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Samyutta Nikaya, Verse 2

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One day Ananda, who had been thinking deeply about things for a while, turned to the Buddha and exclaimed:
"Lord, I've been thinking- spiritual friendship is at least half of the spiritual life!"
The Buddha replied: "Say not so, Ananda, say not so. Spiritual friendship is the whole of the spiritual life!"

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Sutta Nipata

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Develop the mind of equilibrium.
You will always be getting praise and blame,
but do not let either affect the poise of the mind:
follow the calmness, the absence of pride.

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Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much
as your own unguarded thoughts.

Ajahn Brahm (Opening the Door of Your Heart)

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Our modern Western culture only recognises the first of these, freedom of desires. It then worships such a freedom by enshrining it at the forefront of national constituitions and bills of human rights. One can say that the underlying creed of most Western democracies is to protect their people's freedom to realise their desires, as far as this is possible. It is remarkable that in such countries people do not feel very free. The second kind of freedom, freedom from desires, is celebrated only in some religious communities. It celebrates contentment, peace that is free from desires.

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Sylvia Boorstein

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Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience.
It isn't more complicated that that.
It is opening to or recieving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is,
without either clinging to it or rejecting it.

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The true meaning of the precepts is not just that one should refrain from drinking alcohol,
but also from getting drunk on nirvana

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Aitken Roshi

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Renunciation is not getting rid of the things of this world, but accepting that they pass away.

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In criticizing, the teacher is hoping to teach. That's all.

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The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.

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These five facts of life should be again and again contemplated by everyone, whether female or male, whether layperson or monk:

"I am subject to old age: I am not freed from it.
"I am subject to disease: I am not freed from it.
"I am subject to death: I am not freed from it.
"There will be division and separation from all that is dear to me.
"I am the owner of my actions: whatever I do, whether good or bad, I become heir to it."

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Bhikkhu. P. A. Payutto

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Wise people not only develop the ability to seek for external objects to satisfy sensual desires, they develop the potential for creativity to create in themselves various positive mental qualities and inner happiness. We are usually advised by the Buddha to develop five skillful qualities as the constant factors of the mind, namely joy, delight, relaxing calm, happiness and concentration. These five qualities will keep away all negative emotions and unhappiness. It is the development of the ability to create happiness or to be happy. As this second kind of happiness is an internal mental quality independent of material objects outside, the person who has developed it becomes, in contrast to the pleasure-seeker, the possessor of happiness

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Unfortunately, the pleasure-seekers or happiness-pursuers, being engrossed in the search for external objects to gratify their senses, fail to develop this potential for the inner creativity. This creative or formative potential left undeveloped then works out for their inner lack of happiness and for various negative mental states. Thus in this way the pleasure-seekers, while seeking external happiness through the gratification of the senses with material objects, create or form inside themselves stress, anxiety, worry, depression, fear, insomnia and all kinds of negative mental states, and even clinical mental disorders.

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....says that one who has the four qualities of the desire to act, strong willpower, the sense of commitment, and the spirit of investigation or experimentation, can live long throughout the whole life span

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If you follow self-cherishing thoughts, those thoughts become your identity. Then anger, pride, the jealous mind – all this negative emotional stuff arises. When you let go of the I and cherish others, negative emotional thoughts do not arise. That’s very clear. Anger does not arise at those you cherish.

Lama Tsong Khapa, a highly realized Tibetan yogi recognized as an embodiment of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom

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"If one does not think of the evolution of samsara, one will not know how to cut off the root of samsara." To give an example, let's say there is a person who is always sick because he eats the wrong food. As long as he doesn't recognize the mistake in his diet, the cause of his sickness, he will continue to be sick no matter how much medicine he takes. . Similarly, if we don't understand the evolutional patterns of samsara, there is no way for us to receive the peace of nirvana that we seek

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Pearl S. Buck

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The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence.
To know how to do something well is to enjoy it

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Pearl S. Buck

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The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt
the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation

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- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

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Perfections proceed from birth or from drugs or from spells or from self-castigation or from concentration.

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John Milton (1608-1674)

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The mind is its own place, and in itself

Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.

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Pat Riley (1945- ) NBA coach

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There are only two options regarding commitment; you're either in or you're out. There's no such thing as life in-between

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Henry George 1839-1897

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Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be,
and wherever he may be, the man who thinks, becomes a light and a power.

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Francois Voltaire

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I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it

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Thomas Paine

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I PUT the following work under your protection. It contains my
opinions upon Religion. You will do me the justice to remember,
that I have always strenuously supported the Right of every Man
to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine.
He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his
present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.

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