A Quote by Stephen Batchelor on transcending self, self, practice, transcendence, realization, and potential

The art of dharma practice requires commitment, technical accomplishment, and imagination. As with all arts, we will fail to realize its full potential if any of these three are lacking. The raw material of dharma practice is ourself and our world, which are to be understood and transformed according to the vision and values of the dharma itself. This is not a process of self- or world- transcendence, but one of self- and world- creation.

The denial of "self" challenges only the notion of a static self independent of body and mind--not the ordinary sense of ourself as a person distinct from everyone else. The notion of a static self is the primary obstruction to the realization of our unique potential as an individual being. By dissolving this fiction through a centered vision of the transiency, ambiguity, and contingency of experience, we are freed to create ourself anew.

Stephen Batchelor

Source: Buddhism Without Beliefs

Contributed by: David

A Quote by Machig Labdron on meditation and practice

Be firmly concentrated yet loosely relaxed:

Here is an essential point for the View.

Machig Labdron


Contributed by: `

A Quote by Longchenpa on practice, dzogchen, and meditation

Begin with bodhicitta, do the main practice without concepts,

Conclude by dedicating the merit. These, together and complete,

Are the three vital supports for progressing on the path to liberation.



Contributed by: `

A Quote by Japanese Proverb on tomorrow, practice, today, and preparation

Tomorrow's battle is won during today's practice.

Japanese Proverb

Contributed by: mimi

A Quote by William Faulkner on freedom, choice, and practice

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

Contributed by: Heather

A Quote by Pema Chodron on presence, openness, and practice

If your everyday practice is open to all your emotions, to all the people you meet, to all the situations you encounter, without closing down, trusting that you can do that - then that will take you are far as you can go.  And then you'll understand all the teachings that anyone has ever taught.

Pema Chodron

Contributed by: MP

A Quote by Emily Carr on art, emily carr, practice, and intent

Do not try to do extraordinary things but do ordinary things with intensity.

Emily Carr

Source: Hundreds and Thousands: The Journals of An Artist

Contributed by: Terrill

A Quote by julie sarah powell on true nature, realizing, peace, relaxation, being, core, naturally, beauty, freshness, doing, meditation, practice, technique, sadhana, self, no self, and self realisation

This is NOT some stale old chore which you have got to 'do'.

The true beauty of realizing your true nature is in the freshness,
peace and deep bodily relaxation which touches to the core of your
being, flows into your everyday life and bursts forth naturally
into blossoming from within itself. Without you 'doing' a thing
about any of it.

It is very important to note that this is NOT a limited
meditation 'practice' or 'technique'.

julie sarah powell


Contributed by: jai

A Quote by unknown on life, wisdom, and practice

"For very one pound of knowledge acquired, it takes ten pounds of common sense to apply it." 


Contributed by: Brent

A Quote by jack Kornfield on wisdom, compassion, spirituality, practice, and now

How to make our lives an embodiment of wisdom and compassion is the greatest challenge spiritual seekers face. The truths we have come to understand need to find their visible expression in our lives. Our every thought, word, or action holds the possibility of being a living expression of clarity and love. It is not enough to be a possessor of wisdom. To believe ourselves to be custodians of truth is to become its opposite, is a direct path to becoming stale, self-righteous, or rigid. Ideas and memories do not hold liberating or healing power. There is no such state as enlightened retirement, where we can live on the bounty of past attainments. Wisdom is alive only as long as it is lived, understanding is liberating only as long as it is applied. A bulging portfolio of spiritual experiences matters little if it does not have the power to sustain us through the inevitable moments of grief, loss, and change. Knowledge and achievements matter little if we do not yet know how to touch the heart of another and be touched.

Jack Kornfield

Source: Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart from the book Everyday Mind, edited by Jean Smith

Contributed by: Ryan

Syndicate content