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 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.

— Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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.

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.

— Shunryu Suzuki

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 gets 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.

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

Meditation is sitting quietly
while paying attention to your experience,
allowing everything to be just as it is.

— Cassandra Vieten

Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way they are, right here and now.

— Fred Rogers

we are stardust
we are golden
we are billion year old carbon
and we got to get ourselves
back to the garden

— Joni Mitchell

When you don’t have anything else, you have your breath.

— Phra Marut Damchaom, 13 january 2018

Where does buddha dharma sangha live? In your heart.

— Phra Marut Damchaom, 13 january 2018

Whenever you are thinking, or stressing, or in the grip of an emotion — or being anything at all — just stop, and do this:
ana = “breathe in”
pana = “breathe out”
sati = “be in the present”, “pay attention”
Then: Do your work. (“Do your duty”).
And always: Metta first.

— Phra Marut Damchaom

One word
Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love.

— Sophocles

With mindfulness, you learn to look at things from an existential point of view — allowing things to exist — rather than trying to even them out or bulldoze the whole landscape. With this view, fighting or resistance isn’t necessary.

— Chögyam Trungpa

It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

While meditating we are simply seeing what the mind has been doing all along.

— Unknown

Nirvana is a natural condition which has two aspects — the state of mind that is free from defilements and thus cool, while the body and sense faculties are not cool, and the state of mind wherein the sense faculties have cooled down.

A loss ain’t a loss, it’s a lesson.
Appreciate the pain, it’s a blessing.

— JayZ, “Smile”, album ‘4:44’

The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey
is the step that you are taking at this moment.
That’s all there ever is.

— Eckhart Tolle

Meditation. There is nothing to do. It is about undoing.

— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

If you have time to breathe, you have time to meditate. You breathe when you walk. You breathe when you stand. You breathe when you lie down.

— Ajahn Amaro

Meditation is a skillful letting go: gently but with resolution.

— Ajahn Sumedho

When operating on a personal level — from how things should be — it seems that life is always a struggle.

— Ajahn Sumedho

The way out of suffering is meditation itself.

— Ajahn Chah

Let go of the story — and return to the only place of power: the present moment

— Eckhart Tolle

When one does not understand death, life can be very confusing.

— Ajahn Chah

Realization of Nibbana is not a wipe-out or a destruction of the conditioned realm;
it’s an understanding of it.

— Ajahn Sumedho

Truly, just sit …
That’s all there is.

If you give it attention, there is no limit to delusion.
So quit creating delusions and just sit.

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.

— William Shakespeare

In sitting meditation we practice dropping whatever story we are telling ourselves.

Meditation isn’t about getting it right or attaining some ideal state.
It’s about being able to stay present with ourselves.

One word
Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love.

— Sophocles

The spiritual journey is, in essence, from distraction to awakening, and also from the personal to the universal. … In this ‘going forth’ the heart opens and self-concern is realized as the shadow of concern for the welfare of all – “What can I gain from my practice, my efforts?” is replaced by, “What can I offer?”

— Amaro Bikkhu, _Tudong – the Long Walk North_, 1984, p.9.

[Any] scene becomes only a sign for awakening,
a signal to free the mind.

— Amaro Bikkhu, _Tudong – the Long Walk North_, 1984, p.37.

Row row row your boat
gently down the stream
merrily merrily merrily merrily
life is but a dream.

— Children’s folk song

[When we are upset, sad, etc … we can remember]
we are the observers of the conditions —
we are not the conditions themselves.

— Ajahn Sumedho

Whenever you are able to observe your mind,
you are no longer trapped in it.

— Eckhart Tolle

By giving your full attention to this moment,
an intelligence far greater than the egoic mind enters your life.

— Eckhart Tolle

The source of all suffering is delusion.

— Gautama Buddha

‘All conditioned things are not-self’ —
when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering.
This is the path to purification.

— Gautama Buddha

When you are present,
you can allow the mind to be as it is
without getting entangled in it.

