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Born: 1927-12-07
Profession: Clergyman
Nation: Sri Lankan
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The purpose of meditation is personal transformation.

Tags: Meditation, Personal, Purpose

By silencing the mind, we can experience real peace. As long as various kinds of thoughts agitate the brain, we don't experience 100 percent peace.

Tags: Experience, Mind, Peace

Don't cling to anything and don't reject anything.

Tags: Cling, Reject

Meditation changes your character.

Tags: Changes, Character, Meditation

Peace is not a thought, not a concept; it is a nonverbal experience.

Tags: Experience, Peace, Thought

Watch the functioning of your own mind in a calm and detached manner so you can gain insight into your own behavior.

Tags: Behavior, Calm, Mind

When you have learned compassion for yourself, compassion for others is automatic.

Tags: Learned, Others, Yourself

You can learn not to want what you want, to recognize desires but not be controlled by them.

Tags: Controlled, Desires, Learn

Let come what comes, and accommodate yourself to that, whatever it is. If good mental images arise, that is fine. If bad mental images arise, that is fine, too. Look on all of it as equal, and make yourself comfortable with whatever happens.

Tags: Bad, Good, Yourself

Mindfulness helps us freeze the frame so that we can become aware of our sensations and experiences as they are, without the distorting coloration of socially conditioned responses or habitual reactions.

Tags: Aware, Become, Frame

The brain does not manufacture thoughts unless we stimulate it with habitual verbalizing. When we train ourselves by constant practice to stop verbalizing, the brain can experience things as they are.

Tags: Brain, Experience, Thoughts

The present moment is changing so fast that we often do not notice its existence at all. Every moment of mind is like a series of pictures passing through a projector. Some of the pictures come from sense impressions. Others come from memories of past experiences or from fantasies of the future.

Tags: Future, Mind, Past

Whatever attitudes we habitually use toward ourselves, we will use on others, and whatever attitudes we habitually use toward others, we will use on ourselves.

Tags: Others, Ourselves, Whatever

You can't ever get everything you want. It is impossible. Luckily, there is another option: You can learn to control your mind, to step outside of the endless cycle of desire and aversion.

Tags: Control, Impossible, Mind
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