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Cuong Lu

The Buddha in Jail

Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
Facing suffering, he says, getting beneath defenses and resistance to non-denial of even our most painful memories and experiences, can in itself be a source of happiness.
Dave Bartonhas quotedlast year
happiness is available when you know who you are and no longer have the illusion of a separate self, when you recognize the penetrating interconnection between yourself and all of life
Gloria Nanfukahas quoted2 years ago
To help someone else is to help yourself.
Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
Buddha means “one who has awakened.” Anyone who has awakened is a Buddha. This is the essence of Buddhism
Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
depression is a taste of the first truth, the existence of suffering. Suffering is a truth, not a
Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
Buddhism distinguishes between happiness with desire and happiness without desire. The former isn’t real happiness. We always want more and can never get enough.
Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
Quality listening has four dimensions: posture, breathing, attention, and silence. The first three take practice.
Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
Listening can work wonders. It’s less costly and more effective than punishment. Listening deeply, we create a world with happier people in it.
Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
Empathic listening blurs the boundary between your feelings and my feelings. To help someone else is to help yourself.
Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
Right speech always goes with deep listening.
Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
money, fame, sex, food, or sleep. The Buddha called these “the five desires” and said none of them could bring lasting happiness
Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
Buddhist path has eight folds: (1) right view, (2) right thinking, (3) right speech, (4) right action, (5) right livelihood, (6) right effort, (7) right attention, and (8) right concentration. This is a foundational teaching.
Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
be removed. It only has to be seen. Buddhism is about understanding, not about getting rid of anything, even suffering
Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
Suffering doesn’t need to be removed. It only has to be seen.
Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
first truth is suffering; the second is that suffering has a cause; the third is the possibility of removing the cause of suffering; and the fourth offers eight steps to do this.
Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
ballasts as we navigate the sea of suffering.
Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
Honesty breeds happiness. Honesty and self-respect are ballasts as we navigate the sea of suffering.
Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
One time I told him, “As long as you try to find God within the paradigm of existence and nonexistence, you’ll never find Him
Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
long as there are two separate people facing each other, listening isn’t possible. The separation needs to dissolve so that the two of you become one body, one being
Sarathhas quoted9 months ago
Suffering and happiness coexist, and being able to see suffering is, in fact, already happiness
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