Quotes from the Buddha
“If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows them like a never-departing shadow.”
“Radiate boundless love towards the entire world.”
“As a mother would protect her only child with her life … cultivate a boundless love towards all beings.”
“Speak only endearing speech, speech that is welcomed. Speech, when it brings no evil to others, is a pleasant thing.”
“To support mother and father, to cherish partner* and children, and to be engaged in peaceful occupation — this is the greatest blessing.”
“Give, even if you only have a little.”
“Should you find a wise critic to point out your faults, follow him as you would a guide to hidden treasure.”
“One is not called noble who harms living beings. By not harming living beings one is called noble.”
“Know from the rivers in clefts and in crevices: those in small channels flow noisily, the great flow silent. Whatever’s not full makes noise. Whatever is full is quiet.”
Quotes from Tai Unno
Buddhism is a path of supreme optimism, for one of its basic tenets is that no human life or experience is to be wasted or forgotten, but all should be transformed into a source of wisdom and compassionate living.
Awakening is dynamic, Constantly evolving in accordance with life’s realities
When we mistake words for reality, we are subject to the tyranny of words.
Self-cultivation disciplines both body and mind, builds character and inner strength, curbs willfulness, and draws out the fullest potential of a person. It is central to Confucian educational process, Taoist psychosomatic training, Buddhist praxis based on precepts, contemplation, and wisdom, and the arts whether it be calligraphy, archery, painting, tea ceremony, floral arranging, or other cultural achievements.
“The relentless practice of just sitting undertaken by the small self, the foolish self, sooner or later reaches its limits in self-power. When this occurs, then the awareness of a deeper immeasurable natural life comes alive. This is none other than the great compassion of Buddha that supports the sitting practice of the Zen student.”