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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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Nature of Mind

Choose to be optimistic,
it feels better.


The XIV Dalai Lama

Bitterness

Hatred does not cease by hatred,
but only by love; this is the eternal rule.


Gautama Buddha

All that what we are

All that what we are,
is the result of what we have thought.

The mind is everything.
What we think we become.


Gautama Buddha

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

Confused by thoughts

Confused by thoughts,
we experience duality in life.

Unencumbered by ideas,
the enlightened see the one Reality.


Dajian Huineng

Illuminate the original mind

Don’t hate the arising of thoughts or stop the thoughts that do arise;
simply realize that our original mind,
right from the start,
is beyond thought,
so that, no matter what, you never get involved with thoughts.

Illuminate the original mind,
and no other understanding is necessary.


Bankei Yotaku