"Never mind what I have been taught. Forget about theories and prejudices and stereotypes. I want to understand the true nature of life. I want to know what this experience of being alive really is. I want to apprehend the true and deepest qualities of life, and I don't want to just accept somebody else's explanation. I want to see it for myself."
~ Bhante Gunaratana
I love this quote because it reminds us to participate in this life in order to learn. It encourages trial and error. It reminds us that it is ok to question. It reminds us that learning from and being inspired by a teacher or guide is valuable, but you'll get the best bang for your buck by learning from that
" Don't believe anything because it sounds wise, and pious and some holy man said it. See for yourself. That does not mean that you should be cynical, impudent, or irreverent. It means you should be empirical. Subject all statements to the actual test of your own experience, and let the results be your guide of truth. Insight meditation evolves out of an inner longing to wake up to what is real and to gain liberating insight into the true structure of existence. The entire practice hinges upon this desire to be awake to the truth. Without it, the practice is superficial." ~ Bhante Gunaratana