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Title: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on March 06, 2018, 02:18:50 PM
This thread will have some pointers , quotes and teachings related to Buddhism and I am a great fan of Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and I will share his teachings here as well as of other Buddhist Masters .I do not want to compare between the teachings of Buddha , Advaita or Bhagavan Ramana ( though I believe that if someone has understood the essence of what Bhagavan Ramana or Adi Shankara said then they will find these practices much better without getting too much trapped in them )  but I do feel that Buddhist Teachings and practices does help a person to calm down and develop more sensitivity towards oneself as well as Others . The Buddhist practices of Mindfulness is applicable for everyone and one can bring in mindfulness to almost all activity either in home or office .

The first one is from Thich Nhat Hanh

"There are many ways to calm a negative energy without suppressing or fighting it. You recognize it, you smile to it, and you invite something nicer to come up and replace it; you read some inspiring words, you listen to a piece of beautiful music, you go somewhere in nature, or you do some walking meditation."

~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on March 06, 2018, 02:26:19 PM
Our way of acting depends on our way of thinking, and our way of thinking depends on our habit energies. When we recognize this, we only need to say, "Hello, habit energy," and make good friends with our habitual patterns of thinking and acting. When we can accept these ingrained thoughts and not feel guilty about them, they will lose much of their power over us.

- Thich Nhat Hanh
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: Jewell on March 08, 2018, 02:30:01 AM
Dear Sri Atmavichar,

Thank You so much for this beautiful thread! I love Buddha's teachings very much,and i will enjoy reading Your posts.

With love,

Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: Jewell on March 08, 2018, 02:37:23 AM
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No scent of flower is borne against the wind,
though it were sandal, or incense or jasmine:
but the fragrance of the holy is borne against the wind:
the righteous pervade all space with their fragrance.

The Buddha's Way of Virtue
by W.D.C Wagiswara and K.J. Saunders
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on March 08, 2018, 09:55:46 AM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on March 13, 2018, 02:07:53 PM
You will have great difficulty practicing Zen if you regret leaving behind worldly study and pride or if you are attached to some special talent. So, you should return to being a blank page.

If you can pay the price of a very restrictive practice, you will get great freedom.

In the old days there used to be people who would suddenly forget about life and death with just one word from a Zen teacher. Also, there were many people who got enlightenment after three or seven days of practice. However, people these days have very little patience and practice Zen as a sideline. Because of this, people who have practiced for even twenty or thirty years still have not attained Buddhism?s great meaning.

When you eat rice yourself, you feel full. If you don?t practice Zen yourself, even the Buddha and eminent teachers cannot help you.

If you want to practice Zen, first win the battle of the six senses.

- The Teachings of Zen Master Man Gong, p.12
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on March 13, 2018, 02:43:35 PM
Nonthinking is an art, and like any art, it requires patience and practice. Reclaiming your attention and bringing your mind and body back together for even just ten breaths can be very difficult at first. But with continued practice, you can reclaim your ability to be present and learn just to be.

- Thich Nhat Hanh
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on March 13, 2018, 08:17:49 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on March 14, 2018, 03:22:46 PM
Many of us have lost our capacity for listening and using loving speech in our families. It may be that no one is capable of listening to anyone else. So we feel very lonely even within our own families... So if you really love someone, train yourself to be a listener? You may be the best therapist for the person you love if you know how to train yourself in the art of deep, compassionate listening. You must also use loving speech. We have lost our capacity to say things calmly. We get irritated too easily. Every time we open our mouths, our speech becomes sour or bitter... We have lost our capacity for speaking with kindness... This is so crucial to restoring peaceful and loving relationships.

- Thich Nhat Hanh
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on March 16, 2018, 05:33:07 PM
Brushing our teeth, cooking our breakfast, walking to the meditation hall ? everything we do, every step, every breath should bring joy and happiness to us. Life is already full of suffering; we don?t need to create more.

