A Quote by Andrew Cohen on states, god, cynic, stages, and practice

It is the experience of higher states that can convince even the most hardened cynic that in fact they have seen God. But in order for that glory that has been glimpsed in higher states to become the foundation for an actual level or permanent stage of individual and collective development, an enormous price has to be paid. More often than not, the mistake is made where simply because an individual has experienced a higher state they conclude that they have actually made that leap or transition to a higher stage. And that is rarely the case. Only with dedicated and consistent practice and committed engagement with the enormity of the task at hand can any individual or group actually make this momentous transition.

Andrew Cohen

Source: A Declaration of Integrity -- An open letter from Andrew Cohen to his friends and foes

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A Quote by Andrew Cohen on spirituality, evolution, practice, endeavor, intersubjectivity, and ego

As far as I’m concerned, the spiritual life is just like any other endeavor—you can succeed or fail. And when the goal is actual evolution beyond ego in an intersubjective context, success or failure is plain for all to see.

Andrew Cohen

Source: A Declaration of Integrity -- An open letter from Andrew Cohen to his friends and foes

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A Quote by Bonnie Myotai Treace on zen, practice, and karma

A practitioner of Zen is most basically one whose life is awakening each moment to that threshold, the still point where all the possibilities exist. To practice is to release oneself from the momentum of the past, the karma of what seems to be indicated as the only next step.

Bonnie Myotai Treace

Source: 2003 mountain record:the zen practioners journal, via the best buddhist writing 2004. melvin mcleod, ed.

Contributed by: mistwalker

A Quote by bell hooks on self-love, love, practice, and unconditional

Self-love is the foundation of our loving practice. Without it our other efforts to love fail. Giving ourselves love we provide our inner being with the opportunity to have the unconditional love we may have always longed to receive from someone else.

bell hooks

Source: All About Love: New Visions

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Achaan Chah on buddhism, dharma, practice, and being

The Dharma Path is to keep walking forward.
But the true Dharma has no going forward,
no going backward, and no standing still.

Achaan Chah

Source: Still Forest Pool - via

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Stephen R. Covey on habits, sharpen the saw, integral transformative practice, integral life practice, practice, and circle of influence

Suppose you came upon someone in the woods working to saw down a tree. They are exhausted from working for hours. You suggest they take a break to sharpen the saw. They might reply, " I didn't have time to sharpen the saw, I'm busy sawing!"

Habit 7 is taking the time to sharpen the saw. By renewing the four dimensions of your nature - physical, spiritual, mental and social/emotional, you can work more quickly and effortlessly. To do this, we must be proactive. This is a Quadrant II (important, not urgent) activity that must be acted on. It's at the center of our Circle of Influence, so we must do it for ourselves.

Stephen Covey (1932 -)

Source: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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A Quote by Charlotte Joko Beck on buddhism, zen, and practice

Practice can be stated very simply. It is moving from a life of hurting myself and others to a life of not hurting myself and others. That seems so simple--except when we substitute for real practice some idea that we should be different or better than we are, or that our lives should be different from the way they are. When we substitute our ideas about what should be (such notions as "I should not be angry or confused or unwilling") for our life as it truly is, then we're off base and our practice is barren.

Charlotte Joko Beck

Source: Everyday Zen

Contributed by: The Dharma House

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on practice and buddhism

Since it is impossible to escape the result of our deeds, let us practice good works. Let us guard our thoughts that we do no evil, for as we sow so shall we reap. There are ways from light into darkness and from darkness into light. There are ways, also, from the gloom into deeper darkness, and from the dawn into brighter light. The wise man will use the light he has to receive more light. He will constantly advance in the knowledge of truth. Exhibit true superiority by virtuous conduct and the exercise of reason; meditate deeply on the vanity of earthly things, and understand the fickleness of life. Elevate the mind, and seek sincere faith with firm purpose; transgress not the rules of kingly conduct, and let your happiness depend, not upon external things, but upon your own mind.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: Buddha: The Gospel by Paul Carus

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A Quote by Atisha on practice, virtue, and buddhist virtues

The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.


Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by George Leonard on mastery, 5 keys to mastery, practice, and consciousness

Now here is a key: you want to make it real and present in the realm of your consciousness. You don't say “I'm going to do such and such” - it already has happened. Now, is consciousness real? It exists and it is very powerful. The idea is to have this mesh between your consciousness - your visualization - and the so-called material world.

George Leonard

Source: Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fullfillment (Plume)

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

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