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A monk asked, ?All of the buddhas and all of the buddadharmas come forth from this sutra. What is this sutra??

Qinshan said, ?Forever turning.?

-"Zen?s Chinese Heritage"

:!: Please add your favourite qoutes from buddhism scriptures or buddhist masters/guroo's :!:

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Here are some more quotes:

Ashamed of what's not shameful,

not ashamed of what is,

beings adopting wrong views

go to a bad destination.

Seeing danger where there is none,

and no danger where there is,

beings adopting wrong views,

go to a bad destination.

-Dhammapada, 22, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

They're addicted to heedlessness

dullards, fools

while one who is wise

cherishes heedfulness

as his highest wealth.

-Dhammapada, 2, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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some zen stories

Two monks were washing their bowls in the river when they noticed a scorpion that was drowning. One monk immediately scooped it up and set it upon the bank. In the process he was stung. He went back to washing his bowl and again the scorpion fell in. The monk saved the scorpion and was again stung. The other monk asked him, "Friend, why do you continue to save the scorpion when you know it's nature is to sting?"

"Because," the monk replied, "to save it is my nature."

A Zen Master lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening, while he was away, a thief sneaked into the hut only to find there was nothing in it to steal. The Zen Master returned and found him. "You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler, "and you should not return empty handed. Please take my clothes as a gift." The thief was bewildered, but he took the clothes and ran away. The Master sat naked, watching the moon. "Poor fellow," he mused, " I wish I could give him this beautiful moon."

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Teaching with an Open Hand (from The Dhammapada, by Eknath Easwaran, pg 41)

“Perhaps,†a disciple suggested discreetly on another occasion, “these are matters which the Blessed One himself has not cared to know.â€

The Buddha did not answer, but smiled and took a handful of leaves from the branch of a tree under which they sat. “What do you think,†he asked, “are there more leaves in my hand or on this tree?â€

“Blessed One you know your handful is only a small part of what remains on the branches. Who can count the leaves of a shimshapa tree?â€

“What I know,†the Buddha said, “is like the leaves of that tree; what I teach is only a small part. But what I offer, I offer to all with an open hand. What do I not teach? Whatever is fascinating to discuss, divides people against each other, but has no bearing on putting an end to sorrow. What do I teach? Only what is necessary to take you to the other shore.â€

Malunkyaputra (from The Dhammapada, by Eknath Easwaran, pg 39ff)

The Buddha’s penetrating insight attracted many intellectuals, one of whom, Malunkyaputra, grew more and more frustrated as the Buddha failed to settle certain basic metaphysical questions. Finally he went to the Buddha in exasperation and confronted him with the following list:

“Blessed One, there are theories which you have left unexplained and set aside unanswered: whether the world is eternal or not eternal; whether it is finite or infinite; whether the soul and the body are the same or different; whether a person who has attained nirvana exists after death or does not; or whether perhaps he both exists and does not exist, or neither exists nor does not. The fact that the Blessed One has not explained these matters neither pleases me nor suits me, I will give up spiritual disciplines and return to the life of a layman.â€

“Malunkyaputra,†the Buddha replied gently, “when you took to the spiritual life, did I ever promise you I would answer these questions?â€

Malunkyaputra was probably already sorry for his outburst, but it was too late. “No Blessed One, you never did.â€

“Why do you think that is?â€

“Blessed One, I haven’t the slightest idea!â€

“Suppose, Malunkyaputra, that a man has been wounded by a poisoned arrow, and his friends and family are about to call a doctor. ‘Wait!’ he says. ‘I will not let this arrow be removed until I have learned the caste of the man who shot me. I have to know how tall he is, what family he comes from, where they live, what kind of wood his bow is made from, what fletcher made his arrows. When I know these things, you can proceed to take the arrow out and give an antidote for the poison.’ What would you think of such a man?â€

“He would be a fool, Blessed One,†replied Malunkyaputra shamefacedly. “His questions have nothing to do with getting the arrow out, and he would die before they were answered.â€

“Similarly, Malunkyaputra, I do not teach whether the world is eternal or not eternal; whether it is finite or infinite, whether the soul and the body are the same or different, whether a person who has attained nirvana exists after death or does not, or whether perhaps he both exists and does not exist, or neither exists nor does not. I teach how to remove the arrow: the truth of suffering, it’s origin, it’s end, and the noble eightfold path.â€

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  • 3 weeks later...

Cutting the crucial link between Feeling & Craving:

The Buddha said:

One seeing a form with the eye ...

One hearing a sound with the ear ...

One smelling a scent with the nose ...

One tasting a flavor with the tongue ...

One touching a tangible with the body ...

One thinking a thought with the mind ...

One should Not Lust after it, if it is pleasant.

One should Neither Disgust it, if it is unpleasant.

One should remain aware of the body well

established within an infinite mind ... #

Thus one understands the Release of Mind &

the Release through Understanding, wherein all these

detrimental mental states cease without remainder ...

Having left behind both all approaching & all opposing;

Having eliminated both all attraction & all repulsion;

Then whatever feeling one feels, whether pleasant, painful or

neither pleasant nor painful, one does not delight in that feeling;

one does not welcome that feeling; nor sink in that feeling;

one does not follow, hold on to nor crave that very feeling...

So doing, delight in the various feelings gradually ceases in one...

With the ceasing of delight, comes the ceasing of clinging.

With the ceasing of clinging, comes the ceasing of becoming.

With the ceasing of becoming, comes the ceasing of rebirth.

With the ceasing of birth, comes the ceasing of all ageing,

sickness, death, sorrow, crying, pain, melancholy & despair.

So indeed is the cessation of this entire mass of Suffering ...

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