
does not harm or disturb the color and fragrance of the flower;
so do the wise move through the world.

— Gautama Buddha

We practise Buddhism until we have a feeling for it.
After a time, a new kind of understanding arises.

— Ajahn Chah

The Buddha’s teachings are like the instructions posted on a hotel room door,
telling you what to do when the hotel’s on fire.

We stand in our own shadow
and wonder why it is dark.

Our brain is like a wild, raging electrical storm that wondrously enables us to make our way.

Rather than being your thoughts and emotions,
be the awareness behind them.

— Eckhart Tolle

Like a cup, you are full
of your own opinions and speculations.
How can you learn wisdom
unless you first empty your cup?

— Nyogen Senzaki

The problems of the mind cannot be solved on the level of the mind.

— Eckhart Tolle

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

— Rev. John Watson

Leave the front and back door open
allow the thoughts to come and go
just don’t serve them tea.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

When it storms outside, feel free to watch.
You don’t need to open the window.

— Unknown

No matter what happens when you practice,
your practice is meditation.
If you watch thoughts,
that is meditation.
If you can’t watch your thoughts,
that is meditation, too.

— Unknown

Spirituality for me is recognizing that I am connected to the energy of all creation, that I am a part of it and it is always a part of me. Whatever label or word we use to describe “it” doesn’t matter. Words are completely inadequate.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Every religion is true one way or another.
It is true when understood metaphorically.
But when it get stuck in its own metaphors,
interpreting them as facts,
then you are in trouble.

I dedicate my body and mind, my whole life, to the pracice of the Lord Buddha’s teachings in their entirety. I will realize the truth in this lifetime … I will let go of everything and follow the teachings. No matter how much suffering and difficulty I have to endure I will perservere, otherwise there will be no end to my doubts.
I will make this life as even and continuous as a single day and night. I will abandon attachments to mind and body and follow the Buddha’s teachings until I know their truth for myself.

— Ajahn Chah, Stillness Flowing: The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah, flyleaf

“Right effort” is not the effort to make something particular happen.
It is the effort to be aware and awake each moment.

— Ajahn Chah

If we wish to understand the nature of reality,
we have an inner hidden advantage:
we are ourselves little portions of the universe
and so carry the answer within us.

— Jacques Boivin, “The Single Heart Field Theory”

Freedom from craving brings many incidental benefits.

— Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

If you had not suffered as you have,
there would be no depth to you as a human being,
no humility, no compassion.

— Eckhart Tolle

Love is not liking somebody.
Anyone can do that.
Love is loving things
that sometimes you don’t like.

— Ajahn Brahm

All teachings are mere references.
The true experience is living your own life.

— Ming-Dao Deng

page revised: 15 June 2018