Bearers of the Burden (Third Revised Edition)
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"When we know how we are living and what we are living for – that we are slaves to the five aggregates – we will feel ashamed of our lives.
It is impossible to completely make an end of suffering without having made the breakthrough to the Four Noble Truths.
With liberation comes profound contentment. Liberation is void of craving. The person who ‘wants this’ and ‘wants that’ is no more.
‘Contentment is the greatest wealth.’ The one who knows the value of contentment and practices it has peace of mind.
Blind is this world because of ignorance, because of not knowing the truth. People are wandering around without any clear direction.
Our desire for existence is so strong that even existence in one of the woeful realms is deemed better than not existing again at all."
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A Journey of Self-Discovery
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"The Buddha never compelled anybody to have blind faith in Him. He just exhorted us to depend on our own wisdom.
It is not because we are born as humans that we become wise or foolish. It is because we can bring our defilements under control that we become wise, and it is because we can’t bring our defilements under control that we become foolish.
We all have both good and bad qualities.
Snakes, chickens, and pigs are not created for you to eat. It is in such existences that you yourself have been born before. We can’t harm anybody without harming ourselves.
We can’t disturb others without disturbing ourselves.
Patience means accepting. Very beautiful! Accepting both the desirable and the undesirable is the perfection of patience.
You make friends with the defilements all the time, but the defilements never treat you as a friend in return. They treat you as an enemy.
The Buddha never says, 'Come and believe'. He says, ‘Come and see; the wise can know, the wise can see’. ‘One who sees the Dhamma, sees me. One who sees me, sees the Dhamma’."
Expectation Derived from One's Point of View
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"A person’s expectations about a certain society, about a certain group, and about another person will be different according to that person’s point of view.
How people have been educated since they were young, and the many ways they have been inculcated with the knowledge handed down from one generation to another, all create very different perceptions in people’s minds and strongly influence them in different ways.
When the perceptions are different, the point of view will be different. Which is greater in this world, the number of people who hold wrong perceptions, or the number of people who hold right perceptions?
The more bad perceptions we have, the more we suffer. People are changeable. A person can poison you. Dhamma is unchanging; it is true at all times, and never poisons you."
The Truth Taught by All the Buddhas
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"The Buddha of this era and the Buddhas of past eras have all taught only two kinds of truths, and nothing more than these.
‘I have taught the Dhamma that I myself have directly penetrated. All the Dhamma I taught between the day I became enlightened and the day I took final Nibbāna – all the Dhamma I have taught are true. There is nothing I have taught which is untrue.’
‘I have not taught a Dhamma which you cannot practise.
Sañjaya Belatthiputta replied, ‘All the wise will go to the Buddha. The fools will come to me. Do not worry.’
A person can poison others, but the Dhamma will never poison anyone. Depend on the Dhamma, then, and not on the person.
Mentality does not originate in the brain. In fact, there is not the slightest trace of mentality in the brain."