One thing that attracted me to Buddhism was the support for this larger vision of values.
Buddhism opened me up to seeing things from the standpoint of being a human being - looking at the purpose of action and the effects on life.
Buddhism has become a socially recognized religious philosophy for Americans, whereas it used to be considered an exotic religion.
He who takes refuge with Buddha, the Law, and the Church he who, with clear understanding, sees the four holy truths.
There is no Catholic Zen, Jewish Zen or Islamic Zen. It has no theology.
Not thinking about anything is zen. Once you know this, walking, standing, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is zen. To know that the mind is empty is to see the buddha.... Using the mind to reality is delusion. Not using the mind to look for reality is awareness. Freeing oneself from words is liberation.
To find a Buddha all you have to do is see your nature.
The culture had just been through this postmodern period of green tea and Buddhism, with everybody asking the big questions. People were lost. These guys had answers. You see a close-up of a broken toenail inside a shoe, and that becomes an important clue. Instead of the big things, it's about the littlest things. And they become the most important things. It's a new way of perceiving, and I think that spiritual aspect of the show is why people keep watching.
Handle even a single leaf of green in such a way that it manifests the body of the Buddha. This in turn allows the Buddha to manifest through the leaf.
If grief or anger arises, Let there be grief or anger. This is the Buddha in all forms, Sun Buddha, Moon Buddha, Happy Buddha, Sad Buddha. It is the universe offering all thingsto awaken and open our heart.
Some consider me as a living Buddha. That's nonsense. That's silly. That's wrong. If they consider me a simple Buddhist monk, however, that's probably okay.
India was the mother of our race and Sanskrit the mother of Europe's languages. She was the mother of our philosophy, mother through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics, mother through Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity, mother through village communities of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all.
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It's a block of color, and everything became color-blocked which played against the layered idea, and became like this harmonious thing, ... It was a little bit of a zen experience actually.
When someone has a strong intuitive connection, Buddhism suggests that it's because of karma, some past connection.
Our buddha nature, then, has an active aspect, which is our 'inner teacher.' From the very moment we became obscured, this inner teacher has been working tirelessly for us, tirelessly trying to bring us back to the radiance and spaciousness of our true being. When we have prayed and aspired and hungered for the truth for a long time, for many, many lives, and when our karma has become sufficiently purified, a kind of miracle takes place. And this miracle, if we can understand and use it, can lead to the end of ignorance forever The inner teacher, who has been with us always, manifests in the form of the 'outer teacher,' whom, almost as if by magic, we actually encounter. He or she is nothing less than the human face of the absolute, the crystallization of the wisdom of all the buddhas, and the embodiment of their compassion directed always toward you. For me, my masters have been the embodiment of living truth, undeniable signs that enlightenment is possible in a body, in this life, in this world, even here and even now, the supreme inspirations in my practice, in my work, in my life, and in my journey toward liberation.
The self-refinery of Buddhism does not lie in the form of exercise. Not all people sitting in a lotus position can reach real Zen - if they are obsessed by desires. Instead, a pure heart, even during subconscious action, can get sudden enlightenment and the real Zen. It's like Einstein suddenly finds a solution to Relativity when playing violin.
The Buddha, the Godhead, resides quite as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain or in the petals of a flower.
Buddhism has helped me toward gaining control over my own destiny, and given me the courage to follow directions I believe in.
... we and all sentient beings fundamentally have the buddha nature as our innermost essence....
And the Buddha is the person who's free: free of plans, free of cares.
So what would Buddha do if a friend is abusing drugs When someone goes wrong, it is right for his real friends to move him, even by force, to do the right thing. ... Do not examine the limitations of others. Examine how you can change your own.
The parameters of Jewish identity exclusively and historically lay within the Jewish community. Unless you recognize the parameters of a religion's identity, you are going down a slippery slope and opening the doors to anything and everything n Catholics for Krishna, Mormons for Mohammed, Baptists for Buddha.
Zen teaches that once we can open up to the inevitability of our demise, we can begin to transform that situation and lighten up about it.
Buddhism holds that everything is in constant flux. Thus the question is whether we are to accept change passively and be swept away by it or whether we are to take the lead and create positive changes on our own initiative. While conservatism and self-protection might be likened to winter, night, and death, the spirit of pioneering and attempting to realize ideals evokes images of spring, morning, and birth.