In our description of nature the purpose is not to disclose the real essence of phenomena but only to track down as far as possible relations between the multifold aspects of our experience.— Niels Bohr
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A dialogue from the Mahosadha Jataka (542), trans. by Cowell, et al. Mahosadha is the Bodhisatta, Senaka is the wanderer Saccaka, and the king is Lāḷudāyī King: “Endowed with wisdom and bereft of wealth, or wealthy and without wisdom — … Continue reading
“Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Saturday we move in to our new monastery. Today we pack everything up and tomorrow we move things. We will also take … Continue reading
Think of life as a study course, where the only thing that matters is whether you are paying attention in class or not. They who are inattentive learn nothing.
But I would say to my fellows, once for all, As long as possible live free and uncommitted. It makes but little difference whether you are committed to a farm or the county jail. – H. D. Thoreau or a … Continue reading
If someone calls you a buffalo, just put your hand on your backside and see if you have a tail. If you don’t have a tail, you’re not a buffalo. – Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo
Illusion has everything to recommend itself over reality except… that it is not real.
Day after day has been employed upon this senseless task, and yet it is not half accomplished. The shade of each departed day falls upon our graves, and the worm exults as he beholds it, to know that we are … Continue reading
ajjhattamevupasame, na aññato bhikkhu santimeseyya. ajjhattaṃ upasantassa, natthi attā kuto nirattā vā. Internally should one be pacified, from naught else should a bhikkhu seek peace. For one internally pacified there is no self, whence aught apart from self? – The … Continue reading
When you feel you have fallen through the cracks, remember that a Bodhi tree can grow even in the gutter.