Thich Nhat Hanh
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on April 23, 2018, 09:20:52 AM
LIVING MINDFULNESS

Dipa Ma ( a great Buddhist Vipassana Teacher ) said that even while she was talking, she was meditating. Talking, eating, working, thinking about her daughter, playing with her grandson?none of those activities hampered her practice because she did them all with mindfulness.
"When I'm moving, shopping, everything, I'm always doing it with mindfulness. I know these are things I have to do, but they aren't problems. On the other hand, I don't spend time
gossiping or visiting or doing anything which I don't consider necessary in my life."

How do you tie your shoes?
She encouraged me to live what I was teaching. The quality of her presence was like that in the Hasidic tales, where somebody asked, "Why did you go to see this rabbi? Did you go to hear him give a great lecture on the Torah, or see how
he worked with his students?"
And the person said, "No, I went to see how he tied his shoes."

Dipa Ma didn't want people to come and live in India forever
or be monks or join an ashram. She said, "Live your life. Do the dishes. Do the laundry. Take your kids to kindergarten. Raise your children or your grandchildren. Take care of the community in which you live. Make all of that your path, and follow your path with heart.

Jack Kornfield
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on April 30, 2018, 03:54:23 PM
Anger is within us and external objects or incidents are just the triggers that bring the anger out .Simple explanation to the same given here

A monk decided to meditate alone, away from his monastery. He took his boat out to the middle of the lake, moored it there, closed his eyes and began meditating. After a few hours of undisturbed silence, he suddenly felt the bump of another boat colliding with his own.

With his eyes still closed, he felt his anger rising, and by the time he opened his eyes, he was ready to scream at the boatman who had so carelessly disturbed his meditation. But when he opened his eyes, he was surprised to find that it was an empty boat that had struck his own. It had probably gotten untethered and floated to the middle of the lake.

At that moment, the monk had a great realization. He understood that the anger was within him; it merely needed the bump of an external object to provoke it out of him. From then on, whenever he came across someone who irritated him or provoked him to anger, he would remind himself, that the other person was merely an empty boat, the anger was within him.

Source : From a FB Post
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on May 26, 2018, 09:40:54 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on July 31, 2018, 02:59:16 PM
" Freedom is not given to us by anyone ; we have to cultivate it by ourselves . It is daily practice...no one can prevent you from being aware of each step you can take or breath in and breath out "
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on August 01, 2018, 09:07:43 AM
When we eat and breathe properly, we nourish our blood, our body, and our spirit. We should select what we eat carefully and chew our food very well. - Thich Nhat Hanh
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on August 06, 2018, 10:42:24 AM
Impulse is the compulsion to take action on the basis of your feelings of desire and aversion, thus accumulating karma; impulse is therefore the architect of saṃsāra and nirvāṇa.

Completely enslaved by impulse, you have been wandering from one life to the next since beginningless time. Yet if you realize that the nature of impulse is void, and that your endless impulses are in truth the myriad facets of wisdom, you will no longer be subject to their dominion.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche - The heart treasure of the enlightened ones - Shambhala Publications

Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on July 19, 2019, 03:38:36 PM
The Buddha's original teaching is essentially a matter of four points -- the Four Noble Truths:

1. Anguish is everywhere.

2. We desire permanent existence of ourselves and for our loved ones, and we desire to prove ourselves independent of others and superior to them. These desires conflict with the way things are: nothing abides, and everything and everyone depends upon everything and everyone else. This conflict causes our anguish, and we project this anguish on those we meet.

3. Release from anguish comes with the personal acknowledgment and resolve: we are here together very briefly, so let us accept reality fully and take care of one another while we can.

4. This acknowledgement and resolve are realized by following the Eightfold Path: Right Views, Right Thinking, Right Speech, Right Conduct, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Recollection, and Right Meditation. Here "Right" means "correct" or "accurate" -- in keeping with the reality of impermanence and interdependence.

