Buddhism is the Way of Clarity.
The word, Buddha, means the Awakened One. When Buddha arose from his years of meditation, he was awakened, enlightened. He called this state “Nirvana.” All the mystical philosophies of Buddhism are attempts to help humans achieve this state, this true freedom.
Fill your mind with compassion!
~ The Buddha
May all beings be happy and at their ease! May they be joyous and live in safety!
All beings, whether weak or strong–omitting none–in high, middle, or low realms of existence, small or great, visible or invisible, near or far away, born or to be born–may all beings be happy and at their ease!
Let none deceive another, or despise any being in any state!
Let none by anger or ill will wish harm to another!
Even as a mother watches over and protects her child, her only child, so with a boundless mind should one cherish all living beings, radiating friendliness over the entire world, above, below, and all around without limit. So let everyone cultivate a boundless good will toward the entire world, uncramped, free from ill will or enmity.
~ From the Majjhima Nikaya
BELIEVING IN MIND
The great Way has no impediments;
It does not pick and choose.
When you abandon attachment and aversion
You see it plainly.
Make a thousandth of an inch distinction,
Heaven and earth swing apart.
If you want it to appear before your eyes,
Cherish neither for nor against.
To compare what you like with what you dislike,
That is the disease of the mind.,
You pass over the hidden meaning;
Peace of mind is needlessly troubled.
It is round and perfect like vast space,
Lacks nothing, never overflows.
Only because we take and reject
Do we lose the means to know its Suchness.
Don’t get tangled in outward desire
Or get caught within yourself.
Once you plant deep the longing for peace
Confusion leaves of itself.
Return to the root and find meaning;
Follow sense objects, you lose the goal.
Just one instant of inner enlightenment
Will take you far beyond the emptiness of the world….
~ Seng Ts’an