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Brief Teachings

The Seal of Sila

The Pali word sila (“discipline, restraint”) recalls the word “sealant” in English. When you want to close a crack, you use a sealant and seal it off. You lay the foundation for a house and cover all the cracks, so no water will seep in, no insects will enter, and the foundation won’t collapse. As […]

By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

Brief Teachings

Right Action

For Buddhism to grow in our modern world, we need to do more than teach meditation, preach inspiring sermons, and make the sutras available over the Internet. We are good at studying, publishing, and spreading the word of Buddhism. What we have not been very successful at is showcasing the compassion and selflessness of the […]

By Ajahn Brahm

Brief Teachings

The Beginner

Because he’s read about it in a book on Zenand there were lilies-of-the-valley on the tablein a thin white vase, he took the morningto look at them and only them, to concentrateall his attention on the lilies-of-the-valley. Sick of politics, society, and war, he wanted only Zenanswers to the universe. Where but a kitchen tablecould […]

By Dick Allen

Brief Teachings

Mind Control

My life is uncomfortable only when I am not capable of controlling my mind. If I am in charge of my mind, then I can live comfortably even in hell. Do not try to find happiness or comfort outside yourself; instead, you should try to become the commander of your own mind and utilize it […]

By Kim Iryop

Brief Teachings

The Fourth Perfection

The perfection of zeal is a pure [mind] that exists in the profound depths of the Way. Advancing without ever slacking off—lying down, sitting, standing, and walking—even if you are gasping for breath, never abandon it. ♦ From The Chan Whip Anthology: A Companion to Zen Practice, translated by Jeffrey L. Broughton with Elise Yoko […]

By Tricycle

Brief Teachings

About Oneself

Hiding one’s faults within, although they are as huge as a mountain,One exposes and condemns others’ faults, although they are as small as a sesame seed. Without having even the slightest good quality, one acts as if one is noble.Named a Dharma practitioner, all one does is against Dharma.Sublime Guru, you who know, please swiftly […]

By Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Brief Teachings

Show It to Me

You are telling me thought is limited. Show it to me! Not by talking of memory, experience, or knowledge; I understand that, but I don’t capture the feeling that it is limited, because I see the beauty of the earth, I see the beauty of a building, of a person, of nature. I see all […]

By Jiddu Krishnamurti
silhouette against pink background for story about the self-confidence of a bodhisattva

Brief Teachings

The Self-Confidence of a Bodhisattva

Hearing about bodhisattvas’ ability to cherish others more than themselves, we may doubt, “If I abandon all self-interest and only cherish others, I will neglect myself and my suffering will increase.” Cherishing others does not mean ignoring our own needs and caring only for others. If we did that, we would fall into a deplorable […]

The Dalai Lama and Ven. Thubten Chodron

Brief Teachings

No Problem

Fundamentally, there is no problem in life, because everything that happens is actually part of the human journey and human awakening, and all of it is leading us deeper and deeper into reality. ♦ From Darkness Before Dawn: Redefining the Journey Through Depression, edited by Tami Simon. Reprinted with permission of Sounds True.

By Reginald Ray