~ Robert Aitken Roshi, "The Dragon Who Never Sleeps: Verses for Zen Buddhist Practice"
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on July 19, 2019, 08:34:59 PM
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~
I think when people listen to the teachings of the four noble truths, they hear the words ill - being and suffering, and they think that Buddhism is only about suffering. But they don't know that the third noble truth is about happiness, the opposite of suffering. There is suffering, but there is also the cessation of suffering, which means happiness and there is a path leading to happiness. Maybe it would be good to put the second two noble truths first. The first truth would be happiness and the second truth would be the path leading to happiness. Then the third truth would be suffering and the fourth would be the causes of suffering.
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: Beloved Abstract on July 29, 2019, 08:38:38 AM
Thich Nhat Hanh ~
I think ..... ahhhhh .... theres the problem .... lol
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on August 10, 2019, 03:45:27 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on August 10, 2019, 03:46:53 PM


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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on August 11, 2019, 09:19:37 AM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on August 28, 2019, 02:48:50 PM
We have a habit of running after things, and this habit has been transmitted to us by our parents and ancestors. We don?t feel fulfilled in the here and now, and so we run after all kinds of things we think will make us happier. We sacrifice our life chasing after objects of craving or striving for success in our work or studies. We chase after our life?s dream and yet lose ourselves along the way. We may even lose our freedom and happiness in our efforts to be mindful, to be healthy, to relieve suffering in the world, or to get enlightened. We disregard the wonders of the present moment, thinking that heaven and the ultimate are for later, not for now.

To practice meditation means to have the time to look deeply and see these things. If you feel restless in the here and now, or you feel ill at ease, you need to ask yourself: ?What am I longing for?? ?What am I searching for?? ?What am I waiting for??

- Thich Nhat Hanh, in ?The Art of Living?.
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on September 06, 2019, 09:35:59 AM
Bringing the mind to stillness is easy. You need only to pay attention to one thing. As long as your mind is listening to the rain it is not thinking about anything else. You don?t need to try to still your mind. You need only to relax and continue listening to the rain. The longer you are able to do so, the more still your mind becomes.

Sitting in stillness like this allows us to see things as they truly are. When the body is relaxed and the mind comes to rest, we can see clearly. We become as still and clear as the water in a mountain lake whose tranquil surface reflects the blue sky above, the clouds, and the surrounding rocky peaks just as they are.

- Thich Nhat Hanh, in ?The Art of Living?.
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: Jewell on September 17, 2019, 06:28:25 AM
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Mahamudra, the royal way, is free
from every word and sacred symbol.
For you alone, beloved Naropa,
this wonderful song springs forth from Tilopa
as spontaneous friendship that never ends.

The completely open nature
of all dimensions and events
is a rainbow always occurring
yet never grasped.
The way of Mahamudra
creates no closure.
No strenuous mental effort
can encounter this wide open way.
The effortless freedom of awareness
moves naturally along it. 

Tilopa 
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: Jewell on September 20, 2019, 04:49:37 AM
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All worldly pursuits have but one unavoidable and inevitable end,
which is sorrow; acquisitions end in dispersion;
buildings in destruction; meetings in separation; births in death.
Knowing this, one should, from the very first,
renounce acquisitions and storing-up, and building,
 and meeting; and,
faithful to the commands of an eminent Guru,
set about realizing the Truth.
That alone is the best of religious observances.

Milarepa 
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on October 07, 2019, 08:44:35 AM
"The Buddha said that if we?re not attentive, if we don?t bring all our hearts and minds, our whole being, into studying the Sutras and listening to the Dharma, we may understand them in the wrong way.

Liberation is only possible when we are capable of correcting our impressions.

Teachings, ideas, are like a match. The match brings about the flame, which is insight. A teaching, a notion, is not the insight.

But if we practice, we can produce the living insight, the living wisdom.

Many of us, including quite a few Buddhist scholars, are caught by words and concepts. We stick to the words, the doctrine, the teaching, and we are not free; we become dogmatic. But once we have the insight, it burns away our ideas and notions, just as the flame burns the match that brought it into being.

We should never consider any teaching or ideology to be the absolute truth; it is only a means to gaining insight. We should not kill or be killed because of an idea.

If we become dogmatic, we can become a dictator, wanting everyone to accept what we say, believing that we have the truth and that whoever doesn?t agree with us is our enemy. This creates more war, conflict, and discrimination. Most wars have been born from fanaticism, being caught in religion or ideologies.

