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« Reply #75 on: February 15, 2020, 01:54:42 PM »
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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« Reply #76 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
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« Reply #77 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.
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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« Reply #78 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
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« Reply #79 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.
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« Reply #80 on: May 16, 2020, 05:06:35 PM »
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha