Inspiring quote!

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Inspiring quote!

Postby UDW » Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:59 pm

I attended my Meditation & Buddhism Class this evening, at my local Wat Phra Dhammakaya Centre, in Newcastle, UK.

Our Teaching Phra gave us a really nice quotation, from Laozi actually, that I thought it would be nice to share:-

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habit.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

Isn't that so true!
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Re: Inspiring quote!

Postby Goofaholix » Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:16 pm

Yes, though possibly who was quoted as saying it is not true, see http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/01/10 ... -thoughts/
"Proper effort is not the effort to make something particular happen. It is the effort to be aware and awake each moment." - Ajahn Chah
"When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness. When we stop clinging, we can begin to be happy." - Ajahn Chah
"Know and watch your heart. It’s pure but emotions come to colour it." — Ajahn Chah
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Re: Inspiring quote!

Postby Mkoll » Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:19 pm

Lao Tzu was certainly a very wise man!

:anjali:
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Re: Inspiring quote!

Postby UDW » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:43 am

Goofaholix wrote:Yes, though possibly who was quoted as saying it is not true, see http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/01/10 ... -thoughts/


Actually, our Teaching Monk attributed it to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but I forgot his name when I got home; and googled to be told it was Laozi. I went with Laozi on the basis that he existed first. :D

Anyway, whoever said this quote, I thank them. It contains the truth of kamma in itself and as such, I think it's wonderful and good to keep in mind. :)
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Re: Inspiring quote!

Postby ES06 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:15 pm

Was it Buddha or someone else who said about a finger pointing the moon: if someone points the moon, do you watch the moon or the finger?

Wise quotes both, anyway.

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Re: Inspiring quote!

Postby SarathW » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:18 pm

A. Transgression (viitikkama) leading to evil bodily and verbal acts. This is checked by the practice of morality, observing the five precepts.

Ie: Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.

B. Obsession or Manifestation (pariyu.t.thaana) when the defilements come to the conscious level and threaten to lead to transgression if not restrained by the practice of mindfulness.

Ie:
Watch your actions; they become habit.
Watch your habits; they become character.

C. Latency (anusaya) where they remain as tendencies ready to surface through the impact of sensory stimuli. Security from the defilements can be obtained only by destroying the three roots — greed, hate and delusion — at the level of latency. This requires insight-wisdom (vipassanaa-paññaa), the decisive liberating factor in Buddhism.

Ie: Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el322.html
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Re: Inspiring quote!

Postby Mkoll » Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:05 am

ES06 wrote:Was it Buddha or someone else who said about a finger pointing the moon: if someone points the moon, do you watch the moon or the finger?

Wise quotes both, anyway.

:anjali:

I first read that one in a Zen book I think. It definitely seems similar to other Zen aphorisms I've heard.
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Re: Inspiring quote!

Postby culaavuso » Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:16 pm

ES06 wrote:Was it Buddha or someone else who said about a finger pointing the moon: if someone points the moon, do you watch the moon or the finger?

Wise quotes both, anyway.

:anjali:


goodreads.com attributes one version of the quote to Bruce Lee.
Bruce Lee wrote:Its like a finger pointing away to the moon. Dont concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.


EDIT: there appears to be more than one version of this quote, and the similar quote from Hui Neng seems to be significantly older than the Bruce Lee quote:

goodreads.com attributes a related quote to Hui-Neng, the Sixth Patriarch of Chan.
Hui Neng wrote:Truth has nothing to do with words. Truth can be likened to the bright moon in the sky. Words, in this case, can be likened to a finger. The finger can point to the moon’s location. However, the finger is not the moon. To look at the moon, it is necessary to gaze beyond the finger.
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Re: Inspiring quote!

Postby cooran » Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:20 pm

Hello all,

Perhaps Osho (leading back to the Upanishads) - in 1972?
http://www.oshorajneesh.com/download/os ... e_Moon.pdf

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Re: Inspiring quote!

Postby Babadhari » Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:04 pm

Mkoll wrote:Lao Tzu was certainly a very wise man!

:anjali:



lao tzu wrote:
“Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
Aflame with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion.
Aflame, with birth, aging & death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, & despairs ......

Seeing thus, the disciple of the Noble One grows disenchanted. SN 35.28
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