Pierre the Meditator
Learning and practicing meditation
Our freedom to love arises from discovering that we can live without the concept of self and other.
Mindfulness meditation allows us to respond creatively to the present moment, freeing us from the knee-jerk reactions that start the cycle of rumination.
We learn to incline our hearts toward the qualities that ennoble our lives and liberate the moment from fear, ill will, and confusion.
Contemplative practice teaches us how to be with our thoughts courageously and attentively, yet free ourselves from the negative side effects of thinking.
The Buddha saw that our thoughts, emotions, and actions are the primary sources of our suffering. Equally, our thoughts, emotions, and actions can be the source of our joy and freedom.
To see things as they are, to see the changing nature, to see the impermanence, to see that constant flow of pleasant and painful events outside our control — that is freedom.
We do good because it frees the heart. It opens us to a wellspring of happiness.
It is essential that we take delight in our own happiness as a perfect expression of our basic motivation to be free.
Being free from concepts is like going backstage in a theater and suddenly realizing how much of our engagement with the drama has come from mere appearances.
It is liberating to realize that we are, in effect, “making it all up.”
Forgiveness allows us to recapture some part of ourselves that we left behind in bondage to a past event.
Joy has so much capacity to eliminate separation that the Buddha said, “Rapture is the gateway to nirvana.”
The Buddha described the spiritual path that leads to freedom as “the liberation of the heart which is love.”
“I teach one thing and one only: that is, suffering and the end of suffering.” – The Buddha
The division between self and other is the degradation of our highest human potential: the liberation of the mind that is love.
“When we forgive, we take back control of our own fate and our feelings. We become our own liberator.” – Desmond Tutu
One of the most profound examples of what a prayerful and meditative life can give us is that pause; the freedom to respond instead of react.
It is both the work and the adventure of a lifetime not to be trapped in either our past or our ideas and concepts.
We can cultivate our solidity and freedom — solid in our deepest aspiration and free from our fears, misunderstandings, and suffering.
When we stop to breathe and restore our calm and our peace, we become free, our work becomes more enjoyable, and the friend in front of us becomes more real.
With mindfulness, we can create a foundation of freedom, peace and love within ourselves.
Inner freedom allows us to savor the lucid simplicity of the present moment, free from the past and emancipated from the future.
Inner freedom is a vast, clear, and serene space that dispels pain and nourishes peace.
To be free is to be master of oneself.
“What a relief it is for the burdened one who has long walked through the world of suffering to lay down their heavy and useless load.” — Longchen Rabjam
The qualities of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity exclude no one — their cultivation is dedicated to the well-being, peace, and freedom of heart of all beings.
The Buddha was a human being, not a god. What he offered his followers were experiential teachings and practices, a revolutionary way to understand and release suffering.
Each of us needs to find our way to be whole and free.
Just as the great oceans have but one taste, the taste of salt, so do all of the teachings of Buddha have but one taste, the taste of liberation.
“If it were not possible to free the heart from entanglement in unhealthy states, I would not teach you to do so.” — The Buddha
The capacity to be mindful, to observe without being caught in our experience, is both remarkable and liberating.