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Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby mettafuture » Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:19 am

The Internet is filled with random quotes from the Buddha, mostly stemming from the Dhammapada, and Mahayana sects. Wouldn't it be nice if there were more quotes from the "more challenging" parts of the Buddha-dhamma? I know the first 4 nikayas aren't as easy to quote, but maybe we could try? :)

What are some of your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas?

Here's one of my personal favorites:

    "When one gives birth to hatred for an individual, one should direct one's thoughts to the fact of his being the product of his actions: 'This venerable one is the doer of his actions, heir to his actions, born of his actions, related by his actions, and has his actions as his arbitrator. Whatever action he does, for good or for evil, to that will he fall heir.' Thus the hatred for that individual should be subdued."

      - Aghatavinaya Sutta (AN 5.161)
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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby Individual » Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:14 am

The Buddha's last words on earth:
vayadhammā saṅkhārā appamādena sampādetha

Google it. Lots of good stuff written about it.
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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby lojong1 » Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:20 am

MN 1: The monks did not delight in the Blessed One's words.
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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby Individual » Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:29 am

lojong1 wrote:MN 1: The monks did not delight in the Blessed One's words.

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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby bodom » Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:32 am

"What should be done for the disciples out of compassion by a teacher who seeks their welfare and is compassionate, that I have done for you. There are these roots of trees, these rooms that are void: meditate, bhikkhus, do not delay lest you regret it later. This is our instruction to you." - MN 152


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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby bodom » Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:36 am

Let one not trace back the past
Or yearn for the future-yet-to-come.
That which is past is left behind
Unattained is the "yet-to-come."
But that which is present he discerns —
With insight as and when it comes.
The Immovable — the-non-irritable.
In that state should the wise one grow
Today itself should one bestir
Tomorrow death may come — who knows?
For no bargain can we strike
With Death who has his mighty hosts.
But one who dwells thus ardently
By day, by night, untiringly
Him the Tranquil Sage has called
The Ideal Lover of Solitude. - MN 131


:anjali:
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby bodom » Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:42 am

Thus have I heard. At one time the Lord was staying near Savatthi, at the Jeta Grove in Anathapindika's monastery. Now when night was passing a certain devataa, lighting up the whole Jeta Grove with her surpassing beauty, approached the Lord. Having drawn near and prostrated herself she stood to one side.[1]

Standing there the devata said:

Those living in the forest, Peaceful and calm, of pure life, Eating but one meal a day: How is it they appear so radiant?

The Lord replied:

They sorrow not for what is past, They have no longing for the future, The present is sufficient for them: Hence it is they appear so radiant. By having longing for the future, By sorrowing over what is past, By this fools are withered up As a cut down tender reed. - SN 1.10


:anjali:
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:52 am

lojong1 wrote:MN 1: The monks did not delight in the Blessed One's words.


:) :thumbsup:

Which provides some evidence or indication of the authenticity of the Canon. That quote, plus the talk of the foulness of the body which led to several monks committing suicide probably would have been left out if the monks compiling the Canon were unscrupulous and wanted to make the Buddha into an eternal God, for example.

"Furthermore, there is the case where you recollect the Dhamma: 'The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One, to be seen here & now, timeless, inviting verification, pertinent, to be realized by the wise for themselves.' At any time when a disciple of the noble ones is recollecting the Dhamma, his mind is not overcome with passion, not overcome with aversion, not overcome with delusion. His mind heads straight, based on the Dhamma. And when the mind is headed straight, the disciple of the noble ones gains a sense of the goal, gains a sense of the Dhamma, gains joy connected with the Dhamma. In one who is joyful, rapture arises. In one who is rapturous, the body grows calm. One whose body is calmed experiences ease. In one at ease, the mind becomes concentrated."
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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby bodom » Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:53 am

