"Do not pursue the past.
Do not lose yourself in the future.
The past no longer is.
The future has not yet come.
Looking deeply at life as it is.
In the very here and now,
the practitioner dwells in stability and freedom.
We must be diligent today.
To wait until tomorrow is too late.
Death comes unexpectedly.
How can we bargain with it?
The sage calls a person who knows how to dwell in mindfulness night and day, one who knows the better way to live alone."
"Who is one’s own best friend, and who is one’s own worst enemy? Those whose thoughts, speech and actions are evil, they are their own worst enemy. Even if they were to say: “We care about ourselves,” nevertheless they would be their own worst enemy. And why? Because that which one would do to an enemy, they do to themselves. Those whose thoughts, speech and actions are good, they are their own best friends. Even if they were to say: “We don’t care about ourselves,” nevertheless they would be their own best friend. And why? Because that which one would do to a friend, they do to themselves."
"On a long journey of human life, faith is the best of companions; it is the best refreshment on the journey; and it is the greatest property."
"It is our very search for perfection outside ourselves that causes our suffering."
"Once a man came unto me and denounced me on account of my observing the Way and practicing great loving-kindness. But I kept silent and did not answer him. The denunciation ceased. Then I asked him. ‘If you bring a present to your neighbor and he accepts it not; does the present come back to you?’ He replied, ‘It will.’ I said, ’ You denounce me now, but as I accept it not, you must take the wrong deed back on your own person. It is like echo succeeding sound, it is like shadow following object; you never escape the effect of your own evil deeds. Be therefore mindful, and cease from doing evil."
"Looking outside the self is to compare and to discriminate. You will not find happiness that way. Nor will you find peace, if
you spend more time looking for a perfect person or the perfect
teacher. The Buddha taught us to look at the Dhamma, the truth, and not to look at other people."
"By oneself is evil done; by
oneself is one defiled. By oneself is
evil left undone; by oneself is one
made pure. Purity and impurity
depend on oneself; no one can
"Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it."
"Buddha-Nature exists in everyone no matter how deeply it may be covered over by greed, anger and foolishness, or buried by his own deeds and retribution. Buddha-Nature can not be lost or destroyed; and when all defilements are removed, sooner or later it will reappear."
"As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgements but rain your kindness equally on all."
"In the end, only three things matter:
How much you loved,
How gently you lived,
and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
"Be the witness of your thoughts.
You are what observes, not what you observe."
"In separateness lies the world’s great misery,
in compassion lies the world’s true strength."
"The heart is like a garden.
It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love.
What seeds will you plant there?"
"To enjoy the good health.
To bring the truth happiness.
To care of his own family.
To give the peace to all.
Firstly, one must discipline and control his own mind.
If he can do so, the enlightenment, wisdom and virtue will go to him naturally."