The basic teachings of Buddha are about understanding what we are, who we are, why we are. When we begin to realize what we are, who we are, why we are, then we begin to realize what we are not, who we are not, why we are not. We begin to realize that we don’t have basic, substantial, solid, fundamental ground that we can exert anymore. We begin to realize that our ideas of security and our concept of freedom have been purely phantom experiences

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (via selim-al-tarin)

The Night I Thought I Died

panatmansam:

On the night I thought I died

my eyes closed in final slumber

I heard a mother’s voice speak to me

She said “wake child this is not your time”

I asked “do I have a destiny to fulfill?”

She replied “yes my darling, to live, just to live.”

When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.

Epictetus (via panatmansam)

Spiritual Progress

panatmansam:

Spiritual progress has nothing to do with how much you know. You can recite the dhammapada, talk about ego and know all of the quotes and little sound bites found on the spiritual blogs and that means nothing. Talk, as they say, is cheap. The wise talk less and do more.

A person who has…