Ayya Khema

A Quote by Ayya Khema on now, karma, and buddhism

Due to having made karma, rebirth consciousness arises. But we need not think of rebirth only in a future life. We are in actual fact reborn every moment with new thoughts and feelings, and we bring with us the karma that we made in past moments. If we were angry a moment ago, we are not going to feel good immediately. If we were loving a minute ago, we would be feeling fine now. Thus we live from moment to moment with the results of our karma. Every morning, particularly, can be seen as a rebirth. The day is young, we are full of energy, and have a whole day ahead of us. Every moment we get older and are tired enough in the evening to fall asleep and die a small death. All we can do then is toss and turn in bed, and our mind is dreamy and foggy. Every day can be regarded as a whole lifespan, since we can only live one day at a time; the past is gone and the future may or may not come; only this rebirth, this day, this moment, is important.

Ayya Khema

Source: http://lotusinthemud.typepad.com/sujatin/2007/11/only-this-rebir.html

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A Quote by Ayya Khema on heart, gratitude, and contentment

The heart is always the place to go. Go home into your heart, where there is warmth, appreciation, gratitude and contentment

Ayya Khema

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A Quote by Ayya Khema on buddhism

Becoming, which results from clinging, involves the idea of having or being something more satisfying than at present. We want to become a very good meditator, or we want to become spiritual, or more learned. We have all sorts of ideas but are all bound up with wanting to become, because we are not satisfied with what we are. Often we do not even pay attention to what we are now, but just know that something is lacking. Instead of trying to realize what we are and investigating where the difficulty actually lies, we just dream of becoming something else. When we have become something or someone else, we can be just as dissatisfied as before.

-Ayya Khema, When the Iron Eagle Flies
from Everyday Mind, edited by Jean Smith, a Tricycle book

Ayya Khema

Source: Tricycle Magazine's Daily Dharma

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A Quote by Ayya Khema on retrospect, difficult people, and gratitude

Eventually we will find (mostly in retrospect, of course) that we can be very grateful to those people who have made life most difficult for us.

-Ayya Khema

Ayya Khema

Source: When the Iron Eagle Flies: Buddhism for the West

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