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    DUE TO OUR FEELINGS ARISING FROM CONTACT, we think and we rationalize, conceptualize, theorize, philosophize and speculate. Because of the feeling arising from the six senses, we increase our desire; we come to wrong views and wrong beliefs. We recall our past sights, smells, sounds, tastes, touches and ideas and build up more desires, thoughts, concepts, beliefs, ideas, theories and philosophies.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    Prayer and contemplation are both exercises in concentration. The normal deluge of conscious thought is restricted and the mind is brought to one conscious area of operation. The results are those you find in any concentrative practice: deep calm, a physiological slowing of the metabolism and a sense of peace and wellbeing
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    The brain does not manufacture thoughts unless we stimulate it with habitual verbalizing. When we train ourselves by constant practice to stop verbalizing, the brain can experience things as they are.
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    The you that goes in one side of the meditation experience is not the same you that comes out the other side.
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    The purpose of meditation is personal transformation.
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    No matter how hard you pursue pleasure and success, there are times when you fail. No matter how fast you flee, there are times when pain catches up with you.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    tags: time  pain  pleasure  success  fail 
     
    Mindfulness helps us freeze the frame so that we can become aware of our sensations and experiences as they are, without the distorting coloration of socially conditioned responses or habitual reactions.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    Real peace comes only when you stop chasing it. When you relax your driving desire for comfort, real fulfillment arises. When you drop your hectic pursuit of gratification, the real beauty of life comes out. When you seek to know the reality without illusion, complete with all its pain and danger, that is when real freedfom and security are yours.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    You can learn not to want what you want, to recognize desires but not be controlled by them.
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    tags: desires  learn 
     
    But look within and watch the stuff coming up-restlessness, anxiety, impatience, pain-just watch it come up and don't get involved. Much to your surprise, it will simply go away. It rises, it passes away. As simple as that. There is another word for self-discipline. It is patience.
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    tags: patience  anxiety 
     
    Meditation changes your character.
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    Watch the functioning of your own mind in a calm and detached manner so you can gain insight into your own behavior.
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    tags: insight  mind 
     
    The Buddha's message was simple but profound. Neither a life of self-indulgence nor one of self-mortification can bring happiness. Only a middle path, avoiding these two extremes, leads to peace of mind, wisdom, & complete liberation from the dissatisfactions of life.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    When you have learned compassion for yourself, compassion for others is automatic.
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    tags: compassion 
     
    Vipassana: looking into something with clarity and precision, seeing each component as distinct, piercing all the way through so as to perceive the most fundamental reality of that thing.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    We have to learn to be kind to ourselves. In the long run avoiding unpleasantness is a very unkind thing to do to yourself.
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    tags: learn 
     
    The principal cause of suffering is craving. Once craving is eliminated, much suffering will be eliminated. Still more suffering will be eliminated once ignorance is eliminated. Both craving and ignorance are equally powerful defilements that cause suffering.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    View all problems as challenges. Look upon negativities that arise as opportunities to learn and to grow. Don't run from them, condemn yourself, or bury your burden in saintly silence. You have a problem? Great. More grist for the mill. Rejoice, dive in, and investigate.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    The process of becoming who you will be begins first with the total acceptance of who you are.
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    They have no power over you. It's all a show, a deception. Your urges scream and bluster at you; they cajole; they coax; they threaten; but they really carry no stick at all. You give in out of habit. You give in because you never really bother to look beyond the threat. It is all empty back there. There is only one way to learn this lesson, though. The words on this page won't do it.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    Whatever attitudes we habitually use toward ourselves, we will use on others, and whatever attitudes we habitually use toward others, we will use on ourselves.
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    tags: attitude 
     
    Mindfulness gives you time. Time gives you choices. Choices, skillfully made, lead to freedom. You don't have to be swept away by your feeling. You can respond with wisdom and kindness rather than habit and reactivity.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    [M]orality is not a ritualistic obedience to a code of behavior imposed by an external authority. It is rather a healthy habit pattern that you have consciously and voluntarily chosen to impose upon yourself because you recognize its superiority to your present behavior.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    Let come what comes, and accommodate yourself to that, whatever it is. If good mental images arise, that is fine. If bad mental images arise, that is fine, too. Look on all of it as equal, and make yourself comfortable with whatever happens.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    tags: mental  bad 
     
    Pain is inevitable, suffering is not.
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    tags: pain  suffering 
     
    Don't cling to anything and don't reject anything.
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    Each step along the Buddha's path to happiness requires practising mindfulness until it becomes part of your daily life.
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    You can only have bliss if you don't chase it.
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    Civilization changes man on the outside. Meditation softens him within, through and through.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    Peace is not a thought, not a concept; it is a nonverbal experience.
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    Ignorance may be bliss, but it does not lead to liberation.
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    tags: ignorance 
     
    The present moment is changing so fast that we often do not notice its existence at all. Every moment of mind is like a series of pictures passing through a projector. Some of the pictures come from sense impressions. Others come from memories of past experiences or from fantasies of the future.
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    You can't ever get everything you want. It is impossible. Luckily, there is another option: You can learn to control your mind, to step outside of the endless cycle of desire and aversion.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    Discipline is a difficult word for most of us. It conjures up images of somebody standing over you with a stick, telling you that you're wrong. But self-discipline is different. It's the skill of seeing through the hollow shouting of your own impulses and piercing their secret.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    Deeply buried in the mind, there lies a mechanism that accepts what the mind experiences as beautiful and pleasant and rejects those experiences that are perceived as ugly and painful. This mechanism gives rise to those states of mind that we are training ourselves to avoid- things like greed, lust, hatred, aversion, and jealousy.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    By silencing the mind, we can experience real peace. As long as various kinds of thoughts agitate the brain, we don't experience 100 percent peace.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    You can't make radical changes in the pattern of your life until you see yourself exactly as you are now. As soon as you do that changes will flow naturally.
    — Henepola Gunaratana
    tags: radical 
     
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