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Tiny Teachings

Updated: Jul 18, 2019


Like most of us here, I have been on many retreats, listened to endless dharma talks, and read countless books, but sometimes it's the tiny teachings, the one-liners a teacher or a friend says that resonates most and remains in your heart for years. Here are a few of my favorite short teachings: In the Buddhist tradition they are often referred to as Pith Instructions.Pith instructions are the most essential and practical instructions on a given topic, often transmitted orally. Below are written and audio short teachings. Please share the your favorite Pith instructions here in the comment section or on our community board.



Tiny Teachings



Let awareness be your steadfast companion

Lama Daniella Coriat


You don't need to be a buddhist to be a buddha

Lama Surya Das


Wisdom tells me I am nothing.

Love tells me I am everything.

In between the two-my life flows.

Nisargadatta Maharaj


Every act done in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred

Thich Nhat Hahn


If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete

Jack Kornfield


Love your crooked neighbor with all your crooked heart

W.H. Auden


Nothing to do, figure out, or achieve-just sitting-just breathing-just being

Lama Christopher Coriat


Just to be is a blessing- Just to live is holy

Rabbi Abraham Herschel

Things are not what they appear to be: nor are they otherwise.

Surangama Sutra


Nowhere to go, Nothing to do, Just be

Thich Nhat Hahn


Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.

Thich Nhat hahn


The whole of the practice boils down to this: be aware and don't cling!

Joseph Goldstein


We’re all just walking each other home

Ram Dass


There is no way to peace, peace is the way

Thich Nhat Hahn


Don't just do something-Sit there.

Anonymous


Happiness is availble, help yourself to it.

Thich Nhat Hahn


Rest the weary heart and mind in the hammock of awareness

Lama Daniella Coriat

Tiny Teachings Audio


Podcast: Silvia Boorstein The Really Important Things to Know: The Relevance of the Buddha's Wisdom to Living in Our Complex, Contemporary World. Ten short discussions on various aspects of life and practice http://www.sylviaboorstein.com/audio



Youtube Tara Brach

When you just have a few minutes and you want to set the hearts compass in the right direction try one of Taras beautiful short talks. I find her teachings to be wise and kind and clear.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=tara+talks

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