Wednesday, October 26, 2011



By Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Buddha is father, Dhamma is mother, and Sangha is older siblings. (1) 

Buddha can be anyone who Knows – Awakens – Flowers. (2) 

No meaning of Nibbana has anything to do with death. (3) 

Nibbana is gratis when Igo is abandoned. (4) 

There is a meaning of Nibbana for ordinary folks (nibbuto). (5) 

Nibbana right now (when mind is void) is called "samañika-nibbana" -- something you ought to be most interested in. (6) 

Nibbana is to be found in the whirl of samsara. (7) 

Nibbana is Igo dying before the body dies. (8) 

Do work and live life with a mind empty of Igo. (9) 

Every aspect of every level of every thing' depends solely upon mind. (10)

Mouth one way, heart the other1 -- the path of supreme happiness. (11) 

Defilement and enlightenment – both are merely concocted-dhammas. (12)

With sati at contact (phassa) there's no way for dukkha to be born. (13) 

There is a diamond in the toad's head – the knowledge taught by dukkha. (14)

Igo and Mygo -- our evil archenemies. (15) 

Beyond the meaning of every kind of duality -- that's freedom. (16) 

This business of good-evil, happiness-misery, and virtue-sin is not yet peace. (17) 

In Buddhism, hell and heaven are right here at the senses. (18) 

People who don't see the world are like birds who don't see the sky. (19) 

The true source of happiness and misery is doing wrong or right regarding the law of idappaccayata (conditionality). (20) 

Don't go eating meat or eating vegetables. It’s enough just to eat food that's harmless. (21)

Householder's Dhamma isn't for householders to sink and get mired into the householder's life, but for release from the householder's life. (22) 

We can end hereditary castes, but the castes of our actions can never be done away with. (23) 

Not one of the Buddhas was enlightened at university. (24) 

No Perfected Being (Arahant) is enlightened at university. (25) 

Those who do good for heaven's sake ought to know that the Heavenly Ones must move on to a better birth in the human world. (26) 

The word "religion" in its highest meaning is every type and level of means to survive. (27) 
Even animals and plants must have a religion of their own sort, that is, a system of survival. (28)

Dhamma is difficult to teach because the language we use is insufficient. (29) 

The word sankhara means "concoctions – concocting," not the body aged in order to die. (30) 

Buddhism leads to knowing everything that pertains to life without causing dukkha. (31)

New Life is life in which the problems and questions about dukkha have faded and disappeared. (32)

Evil as well as good are purely despicable (in them is no peace). Whoever wants, peace must escape evil and escape good to be above sin and above virtue. (33)


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