In the Buddhist lineage, knowledge is not handed down like an antique. One teacher experiences the truth of the teachings and hands it down as an inspiration to his students. That inspiration wakens the student who passes it on further. The teachings are seen as always up to date, they are not thought of as “ancient wisdom”.
It is like a recipe for bread. Each baker must apply his general knowledge of how to bake bread, but each time it is cooked completely fresh.Jane Hope and Borin Van Loon
Introducing Buddha: A graphic guide
It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.
If it could be talked about, everyone would have told their brother.
Struggle toward the capital-T Truth, but recognize that the task is impossible—or that if a correct answer is possible, verification certainly is impossible.
In the end, it cannot be doubted that each of us can only see part of the picture. The doctor sees one, the patient another, the engineer a third, the economist a fourth, the pearl diver a fifth, the alcoholic a sixth, the cable guy a seventh, the sheep farmer an eighth, the Indian beggar a ninth, the pastor a tenth. Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete. And truth comes somewhere above all of them, where, as at the end of that Sunday’s reading: the sower and reaper can rejoice together. For here the saying is verified that “One sows and another reaps.” I sent you to reap what you have not worked for; others have done the work, and you are sharing the fruits of that work.
―Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air
Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.
One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
-James Russell Lowell
We choose our joys and sorrows, long before we experience them.
Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.
Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
When you don’t have a higher experience of truth then you see a grain of sand like an enormous mountain. But when you connect to that inner truth you see the grain of sand for what it is and strive for the real mountain.
Those who have Seen cannot say. That which has been Seen cannot be painted, cannot be
reduced to words. But still each one has to give a try – and the world goes on becoming more and
more beautiful because of these efforts.
Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.
I’d rather regret the things that I have done than the things I have not done.