This teaching of the Buddha, non-attachment to views, is a deep practice of peace. We are ready to release our view in order to gain the insight.

That is also the spirit of science. If a scientist is attached to a finding and thinks it to be the absolute truth, he has no hope of finding something deeper, something higher.

We have to burn up all notions, in order for the insight to be there.

A true practitioner is never dogmatic, never clings to ideas and notions, but makes use of them to produce insight, Right View."

Thich Nhat Hanh, page 66, Thundering Silence: Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Catch a Snake, 2009 Parallax Press.
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: Jewell on October 12, 2019, 09:10:40 PM
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Abundance grows from the seed of Gratitude.

Buddhist quote
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on October 30, 2019, 11:41:04 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: Jewell on November 08, 2019, 03:20:56 AM
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All compounded things are impermanent,
strive on heedfully!

Gautama Buddha
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on November 10, 2019, 06:15:01 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on November 10, 2019, 11:17:54 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on November 11, 2019, 10:03:23 PM
One day the Buddha held up a flower in front of an audience of 1,250 monks and nuns. He did not say anything for quite a long time. The audience was perfectly silent. Everyone seemed to be thinking hard, trying to see the meaning behind the Buddha?s gesture.

Then, suddenly, the Buddha smiled. He smiled because someone in the audience smiled at him and at the flower. The name of that monk was Mahakashyapa. He was the only person who smiled, and the Buddha smiled back and said, ?I have a treasure of insight, and I have transmitted it to Mahakashyapa.?

That story has been discussed by many generations of Zen students, and people continue to look for its meaning. To me the meaning is quite simple. When someone holds up a flower and shows it to you, he wants you to see it. If you keep thinking, you miss the flower. The person who was not thinking, who was just himself, was able to encounter the flower in depth, and he smiled.

That is the problem of life. If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything. When a child presents himself to you with his smile, if you are not really there?thinking about the future or the past, or preoccupied with other problems?then the child is not really there for you. The technique of being alive is to go back to yourself in order for the child to appear like a marvelous reality. Then you can see him smile and you can embrace him in your arms."

- Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on November 20, 2019, 03:12:39 PM
The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism

1. Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. Buddhist systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth.

2. Do not think the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow minded and bound to present views.

Learn and practice non attachment from views in order to be open to receive others' viewpoints. Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge.

Be ready to learn throughout your entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times.

3. Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education.

However, through compassionate dialogue, help others renounce fanaticism and narrow-mindedness.

4. Do not avoid suffering or close your eyes before suffering. Do not lose awareness of the existence of suffering in the life of the world.

Find ways to be with those who are suffering, including personal contact, visits, images and sounds. By such means, awaken yourself and others to the reality of suffering in the world.

5. Do not accumulate wealth while millions are hungry. Do not take as the aim of your life fame, profit, wealth, or sensual pleasure.

Live simply and share time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need.

6. Do not maintain anger or hatred. Learn to penetrate and transform them when they are still seeds in your consciousness.

As soon as they arise, turn your attention to your breath in order to see and understand the nature of your hatred.

7. Do not lose yourself in dispersion and in your surroundings. Practice mindful breathing to come back to what is happening in the present moment.

Be in touch with what is wondrous, refreshing, and healing both inside and around you. Plant seeds of joy, peace, and understanding in yourself in order to facilitate the work of transformation in the depths of your consciousness.

8. Do not utter words that can create discord and cause the community to break. Make every effort to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.

9. Do not say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest or to impress people. Do not utter words that cause division and hatred.

Do not spread news that you do not know to be certain. Do not criticize or condemn things of which you are not sure. Always speak truthfully and constructively.

Have the courage to speak out about situations of injustice, even when doing so may threaten your own safety.

10. Do not use the Buddhist community for personal gain or profit, or transform your community into a political party.

A religious community, however, should take a clear stand against oppression and injustice and should strive to change the situation without engaging in partisan conflicts.

