"Perhaps our dreams are there to be broken, and our plans are there to crumble, and our tomorrows are there to dissolve into todays, and perhaps all of this is all a giant invitation to wake up from the dream of separation, to awaken from the mirage of control, and embrace whole-heartedly what is present. Perhaps it is all a call to compassion, to a deep embrace of this universe in all its bliss and pain and bitter-sweet glory. Perhaps we were never really in control of our lives, and perhaps we are constantly invited to remember this, since we constantly forget it. Perhaps suffering is not the enemy at all, and at its core, there is a first-hand, real-time lesson we must all learn, if we are to be truly human, and truly divine. Perhaps breakdown always contains breakthrough. Perhaps suffering is simply a right of passage, not a test or a punishment, nor a signpost to something in the future or past, but a direct pointer to the mystery of existence itself, here and now. Perhaps life cannot go ‘wrong’ at all."

- Jeff Foster (via oceanandwave)

3 weeks ago 100 notes

"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change."

- Buddha (via thecalminside)

The Buddha didn’t say this, but Buddhist teacher and author Jack Kornfield did, in his book, “Buddha’s Little Instruction Book.”


1 month ago 323 notes

"Kindness should become the natural way of life,not the exception."

- Buddha (via thecalminside)

A lovely sentiment, in keeping with the spirit of compassion, but the Buddha never said it.

It does sound a bit like the Dalai Lama, who is known to say, “My religion is kindness.” But if he said the above quote, I wasn’t able to confirm it.

1 month ago 913 notes

"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly."

- Buddha (via thecalminside)

Another fake Buddha quote … though this one is more or less in keeping with things the Buddha really did say.

See http://www.fakebuddhaquotes.com/fake-buddha-quote-the-secret-of-health-for-both-mind-and-body-is-not-to-mourn-for-the-past-worry-about-the-future-or-anticipate-troubles-but-to-live-in-the-present-moment-wisely-and-earne/

1 month ago 348 notes

"I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness."

- Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck. Nobel Laureate in Physics (1931)

(via lazyyogi)

1 month ago 228 notes

"All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are."

- Adyashanti (via thecalminside)

2 months ago 176 notes

"I said to the wanting-creature inside me:
What is this river you want to cross?
There are no travelers on the river-road, and no road.
Do you see anyone moving about on that bank, or nesting?
There is no river at all, and no boat, and no boatman.
There is no tow rope either, and no one to pull it.
There is no ground, no sky, no time, no bank, no ford!
And there is no body, and no mind!
Do you believe there is some place that will make the soul less thirsty?
In that great absence you will find nothing,
Be strong then, and enter into your own body;
there you have a solid place for your feet.
Think about it carefully!
Don’t go off somewhere else!
Kabir says this: just throw away all thoughts of imaginary things,
and stand firm in that which you are."

- Kabir

2 months ago 1 note

"The Purusha-Sukta of the Rig-Veda commences by saying that all the heads, all the eyes, and all the feet that we see in this world are the heads, eyes, and feet of the Virat-Purusha, or the Cosmic Being. With one head, the Virat nods in silence; with another face He smiles; with a third one, He frowns; in one form, He sits; in another form, He moves; in one form, He is near; in another form, He is distant. So, all the forms, whatever they be, and all the movements and actions, processes and relations, become parts of the Cosmic Body, with which the Consciousness should be identified simultaneously. When you think, you think all things at the same time, in all the ten directions; nay, in every way."

- From the introduction to the Māndūkya Upanishad by Swami Krishnananda

10 months ago


It is your own awareness right now.

It is simple, natural, and clear.

Why say ‘I don’t understand what awareness is’? There is nothing to think about, just permanent awareness.

Why say ‘I don’t see the reality of awareness’? Awareness is the thinker of these thoughts.

Why say ‘When I look I can’t find it’? No looking is necessary.

Why say ‘Whatever I try doesn’t work’? It is enough to remain simple.

Why say ‘I can’t achieve this’? The void of pure awareness is naturally present.


- Padmasambhava

10 months ago 2 notes
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pronunciation | “so-frO-‘sU-nAGreek script |  σωφροσύνηnote | To everyone who is thinking “I want to get there” and also to everyone who is thinking “I’ll never get there”—you will. Even if it’s a battle, keep fighting, because you are good and strong and valuable, and your happiness is worth it.

Took a minute to get the pronunciation … suh FROS uh nee


pronunciation | “so-frO-‘sU-nA
Greek script |  σωφροσύνη
note | To everyone who is thinking “I want to get there” and also to everyone who is thinking “I’ll never get there”—you will. Even if it’s a battle, keep fighting, because you are good and strong and valuable, and your happiness is worth it.

Took a minute to get the pronunciation … suh FROS uh nee

1 year ago 29,801 notes


What if

(via zenhumanism)

1 year ago 58 notes

"If you’re interested in ‘meeting the Buddha’ and following the spiritual path he described, then there are a few things you should know before you begin. First, Buddhism is a primarily a study of mind and a system for training the mind. It is spiritual in nature, not religious. Its goal is self-knowledge, not salvation; freedom, not heaven. It relies on reason and analysis, contemplation and meditation, to transform knowledge about something into knowledge that surpasses understanding. But without your curiosity and questions, there is no path, no journey to be taken, even if you adopt all the forms of the tradition."

- Dzogchen Ponlop, Rebel Buddha p. 20 (via onceandonce-again)

(via zenhumanism)

1 year ago 63 notes

"…Underneath the thin layers of personality we are joined together at the amygdala and the neocortex, at the thumb, and at the upright, forward-facing hip. We are all part of the same project, whether it be simple survival, as some scientists insist, or some unknown purpose of a mysterious guiding intelligence. Meditation teaches us that we are human, and as some mystics say, “When we remember we are human we are praying.” Since we have so much in common, perhaps we could simply consider our journey toward self-realization in the plural. Instead of asking “Who am I?” the question could become “Who are we?” Our inquiry then becomes a community koan, a joint millennial project, and we all immediately become great saints—called Bodhisattvas in Buddhism—helping each other evolve. In this evolutionary sport, we are all on the same team."

- Wes Nisker, “Buddha’s Nature”

1 year ago 2 notes

"The purpose of meditation is not to concentrate on the breath, without interruption, forever. That by itself would be a useless goal. The purpose of meditation is not to achieve a perfectly still and serene mind. Although a lovely state, it doesn’t lead to liberation by itself. The purpose of meditation is to achieve uninterrupted mindfulness. Mindfulness, and only mindfulness, produces Enlightenment."


Henepola Gunaratana

Mindfulness in Plain English

1 year ago 68 notes

"Enlightenment is really nothing more than no longer believing your thinking. When you no longer believe the next thought you have, when your reality is not driven by your next thought, you’re free! It’s as easy as that. It’s as simple as that. So in any instant where you’re truly not believing any of your thinking, you’re free, you’re liberated."

- Adyashanti

1 year ago 63 notes