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Monday, September 19, 2005

Memories of Past Experiences

The present moment is changing so fast that we often do not notice its existence at all. Every moment of mind is like a series of pictures passing through a projector. Some of the pictures come from sense impressions. Others come from memories of past experiences or from fantasies of the future.Mindfulness helps us freeze the frame so that we can become aware of our sensations and experiences as they are, without the distorting coloration of socially conditioned responses or habitual reactions.

-Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, "Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness"

Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from "Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations," edited by Josh Bartok, with permission of Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm St., Somerville MA 02144 U.S.A,

James's comment: Always a beautiful reminder.

-Peace to all beings-

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M.D. Shellhammer said...

Thank you James, it is a beautiful reminder.



Belly said...


"James" said...


Such a gentle but strong teaching.

(bows to the Buddha within you).



(bows to the Buddha within you).

isaiah said...

Yes to all things-


Nacho said...

James, Bhante has such a nice way of putting things in that book. I like the metaphor of the film and the image. Much as I like the language of "figure" and "ground." They work so well. Thanks for the quote.


"James" said...


I have yet to read the book but this quote has given me a taste and I will be reading the full book shortly for sure!

Nacho said...

James, try Bhante's "Mindfulness in Plain English," it is a nice book, if perhaps tinged with a bit of esoteric mysteriousness about the fruits of practice. Have fun!

"James" said...


Ah, esoteric mysteriousness. I don't mind some of that but like Vajrayana of the Tibetan school is too much for me.

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