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The Buddha denies the existence of any permanent entity either physical or mental. We call this theory about self as Anatmavada.

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Master your breath

Your breathing should flow gracefully,
like a river, like a watersnake crossing
the water, and not like a chain of rugged mountains or the gallop of a horse.

To master our breath is to be in control of our bodies and minds.
Each time we find ourselves dispersed and find it difficult to gain control of ourselves by different means,
the method of watching the breath should always be used.


Thich Naht Hanh

Breathing

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky.
Conscious breathing is my anchor.


Thich Nhat Hanh

A clear mind

We cannot see our reflections in running water.
Its is only in still water that we can see.

Patience

Just hearing about patience does not mean you are experiencing it now or will easily develop it.

To lay the ground for training the mind,
you must first tame the mind.
To tame the mind,
it is extremely important to do the basic shamata (tranquility meditation, calm abiding) practice,
which develops calmness and tranquility.

Then you can add the practice of patience,
understanding the benefits of patience and reminding yourself to take advantage of the available antidotes.


Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

End suffering

If you want to understand suffering you must look into the situation at hand.
The teachings say that wherever a problem arises it must be settled right there.

Where suffering lies is right where non-suffering will arise,
it ceases at the place where it arises.
If suffering arises you must contemplate right there,
you don’t have to run away.
You should settle the issue right there.
One who runs away from suffering out of fear is the most foolish person of all.
He will simply increases his stupidity endlessly.

We don’t meditate to see heaven, but to end suffering.


Ajahn Chah

Sun and Clouds

We say that the sun is behind the clouds,
but actually it is not the sun but the city from which we view it that is behind the clouds.

If we realized that the sun is never behind the clouds,
we might have a different attitude toward the whole thing.


Chogyam Trungpa