“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing. ”—Charles Bukowski (via upaliproject)
“Don’t expect nanas (insight knowledges) or anything. What you need to know is how to meditate the right way. If you do that, all phenomena will show their true nature to you.
Do you have greed, expectations or aversion in the mind that is meditating? Can you see in your mind as you are meditating your own attitudes, your mental states, views, opinions and ideas in that mind? If you don’t, you are not really practicing.”—Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw (via sharanam)
“Accept the moment for what it is. Don’t try to turn it into yesterday; that moment’s gone. Don’t plot about how you can make the moment last forever. Just seep into the moment and enjoy it because it will eventually pass. Nothing is permanent. Fighting that reality will only cause you pain.”—http://zenhabits.net/zen-attachment/ (via bippityboppityhigh)
“We can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom… but we cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion. This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith. In this sense, there is no need for temple or church, for mosque or synagogue, no need for complicated philosophy, doctrine or dogma. Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple. The doctrine is compassion. Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are: ultimately these are all we need. So long as we practice these in our daily lives, then no matter if we are learned or unlearned, whether we believe in Buddha or God, or follow some other religion or none at all, as long as we have compassion for others and conduct ourselves with restraint out of a sense of responsibility, there is no doubt we will be happy.”—
“To be religious means…to gather all your energy, to inquire into what is true and what is reality, to inquire into what is meditation, to inquire into why human beings live the way that we are living, to inquire into what is sorrow, to inquire into what is love, whether one can live without any effort and control all that is implied in that word. A religious life implies being a light to yourself, which means no outside authority. No spiritual authority, including me, the speaker.”—J. Krishnamurti (via sharanam)
“Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form.”—Thich Nhat Hanh (via kari-shma)