A Buddhist monk who studied and meditated on the teachings of Buddha for over a decade wanted to speak with an enlightened one who dwelled alone in a small temple high in the mountains. He prepared for his journey eager to hear his teaching. After 7 days of rigorous hiking he reached the temple.
The master greeted him and welcomed him inside. The master put some tea on to boil and they sat in silence. The monk became very eager and unsettled in not hearing his teaching. The master poured the tea and sat with the monk. The monk didn’t drink his tea and began questioning his master of Buddha.
The master replied.. “You have studied Buddhism for 20 years and can not simply enjoy this cup of tea?” The monk wept…. as another step to enlightenment lay under his feet….
Source: Tea . A Zen Story; rewritten by – Nina
The aggregate of form, the material body, tells me where I am.
The aggregate of feeling tells me how I am.
The aggregate of perception tells me what I am.
The aggregate of volition tells me why I am.
The aggregate of consciousness tells me I am the center of all this.
They all change; they all lie.
Source: Five Liars
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It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth.
It is spoken affectionately. It is spoken beneficially.
It is spoken with a mind of good-will. —Buddha Shakyamuni
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