A Quote by Bernadette Roberts on bernadette roberts, no-self, christianity, buddhism, and contemplative

God not only took away what the Buddhists call the “five-skhandas” (bundle of self-experiences), but took with it their Empty (Divine) Center—both God and self, gone in one fell swoop. I have it from a renowned Zen Buddhist teacher that this is not what Buddhists mean by no-self, and that nowhere in Buddhism will anyone find a report of no-skhandas. So to say what I mean by No-Self is the same as what the Buddhists mean, is absolutely false. 

Bernadette Roberts

Source: "A Reply to James Arraj's Comments on Bernadette Roberts" at http://www.bernadettesfriends.blogspot.com/

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A Quote by Albert Low on buddha, buddhism, human, diagnosis, gospel, separation, and nondualism

The good news is that we are Buddha.
The bad news is that all beings are Buddha.
The sickness of being human is the sickness of wanting to be unique.

Albert Low

Source: Tradition and Transitions

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A Quote by Barbara ann Kipfer on buddhism

Right underneath your thoughts and negative emotions exists an ocean of love. You have but to quiet the mind to experience it.

Barbara Kipfer

Source: 1325 Buddhist ways to be Happy

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A Quote by unknown on illusion, samsara, life, buddhism, sutra, and world

"Regard the fleeting world like this: like stars fading and vanishing at dawn, like bubbles on a fast moving stream, like morning dewdrops evaporating on blades of grass, like a candle flickering in a strong wind; echoes, mirages, and phantoms, hallucinations, and like a dream.


Source: The Eight Similes of Illusion, from the Prajna Paramita Sutras

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A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on health, buddhism, present, mind, body, anticipation, future, past, secrets, trouble, and worry

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: Buddha, Truth and Brotherhood: An Epitome of Many Buddhist Scriptures, Translated from the Japanese By Dwight Goddard-P. 124

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A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on rest, awakening, enlightenment, cycle, buddhism, and buddha

Those who awaken never rest in one place.
Like swans, they rise and leave the lake.
On the air they rise and fly an invisible course.
Their food is knowledge.
They live on emptiness.
They have seen how to break free.
Who can follow them?

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: Dhammapada

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A Quote by unknown on life, belief, and buddhism

I take refuge in the buddha.
I take refuge in the doctrine.
I take refuge in the monastic order.


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A Quote by Joan Duncan Oliver on karma, buddha, buddhism, and buddist

I am the owner of my actions, heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and have my actions as my arbitrator. Whatever I do, for good or for evil, to that I will fall heir.

Joan Oliver

Source: Coffee with the Buddha (Coffee With...), Pages: 75

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A Quote by Stephen Levine on buddhism, life, movies, and truth

Examining "Who am I" is like beginning to go to the movies just to see
how the movie is made.  As we first sit down in the dark theater we find that we are relating to the objects of the melodrama, the motion on the screen.  We pay attention to the story line, which we notice is like the contents of the mind, allowing it to unfold as it will without judgment or the least interference.  As we focus our attention on the process, we begin to see that frames that constitute film are like separate thoughts; then we begin to recognize the process buy which the images are produced, and it breaks our enthrallment with the story line.  We notice that ll the activity is just a projection on a blank screen.  That all these figures dancing before us are an illusion produced by light passing through various densities onthe film.  We see the film is like our conditioning, a repetitious imprint of images gone by.  We see that the whole melodrama is a passing show of motion and change ... We discover that all we imagined ourselves to be — all our becomiung, our memory, all the contents of mind — is just old film running off.  The projectionist has died.  "Who am I?" can't be answered.  We cannot know the truth.  We can only be it.  Constantly living life in the past tense, rummaging through consciousness to decide who and what we are, the truth is obscured. The truth cannot be discovered in the contents of the mind.  Only the untruth of false identification can be uncovered.  Going beyond the false, the truth is revealed.

Stephen Levine

Source: Who Dies?

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi on movies, zen, buddhism, and beginners mind

If you want to enjoy the movie, you should know that it is the combination of film and light and white screen, and that the most important thing is to have a plain, white screen.

Shunryu Suzuki

Source: Our Everyday Life Is Like a Movie

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