11. Do not live with a vocation that is harmful to humans and nature. Do not invest in companies that deprive others of their chance to live. Select a vocation that helps realise your ideal of compassion.

12. Do not kill. Do not let others kill. Find whatever means possible to protect life and prevent war.

13. Possess nothing that should belong to others. Respect the property of others, but prevent others from profiting from human suffering or the suffering of other species on Earth.

14. Do not mistreat your body. Learn to handle it with respect. Do not look on your body as only an instrument.

Preserve vital energies (sexual, breath, spirit) for the realisation of the Way. (For brothers and sisters who are not monks and nuns) Sexual expression should not take place without love and commitment.

In sexual relations, be aware of future suffering that may be caused. To preserve the happiness of others, respect the rights and commitments of others.

Be fully aware of the responsibility of bringing new lives into the world. Meditate on the world into which you are bringing new beings."


~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Interbeing: Fourteen Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism (Interbeing)


Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on November 26, 2019, 01:21:06 PM
?We have to learn the art of stopping - stopping our thinking, our habit energies, our forgetfulness, the strong emotions that rule us. When an emotion rushes through us like a storm, we have no peace. We turn on the TV and then we turn it off. We pick up a book and then we put it down. How can we stop this state of agitation? How How can we stop our fear, despair, anger, and craving? We can stop by practicing mindful breathing, mindful walking, mindful smiling, and deep looking in order to understand. When we are mindful, touching deeply the present moment, the fruits are always understanding, acceptance, love, and the desire to relieve suffering and bring joy.?

~ Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 01, 2019, 06:39:30 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 01, 2019, 06:43:18 PM
?Just by breathing deeply on your anger, you will calm it. You are being mindful of your anger, not suppressing it?touching it with the energy of mindfulness. You are not denying it at all. When I speak about this to psychotherapists, I have some difficulty. When I say that anger makes us suffer, they take it to mean that anger is something negative to be removed. But I always say that anger is an organic thing, like love. Anger can become love. Our compost can become a rose. If we know how to take care of our compost?Anger is the same. It can be negative when we do not know how to handle it, but if we know how to handle our anger, it can be very positive. We do not need to throw anything away,?

Thich Nhat Hanh
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 02, 2019, 09:44:04 PM
Enlightenment is not a matter of time. By practicing awareness, by breathing or by walking, we learn to breathe like a Buddha, to walk like a Buddha. If you practice correctly, you will learn to be a Buddha, and it will be very simple and natural.

At first you will be just a part-time Buddha, but gradually you will become a full-time Buddha. Sometimes you will again become a part-time Buddha again; but with constant practice, you will return to being a full-time Buddha.

You can become a Buddha anywhere and at any time. It is funny!

Thich Nhat Hanh.
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 02, 2019, 09:47:43 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 03, 2019, 09:23:49 AM
Nourishment and Healing
Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I am committed to cultivating good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking, and consuming. I will practice looking deeply into how I consume the Four Kinds of Nutriments, namely edible foods, sense impressions, volition, and consciousness. I am determined not to gamble, or to use alcohol, drugs, or any other products which contain toxins, such as certain websites, electronic games, TV programs, films, magazines, books, and conversations. I will practice coming back to the present moment to be in touch with the refreshing, healing and nourishing elements in me and around me, not letting regrets and sorrow drag me back into the past nor letting anxieties, fear, or craving pull me out of the present moment. I am determined not to try to cover up loneliness, anxiety, or other suffering by losing myself in consumption. I will contemplate interbeing and consume in a way that preserves peace, joy, and well-being in my body and consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family, my society and the Earth.
(5/5 Mindfulness Training - Plum Village)
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 03, 2019, 06:46:08 PM
"To live alone does not mean to reject the world and society. The Buddha said the living alone means living in the present moment deeply observing what is happening. If we do that, we will not be dragged into the past or swept away into thoughts about the future."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Our Appointment with Life
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 04, 2019, 12:04:45 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 04, 2019, 07:41:57 PM
Letting go comes from having a ?nonjudgmental? outlook towards life and people. It allows us to forgive others and ourselves equally for mistakes and incompatibility. In more secular and practical terms, we must be willing to let go of fear, pain, anger, and people. It is the ability to let go that drives a constant process of change?it is what makes us flexible and adaptable. This is hardly easy, takes a conscious effort, and is something I know I struggle with everyday.

