(a collection of quotations illustrating the traditional list of the Pāramis, assembled by Steve Armstrong and other teachers)
If beings knew, as I know, the benefit of generosity, they would not let an opportunity go by without sharing.
Virtue has non-remorse as its benefit and reward.
Non-remorse has gladness as its benefit and reward.
Gladness has joy as its benefit and reward.
Joy has serenity as its benefit and reward.
Serenity has happiness as its benefit and reward.
Happiness has concentration as its benefit and reward.
Concentration has insightful understanding as its benefit and reward.
Insightful understanding has non-attachment as its benefit and reward.
Non-attachment has liberation as its benefit and reward.
In this way, virtue leads step by step to the highest.
True renunciation is not giving up the things of this world, but in knowing they go away.
All conditioned things arise and pass away. Understanding this deeply brings the greatest happiness, which is peace.
No-one succeeds without effort. Mind at peace is not your birthright. Those who succeed owe their liberation to perseverance.
Patience is the supreme virtue.
Better than a thousand useless words is one simple word that brings peace.
Let only my skin, sinews, and bones remain and let the flesh and blood in my body dry up; but not until I attain Supreme Enlightenment will I give up this meditation seat.”
Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone. This is the eternal law.
The mind is like space. There is room in it for everything or nothing. We always have a perspective once we know that space of the mind, its emptiness. Armies can come into the mind and leave, butterflies, rain-clouds—or nothing. All things can come and go through without us being caught in reaction or resistance.