Words to Awake

Quotes and words from Sung’s Mindfulness Teachings since 2010.

Table of Contents

  1. The words to awake
  2. Police and Thieves
  3. Two kinds of people: thinking
  4. Two kinds of people: truth
  5. Anger
  6. I Overdose
  7. Overcoming I Overdose
  8. Knowing When
  9. A Sunflower
  10. Who Is Right?
  11. Upon Encountering Life-Pain
  12. Dark World and Bright World
  13. Darkness Becoming Brightness
  14. What You See
  15. Life and Death
  16. Two kinds of substances
  17. Two kinds of thoughts
  18. Two kinds of thoughts: world
  19. Two kinds of money
  20. Two ways to have money
  21. Two kinds of food
  22. Two Kinds of People: speaking
  23. Two kinds of people: pleasure
  24. Two kinds of people: meditation
  25. Two kinds of people: pleasure and liberation
  26. A mouse caught in his thought trap
  27. A driver caught in his thought trap
  28. Seek Pleasure Find Pain
  29. What is difference between what I think it is and what truly it is?
  30. Two kinds of people: wanting
  31. Two ways to have pleasure
  32. An apple and the mind
  33. What do a falling apple and a thinking mind have in common?
  34. A chicken caught in her thought trap
  35. Two chickens
  36. Starting a Fire
  37. Two kinds of knowing: scope
  38. Two kinds of knowing: method
  39. Can you recommend me a book to read?
  40. Why is this a cup?
  41. Why is he good?
  42. Why is he bad?
  43. Why I am right but others are not?

 

1.                 The words to awake

Those who look at what the words are pointing at awake.

Those who look at the words are trapped.

2.                 Police and Thieves

The police work according to the laws of a nation.

Thieves work according to the laws of nature.

3.                 Two kinds of people: thinking

One who is thinking endlessly.

One who is liberated from thinking.

4.                 Two kinds of people: truth

One who is trapped in truth.

One who is liberated from truth.

5.                 Anger

Being angry at others is like blaming and being angry at the weather when a weather forecast failed to predict it correctly.

6.                 I Overdose

Just like too much vitamin A in the body becomes toxic, preoccupation of I my me mine in the mind becomes toxic.

7.                 Overcoming I Overdose

Ask yourself daily:

In the morning: “How do I benefit the people I will meet today?”

In the evening: “How did I benefit them?”

8.                 Knowing When

When you are believing to know, you can not know the true nature.

When you drop the belief, you can know the true nature.

9.                 A Sunflower

Several men sitting in a circle took a photo of a sunflower in the center. Each of them insists only his photo is correct while the photos of others are wrong.

10.             Who Is Right?

One is right.

So are other people who the one disagrees with.

11.             Upon Encountering Life-Pain

One who seeks the cause of the life-pain in one’s own actions is liberating oneself from the life-pain.

One who blames others is inviting more pain to one’s life.

12.             Dark World and Bright World

Like the ground nurturing trees, dark world nurtures bright world.

13.             Darkness Becoming Brightness

Like dark impure soil becomes a bright pure flower, darkness, impurity, unhappiness and ignorance become brightness, purity, happiness, liberation and enlightenment.

14.             What You See

What you see is because of what you don’t see.

15.             Life and Death

Life is possible because of death.

Death is possible because of life.

16.             Two kinds of substances

The substances that harm your body

The substances that heal your body when you eat.

17.             Two kinds of thoughts

The thoughts that harm.

The thoughts that heal.

18.             Two kinds of thoughts: world

The thoughts that harm the world.

The thoughts that heal the world.

19.             Two kinds of money

The money that benefits you when you possess.

The money that harms you when you possess.

20.             Two ways to have money

Follow money.

Let the money follow you.

21.             Two kinds of food

The food that was made for the well being of the people.

The food that was made for a profit.

22.             Two Kinds of People: speaking

One who speaks for oneself.

One who speaks for fellow living beings.

23.             Two kinds of people: pleasure

One who follows pleasure.

One who pleasure follows.

24.             Two kinds of people: meditation

One who meditates for oneself.

One who meditates for fellow living beings.

25.             Two kinds of people: pleasure and liberation

One who seeks pleasure.

One who is liberated from pleasure.

26.             A mouse caught in his thought trap

A mouse firmly believes that he will be happy if he eats mouse bait.

27.             A driver caught in his thought trap

A man keeps pressing the break pedal in his car and blaming the car for not running.

He believes that he is doing right thing and the car is wrong.

28.             Seek Pleasure Find Pain

Those who seek pleasure find pain.

29.             What is difference between what I think it is and what truly it is?

The one is a concept (mental construct) and the other is not.

30.             Two kinds of people: wanting

One who chases what one wants.

One who is liberated from wanting.

31.             Two ways to have pleasure

Seeking pleasure.

Let pleasure follow you.

32.             An apple and the mind

An apple is a part of the universe.

So is the mind that sees.

33.             What do a falling apple and a thinking mind have in common?

Both act according to the law of nature.

34.             A chicken caught in her thought trap

A caged chicken who believes that the cage was built for her own happiness is frustrated with not being able to find happiness.

35.             Two chickens

A chicken eats and lives for herself.

The other chicken eats and lives for fellow living beings.

The chicken that eats and lives for herself is consumed as food.

The other chicken that eats and lives for fellow living beings is protected and cherished.

36.             Starting a Fire

If you know how to start a fire with a magnifying glass, you can meditate.

Like steadily focusing sunlight on a paper with a magnifying glass, steadily focus your awareness on a meditation object such as your breath.

37.             Two kinds of knowing: scope

The knowing that can be defined by words or concepts.

The knowing that is beyond the boundary of words and concepts.

38.             Two kinds of knowing: method

Knowing by accepting the words of others.

Knowing by seeing for yourself.

39.             Can you recommend me a book to read?

A recommended book is the book of nature. You read whatever object that comes to your sight. For example, clouds, trees, oceans, people, cars, buildings and furniture. You also read whatever sound object that comes to your ears. Further you read whatever mental object that comes to your mind. The same is applicable to other senses.

 

However if you prefer to read a book written in a human language, make a book by simply writing down the words that were spoken to you by the people you met but you rejected because of disagreement, different viewpoints or other reasons.

40.             Why is this a cup?

Because the mind sees it in that way.

41.             Why is he good?

Because the mind sees it in that way.

42.             Why is he bad?

Because the mind sees it in that way.

43.             Why I am right but others are not?

Because the mind sees it in that way.

 

 

 

 

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