Slowing Down

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves?slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment.

?Thich Nhat Hanh
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 05, 2019, 10:46:55 AM
?To dwell in the here and now does not mean you
never think about the past or responsibly plan
for the future. The idea is simply not to allow
yourself to get lost in regrets about the past
or worries about the future. If you are firmly
grounded in the present moment, the past can be
an object of inquiry, the object of your
mindfulness and concentration. You can attain
many insights by looking into the past. But you
are still grounded in the present moment.?

~ Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Power
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 05, 2019, 10:54:35 AM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 05, 2019, 04:49:08 PM
10 ways how to deal with anger, Teacher says...
Look deeply at your anger.
Recognise the source of your anger.
Don't speak while anger manifest in you.
Acknowledge your suffering.
Practice mindful breathing and walking to help control your anger.
Don't lose yourself to anger, we are what we perceive to be.
Take good care of your anger for your body and soul.
Breath deeply, just by breathing deeply on your anger you can calm it down.
Let go of your anger to obtain freedom from it,
ENDING ANGER BEGINS WITH YOU.
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 07, 2019, 01:46:42 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 10, 2019, 08:29:12 AM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 13, 2019, 08:16:24 AM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 13, 2019, 08:34:14 AM
It's time to live well..

"The seven concentrations on emptiness, singleness, aimlessness, impermanence, non-craving, letting go, and nirvana are very practical. As we apply them in our daily life, we experience increasing freedom from fear, anxiety, anger, and despair. The insight of inter-being and interdependence helps us enjoy the present moment more fully, recognizing the vastness of our being and cherishing all our different bodies. We are able to live true to ourselves, reconcile with our loved ones, and transform our difficulties and suffering.

With the insight of these concentrations, our life begins to acquire a deeper quality. There's more joy, peace, and compassion in whatever we do. We realize that we don't have to wait to go to heaven or nirvana to be happy; we can touch heaven and nirvana right here on Earth. When we touch reality deeply in the present moment, we touch eternity. We transcend birth and death, being and nonbeing, coming and going. We master the art of living, and we know we're not wasting our life. We don't just want to live. We want to live well."
~Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Living
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 13, 2019, 08:36:50 AM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 13, 2019, 10:11:19 AM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 13, 2019, 12:06:57 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 14, 2019, 11:21:51 AM
?Live one day at a time and make it a Masterpiece?

Dalai Lama
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 18, 2019, 10:56:28 AM
A visual reminder of Thich Nhat Hanh?s teachings of Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh has been a pioneer bringing mindfulness in the West since the early 1970s, developing new ways to apply ancient wisdom to the challenges of modern life.

Mindfulness is a kind of energy that we generate when we bring our mind back to our body and get in touch with what is going on in the present moment, within us and around us. We become aware of our breathing and come home to our body, fully present for ourselves and whatever we are doing.

The energy of mindfulness helps us touch life deeply throughout the day, whether we?re brushing our teeth, washing the dishes, walking to work, eating a meal, or driving the car. We can be mindful while standing, walking or lying down; while speaking, listening, working, playing and cooking.

Mindfulness is not hard work. It?s very pleasant and relaxing, and we don?t need extra time to do it. There?s an art to finding creative ways to generate the energy of mindfulness, peace, and happiness in everyday life.



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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 18, 2019, 01:01:45 PM
?Meditation is offering the genuine presence to yourself in every moment...?

Sitting meditation is very healing. We realize we can just be with whatever is within us?our pain, anger, and irritation, or our joy, love, and peace. We are with whatever is there without being carried away by it.
Let it come, let it stay, then let it go. No need to push, to oppress, or to pretend our thoughts are not there. Observe the thoughts and images of our mind with an accepting and loving eye. We are free to be still and calm despite the storms that might arise in us.❤️

~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 18, 2019, 02:59:33 PM
Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of another person. You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart. Even if he says things that are full of wrong perceptions, full of bitterness, you are still capable of continuing to listen with compassion. Because you know that listening like that, you give that person a chance to suffer less. If you want to help him to correct his perception, you wait for another time. For now, you don't interrupt. You don't argue. If you do, he loses his chance. You just listen with compassion and help him to suffer less. One hour like that can bring transformation and healing.

