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Quotes from Buddhist masters of the Theravada Tradition.

Knowing within ourselves ~ Ajahn Chah It's of great importance that we practise the Dhamma. If we don't practise, then all our knowledge is only superficial knowledge, just the outer shell of it. It's as if we have some sort of fruit but we haven't eaten it yet. Even though we have that fruit in our hand we get no benefit from it. Only through the actual eating of the fruit will we really know its taste. The Buddha didn't praise those who merely believe…

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Inside, not outside ~ Ajahn Chah You are your own teacher. Looking for teachers can't solve your own doubts. Investigate yourself to find the truth - inside, not outside. Knowing yourself is most important. – Ajahn Chah source:

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Right there ~ Ajahn Chah If you want to understand suffering you must look into the situation at hand. The teachings say that wherever a problem arises it must be settled right there. Where suffering lies is right where non-suffering will arise, it ceases at the place where it arises. If suffering arises you must contemplate right there, you don't have to run away. You should settle the issue right there. One who runs away from suffering out of fear is the most…

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Disturbance ~ Ajahn Chah If my mind doesn’t go out to disturb the noise, the noise won’t disturb me. – Ajahn Chah from the book "A Heart Full of Peace" ISBN: 978-0861715428 - ?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=086171542X&linkCode=as2&tag=jusdhaquo-20

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Everything in the world is our teacher ~ Ajahn Chah With even a little intuitive wisdom we will be able to see clearly the ways of the world. We will come to understand that everything in the world is our teacher. – Ajahn Chah source:

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Finding time to meditate ~ Ajahn Chah If you have time to be mindful, you have time to meditate. – Ajahn Chah source:

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The power of loving-friendliness ~ Bhante Gunaratana The hardest hearts can be won with loving-friendliness. – Bhante Gunaratana from the book "Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha's Path" ISBN: 978-0861711765 - ?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0861711769&linkCode=as2&tag=jusdhaquo-20

Clinging to happiness ~ Ajahn Chah Sensual indulgence and self-mortification are two paths the Buddha discouraged. This is just happiness and suffering. We imagine we have freed ourselves from suffering, but we haven’t. If we just cling to happiness, we will suffer again. That’s the way it is, people think contrarily. – Ajahn Chah source:

Both happiness and unhappiness are unsatisfactory ~ Ajahn Chah The Buddha knew that because both happiness and unhappiness are unsatisfactory, they have the same value. When happiness arose he let it go. He had right practice, seeing that both these things have equal values and drawbacks. They come under the Law of Dhamma, that is, they are unstable and unsatisfactory. Once born, they die. When he saw this, right view arose, the right way of practice became…

Let it be ~ Ajahn Chah Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. What you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. If you haven’t wept deeply, you haven’t begun to meditate. – Ajahn Chah from the book "A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chah" ISBN: 978-0835605977…