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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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Walk the path

No one saves us but ourselves.
No one can and no one may.
We ourselves must walk the path.


Gautama Buddha

Your journey

You are far from the end of your journey.
The way is not in the sky.
The way is in the heart.
See how you love.


Gautama Buddha

Following the path

We are not going in circles,
we are going upwards.

The path is a spiral;
we have already climbed many steps.


Hermann Hesse

Dharma

When dharma does not fill your whole body and mind,
you think it is already sufficient.

When the dharma fills your body and mind,
you understand that something is missing.


Genjokoan

Refuge

Buddha is the teacher,
Dharma is the actual refuge and the Sangha is the one which assists in understanding or establishing the objects of refuge.


The XIV Dalai Lama

Give up all forms of evil

The Buddha taught us to give up all forms of evil and cultivate virtue.
This is the right path.

Teaching in this way is like the Buddha picking us up and placing us at the beginning of the path. Having reached the path, whether we walk along it or not is up to us. The Buddha’s job is finished right there. He shows the way, that which is right and that which is not right. This much is enough, the rest is up to us.

First you understand the Dhamma with your thoughts. If you begin to understand it, you will practice it. And if you practice it, you will begin to see it. And when you see it, you are the Dhamma, and you have the joy of the Buddha.

It’s like a child who is learning to write. At first he doesn’t write nicely — big, long loops and squiggles — he writes like a child. After a while the writing improves through practice. Practicing the Dhamma is like this. At first you are awkward…sometimes calm, sometimes not, you don’t really know what’s what. Some people get discouraged. Don’t slacken off! You must persevere with the practice.

Live with effort, just like the schoolboy: as he gets older he writes better and better. From writing badly he grows to write beautifully,
all because of the practice from childhood.


Ajahn Chah