Not Discussed

48416291_568920446880287_7473486246023528448_nRemember what is not discussed by me as not discussed, and what is discussed by me as discussed. And what is not discussed by me? ‘The cosmos is eternal,’ is not discussed by me. ‘The cosmos is not eternal,’ is not discussed by me. ‘The cosmos is finite’… ‘The cosmos is infinite’… ‘The soul and the body are the same’… ‘The soul is one thing and the body another’… ‘After death, a Tathagata exists’… ‘After death, a Tathagata does not exist’… ‘After death, a Tathagata both exists and does not exist’… ‘After death, a Tathagata neither exists nor does not exist,’ is not discussed by me.

And why are these not discussed by me? Because they are not connected with the goal, are not fundamental to the holy path. They do not lead to disenchantment, dispassion, cessation, calming, direct knowledge, self-awakening, and liberation. That is why they are not discussed by me.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta

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The End of Circling

A meditating nun at Chanmyay Yeiktha.

Walk through the mind

all day and night.

When you find each thought

ending right where it began—

here your circling ends.

—Bhikshuni Sumana, Therigatha

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Being Is A Verb

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Being* is reality (tattva). Being is permanent (nitya).

Being is virtue (guna). Being is eternal (śāśvatā).

Being is stable (dhruva). Being is peace (siva).

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra

*Gerund of the verb to be. Not a being; not an entity

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No Time

Hourglass with Flowing Sand Emoji (U+23F3)You say you’re too busy,

that there’s never enough time.

Take care of whatever you have to take care of.

Then sit. Be honest.

Do you really think you’re going to live forever?

—Bhikshuni Visakha, Therigatha

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Devoid of Self

78387360_262557818035739_87140763267235840_nWhether or not there is the arising of Tathagatas, this property stands — this steadfastness of the Dharma, this orderliness of the Dharma: All phenomena are devoid of self.

The Tathagata directly awakens to that, breaks through to that. Directly awakening and breaking through to that, he declares it, teaches it, describes it, sets it forth. He reveals it, explains it, and makes it plain:  All phenomena are devoid of self.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Dharma-niyāma Sutra

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Upstream

Pin by Sierra Comellas on WALLPAPERS | Sunrise, Wallpaper, Desert sunriseFor so long, I thought only

of the river’s end.

Then one morning,

I set my paddle down

to watch the sun rise

over the eastern hills

—only to find

myself floating, somehow

gently upstream.

I promise.

It was not what I expected.

—Bhikshuni Dharmadinna, Therigatha

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No Agent

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arise from turbulent waters,

arising in dependence on causes and conditions,

but with no agent to bring them about.

In just the same way,

names and forms arise from actions.

They stem only from causes,

but have no agent to bring them about.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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Misguided

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Impermanence is everywhere, yet I still think things will last. I have reached the gates of old age, yet I still pretend I am young.

Bless me and misguided beings like me, that we may truly understand impermanence.

Patrul Rinpoche

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Calmly

Tres localidades en alarma y otras cuatro en alerta por la crecida de los  ríos en ZamoraHow do you cross the flood?

You cross calmly

—one step at a time,

feeling for stones.

How do you cross the flood, my heart?

You cross calmly

—one step at a time,

or not at all.

—Bhikshuni Upasama, Therigatha

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About Practice

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In the beginning, nothing comes,

in the middle, nothing stays,

in the end, nothing goes.

—Milarepa

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