Just as a fletcher straightens an arrow shaft, even so the discerning man straightens his mind – so fickle and unsteady, so difficult to guard.
Good deeds can be compared to a pine tree. When we do a good deed it may not attract much attention, whereas evil may at
This restless mind is indeed a source of great suffering. Our mind is at all times craving for satisfaction from external objects: beautiful sights, music,
“Suppose that a man, wounded and festering, were to go into a swampy jungle. Its sharp-bladed grasses would pierce his feet; its thorns would scratch
This thing we call mind is very wild. The human experience is full of unpredictability and paradox, joys and sorrows, successes and failures. We can’t
Knowledge is like a knife. You hone it until it’s sharp—really sharp. Then you put it away. The knife can cause both benefits and harm.
If you really want to contemplate down to the true elemental nature of things in a subtle way, you have to develop the path that
We all are extremely fortunate. We should make ourselves happy and glad that we have the opportunity to practice, to train ourselves. This is something
Time and again the Buddha has stressed the need for effort, for diligence, exertion, and unflagging perseverance. The reason why effort is so crucial is
When this world is ever ablaze, why this laughter, why this jubilation? Shrouded in darkness, will you not see the light? Behold this body—a painted