One teacher (Shunru Suzuki Roshi) put it this way: ” The state of mind that exists when you sit in the right posture is itself enlightenment…These forms [sitting meditation] are not the means of obtaining the right state of mind. To take this posture is itself the right state of mind.” In the sitting meditation, you are already touching your own truest nature.
Pg 110, “Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life” by Jon Kabat-Zinn
If you have a supportive sangha, it’s easy to nourish your bodhicitta, the seeds of enlightenment. If you don’t have anyone who understands you, who encourages you in the practice of the living dharma, your desire to practice may wither. Your sangha—family, friends, and copractitioners—is the soil, and you are the seed. No matter how vigorous the seed is, if the soil does not provide nourishment, your seed will die. A good sangha is crucial for the practice. Please find a good sangha or help create one.
– Thich Nhat Hanh, “The Fertile soil of Sangha” (please read this whole article . Thich is always worth reading!)
Direct your eye right inward, and you’ll find
A thousand regions in your mind
Yet undiscovered. Travel them and be
Expert in home-cosmography.
~ Thoreau, Walden
“We live in illusion
And the appearance of things.
There is a reality.
We are that reality.
When you understand this,
You see that you are nothing.
And being nothing,
You are everything.
That is all.”
~ Kalu Rinpoche
Those who seek happiness in pleasure, wealth, glory, power, and heroics are as naive as the child who tries to catch a rainbow and wear it as a coat. ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
One must practice the things which produce happiness since if that is present, we have everything and if it is absent, we do everything in order to have it. ~ Epicurus
The outer world in all its variety and our inner world of thoughts and emotions are not as they seem.
All phenomena appear to exist objectively, but their true mode of existence is like a dream: apparent yet insubstantial.
The experience of emptiness is not found outside of the world of ordinary appearance, as many people mistakenly assume. In truth, we experience emptiness when the mind is free of grasping at appearance.
-Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, “The Theater of Reflection” (Thank you Martie for this great thought for today!)