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Great quote by Einstein.

Postby Individual » Sat Oct 17, 2009 6:07 am

As with all quotes that are spread around, it might be dubious. But even if it is, I thought it was nice.
A human being is part of the whole, called by us "Universe"; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely but striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.

Would you say that this sums up Buddhism? At least, a pretty big chunk of it.
The best things in life aren't things.

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Re: Great quote by Einstein.

Postby Ben » Sat Oct 17, 2009 7:55 am

Individual please provide a citation for the above quote.
Too many things have been put in the mouth of Einstein.

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Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.

Taṃ nadīhi vijānātha:
sobbhesu padaresu ca,
saṇantā yanti kusobbhā,
tuṇhīyanti mahodadhī.

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Re: Great quote by Einstein.

Postby Dugu » Sat Oct 17, 2009 9:56 am

It's a popular quote from Einstein. It does certainly reflect the ideals of Buddhism.
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Re: Great quote by Einstein.

Postby tiltbillings » Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:30 am

Dugu wrote:It's a popular quote from Einstein. It does certainly reflect the ideals of Buddhism.


But what writing of Einstein's is it actually from? There are all sorts of gnarly, groovy, nifty, neat, keen, and swell passages out there attributed to all sorts of people that are not by them at all, but they sure do sound good.
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

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Re: Great quote by Einstein.

Postby Dugu » Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:12 am

The source of that quote can be found in "Quantum Reality, Beyond the New physics", p.250.
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