The Yoga House Piermont Weekly Wisdom

Weekly Wisdom

"...in Buddhism, all views are wrong views. When you get in touch with reality, you no longer have views. You have wisdom. You have a direct encounter with reality, and that is no longer called views."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
We are not who we think we are.  We are not who we think we aren't.
"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose." -Kris Kristofferson
"So we build up an idea, a preconception, that self and other are solid and continuous. And once we have this idea, we manipulate our thoughts to confirm it, and are afraid of any contrary evidence. It is this fear of exposure, this denial of impermanence that imprisons us. It is only by acknowledging impermanence that there is the chance to die and the space to be reborn and the possibility of appreciating life as a creative process." - Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
"Hope and fear are both phantoms that arise from thinking of the self. When we don’t see the self as self, what do we have to fear? See the world as your self. Have faith in the way things are. Love the world as your self; then you can care for all things." - Tao Te Ching
"We are just ourselves, without pretense or artifice, we are at rest in the universe. In this ordinariness there is no higher or lower, nothing to fix, nothing to desire, simply an opening in love and understanding to the joys and suffering of the world. This ordinary love and understanding brings an ease and peace of heart to every situation. It is the discovery that salvation lies in the ordinary." - Jack Kornfield
“When you realize the truth of "noneffort," you are approaching the highest fruition. Ignorant are those who lack this truth: arrogant teachers inflated by learning, scholars bewitched by mere words, and yogis seduced by prejudice. For though they yearn for freedom, they find only enslavement.”
- Milarepa, Response to a Logician
"When one realizes that his true self is neither the doer nor recipient of karma, then the distortions of the mind are completely destroyed." - Ashtavakra Gita
“No action in this world goes for naught… or brings a contrary result” - Bhagavad Gita