S. N. Goenka quotes

  • If there is no peace in the minds of individuals, how can there be peace in the world? Make peace in your own mind first.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Mind #Firsts #World

  • Every sensation shares the same characteristic: it arises and passes away, arises and passes away. It is this arising and passing that we have to experience through practice, not just accept as truth because Buddha said so, not just accept because intellectually it seems logical enough to us. We must experience sensation’s nature, understand its flux, and learn not to react to it.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Practice #Passing Away #Truth Is

  • When I observe myself and find that I am generating anger, ill will, or animosity, I realize that I am the first victim of the hatred or animosity I am generating within myself. Only afterwards do I start harming others. And if I am free from these negativities, nature or God Almighty starts rewarding me: I feel so peaceful.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Hatred #Negativity #Peaceful

  • The only conversion involved in Vipassana is from misery to happiness, from bondage to liberation.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Vipassana #Misery #Bondage

  • In meditation you withdraw from others and focus your attention inside to gain purity of mind and wisdom energy. Then you must become extroverted and use this energy. When you take a long jump, you must first take some steps backward. Then you run, and make the jump. Like this, you first withdraw, observe yourself, develop clarity and unlock the wisdom. Then you make a long jump into society, to serve society. These two steps cannot be separated.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Running #Two #Long

  • Real wisdom is recognizing and accepting that every experience is impermanent. With this insight you will not be overwhelmed by ups and downs. And when you are able to maintain an inner balance, you can choose to act in ways that will create happiness for you and for others. Living each moment happily with an equanimous mind, you will surely progress toward the ultimate goal of liberation from all suffering.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Real #Goal #Mind

  • The mind spends most of the time lost in fantasies and illusions, reliving pleasant or unpleasant experiences and anticipating the future with eagerness or fear. While lost in such cravings or aversions, we are unaware of what is happening now, what we are doing now.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Mind #Aversion #Fantasy

  • When one experiences truth, the madness of finding fault with others disappears.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Yoga #Faults #Madness

  • Discover real peace and harmony within yourself, and naturally this will overflow to benefit others.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Real #Benefits #Harmony

  • One learns the art of dying by learning the art of living: how to become master of the present moment.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Art #Dying #Moments

  • Work diligently. Diligently. Work patiently and persistently. Patiently and persistently. And you're bound to be successful. Bound to be successful.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Successful #Being Successful

  • We cannot live in the past; it is gone. Nor can we live in the future; it is forever beyond our grasp. We can live only in the present. If we are unaware of our present actions, we are condemned to repeating the mistakes of the past and can never succeed in attaining our dreams for the future.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Dream #Mistake #Past

  • Love with attachment consists of waves of emotion, usually creating invisible iron chains.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Freedom #Iron #Creating

  • It is a basic human need that everyone wants to live a happy life. For this, one has to experience real happiness. The so-called happiness that one experiences by having money, power, and indulging in sensual pleasures is not real happiness. It is very fragile, unstable and fleeting. For real happiness, for lasting stable happiness, one has to make a journey deep within oneself and get rid of all the unhappiness stored in the deeper levels of the mind. As long as there is misery at the depth of the mind all attempts to feel happy at the surface level of the mind prove futile.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Real #Happy Life #Journey

  • Peace and negativity cannot coexist just as light and darkness cannot coexist.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Light #Negativity #Darkness

  • Rather than converting people from one organised religion to another organised religion, we should try to convert people from misery to happiness, from bondage to liberation and from cruelty to compassion.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Compassion #People #Trying

  • Grasping at things can only yield one of two results: Either the thing you are grasping at disappears, or you yourself disappear. It is only a matter of which occurs first.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Disappear

  • Vipassana is the art of living. Not the art of escaping.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Art #Escaping #Vipassana

  • Removing old conditionings from the mind and training the mind to be more equaimous with every experience is the first step toward enabling one to experience true happiness.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Training #Mind #Enabling

  • For real happiness, for real lasting stable happiness, one has to make a journey deep within oneself and see that one gets rid of all the unhappiness and misery stored in the deeper levels of the mind.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Real #Journey #Mind

  • If we can develop the ability to be aware of the present moment, we can use the past as a guide for ordering our actions in the future, so that we may attain our goal.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Past #Goal #Use

  • I am against conversion (to Buddhism). In my speech at UN, the first thing I said was that I am for conversion, but not from one organised religion to another, but from misery to happiness, from bondage to liberation.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Buddhism #Speech #Firsts

  • The Buddha never taught a sectarian religion; he taught Dhamma - the way to liberation - which is universal.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Taught #Way #Liberation

  • One has to live in the present. Whatever is past is gone beyond recall; whatever is future remains beyond one's reach, until it becomes present. Remembering the past and giving thought to the future are important, but only to the extent that they help one deal with the present.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Time #Past #Giving

  • The consequences of today are determined by the actions of the past. To change your future, alter your decisions today.
    -- S. N. Goenka

    #Past #Decision #Today