Skillful Means

"Ceremonies and merit-making activities can be regarded as skillful means, but from a meditator's point of view they lead to only a small amount of skill, that's all."


-Luang Pu Dune ("Gifts He Left Behind: The Dhamma Legacy of Phra Ajaan Dune Atulo")

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Bowing

 "Bow slowly, mindful of the body...Bowing helps to cure conceit."


-Luang Por Chah (from "Stillness Flowing: The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah" by Ajahn Jayasaro)

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Contentment

 "Monastics are to be as light a burden as possible on lay supporters, and they should model a life which proves that happiness does not have to depend on the enjoyment of sense pleasures."


In speaking of Luang Por Chah, Ajahn Jayasaro added that "he received whatever robes were sewn for him without comment. He was never known to express desires for any particular kind of food. He showed no interest in beautiful things."


-From "Stillness Flowing: The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah" by Ajahn Jayasaro

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Thinking

"...if there's thinking going on in the mind, simply watch it, simply let it go, and its cycling will slow down. Fewer and fewer thought-fabrications will occur. Even if the mind doesn't stop completely, it will form fewer and fewer thoughts. You'll be able to stop to watch, stop to know more and more. And this way, you'll come to see the tricks and deceits of thought-fabrication, mental labels, pleasure and pain, and so on. You'll be able to know that there's really nothing inside--that the reason you were deluded into latching on to things was because of ignorance, and that you made yourself suffer right there in that very ignorance..."


-Upasika Kee Nanayon ("An Unentangled Knowing")

Arising and Disbanding

"...there's nothing at all--just the arising and disbanding occurring every moment in emptiness. If there is no attachment, there are no issues. There is simply the natural phenomenon of arising and disbanding."


-Upasika Kee Nanayon ("An Unentangled Knowing")

What Life Is All About

"...suffering is basically what life is all about. This point is something we really have to comprehend so that we can live without being oblivious. The pains and discontent that fill our bodies and minds all show us the truths of inconstancy, stress, and not-selfness within us."


-Upasika Kee Nanayon ("An Unentangled Knowing")

Enough

"If all the other scriptures, the rest of the Tipitaka and so forth, suddenly vanished out of sight, and all we had left were the Four Noble Truths, that would be enough. They are the way to non-suffering. They are a tool I encourage you to use."


-Ajahn Sumedho

Just The Way They Are

"It's the nature of light to be bright. It's the nature of noise to be loud. That's what their functions are. If you don't focus on listening, that's the end of the matter. Act in a way that's not in opposition to your surroundings, for that's just the way they are. Simply reach a genuine understanding with them using deep discernment, that's all."


-Luang Pu Dune ("Gifts He Left Behind: The Dhamma Legacy of Phra Ajaan Dune Atulo")

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Use Little

 "A popular maxim at Wat Pah Pong [Luang Por Chah's monastery in Thailand] said, 'If you've got little, use little. If you've got a lot, use little.'"


-Ajahn Jayasaro ("Stillness Flowing")

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Protection

 "Look inwardly at your mind and outwardly at your actions so that you can protect them both."


-Luang Por Chah (from "Stillness Flowing: The Life and Teachings of Ajahn Chah" by Ajahn Jayasaro)

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See The Truth Face-To-Face

"Do not accept anything simply because it has been said by your teacher, or because it has been written in your sacred books, or because it has been believed by many, or because it has been handed down by your ancestors. Accept and live only according to what will enable you to see truth face to face." 

 

-The Buddha

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Respect

 "...the Lord Buddha taught us that having respect for parents and teachers is the basic foundation of a good human being."


-Ajahn Maha Boowa ("Death Is Always Watching Us")

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