There is no such thing as reality. Reality is what you make it.
Buddhism teaches us not to want things, not to avoid things, not to be upset by the loss.
Part of what we seek in Buddhism is the sense of quiet observation. We don't get so involved in a state of mind that we forget that it's just another transient state of mind, no matter how much ecstasy or agony is involved.
The perfect view of existence comes from an unclouded, uncluttered life and mind whereby the radiance of perfect attention of the mind of the universe floods us at every moment. This is Buddhism. This is being on the path.
We're connected to the Buddhist order, to the mind of enlightenment. All day long we draw the power and force from that world, from all the teachers and all the adherents of the practices and the principles.
To stop thought it is necessary to put your life into a state of balance. Otherwise you can sit and meditate for hours and hours and hours and all kinds of conscious and unconscious thoughts will flow through you.
I used to live in Buddhist monasteries and I finally had to leave them because they were just too cluttered for me. They were cluttered up with many thoughts about Buddhism.
Some people are so solemn. They take their practice so seriously, that when the moment comes to let go of it, they can't.
If you want to become enlightened, you've got to get all the bullshit out of your life. You have to clear up your mind completely.
Compassion and empathy are not the same as feeling sorry for oneself. They are emotions that extend our perceptual ranges.
We know we should be completely humble. We should stop thinking that we're very marvelous because we're not. We are interesting at best because we are a part of life.
With the happiness, ecstasy and power you gain from meditation, you can gradually remove your mind from the things it has become hooked to that cause it pain.