Buddhism’s classic quotes on life
Bodhi has no tree, and the mirror is not a stand. There is nothing in the beginning, so how can it cause dust.
These are the words of the Sixth Patriarch Huineng when he realized Zen. The mind is not the mind, the things are not the things, the heart is higher than the things, the heart is the heart, the things are the things, the mind and the things are one, the mind and the things are one. People are in the dust, but they are not dust. Dust is in the heart and turns into dust. In the world, there is no fixed law, and then you know the law. The world’s affairs are still unfinished, so why not let them go? Don’t seek deliberately. Everyone is born from Buddha nature. The focus is on cultivating the heart and mind, not the external.
If I don’t go to hell, who will?
Originating from “Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva’s Original Vow Sutra”, Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva could have become a Buddha, but when he saw countless suffering souls in hell, he could not bear to leave, so he stayed in the hell and made a solemn oath: “I will not enter. Hell, whoever goes to hell will never become a Buddha if hell is not empty!”
Everything is illusion
This sentence comes from the Diamond Sutra: All appearances are false; all conditioned phenomena are like bubbles in dreams, like dew or lightning, and should be viewed as such.
Regarding love: Beautiful love, touching love, it turns out that they are all illusory! But illusory love is also the most beautiful! As if falling in a dream, it is close in front of you but cannot be touched; what is far away is always the most beautiful, because it is out of reach and full of imagination, but it is difficult to understand the real beauty. It lies in the illusion created by the human heart. This beauty is worthy of us mortals to keep going. The pursuit, even if it takes a lifetime and ends in heartbreak, is still longing for;
Regarding life: If people are not attached to all material fame and fortune in the world, they will not be controlled by material fame and fortune. It is precisely because people pursue these sensory things that they become unhappy. Everything flows, and nothing lasts forever. Mortals care too much about themselves. Feelings and feelings are because we are in dire straits, so remember this Buddhist saying: everything is illusion.
Many things are “can only be understood but not expressed”! There are many realms of Buddha that you need to understand and cultivate your mind by yourself. The Buddha taught all living beings to abandon their delusional thoughts and attachments and enter a state of neither thinking nor non-thinking! The act of “speaking” itself requires a delusion to be carried out, so it cannot be said! The Buddha has so many sutras and sayings just to educate sentient beings as a last resort. This is why Zen Buddhism emphasizes not being attached to words.
There is a saying that explains this Buddhist classic very well: There are things that can be said but not done, some things that can be done but not said, and some things that cannot be said or done. Finally, I would like to send you a paragraph so that everyone can understand for themselves what the Nirvana Sutra says: It is impossible to say that there is no birth, and it cannot be said that there is no birth. It cannot be said that there is a cause, but it can be said.
Form is emptiness, emptiness is form.
This sentence comes from the “Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra” and was translated by Master Xuanzang in the Tang Dynasty. It captures the essence of Zen Buddhism! The whole sentence is “Form is not different from emptiness, and emptiness is not different from color. Color is emptiness, emptiness is color, and the same is true for feelings, thoughts, and awareness.”
Buddhism says that “color” refers to everything seen with the eyes. What this sentence basically explains is the concept that all things are essentially empty. Don’t be attached to all things, which will make the body and mind uneasy, causing you to talk about emptiness but love emptiness. In fact, There is no difference between the attachment to worldly things and the attachment to nothingness. They are also the phenomenon of attachment and not letting go of all things that can be seen or cannot be seen. It is an illusion produced by people’s vanity. Form is emptiness, which enables people to realize the phenomenon of things and realize that many sufferings and troubles are caused by illusion. Emptiness is form, and based on the common nature of things and the relationship between causes and conditions, it allows people to know the retribution of cause and effect, and the cycle of good and evil. The so-called: To know the causes of past lives, the causes of this life The recipient is the one who knows the consequences in the hereafter, and the doer is the one in this life. “Form is emptiness, emptiness is form” is the basis for persuading people to do good.
One flower, one world, one leaf, one Bodhi.
The original text should be: One flower and one world, one leaf and one Tathagata. From the Avatamsaka Sutra: In the past, when the Buddha picked up flowers, Kassapa smiled, and then he walked towards the bliss. From a single flower, one could realize the whole world and ascend to heaven!
Buddha said: One flower is one world, one grass is one paradise, one leaf is one Tathagata, one sand is one bliss, one square is one pure land, one smile is one fate. One thought, one tranquility, all this is a state of mind. If there is nothing in the mind, one flower and one world, one grass and one heaven can be understood. One flower and one grass is the whole world, and the whole world will be empty like flowers and grass. Buddhas are everywhere. Everything Everyone is a Buddha.
It took 500 looks back in the previous life to pass by once in this life.
This sentence does not come from a Buddhist scripture, but a story. The Buddha said: Only by practicing for a hundred lives can we cross the same boat, and only by practicing for a thousand lives can we sleep together. Staring five hundred times in the past life, exchanging one encounter in this life, will definitely give birth to too many sweet or painful memories in the past life. Everything that happens is due to fate! An accidental encounter, looking back suddenly, destined each other’s life, just for the moment when their eyes met.
Great sadness has no tears, great enlightenment has no words, and laughter has no sound.
Great compassion is endless compassion, not emotion, so it cannot be described with tears; great enlightenment is the enlightenment of great wisdom, which cannot be expressed in words; laughter is true joy, so how can laughter express inner joy? The older you get, the deeper your understanding of this sentence becomes.
The sea of suffering is boundless, but when you turn around, you will reach the shore. Put down the butcher’s knife and become a Buddha immediately.
This is the Buddhist saying that urges people to change their evil ways and do good. It comes from Volume 53 of “Wu Deng Hui Yuan” written by Shi Puji of the Song Dynasty: “Guang’e was a murderer without blinking an eye. He put down his butcher knife and became a Buddha immediately.” It is a metaphor that once an evildoer realizes his crime and is determined to change, he can still quickly become a good person. Confucianism leads harmony to social ideals, Taoism leads harmony to the origin of things, and Buddhism leads harmony to the inner world. Buddhists believe that inner peace comes from the heart, and everything is in harmony.
There is a saying in Zen Buddhism: The heart of the Buddha is dangerous to all sentient beings, and the Buddha is equal to all living beings. If there is no Buddha in the heart of the Buddha, where can we turn to the Buddha? All living beings have Buddha nature.
Living in the world is like being among thorns. If the heart is not moving, people will not move rashly, and if they are still, they will not be hurt. If the heart is moving, people will be moving rashly, hurting their bodies and bones, and then they will experience all kinds of pain in the world.
Life in this world is always like being in a jungle of thorns, with dangers or temptations lurking everywhere. Only if you don’t have delusions, have no delusions, and have a calm mind, can you act unbiased, thereby effectively avoiding risks and resisting temptations, otherwise you will die. Pain surrounds me. When the heart moves, things move; when the heart is calm, things remain still. One thought of foolishness is the end of Prajna, one thought of wisdom is the birth of Prajna. If you use things as things, things are things; if things are not things, things are not things. The merit of an object cannot be named, the name cannot be the reality of the object, and the name cannot be the reality of the object. Therefore, the object has no name. As the Buddha said: Life will not bring it, and death will not take it away.