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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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Distracted Minds

People who really have their minds on the Way.
Do not forget work on the fundamental.
No matter what they are doing.

Yet if they still distinguish this work from ordinary activities,
even as they do them together, they will naturally be concerned
about being distracted by activities and forgetting the meditation work.

This is because of viewing things as outside the mind.

Muso Soseki

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

This is the only moment.

Breathing in,
I calm body and mind.

Breathing out,
I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.

Thich Naht Hanh


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

Thich Nhat Hanh

How to Practice

If you cannot stop worrying over something
in the past or what might happen in the future,
shift your focus to the inhalation and exhalation of your breath.
Or recite this mantra:
om mani padme hum.
Since the mind cannot concentrate on two things simultaneously,
either of these meditations causes the former worry to fade.

The XIV Dalai Lama


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