To find a buddha, all you have to do is see your nature. Your nature is the buddha. And the buddha is the person who’s free, free of plans, free of cares. If you don’t see your nature and run around all day looking somewhere else, you’ll never find a buddha. The truth is, there’s nothing to find. But to reach such an understanding you need a teacher. And you need to struggle to make yourself understand.
Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.
Compassion is that which makes the heart of the good move at the pain of others. It crushes and destroys the pain of others; thus, it is called compassion. It is called compassion because it shelters and embraces the distressed.
True and lasting inner peace can never be found in external things. It can only be found within in. And then, once we find and nurture it with ourselves, it radiates outward.
Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.
Let your happiness depend, not upon external things, but upon your own mind.
Happiness follows sorrow, sorrow follows happiness, but when one no longer discriminates happiness and sorrow, a good deal and a bad deed, one is able to realize freedom.
There is only one moment in time when it is necessary to awaken. That moment is now.
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.