Once the Blessed One was staying at Rajagaha...Now the brahman Bharadvaja heard this: "The brahman Bharadvaja, it seems, has become a monk under the Great Monk Gotama." Angry and unhappy, he went to where the Blessed One was. Having approached the Blessed One, he abused and criticized the Blessed One in foul and harsh words. Thus..the Blessed One spoke to Bharadvaja: 'Well, brahman, do friends, confidants, relatives, kinsmen and guests visit you?""Yes, Gotama, sometimes friends, confidants, relatives, kinsmen and guests do visit me.""Well, brahman, do you not offer them snacks or food or tidbits?""Yes, Gotama, sometimes I do offer them snacks...or tidbits.""But if, brahman, they do not accept it, who gets it?""If Gotama, they do not accept it, I get it back.""Even so, brahman, you are abusing us who do not abuse, you are angry with us who do not get angry, you are quarreling with us who do not quarrel. All this of yours we don't accept. You alone, brahman, get it back; all this, brahman, belongs to you.
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby mettafuture » Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:00 am

Individual wrote:The Buddha's last words on earth:
vayadhammā saṅkhārā appamādena sampādetha

Google it. Lots of good stuff written about it.

Just so people won't have to do too much searching, that quote from the Mahāparinibbāna Sutta.
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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby dhammapal » Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:11 am

"At long last a greatly revered great seer for my sake has come to the great forest.
Having heard your verse in line with the Dhamma, I will go about having abandoned evil."
From: Majjhima 86: Angulimala Sutta
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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby mettafuture » Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:57 pm

    "Thus, Ananda, from name-and-form as a requisite condition comes consciousness. From consciousness as a requisite condition comes name-and-form. From name-and-form as a requisite condition comes contact. From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling. From feeling as a requisite condition comes craving. From craving as a requisite condition comes clinging. From clinging as a requisite condition comes becoming. From becoming as a requisite condition comes birth. From birth as a requisite condition, aging, death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, and despair come into play. Such is the origination of this entire mass of stress."

      -- Maha-nidana Sutta (DN 15)

Wow, the Buddha was good! :shock:

When ever doubt arises, I remind myself of verses like these.
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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby mettafuture » Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:44 pm

    "Monks, the ending of the fermentations is for one who knows & sees, I tell you, not for one who does not know & does not see. For one who knows what & sees what? Appropriate attention & inappropriate attention. When a monk attends inappropriately, unarisen fermentations arise, and arisen fermentations increase. When a monk attends appropriately, unarisen fermentations do not arise, and arisen fermentations are abandoned."

      -- Sabbasava Sutta (MN 2)

The sutta gets even better after this part, but the first few lines alone offer great insight.

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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby phil » Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:46 am

These days for some reason I really like this translation of a verse from the Therigata, "lay well upon your heart the yoke of the noblest culture."

Edit - oops, I thought Therigata was in SN, but I was thinking of the Bhikkuni Samyutta. Well, in any case this is a good thread to bump up.
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(AN 3.2 Lakkhana Sutta)
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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby Bodhisurfer » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:07 pm

I hav'nt read all of the first four Nikayas so my favourite quote so far is from the Anguttara Nikaya, The Mountain Simile

'I inform you, great king, I announce to you, great King: aging and death are rolling in on you. When aging and death are rolling in on you, great king, what is to be done?'
'As aging and death are rolling in on me, venerable sir, what else should be done but tolive by the Dhamma, to live righteously, and to do wholesome and meritorious deeds?'

For me this really is a wake up call :smile:
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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby Strive » Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:55 am

"Bhikkhus, even if bandits were to sever you savagely limb by limb with a two-handled saw, he who gave rise to a mind of hate towards them would not be carrying out my teachings. " Kakacupama sutta from the Majjhima nikaya -- Bhikkhu bodhi

This is when I realized how deep the dhamma is. :jawdrop:
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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby Reductor » Fri Dec 31, 2010 4:52 am

"Friend Sariputta, ... if a bhikkhu is practising in accordance with the Dhamma, would it take him long to become an arahant?"

"Not long, friend."

-- SN 38.16, Bodhi.
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To his own ruin the fool gains knowledge, for it cleaves his head and destroys his innate goodness. -- Dhp 72

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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby Euclid » Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:35 am

The conclusion of DN 17 (also occurs as being said by Sakka in DN16):

Impermanent are compounded things, prone to rise and fall,
Having risen, they're destroyed, their passing truest bliss.
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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby alan » Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:08 am

This is my enduring favorite. Awesome in it's implications. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an10/an10.081.than.html
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Re: Your favorite quotes from the first 4 Nikayas

Postby alan » Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:16 am

There are many goals. Dwelling in unrestricted awareness is the ultimate goal. Blows my mind. Awesome.
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