You never make the same mistake twice.
The second time you make it, it’s no longer a mistake, it’s a choice.
What we essentially are is a series of bad choices.
If knowing alone made us wise, then every senior citizen would be a Zen Master.
That is why Bodhidharma said, “All know the Way, but few actually walk it.”
If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away. Awake him with your words,
elevate him with your deeds, repay his injury with your kindness.
Do not cast him away; cast away his wickedness.
Delusions are distorted ways of looking at ourself, other people,
and the world around us. The way a deluded mind views these phenomena
does not accord with reality. The deluded mind of hatred, for example,
views another person as intrinsically bad,
but there is no such thing as an intrinsically bad person.
There is no substitute for finding the inwardly-generated happiness…
we know, inwardly, this is where the source of genuine joy actually lives.
There is much that is delightful and lovely in the world
but what we discover also in our practice and what we nurture in this path
and this practice is the capacity to be delighted, and not to seek
that which is going to delight us, but our capacity to be delighted,
to be touched, the capacity of our own hearts to be gladdened and even to find
contentment in the midst of all things. It is a taste of freedom.
Meditation isn’t about attaining altered states of mind.
It’s about being a better person in normal states of mind when you’re not meditating.
There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place,
so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only person wasting time
is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.
Usually when we hear or read something new we just compare it to our own ideas.
If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct.
If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing.
All the thoughts you have thought, all the words you have spoken,
all the actions you have done with your body—these are your karma
that follows and continues you. Everything else you leave behind.
Buddhism doesn’t teach that you are a ”soul” and you are ”reborn”,
but rather that there is ”mind” and ”mindfulness” and that there’s a karmic continuitiy
between the incarnations of the ”mind”.