February 11, 2015

Don’t Look Outside for the Truth. It’s Within You.



“The way is not in the sky. It is in the heart.” ~ the Buddha

Our true nature is within us. It isn’t some other place and time. We can experience enlightenment here and now because it is our natural state. The only reason we don’t realize this is because we have layers of delusion in our minds that are obscuring it, preventing us from seeing who we really are.

So, our path of Buddhist practice helps us to remove these layers of delusion that keep us from perceiving our true nature.


Some things that help are mindfulness and awareness practice. By being mindful and paying attention to all of our actions and the way our minds work, we can see how our delusions influence our thoughts and actions if we are just more mindful.

As we dig through these levels of delusion, we become transformed. By becoming more aware we can become more focused. We can also start making better decisions because we are making them with the clarity of insight into the real state of things, rather than making decisions based on the false information that is the result of our delusions and preconceptions.

It’s through this that we can come to a state of Awakening. What is awakening? It’s a state where we see things as they are instead of as we are. As we slowly dig through our delusion, we can come closer and closer to this state in which we aren’t held back by our preconceptions or the ways we label reality. That’s our true nature, authentic reality, life as it really is. This is Enlightenment.



Everything the Buddha Ever Taught in 2 Words.


Author: Daniel Scharpenburg

Editor: Travis May

Photo: elephant archives


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Padma Kadag Feb 11, 2015 6:54am

“The way is not in the sky. It is in the heart.” ~ the Buddha
The ever enduring fake quotes ascribed to ~ The Buddha. On Bodhipaksa's website, "Fake Buddha Quotes", he gives this quote particular attention because of the obvious fake-ness of it and comments these sort of quotes are a result of, "It’s just that if you only read books about Buddhism you don’t get that sense of when something is “off.”" says, Bodhipaksa. He mentions that Tricycle recently has sent out a flurry of fake Buddha quotes. he also goes on to say the origin of some of these are modern interpretations by Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, and Lama Surya Dass. I am always amazed when these kinds of quotes appear in articles about Buddhism or mindfulness. For me, they automatically question the sincerity of the author and that is why I am a little surprised at Daniel Scharpenburg's use of something so obviously false.

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Daniel Scharpenburg

Daniel Scharpenburg lives in Kansas City. He’s been practicing Buddhism for nearly 20 years. He teaches at the Open Heart Project Sangha and is a Zen Teacher (Fashi) in the Dharma Winds Zen Order. His main focus is on mindfulness practices rooted in the earliest Zen teachings and compassion practices rooted in the Bodhisattva Tradition. He has taken Bodhisattva Vows and Brahmajala Precepts and he is affiliated with the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun.
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