There will always be contact with objects, but defilements won’t have a chance to arise when awareness, stability of mind, and wisdom are strong. Your work is to be diligent in strengthening these spiritual faculties of awareness, stability of mind, and wisdom.
—Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Dhamma Everywhere (p. 71)
(photo by Indonesian Yogi, Retreat with SUT, BrahmaViharaArama, Bali July 2011)
Cold cliffs; more beautiful the deeper you enter, yet no one travels the road.
White clouds idle about the tall craggs;
On the green peak a single monkey wails— What other companions do I need?
I grow old doing as I please.
Those face and form alter with the years— I hold fast to the pearl of mind.
Wise men, you have cast me aside. Fools I do the same to you.
I would be neither wise man nor fool;
From now on, let us hear no more from each other.