Quote Archives: Joseph Goldstein

Freedom Lies in the Wisdom to Choose ~ Joseph Goldstein

We establish some stability and focus in our mind and see which elements in it lead to greater peace, which to greater suffering. All of it — both the peace and the suffering — happens lawfully. Freedom lies in the wisdom to choose. Joseph Goldstein

The meditative journey ~ Joseph Goldstein

The meditative journey is not about always feeling good. Many times we may feel terrible. That’s fine. What we want is to open to the entire range of what this mind and body are about. Sometimes we feel wonderful and happy and inspired, and at other times we deeply feel different aspects of suffering. Joseph […]

Like listening to someone playing a flute ~ Joseph Goldstein

Let the breath draw the mind down to its own level of subtlety. It is like listening to someone playing a flute as they walk off into the distance. Joseph Goldstein

Nothing is exempt from change ~ Joseph Goldstein

We can also strengthen the quality of ardor by reflecting on the transiency of all phenomena. Look at all the things we become attached to, whether they are people or possessions or feelings or conditions of the body. Nothing we have, no one in our lives, no state of mind is exempt from change. Nothing […]

Becoming aware of suffering ~ Joseph Goldstein

Imagine holding on to a hot burning coal. You would not fear letting go of it. In fact, once you noticed that you were holding on, you would probably drop it quickly. But we often do not recognize how we hold on to suffering. It seems to hold on to us. This is our practice: […]

The magic show of consciousness ~ Joseph Goldstein

The great discovery in our practice is that, on one level, birth and death, existence and nonexistence, self and other are the great defining themes of our lives. And on another level, it’s all just a dance of insubstantial appearances, what the Buddha called “the magic show of consciousness.” Joseph Goldstein

Awareness of thoughts ~ Joseph Goldstein

Every time we become aware of a thought, as opposed to being lost in a thought, we experience that opening of the mind. Joseph Goldstein