Mindfulness Quotes

  • “Some people just live their lives reacting to life because they have been conditioned to do so, like Pavlovian dogs. If you are not awakened to the way things are, then you really are merely a conditioned intelligent creature rather than a conditioned stupid dog. You may look down on Pavlov’s dogs that salivate when the bell rings, but notice how we do very similar things.”
  • “The foolish and ignorant indulge in mindlessness, but the wise one keeps his mindfulness as his best treasure.”
  • “Mindfulness is the path to the deathless. Mindlessness (heedlessness) is the path to death. The
  • mindful do not die. But the mindless heedless are as if dead already.”
  • “while still in confusion, do not make others confused”
  • “A man should first direct himself in the way he should go. Only then should he instruct others.”
  • “When we watch an unwholesome movie or read a bad novel, if we are already poor in heart and mind and weak in mindfulness, that movie or book may irritate us and make us even poorer. But if we are rich in mindfulness, we will discover what lies in the depths of the film or the novel. We may be able to see deeply into the inner world of the person who directed the film or wrote the novel. Looking with the eyes of a literary of film critic, we can see things that most people do not see, and even a bad movie or book can teach us. Thus we are not impoverished by reading that novel or watching that film. Maintaining full awareness of each detail of the present moment, we are able to profit from it. “
  • Better to live one day seeing the rising and passing of things than to live hundred years without ever seeing the rising and passing of things.
  • “Neither mother, father, nor any other relative can do one greater good than one’s own well-directed mind.”
  • “You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy.”
  • ” Health is the greatest gift, contentment is the greatest wealth, a trusted friend is the best relative, Liberated mind is the greatest bliss.”
  • “Hatred never ends through hatred. By non-hate alone does it end. “
  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”
  • “All things can be mastered by mindfulness.”
  • “If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”
  • “The leaf and his body were one. Neither possessed a separate permanent self. Neither could exist independently from the rest of the universe.”
  • “The practice and understanding of impermanence is not just another description of reality. It is a tool that helps us in our transformation, healing and emancipation.
  • Impermanence means that everything changes and nothing remains the same… in any consecutive moment. And although things change every moment, they still cannot be accurately described as the same or as different from what they were a moment ago.
  • When we bathe in the river today that we bathed in yesterday, is it the same river? Heraclitus said that we couldn’t step into the same river twice. He was right. The water in the river today is completely different from the water we bathed in yesterday. Yet it is the same river.
  • The insight of impermanence helps us to go beyond all concepts. It helps us to go beyond same and different, and coming and going. It helps us to see that the river is not the same river but is also not different either. It shows us that the flame we lit on our bedside candle before we went to bed is not the same flame of the next morning. The flame on the table is not two flames, but it is not one flame either.”

Quoted from various sources.

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