"Meditating is seeing into oneself, and it is not the role of the seer to intervene; he does not descend to the level where what is seen takes place. The seer is a higher level in oneself, the lower remains as it is. It is simply there to be seen objectively, as one would stand in front of Hieronymous Bosch’s Garden of Delights. One may be intrigued, horrified, fascinated, amused and so on, but one is an onlooker to these events and not a participant.”
–Sir Richard Temple, from an intimate personal account of Buddhist meditation in Thailand. This appears as part of his beautiful book The Art of Meditation.
The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings.
As the shadow follows the body,
As we think, so we become.
—Guatama Buddha, Dhammapada
Photo Credit: H.H. The Dalai Lama from sapru on flickr.
—It's The Frame
“When we touch the center of sorrow, when we sit with discomfort without trying to fix it, when we stay present to the pain of disapproval or betrayal and let it soften us, these are times that we connect with bohdichitta.”
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People Just Ain’t No Good
I am Not my Thoughts
—Bows & Arrows
When touched with a feeling of pain,
the ordinary uninstructed person
and laments, beats his breast,
So he feels two pains,
physical and mental.
Just as if they were to shoot a man with an arrow and,
were to shoot him with another one,
so that he would feel
the pains of two arrows.
—Walking & Falling
i’m learning a meditative practice step by step. it helps.
life is a colorful circus always surrounding the senses. maybe, just maybe, I can find an easing way to be, a way to stay here right now and not be caught hook by hook; thought by thought.
"you don’t always realize it but you’re falling…"