The person following the path of higher being and enlightenment resolves to speak truthfully, gently, helpfully and meaningfully. - Lama Tsongkhapa
To become Buddhas, we need to practice patience. There’s no way to become a Buddha if we can’t be patient and tolerant. - Thubten Chodron
Via the Buddha we learn that his "six years of struggle shows us that the quest for the highest goal is a strenuous undertaking that calls for deep dedication and unrelenting effort. Fortunately for us, the Buddha found that the practice of self-mortification is a fruitless exercise, and thus we need not follow him in this direction. But his uncompromising pursuit of truth underscores the degree of effort that the quest for enlightenment requires, and those who seek such a goal in full earnestness must be ready to submit to a difficult and demanding course of training." - Bikkhu Bodhi
People these days are very attached to and taken in by speech that incites extreme reactions. If it isn't for inciting desire and attraction, it's for rousing hatred.
- P. A. Payutto
The sound of a bell ringing can be heard in many Buddhist monasteries and centers summoning monks for an event - chanting, meditation, a dharma talk, meals. Bonsho is the Japanese word for bell and it is used for a variety of reasons. These four are the most common uses of a bonsho:
1. To symbolize the voice of the Buddha reminding monastics enlightenment is possible;
2. To designate the beginning or end of a session;
3. To keep the mind focused during meditation;
4. To represent the presence of compassion and wisdom.
Buddhist bells are carefully made by master bell-crafters who ensure they carry a beautiful, deep, resonant sound. They can be plain or decorated with auspicious symbols.
Balance is not a state of inertia. It is rather a channel through which wisdom functions and moves most fluently. - P. A. Payutto
In Buddhism patience has three essential aspects: gentle forbearance, calm endurance of hardship, and acceptance of the truth. - Michele McDonald
Listening does not simply mean letting a sound enter our ears.... We need to listen well and we must listen a lot.- Jampa Tegchok
When you have nothing meaningful to say, simply enjoy the silence. If you cannot keep your tongue from flapping, tie a piece of string around it. For some that is the only remedy. - Sakya Pandita
Whatever we want to do is in our hands now. - Jampa Tegchok
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