BuddhaSmoke

Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?”

He replied, “Nothing.”  But then he added, “Let me tell you what I lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death.”

I am an old, old man with a lifetime of meditation behind me and another lifetime of meditation in front of me.  And you can take my word for it — if you think what you lose through meditation is not “profit” enough, then you need to redefine “profit”…

Ever set around thinking about what “might have been” if only you’d done one little thing differently in your life?

“For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”

Benjamin Franklin

You know, there’s no time like the present to start over.  Or then again, maybe not.  Maybe you shouldn’t risk change.  Perhaps you are better off the way you are.  Besides, you have plenty of time, right?

TimedOut

Atisha_with_84_mahasiddha

The greatest achievement is selflessness.

The greatest worth is self-mastery.

The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.

The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.

The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.

The greatest patience is humility.

The greatest effort is not concerned with results.

The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.

The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.

Atisha

Namaste104

LivingBuddhism

“Don’t use Buddhism to become a Buddhist.  Use Buddhism to become better at whatever else in your life you are doing already.” — The Dalai Lama

Silence

“The only way you will ever awaken is through the silence, not through analyzation of facts.  Not by sorting out good and bad, but through simple silence, letting go.  Letting go of all thoughts, all the hurts, all the dogmas and concepts.  Letting go of these things daily.”  (Robert Adams)

It’s the “daily” part of that quote which most people forget.  Over, over, and over — every day is practice.  For me, it’s like walking a tightrope.  It doesn’t matter that your last step was perfect.  It doesn’t matter what your next step will be.  All that matters is this step — here, now.  You miss this step and it’s a long fall to the ground.

Wake up!  Shut up! Ah, that’s better…

Namaste102

Namaste

Bodhidharma

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