Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

Emotion is determined in large part by thinking.

Thinking causes the release of certain chemicals in the brain.

There is always a slight lag between a change in thinking and a change in feeling.

This is because it takes time for the balance of these chemicals

to change in a significant degree.


Self-cherishing and self-grasping are different aspects of one mind.

Self-grasping grasps at an inherently existent ‘I’,

and self-cherishing believes that such an ‘I’ is precious

and that its happiness and freedom are supremely important.

Self-cherishing is our normal view that believes ‘I am important’ and

‘My happiness and freedom are important’, and that neglects others’ happiness and freedom.


We should know that although we want to be happy all the time

we do not know how to do this, and we are always destroying our own happiness

by developing anger, negative views and negative intentions.


Millions of people never analyze themselves.

Mentally they are mechanical products of the factory of their environment,

preoccupied with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, working and sleeping,

and going here and there to be entertained.

They don’t know what or why they are seeking, nor why they never realize

complete happiness and lasting satisfaction.

By evading self-analysis, people go on being robots, conditioned

by their environment. True self-analysis is the greatest art of progress.


Instead of thinking about how we can impress people,

we should think about how we can help them, recalling

how they are trapped in samsara and lack pure happiness.

In this way, talking with our friends can become a means

of improving our love, compassion, and other realizations.

If we can skillfully transform all our daily activities in this way,

instead of feeling drained and tired when we sit down to meditate

we will feel joyful and inspired, and it will be easy to develop pure concentration.


The most beautiful people we have known are those

who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle,

known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.

These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity,

and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness,

and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.


Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry—all forms of fear—

are caused by too much future, and not enough present.

Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness,

and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past,

and not enough present.


Saying things you shouldn’t say or speaking much more

than is necessary brings a lot of agitation to the mind.

The other extreme, complete silence, or not speaking up

when it is useful or necessary, is also problematic. Applying right speech

is difficult in the beginning; it takes practice.

But if you practice every time you talk to someone,

the mind will learn how to be aware, to understand what it should

or should not say, and to know when it is necessary to talk.

~ by pinoro on December 19, 2014.

2 Responses to “Words”

  1. Love the word philosophy 🙂

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