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Meditation Quotes from Modern Masters

This is an ongoing project and new meditation-themed quotes will be added over time. Drop in now and again for some inspiration.

Authors

B. Alan Wallace
Ajahn Brahm
Ajahn Chah
Sharon Salzberg

B. Alan Wallace

 The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind

Meditation is a balancing act between attention and relaxation.

I suggest that if you were able to focus your attention at will, you could actually choose the universe you appear to inhabit. 

Again and again, counteract the agitation and turbulence of the mind by relaxing more deeply, not by contracting the body or mind.

Tibetan Buddhism From the Ground Up

Imagine yourself as a child lying on your back, gazing up into a cloudless sky, and blowing soap bubbles through a plastic ring. As a bubble drifts up into the sky, you watch it rise, and this brings your attention to the sky. While you are looking at the bubble, it pops, and you keep your attention right where the bubble had been. Your awareness now lies in empty space.

Ajahn Brahm

The Art of Disappearing: Buddha’s Path to Lasting Joy

How many times have you tried to solve “the problem”? you’ll be trying to solve it not just until you die but for many more lifetimes. Instead, understand that this world is just the play of the senses. It’s the five khandhas doing their thing; it has nothing to do with you. It’s just people being people, the world being the world.

Ajahn Chah

No Ajahn Chah: Reflections

Peace is within oneself to be found in the same place as agitation and suffering. It is not found in a forest or on a hilltop, nor is it given by a teacher. Where you experience suffering, you can also find freedom from suffering. Trying to run away from suffering is actually to run toward it.

Sharon Salzberg

Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation

It is never too late to turn on the light. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn’t depend on how long it has been running; a shift in perspective doesn’t depend on how long you’ve held on to the old view.

When you flip the switch in that attic, it doesn’t matter whether its been dark for ten minutes, ten years or ten decades.

The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see the things you couldn’t see before.

Its never too late to take a moment to look.

Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace

“Not everyone wants to take up meditation, but most people can feel an alignment with values like mutual respect, insightful investigation, listening to one another.

Meditation is a way to help those values become real in day-to-day life, helping people to understand themselves more and more and have a way to not get lost in old patterns.”