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Tiny Teachings

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.

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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.


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

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.

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