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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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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

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

Thank you

Assailed by afflictions, we discover Dharma
And find the way to liberation. Thank you, evil forces!

When sorrows invade the mind, we discover Dharma
And find lasting happiness. Thank you, sorrows!

Through harm caused by spirits we discover Dharma
And find fearlessness. Thank you, ghosts and demons!

Through people’s hate we discover Dharma
And find benefits and happiness. Thank you, those who hate us!

Through cruel adversity, we discover Dharma
And find the unchanging way. Thank you, adversity!

Through being impelled to by others, we discover Dharma
And find the essential meaning. Thank you, all who drive us on!

We dedicate our merit to you all, to repay your kindness.


Gyalwa Longchenpa

Advice

Even if you can recite the whole Tripitaka by heart,
even if you know the entire Dharma,
if you don’t have the guru’s advice,
there will be a gap between you and the Dharma when you practice.


Atisha Dipankara Shrijnana

Remedy for suffering

Whether we sit with our arms folded this way,
and our legs crossed that way is of little consequence.

But it is extremely important,
to check and see if whatever meditation we do is an actual remedy for our suffering.


Thubten Yeshe

Zazen

We stop the one who can’t cease from seeking things outside,
and practice with our bodies with a posture that seeks absolutely nothing.

This is zazen


Kodo Sawaki