— Eckhart Tolle

We try many ways to be awake,
but our society still keeps us forgetful.
Meditation is to help us remember.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Just as the dog loves to chew bones,
the human mind loves its problems.

— Eckhart Tolle

The one and only way
for the purification of beings,
for overcoming sorrow and lamentation,
for the complete destruction of pain and distress,
for attainment of the Noble Path, and
for the realization of Nibbāna,
is the practice of the four methods of Steadfast Mindfulness:
Keeping our mind steadfastly
on the body,
on sensation,
on the mind,
on the dhamma.

— Gautama Buddha

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

— Buddhism teaching

Change in the world comes from individuals, from the inner peace in individual hearts. Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.

— Dalai Lama XIV

All the traditions in Buddhism have their own unique aspects.
But in essence, we are all students of the same teacher.

— Dalai Lama XIV

Happiness is lighter than a feather,
no one can grasp it.
Suffering is heavier than the earth,
no one can let it go.

— Zhuangzi, the Tao

One conscious breath is enough to make some space
where before there was the uninterrupted succession of one thought after another.
One conscious breath (two or three would be even better), taken many times a day,
is an excellent way of bringing space into your life.

— Eckhart Tolle

Looking within can change the world around you.

— Byron Katie

One thing I teach: dukkha and release from dukkha.

— Gautama Buddha

Understanding and loving are inseparable. If they are separate, it is a cerebral process and the door to essential understanding remains closed.

— Erich Fromm

Why meditate? You start to unhook the automatic cycle of reactivity and gain some freedom.

— Gerald Grow

Dukkha is the pain of not realising our true nature.

— Zen teaching

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

— Will Rogers

But after that I contemplated my attitude; I contemplated my greed for peace. And I did not seek tranquillity any more.

— Ajahn Sumedho

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

— Ajahn Chah

What a liberation to realize that the voice in my head is not who I am.
Who am I then?
The one who sees that.

— Eckhart Tolle

If my mind doesn’t go out to disturb the noise,
the noise won’t disturb me.

— Ajahn Chah

My religion is simple.
My religion is kindness.

— Dalai Lama XIV

The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use, even spirituality.

— Chögyam Trungpa

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.

Let go and just do your own work.

— Ajahn Chah

Do what you do, and give the fruit of your actions to me.

— Krishna, Bhagavad Gita

The Buddha taught that looking after the precepts isn’t hard if you look after yourself.

— Ajahn Chah

When you sit, let it be.
Grasp at nothing.
Resist nothing.

— Ajahn Chah

The nibbana-dhamma lies in the minds of each one of you
at the moment that you are to some degree
empty of the feeling of “I” and “mine”.

Enlightenment — full enlightenment — is perceiving reality with an open, unfixated mind, even in the most difficult circumstances. It’s nothing more than that, actually.

— Pema Chödrön

Remember that the world happens to be as it is, and right now
that’s the only way it can be. The only thing we can do is be
patient with it.

— Ajahn Sumedho, _Peace is a Simple Step_, p 59.

I declare that the heart’s release by compassion,
has the sphere of infinite space for its excellence.

— Gautama Buddha, SN 46.54

When your only purpose for living is the benefit of others, it is very easy to make the right decision. It is easy because you are very clear about why you are alive.

— Lama Zopa Rinpoche

incline to the Unconditioned, the space, the emptiness, rather
than towards the changing conditions within the space.

— Ajahn Sumedho, _Peace is a Simple Step_, p 59.

incline to the Unconditioned, the space, the emptiness, rather
than towards the changing conditions within the space.

— Ajahn Sumedho, _Peace is a Simple Step_, p 59.

Rebirth is nothing more than desire
seeking some object to absorb into, which will allow it to arise again.

— Ajahn Sumedho, _Peace is a Simple Step_, p 70.

Be kind whenever possible.
It is always possible.

— His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

You are awareness, disguised as a person.

— Eckhart Tolle

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

— Joseph Campbell

You have to make your life a good place for the meditation to seep through.

— Thanissaro Bikkhu