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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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We have a mind

We don’t need more money,
we don’t need greater success or fame,
we don’t need the perfect body or even the perfect mate—right now.

At this very moment,
we have a mind,
which is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness.


The XIV Dalai Lama

What is this mind?

What is this mind?
Who is hearing these sounds?

Do not mistake any state for
Self-realization,
but continue to ask yourself even more intensely,
what is it that hears?


Bassui Tokushō

Awareness

The mind like a glass of cloudy water.

If you want to clarify the water,
stop shaking, stirring, and fussing.

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

Ready for whatever may come

Not being tense but ready.
Not thinking but not dreaming.
Not being set but flexible.
Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement.

It is being wholly and quietly alive,
aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.


Bruce Lee

A clear mind

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