Thich Nhat Hanh
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 18, 2019, 06:26:21 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 19, 2019, 08:53:31 AM
How Can We Remain Present in Our Day-to-Day Living?
To be present in your day-to-day life is as simple as being present with whatever is before you, moment to moment. It does not matter what you are present with. Just notice when you are day dreaming or drifting off into thought and then come back to the present moment.
Bring yourself very present with something that is here, in the moment with you. If you can see it, hear it, feel it, taste it, touch it or smell it, in this moment, then you can be present with it. And the moment you are truly present with something that is here in the moment with you, thoughts will stop. You will emerge out of the past and future world of the mind. Now you are awake in the truth of life, revealed through the present moment.
As you deepen into Presence, you will begin to feel the Oneness.
There are so many ways to be present and so much to be present with. As you have a shower, be present with the warmth of the water and the fragrance of the soap. As you eat your breakfast, be present with the taste and smell of the food. Be present as you raise the fork to your mouth. Be present as you chew your food.
Be present as you wash the dishes. If you are truly present as you wash the dishes, it will be a sacred and loving experience. Be present as you walk in the garden. Be present with what you see and hear, moment to moment. Be present with your body breathing. Be present whenever it is easy to be present. Be present whenever there is no need to think.
The more you remember to be present, the more that dimension of Presence will awaken within you.
Of course, there are many times during the day when thinking is appropriate, particularly within the context of work or when you have to plan for something in your future. At such times, do not be concerned with being present. Think when you need to think, but be sure to return to Presence when you no longer need to think. And do not go so far into the world of thought that you get lost there.
Eventually, you become so grounded in Presence that it is very easy to remain present, and there is an easy flow between Presence and silence and the movement in and out of thought. It becomes effortless and you spontaneously return to Presence as soon as the thinking process is completed.
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 19, 2019, 03:15:18 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 20, 2019, 07:17:18 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 23, 2019, 11:16:21 AM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 23, 2019, 11:50:17 AM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 26, 2019, 08:52:34 AM
Path To Nowhere

?My path is the path of stopping, the path of enjoying the present moment. It is a path where every step brings me back to my true home. It is a path that leads nowhere. I am on my way home. I arrive at every step...?

~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on December 28, 2019, 09:30:06 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on January 02, 2020, 08:03:20 AM


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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on January 05, 2020, 06:10:20 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on January 05, 2020, 10:29:15 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on January 05, 2020, 11:27:24 PM
In our society, we are inclined to see you doing nothing as something negative, even evil. But when we lose ourselves in activities, we diminish our quality of being. We do ourselves a disservice . It?s important to preserve ourselves, to maintain our freshness and good humor, our joy and compassion. In Buddhism we cultivate aimlessness, and in fact in Buddhist tradition the ideal person, an arhat or a Bodhisattva, is a business-less person?someone with nowhere to go and nothing to do. People should learn how to just be there, doing nothing.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on January 07, 2020, 02:26:08 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on January 10, 2020, 05:29:55 PM
If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not ?washing the dishes to wash the dishes.? What's more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. If we can't wash the dishes, the chances are we won't be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future -and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on February 07, 2020, 08:06:09 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on February 08, 2020, 10:35:33 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on February 11, 2020, 11:23:33 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on February 15, 2020, 01:54:42 PM
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Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on February 22, 2020, 03:24:49 PM
DIPA MA EXPLAINS VIPASSANA

The following questions and answers were recorded in interviews with Dipa Ma in India in the 1970s and at Insight Meditation Society in the 1980s.

Q: How do I practice vipassana [insight] meditation?

