Your favorite quotes.

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Post by Simon E. » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:53 am

Reporter to Salvador Dali,
"Signor Dali how would you compare yourself to Picasso ? "
" Picasso is Catalan.. and so is Dali. Picasso is genius... and so is Dali. Picasso is communist... and neither is Dali. "

Back to fishin' folks... :namaste:

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Post by muni » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:55 am

"Learn to look without imagination, to listen without distortion: that is all. Stop attributing names and shapes to the essentially nameless and formless, realize that every mode of perception is subjective, that what is seen or heard, touched or smelled, felt or thought,expected or imagined, is in the mind and not in reality, and you will experience peace and freedom from fear." - Nisargadatta Maharaj

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Post by Ogyen » Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:41 pm

I teach the sort of doctrine where one does not quarrel with anyone in the cosmos, with its deities, demons, and universal spirits, with its contemplatives and priests, its hierarchies and common folk.

That is the end of taking up rods and bladed weapons, of arguments, quarrels, disputes, accusations, divisive tale-bearing and false speech. That is where these evil, unskillful things cease without remainder.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Madhupindika Sutra
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"To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget." –Arundhati Roy

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Post by muni » Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:42 am

"The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is there’s no ground." — Trungpa Rinpoche


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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Post by Huseng » Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:42 am

Leaving the patron, Buddha,
And bowing to other gods,
Is like a fool who comes to the bank of the Ganges
And being thirsty digs a well.


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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Post by Ikkyu » Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:02 am

A poem from Hanshan, also known as Cold Mountain, a Ch'an monk who studied Taoism alongside Buddhism and wrote on the themes of transience and natural beauty:

Do I have a body? Or have I none?
Am I who I am? Or am I not?
Pondering these questions, I sit
Leaning against the cliff while the years go by
And the green grass grows up between my feet
And the red dust settles on my head
Then men of the world come and thinking me dead
Bring offerings of wine and fruit

-- Hanshan

I also enjoy this stanza from the "Principia Discordia":

Bullshit makes
the flowers grow
and that's beautiful
"Nothing can be known, not even this."
-- Arcesilaus (but I'm not sure)

(cutting through bullshit, and sometimes failing... that's ok, though)

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Post by muni » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:15 am

“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”

Thich Nhat Hanh.

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Post by White Lotus » Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:08 pm

''enlightenment is nought to be attained'' bodhidharma.

''enlightenment is nothing at all'' mango.

''its not mind, its not buddha, its not nature.'' koan (see 'wu men kuan').
in any matters of importance. dont rely on me. i may not know what i am talking about. take what i say as mere speculation. i am not ordained. nor do i have a formal training. i do believe though that if i am wrong on any point. there are those on this site who i hope will quickly point out my mistakes.

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Post by cesar » Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:37 pm

just a few of many that inspire me continuously,

“Like a great river that runs down toward the ocean, the narrowness of discipline leads into the openness of panoramic awareness.”
-- Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Until we experience it,
Emptiness sounds so
Once experienced,
All is empty by comparison.
-- Pema Chödron

"The ultimate reality is beyond intellectual investigation, for the intellect is regarded as apparent reality." - Shantideva

"Mantra and Tantra, meditation and concentration, they are all a cause of self-deception." - Saraha

"I don't believe in reincarnation, but I will bring a change of underwear anyway.." - Woody Allen


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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Post by muni » Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:58 am

Although we are all human beings, each one has a different mind, different defilements and so forth. In order to suit every level of our minds the Buddha bestowed an enormous amount of teachings.

One kind of teaching is not enough. Just as we require many medicines in order to cure the different types of disease, similarly in order to help the limitless sentient beings, the Buddha also gave many many teachings.

His Holiness Sakya Trizin.

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Post by VlcImba » Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:44 am

A man asked Buddha for a favor," i want happiness",he said. the buddha replied " Take off I , thats ego, now remove want, thats desire, there you go, happiness:)
Simplicity at its best :twothumbsup:
Form is emptiness,emptiness is form

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Post by oushi » Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:17 am

Longchenpa wrote:The pathless path
is the path always under our feet
and since that path is always beneath us,
if we miss it, how stupid!
Say what you think about me here.

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Post by seeker242 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:37 pm

"Things are not what they appear to be: nor are they otherwise."

One should not kill any living being, nor cause it to be killed, nor should one incite any other to kill. Do never injure any being, whether strong or weak, in this entire universe!

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Post by muni » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:59 am

"If you do not acquire contentment in yourselves,
Heaped-up accumulations will only enrich others.

If you do not obtain the light of Inner Peace,
Mere external ease and pleasure will become a source of pain.

If you do not suppress the Demon of Ambition,
Desire for fame will lead to ruin and to lawsuits"


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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Post by muni » Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:55 am

“All the joy the world contains has come
Through wishing happiness for others.
All the misery the world contains
has come through wanting pleasure for oneself.
Is there need for lengthy explanation?
Childish beings look out for themselves;
Buddhas labor for the good of others;
See the difference that divides them!”

Shantideva. :namaste:

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Post by lobster » Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:47 am

Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes, it obstructs your vision.

If you live the sacred and despise the ordinary,
you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion.
Zen Master Lin-Chi

Since everything is but an apparition, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter.

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Re: Your favorite quotes.

Post by muni » Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:10 am

Any thought such as miserliness and so on
Is held to be an afflictive obscuration.
Any thought of ‘subject’, ‘object’ and ‘action’
Is held to be a cognitive obscuration.


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