following words of wisdom come from the teachings of the Buddha and those meditation
masters who have followed the Buddha's path of happiness. The simple verses on this page
explore the themes of individual awareness and kindness, wise relationships, and the
interconnection of all beings. At their heart they simply remind us that we too can live
with the wakefulness and compassion of a Buddha.
these words and practices bring you inspiration, wisdom, and delight.
every act fully, as if it were your last.
in the past is only a memory. Love in the future is a fantasy. Only here and now can we
of the sorrows of the earth humans cause for themselves.
loss and betrayal can bring us awakening.
have the power to destroy or heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our
wakeful step, every mindful act is the direct path to awakening. Wherever you go, there
own worst enemy cannot harm us as much as our unwise thoughts. No one can help us as much
as our own compassionate thoughts.
one's family, respect and listening are the source of harmony.
give your cow or sheep a large, spacious meadow is the best way to control him.
open our own heart like a Buddha, we must embrace the ten thousand joys and the ten
heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds
will you plant there?
freedom comes when we follow our Buddha nature, the natural goodness of our heart.
not blindly believe what others say, even the Buddha. See for yourself what brings
contentment, clarity, and peace. That is the path for you to follow.
you live is your temple if you treat it like one.
we often live unconsciously, "on automatic pilot", every one of us can learn to
be awake. It just takes practice.
mind contains all possibilities.
you can't find the truth right where you are, where else do you think you will find it?
is as fleeting as a rainbow, a flash of lightning, a star at dawn. Knowing this, how can
never ceases by hatred; by love alone is it healed. This is the ancient and eternal law.
creates hatred, defeat creates suffering. Those who are wise strive for neither victory
yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the
water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.
the true advantages of forgiveness and resentment to the heart. Then choose.
the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few.
comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.
are not independent but interdependent.
life should include a great measure of common sense.
can be spacious, yet full of loving kindness; full of compassion, yet serene. Live like
the strings of a fine instrument - not too taut and not too loose.
your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
patience is necessary with mischievous children and your own mind.
is so hard, how can we be anything but kind.
sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.
in moderation, including moderation.
is only one time when it is essential to awaken. That time is now.
our senses the world appears. Through our reactions we create delusions. Without reactions
the world becomes clear.
is not our preferences that cause problems but our attachment to them.
comes not through possession or ownership but through a wise and loving heart.
more fully we give our energy, the more it returns to us.
is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
trouble is that you think you have time.
come from care, troubles from carelessness.
you do not care for each other, who will care for you?
the company of deluded people when you can. When you cannot, keep your own counsel.
leading, be generous with the community, honourable in action, sincere in your words. As
for the rest, do not be concerned.
business, reinvest a portion of all you make, keep a portion for your use, save a portion
for those in need.
we cultivate in times of ease, we gather as strength for times of change.
to respond, not react.
matter how difficult the past, you can always begin again today.
body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.
you eat, eat slowly and listen to your body. Let your stomach tell you when to stop, not
your eyes or your tongue.
upright posture and a few relaxed breaths can make a great difference.
do not need more knowledge but more wisdom. Wisdom comes from our own attention.
are no holy places and no holy people, only holy moments, only moments of wisdom.
asked, "Are you a god or a man?" the Buddha replied, "I am awake".
sees the truth sees the Buddha.
blinds us, like the pickpocket who sees only the saint's pockets.
getting what you desire and getting what you desire can both be disappointing.
wishes are few, the heart is happy. When desire ends, there is peace.
which is timeless is found now.
you travel through life, offer good wishes to each being you meet.
as driving on the right side of the road gives us the freedom to go anywhere, so accepting
the natural law of constant change is our route to freedom.
path of action you find that brings good and happiness to all, follow this way like the
moon in the path of the stars.
wisdom be a lamp, a light unto yourself.
can change life like the swish of a horse's tail.
freedom is not guided by our efforts; it comes from seeing what is true.
you walk, just walk, when you eat, just eat.
keep searching for the truth, just let go of your opinions.
meditate is to listen with a receptive heart.
that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.
centred, do not overstretch. Extend from your centre, return to your centre.
time every day to sit quietly and listen.
you know about the power of a generous heart, you will not let a single meal pass without
giving to others.
the mother of the world, touch each being as your beloved child.
no other beings. They are just your brothers and sisters.
to let go. That is the key to happiness.
and openness come from our own contented heart.
awaken, sit calmly, letting each breath clear your mind and open your heart.
as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.
life we cannot avoid change, we cannot avoid loss. Freedom and happiness are found in the
flexibility and ease with which we move through change.
morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.
know the way and not practice is to be a soup ladle in the pot and not taste the flavour
of the soup.
others with justice and respect. In the long run, how you treat others will be how they
that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each
doing just the right things to help you learn perfect patience, perfect wisdom, perfect
things are like a river. We never enter the same river twice.
the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How
deeply did you learn to let go?
and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest
like a great tree in the midst of them all.
only way to bring peace to the earth is to learn to make our own life peaceful.
death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.
one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free.
is always an anticipation of what has not yet come. Our fear and separation are great, but
the truth of our connection is greater still.
is the path of fear and the path of love. Which will we follow?
life has a measure of sorrow. Sometimes it is this that awakens us.
and justice are the products of a steady heart.
and compassion are so precious. Make sure not to lose them through intoxication.
is primarily for our own sake, so that we no longer carry the burden of resentment. But to
forgive does not mean we will allow injustice again.
inter-breathe with the rain forests, we drink from the oceans. They are part of our own
become compost; compost feeds the garden for the growth of new roses.
do not possess our home, our children, or even our own body. They are only given to us for
a short while to treat with care and respect.
our anger can be held with a heart of kindness.
conflict there is another way. Imagine that you were the Buddha; how would you solve it?
(P.S. Who else could the Buddha be?)
has been long neglected cannot be restored immediately. Fruit falls from the tree when it
is ripe. The way cannot be forced.
not seek perfection in a changing world. Instead, perfect your love.
brings more happiness than complexity.
greatest protection is a loving heart. Protecting yourself, you protect others. Protecting
others, you protect yourself.
brings joy; honesty brings peace.
not judge yourself harshly. Without mercy for ourselves we cannot love the world.
day spent judging another is a painful day. A day spent judging yourself is a painful day.
You don't have to believe your judgements; they're simply an old habit.
times of difficulty take refuge in compassion and truth.
rain falls on the just and the unjust alike, let your heart be untroubled by judgements
and let your kindness rain on all.
the bottom of things, most people want to be understood and appreciated.
we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
is no fire greater than greed and hatred.
lives on life. We all eat and are eaten. When we forget this, we cry; when we remember
this, we can nourish one another.
you are poor, live wisely. If you have riches, live wisely. It is not your station in life
but your heart that brings blessings.
means you don't get away with anything.
you meditate, sit with the dignity of a king or queen; when you move through your day,
remain centred in this dignity.
your mind become clear like a still forest pool.
you let cloudy water settle, it will become clear. If you let your upset mind settle, your
course will also become clear.
you take care of each moment, you will take care of all time.
days we feel like strangers. When our heart opens, we will realise that we belong just
to do today: Exhale, inhale, exhale. Ahhhh.
you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand.
who are awake live in a state of constant amazement.