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A balanced mind is necessary to balance the
unbalanced minds of others.

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It is a common belief that a man, whose power of concentration
is good and can secure a perfect balance of mind at will, can
achieve better results than a person who is not so developed.
There are, therefore, definitely many advantages that accrue
to a person who undergoes a successful course of training
in meditation, whether he be a religions man, an admin-
istrator; a politician, a businessman or a student.

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The Buddha is the Teacher who shows the way. I am an
individual who continues to show the way, having received
the inheritance of Dhamma from the Buddha.
The Buddha is not a person who can give Nibbana but
only one who shows the way. Do not come and ask
me to get the results for you; I cannot do that.
How can U Ba Khin do what even the Buddha cannot?
You have to practice yourself.

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The time clock of Vipassana has now struck...
we have no doubt whatsoever about definite results accruing to
those who would with open minds sincerely undergo a course of
training under a competent teacher - I mean results which will
be accepted as good, concrete, vivid, personal, here-and-now;
results which will keep them in good stead and in a state of
well-being and happiness for the rest of their lives.

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Anicca is inside of everybody. It is within reach of everybody.
Just a look into oneself and there it is - anicca to be experienced...
anicca is, for householders, the gem of life which they will
treasure to create a reservoir of calm and balanced energy
for their own well-being and for the welfare of society.

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The Dhamma can stand the test of those who are anxious to do so.
They can know for themselves what the benefits are.

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What is happiness? For all that science has achieved in the
field of materialism, are the peoples of the world happy?
They may find sensual pleasures off and on, but in their heart of
hearts, they are not happy when they realize what has happened, what is happening and what may happen next. Why?
This is because , while man has mastery over matter, he is
still lacking in mastery over his mind.

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The world is facing serious problems. It is just the right time for
everyone to take to Vipassana meditation and learn how to find a deep pool of quiet in the midst of all that is happening today.

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Love which is alone the means for the unity of man-
kind, must be supreme, and it cannot be so unless the
mind is transcendently pure.

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When I say, life is suffering, as the Buddha taught, please be so good as not to run away with the idea that, if that is so, life is miserable, life is not worth living, and that the Buddhist concept of suffering is a terrible concept which will give you no chance of a reasonably happy life. What is happiness? For all that science has achieved in the field of materialism, are the peoples of the world happy? They may find sensual pleasure off and on, but in their heart of hearts they are not happy concerning what has happened, what is happening and what may happen next. Why? This is because, while man has mastery over matter, he is still lacking in mastery over his mind.

Pleasure born of sensuality is nothing compared with the piti (or rapture) born of the inner peace of mind which can be secured through a process of Buddhist meditation. Sense pleasures are preceded and followed by troubles and pains, as in the case of a rustic who finds pleasure in cautiously scratching the itches over his body, whereas piti is free from such troubles and pains, either before or after. It will be difficult for you, looking from the sensuous field, to appreciate what that piti is like. But I know you can enjoy it and have a taste of it for comparative evaluation. There is, therefore, nothing to the supposition that Buddhism teaches something that will make you feel miserable with the nightmare of suffering. But please take it from me that it will give you an escape from the normal conditions of life, a lotus as it were in a pond of crystal water immune from its fiery surroundings. It will give you that Peace Within which will satisfy you that you are getting not only beyond the day-to-day troubles of life, but slowly and surely beyond the limitation of life, suffering and death.”

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Teacher, A testimony of teaching....

John Coleman, an American who recently passed away, came to Sayagyi U Ba Khin in the last years of his life & learned Vipassana from him. Here is how he describes Sayagyi in his 1971 book "The Quiet Mind" -

U Ba Khin was a short stocky man with a round face, crew cut, a twinkle in his eyes and an extremely sharp mind. His output of work in his government positions, I learned, could hardly be matched by twenty good men. Arriving at his office in the morning he would attack his duties with enormous vigor. When he found himself getting fatigued he would adopt the lotus attitude in a specially designed chair at his desk, meditate for a few minutes to purge his mind and body of accumulated toxins, developed from the strain of the pace he kept up, then immediately return to work. It was his practice to continue this procedure throughout the day, thus demonstrating at least to an uninitiated onlooker like me some of the practical applications of meditation in everyday life.

For an elderly man—and he was in his seventies when I met him—he was a powerhouse of dynamic energy, sleeping only a few hours each day and dividing his time between government duties and his work at the meditation center. Here indeed, I thought, was a man who set a clear example that the teachings of Buddhism had something extraordinary to offer….

Here was a good man in the real sense of the word. A gentle, quietly spoken and humorous teacher of a faith which possessed the means of solving some of humanity’s problems, but which above all was a personal faith which, followed devoutly and practiced assiduously, could arm its adherents against the difficulties which life presents to the individual.

In the short time I spent with him I came to know U Ba Khin as a simple teacher, a profound thinker, a lover of beauty. He was passionately fond of orchids and there were thousands of these graceful flowers in the gardens of the meditation center. I had found that, to him, beauty, compassion, spiritual peace, truth, morality and so on were not just words, nor were they an end in themselves. They were a way of life, part of his very existence.

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“Just as the light of a candle has the power to dispel darkness in a room, so also the light developed in one man can help dispel darkness in several others.”

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