Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.
The only way to bring peace to the earth is to learn to make our own life peaceful.
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
Believe nothing on the faith of traditions, even though they have been held in honor for many generations and in diverse places. Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it. Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past. Do not believe what you yourself have imagined, persuading yourself that a God inspires you. Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and priests. After examination, believe what you yourself have tested and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.
The judgment: You are now before Yama, King of the Dead. In vain will you try to…deny or conceal the evil deeds you have done. … the mirror in which Yama seems to read your past is your own memory, and also his judgment is your own. It is you yourself who pronounce your own judgment.
Do not pursue the past. Do not lose yourself in the future. The past no longer is. The future has not yet come. Looking deeply at life as it is. In the very here and now, the practitioner dwells in stability and freedom. We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late. Death comes unexpectedly. How can we bargain with it? The sage calls a person who knows how to dwell in mindfulness night and day, ‘one who knows the better way to live alone.’
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly. There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.
Let go the past, let go the future, and let go the present (front, back, middle). Crossing to the farther shore of existence, with mind released everywhere, do not further undergo birth and decay.
First of all there will appear to you, swifter than lightning, the luminous splendour of the colourless light of Emptiness, and that will surround you on all sides. …Try to submerge yourself in that light, giving up all belief in a separate self, all attachment to your illusory ego.
If one doth act in friendly wise, With no evil thought toward any single creature, And in so doing becomes proper, And if he have compassion in his soul Toward all living beings–this noble one Doth acquire abundant Virtue.
Fill your mind with compassion.
All beings wish for happiness, so extend your compassion to all.
When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble.
The eating of meat extinguishes the seed of Great Kindness.
Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.
May we live like the lotus, at home in muddy water.
Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold on to the truth within yourself as to the only truth.
A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.