Pithy quotes

Jan asked everyone in the sitting group here in Wellington to bring along some of our favourites quotes to share with some food and drink tonight, the final sit of the year. Here’s what I’ll be sharing, from books and an article by Stephen Batchelor.

Just as technical proficiency in pottery is no guarantee of beautiful pots, so technical proficiency in meditation is no guarantee of a wise or compassionate response to anguish.
– Buddhism Without Beliefs

It has taken four billion years of evolution to generate this kind of organism with this kind of brain, and yet we wake up in the morning and feel bored.
– article ‘Suspending Belief’, Inquiring Mind, vol. 27 no. 1

Each time the dharma moved into a different civilisation or historical period, it faced a twofold challenge: to maintain its integrity as an internally coherent tradition, and to express its vision in a way that responded to the needs of the new situation.
– Buddhism Without Beliefs

What draws me to Buddhism is not that it has a more convincing explanation of the nature of reality than other religions, but that it offers a methodology which might actually work in addressing the question of suffering.
– Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

The greatest threat to compassion is the temptation to succumb to fantasies of moral superiority.
– Buddhism Without Beliefs

We are participatory beings who inhabit a participatory reality, seeking relationships that enhance our sense of what it means to be alive. In terms of dharma practice, a true friend is more than just someone with whom we share common values and who accepts us for what we are. Such a friend is someone whom we can trust to refine our understanding of what it means to live, who can guide us when we’re lost and help us find the way along a path, who can assuage our anguish through the reassurance of his or her presence.
– Buddhism Without Beliefs

Have a merry one!

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  1. Jan Rivers
    Posted January 24, 2015 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    One I like which is anonymous apparently was attributed, wrongly apparently to Anais Nin amongst others is ‘you see the world not as it is, but as you are’. It works on so many levels and helps to remind me to think about whether my perspective about a new situation is really helpful. Often there is ‘old wine in those new bottles’ and knowing that can simplify things.

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