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Inspiring quote!

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:59 pm
by UDW
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!

Re: Inspiring quote!

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:16 pm
by Goofaholix
Yes, though possibly who was quoted as saying it is not true, see http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/01/10 ... -thoughts/

Re: Inspiring quote!

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:19 pm
by Mkoll
Lao Tzu was certainly a very wise man!

:anjali:

Re: Inspiring quote!

Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:43 am
by UDW
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. :)

Re: Inspiring quote!

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:15 pm
by ES06
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:

Re: Inspiring quote!

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:18 pm
by SarathW
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

Re: Inspiring quote!

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:05 am
by Mkoll
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.

Re: Inspiring quote!

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:16 pm
by culaavuso
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.

Re: Inspiring quote!

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:20 pm
by cooran
Hello all,

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

With metta,
Chris

Re: Inspiring quote!

Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:04 pm
by Babadhari
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.”