People are busy making an “I,” and thus making “others.”
Some never see through this dark cloud; they don’t see the arrow.
For those who have seen the arrow
There’s no “I am doing;”
What’s more, there’s no “You are doing.”
People are possessed by comparisons, fettered by comparisons, bound by comparisons
Deluded, they injure with their speech; they don’t get beyond wandering in circles.
Noticing the bodily and mental processes as they arise, he sees them part by part, link by link, piece by piece, fraction by fraction: “Just now it arises, just now it dissolves…” For at that time each object that is being noticed seems to be entirely absent or to have become non-existent.
Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw from “The Progress of Insight.”
When one can feel anicca [impermanence], when one can experience anicca, and when one can become engrossed in anicca, one can and will cut oneself off from the world of ideation outside. Anicca is, for the householder, the gem of life which he will treasure to create a reservoir of calm and balanced energy for his own wellbeing and for the welfare of society…This experience is not reserved for men who have renounced the world for the homeless life. It is for the householder as well.
— U Ba Khin, primary teacher of S.N. Goenka.
The more we know of the Dhamma, the more we can watch whether we comply with its guidelines. There is no blame attached to our inability to do so. But the least we can do is to know the guidelines and know where we’re making mistakes. Then we practice to get nearer and nearer to absolute reality, until one day we will actually be the Dhamma. — Ayya Khema
Byakuren Judith Ragir