Dipa Ma: Sit [with your back straight]. Close your eyes and follow the rising and falling, the rising and falling of the abdomen as you breathe. Feel the breath. When watching the breathing in and out, ask yourself, "Where is the touch of the breath?" Keep your mind on the touch only. You are to do nothing with the breathing, only feel the touch. If it is heavy, let it be heavy. It if is short, let it be short. If it is fine, let it be fine. Just feel it.

When your mind wanders away, notice this and say to yourself, "Thinking," and then come back again to the rising and falling of the breath. If you feel a sensation somewhere else, like pain m the leg, then take your mind to the pain and note, "pain." And when it goes away or fades, then again come to watching the touch of the breath. If restlessness comes, note "restlessness."

If you hear a noise, say to yourself, "Hearing, hearing," and again come back to the feeling of the breath. If memories come, know them as "memories." Anything you see, anything that comes to mind, just be aware of it. If you see visions or lights, just note "seeing" or "lights." There is no need to keep any of it, to make it stay. Simply observe.

In insight meditation, you are observing the rising and falling of the breath and the phenomena that arise in the mind and body. So there is a shifting of the mind from sensations felt, both painful and pleasurable, to thoughts as well. Whatever is happening is to be noticed, then that will go away, and another thing will come. In this way, insight practice is a method of observation. All six senses [the mind being the sixth] will arise.


Just watch them arise and pass away and come back to the feeling of the breath. Anything you see, anything that comes to mind, just be aware of it.

- Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on April 19, 2020, 04:00:59 PM
Buddha EP 53 (3)
Gratitude makes life beautiful.


Chanda's wife:
Lord, please tell us the basic rules to lead our lives on the path you have shown us.


Sakyamuni Buddha:

Always be in the company of good human beings. Those who live aimlessly or carelessly are bad. They can misguide you as well. Create an atmosphere around you which will lead to your spiritual growth. When your conscience is clear you'll be righteous in all your actions.

Whatever you do, be it your business or your household chores, try to do it with utmost care and always try to do your best. Even while you cook, don't consider it a chore. Instead, consider it to be a great opportunity. Take care of your parents your husband's parents, take care of your children and all those are a part of your life. Don't live only for yourself. Share your wealth, happiness and prosperity. Steer clear of intoxication and gambling.

Nurture the feeling of compassion, gratitude, and lead a simple life and grow. Whenever you get time, meet a monk and practice meditation. It will help you overcome all your worries and you will experience eternal peace.

Keep in mind that when we wake up every morning, it's like we're taking a rebirth. What you do every day is of utmost importance. We have forgotten to live with a sense of gratitude. We should realize we have received so many good things.

We got trees, flowers, air, water, sky. We haven't created all these things. We should have a feeling of gratitude towards nature. Live your life with a sense of gratitude and be thankful for whatever you have learnt, even if it isn't a lot.

Even if we didn't learn anything, be grateful for good health. Even if we are unwell, be grateful that we didn't die. If you live with the feeling of gratitude, you will realize how beautiful your life is.
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on April 22, 2020, 10:22:32 AM
THICH NHAT HANH on What to do when we are angry
If you are filled with anger, you create more suffering for yourself than for the other person. When you are inhabited by the energy of anger, you want to punish, you want to destroy. That is why those who are wise do not want to say anything or do anything while the anger is still in them. So you try to bring peace into yourself first. When you are calm, when you are lucid, you will see that the other person is a victim of confusion, of hate, of violence transmitted by society, by parents, by friends, by the environment. When you are able to see that, your anger is no longer there. - THICH NHAT HANH
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on April 24, 2020, 10:21:05 AM
Buddha EP 53 (4)
Accept the pain will cure you easier.




Sakyamuni Buddha:

If we have a headache and if we accept that pain then the pain troubles you no more. The reason is that half our energy got drained in fighting that pain and the other half was spent in tending to the pain. Both these energies makes the pain even worse. If we accept that pain wholeheartedly as a part of our body, then it will be cured quickly. Now all the energy will focus on curing that pain.
Title: Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
Post by: atmavichar100 on May 16, 2020, 05:06:35 PM
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