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The Buddha in Jail

    Sarathhas quoted2 years 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 quoted3 years ago
    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 quoted3 years ago
    To help someone else is to help yourself.
    Sarathhas quoted2 years ago
    Buddha means “one who has awakened.” Anyone who has awakened is a Buddha. This is the essence of Buddhism
    Sarathhas quoted2 years ago
    depression is a taste of the first truth, the existence of suffering. Suffering is a truth, not a
    Sarathhas quoted2 years 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 quoted2 years ago
    Quality listening has four dimensions: posture, breathing, attention, and silence. The first three take practice.
    Sarathhas quoted2 years 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 quoted2 years ago
    Empathic listening blurs the boundary between your feelings and my feelings. To help someone else is to help yourself.
    Sarathhas quoted2 years ago
    Right speech always goes with deep listening.
    Sarathhas quoted2 years ago
    money, fame, sex, food, or sleep. The Buddha called these “the five desires” and said none of them could bring lasting happiness
    Sarathhas quoted2 years 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 quoted2 years ago
    be removed. It only has to be seen. Buddhism is about understanding, not about getting rid of anything, even suffering
    Sarathhas quoted2 years ago
    Suffering doesn’t need to be removed. It only has to be seen.
    Sarathhas quoted2 years 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 quoted2 years ago
    ballasts as we navigate the sea of suffering.
    Sarathhas quoted2 years ago
    Honesty breeds happiness. Honesty and self-respect are ballasts as we navigate the sea of suffering.
    Sarathhas quoted2 years 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 quoted2 years 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 quoted2 years ago
    Suffering and happiness coexist, and being able to see suffering is, in fact, already happiness
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