Quote Archives: Bhante Gunaratana

Perception is artificial and personal ~ Bhante Gunaratana

Perception is artificial and personal ~ Bhante Gunaratana We can prove to ourselves that perception is artificial and personal by remembering how often people disagree about the beauty or ugliness, deliciousness or distastefulness, pleasantness or unpleasantness, of a particular work of art, architectural style, item of clothing, type of food, or musical composition. Moreover, opinions […]

Mastering concentration ~ Bhante Gunaratana

Concentration is a gathering together of all the positive forces of the mind and tightly focusing them into an intense beam. Mastering concentration means learning to aim that beam and keep it directed where we want it. This kind of concentration is strong and energetic, yet gentle, and it does not wander away. Building concentration […]

Watching vs controlling the mind ~ Bhante Gunaratana

There is a difference between watching the mind and controlling the mind. Watching the mind with a gentle, open attitude allows the mind to settle down and come to rest. Trying to control the mind, or trying to control the way that one’s spiritual practice will unfold, just stirs up more agitation and suffering. Bhante […]

The influence of perception ~ Bhante Gunaratana

Perception is so influential because in addition to determining the apparent characteristics of objects or mental pictures of objects, such as their color, shape, size, or hardness, the thought that follows perception also judges whether the things we perceive are pleasant, unpleasant, or neither. The Buddha taught that desire or craving arise naturally in an […]

The amor of loving-friendliness ~ Bhante Gunaratana

It is said that nothing can harm a person who is pouring out of loving-friendliness- not even bullets of fire, much less harassment at the office! Bhante Gunaratana