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“Around us, life bursts with miracles – a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there."  ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Quote #1:

"...making self-surrender (one's) object of thought, (one) lays hold of concentration, lays hold of one-pointedness of mind."

 

(Sanyutta Nikaya, Pali Text Society volume V pg 176 ©Pali Text Society)

 

Quote #2:
 

(Anyone)…knowing and seeing eye as it really is, knowing and seeing material shapes… visual consciousness… impact on the eye as it really is, and knowing, seeing as it really is the experience, whether pleasant, painful, or neither painful nor pleasant, that arises conditioned by impact on the eye, is not attached to the eye nor to material shapes nor to visual consciousness nor to impact on the eye; and that experience, whether pleasant, painful, or neither painful nor pleasant, that arises conditioned by impact on the eye—neither to that is (such a one) attached. …(Such a one’s) physical anxieties decrease, and mental anxieties decrease, and bodily torments… and mental torments… and bodily fevers decrease, and mental fevers decrease. (Such a one) experiences happiness of body and happiness of mind. (repeated for ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind).

 

Whatever is the view of what really is, that for (such a one) is right view; whatever is aspiration for what really is, that for (such a one) is right aspiration; whatever is endeavour for what really is, that is for (such a one) right endeavour; whatever is mindfulness of what really is, that is for (such a one) right mindfulness; whatever is concentration on what really is, that is for (such a one) right concentration. And (such a one’s) past acts of body, acts of speech, and mode of livelihood have been well purified.

 

(Majjhima-Nikaya, Pali Text Society volume 3 pg 337-338, ©Pali Text Society)


(the parentheticals are mine, mostly substituting "one" for "monks" so as to render the text gender-neutral)

Edited by Mark Foote
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On 10/28/2017 at 3:11 PM, atrus said:

Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness, But because you deserve peace - Buddha

Googled it and found it is by Jonathan Lockwood Huie.

I found it really weird to be Buddha's although the end result is desirable for those who can't find peace.

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On 7/2/2015 at 7:41 AM, C T said:

As soon as you see something,
 

you already start to intellectualize it.
 

As soon as you intellectualize something,
 

it is no longer what you saw.

 

~ Shunryu Suzuki

 
Excellent quote from Suzuki.
 
The Zen masters talk about the three "nens" where the 1st nen is pure awareness of that which is. The second nen is relfection on it as intellectualization starts to place. The third nen is synthesis whereby all the reflections --- accurate or otherwise --- are synthesized into an intellectual conceptual understanding of Reality which, as the quote indicates, "is no longer what you saw ".
 
Excellent quote.

 

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