Only three lines, hardly anything to it: “Sabba papassa akaranam”: refraining from all wrong doing. That’s the teaching of all Buddhas. This is the heart of Buddhism. But people keep jumping over it, they don’t want this one. The renunciation of all wrongdoing, great and small, from bodily, verbal and mental actions… this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
Ajahn Chah (via abiding-in-peace)

August 9


When the followers of Zen fail to go beyond a world of their senses and

thoughts, all their doings and movements are of no significance.

But when the senses and thoughts are annihilated, all the passages to the

mind are blocked and no entrance then becomes possible. The original 

mind is to be recognized along with the working of the senses and

thoughts; only it does not belong to them, nor is it independent of them.

Life is really such a ineffable thing. It’s like having a ticket to the greatest show on earth. All this process of learning and growing through love and pain, what is it for ? Well, none the less to go through spiritual growth. So in this sense viewing life as a sort of “school” will make hardships and challenges easier. It’s all one big game towards spiritual growth, at the end we will all make it. It’s your choice how many lives it will take!
Sacha Hauc (via purplebuddhaproject)
When we walk slowly, the world can fully appear. Not only are the creatures not frightened away by our haste or aggression, but the fine detail of fern and flower, or devastation and disruption, becomes visible. Many of us hurry along because we do not want to see what is really going on in and around us. We are afraid to let our senses touch the body of suffering or the body of beauty
Joan halifax (via punkyreggaeparty)
How many times have we walked by someone on the street or in a hallway and instead of saying hello we pretend we don’t see them? The truth is that all of us, deep down inside, have a need to be seen, acknowledged and appreciated. We are on a spiritual journey that can at times be very lonely. And one of the simplest and most effective ways to help our fellow traveler is to smile and say hello.