60 Reflection Phrases From Monks – Expand Your Mind

There are Tibetan, Buddhist, Shaolin monks and even Catholic monks who seek to elevate themselves spiritually by making retreats in special places of solitude, leading an austere life of prayer and contemplation, to discipline the body, mind and spirit to higher levels. 

The phrases of monks is a compilation of quotes and wise thoughts of monks and about monks that serve as reflection, they are inspiring, motivating, worthy of examples, they are thoughts applied to daily life that will make you think about life.

Below phrases of monks

1. “I describe myself as a simple Buddhist monk. No more no less”. Dalai Lama (Tibetan monk).

2. “Talk to yourself at least once a day… Otherwise you may miss meeting an excellent person in this World.” Swami Vivekananda. Hindu Ramakrishna thinker, mystic and leader.

3. “The Buddha also advised monks and nuns to avoid wasting precious time indulging in idle talk, oversleeping, chasing fame and recognition…” Thich Nhat Hanh (Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk).

4. “Be more humble than a blade of grass, more tolerant than a tree, always offering respect to others and never expecting anything in return.” Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Bengali monk founder of Krishnaism.

5. “Frustration, discouragement, and depression mean you are working against yourself.” Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. Yoga, mystic and writer.

6. “Don’t try to fix whatever comes in your life. Arrange yourself in such a way that, come what may, you will be fine.” Sadhguru Khaggi Vasudev.

7. “First of all, as a Buddhist monk, I hold that violence is not good. Second, I strongly believe in the Gandhian ethic of passive resistance. And thirdly, in reality, violence is not our strength. Dalai Lama.

8. “Understand yourself and everyone will understand you.” Shi Yan Ming. shaolin monk.

9. “A monk should love his books with humility, desiring their good and not the glory of his own curiosity…”. Umberto Eco.

10. “The secret to health for both mind and body is… to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” Gautama Buddha. founder of buddhism.

11. “Do what you can to help others because in this way you will help yourself.” Shi Yan Ming.

12. “One peaceful and kind monk is worth more than ten thousand violent and rude men!” Mehmet Murat ildan.

13. “Monks, it is the noble truth of the origin of dukkha: the craving that makes it become something more -accompanied by passion and delight…”. Gautama Buddha.

14. “Buddha’s first warning to bhikkhus or monks was to go out into the world and work for the welfare of the people.” AT Ariyaratne.

15. “Life of love…Here is the only reason to live.” San Rafael Arnaiz. Monk of the catholic church.

16. “My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.” John Keats.

17. “Some consider me a living Buddha…. that’s silly. That is an error. However, if you consider me a simple Buddhist monk, I’m probably fine.” Dalai Lama.

18. «I propose three models, archetypes if you will, that comprise the dimensions of the character of a chivalrous knight: the warrior, the lover and the monk». Brad Miner.

19. “I am in the process of becoming the best monk available.” Anuj Jasani.

20. “Take an idea. Make that idea your life: think about it, dream about it, live with that idea… This is the way of success”. Swami Vivekananda.

21. “Through my own personal encounters and studies with Tantric and Zen Buddhist monks, I have found them to be humorous, warm, charming, and compassionate.” Frederick Lenz.

22. “It is a great experience to be a monk to give up the false life and embrace the real life.” anuj jasani.

23. “Inspire your son to become a monk.” anuj jasani.

24. “Your intelligence can help you become a thief, legend or monk, it’s all up to you what you want to be.” anuj jasani.

25. “I am a monk at heart, a scientist at the brain, a philosopher at the conscience.” abhijit naskar

26. “It is my love for people that made me a scientist and a monk (even a poet), not my intellect.” abhijit naskar.

27. “But God will show mercy, even if you show none. And where is the merit of your presumed virtue? Matthew Gregory Lewis.

28. “Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; philosophy is goodness.” Dalai Lama.

29. “Life can only be found in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not here yet, and if we don’t come back to ourselves in the present moment, we can’t be in touch with life.” Thich Nhat Hanh.

30. “You must show mercy to your neighbor always and everywhere. You can’t stop doing it, or excuse yourself, or justify yourself.” Faustina Kowalska. Catholic church nun.

31. “Freedom is the first condition of growth. It is wrong, a thousand times wrong, if any of you dares to say: ‘I am going to work for the salvation of this woman or this child’». Swami Vivekananda.

32. “Mindfulness helps you come home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.” Thich Nhat Hanh.

33. “If you seek security in life, you unknowingly seek death. The only truly safe place is your grave.” Sadhguru Khaggi Vasudev.

34. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity can not survive”. Dalai Lama.

35. “Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole soul into it, to the exclusion of everything else.” Swami Vivekananda.

36. “Do today with ardor what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow comes death. Gautama Buddha.

37. “There is no need to blame, or reason, or argue, just understand. If you understand, and show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change. Nhat Hanh.

38. “As the rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgments, but rain your goodness on all equally.” Gautama Buddha.

39. “Be like a tree. The tree gives shade even to those who cut its branches. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

40. “We are all basically the same human beings, seeking happiness and trying to avoid suffering.” Dalai Lama

41. “The gift of knowledge is the highest gift in the world.” Swami Vivekananda.

42. “True and lasting inner peace can never be found in external things.” Gautama Buddha.

43. “Those who cling to perceptions and views wander the world offending people.” Gautama Buddha.

44. “If you let cloudy water sit, it will clear up. If you let your disturbed mind settle, your mind will also become clear.” Gautama Buddha.

45. “Happiness will never come to those who do not appreciate what they already have.” Gautama Buddha.

46. ​​“To stop suffering, stop greed. Greed is a source of suffering. Gautama Buddha.

47. “Pain is safe, suffering is optional.” Gautama Buddha.

48. “If a man going down into a river, swollen and flowing fast, is swept away – how can he help others to cross?” Gautama Buddha.

49. “A mind undisturbed by the vagaries of fortune, sorrow released, impurities cleansed, fear released – this is the greatest blessing.” Gautama Buddha.

50. “Your success is not measured in terms of everything you got, but in terms of what you become, how you live and what actions you take. On this point he reflects well and attains great happiness». Swami Vivekananda.

51. “A Buddhist monk has a responsibility first of all with themselves, and that is to find the truth every day in every part of their life.” Frederick Lenz.

52. “Why do you expect reward in heaven for that?…No, holy monk, try to be virtuous in the world, do good to society, without locking yourself in a monastery…”. Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

53. «Just as the bee” alt=”Opens in a new tab.” data-ezsrc=”https://sf.ezoiccdn.com/ezoimgfmt/expandetumente.com/wp-content/themes/acabado/img/extlink.png” /> collects the nectar and leaves without harming the flower, nor its color, nor its fragrance, may the wise man dwell on earth». Gautama Buddha.

54. “A rich businessman who lives a simple life with his family while helping all the people he can, is more of a monk than a monk who lives secluded in a monastery meditating and begging.” Abhijit Naskar.

55. “Being a monk is having time to practice for your transformation and healing. And then help the transformation and healing of other people. Thich Nhat Hanh.

56. “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama.
57. “Perhaps the ancient monks were right when they tried to uproot love; perhaps the poets are right when they try to water it. Olive Schreiner.

58. “The extraordinary patience of a monk can be an obstacle to making desperate decisions.” Harsha Bhogle.

59. “This world needs more monks than millionaires.” anuj jasani.

60. “As Buddhist monks, our task is to resolutely bring ourselves more and more into the light, to forgive and forget, to forget those who create problems for us because remembering them is only keeping the problems in mind.” Frederick Lenz.

Reflections of the phrases of monks

The phrases of the monks are messages of wisdom, which we should take into account, internalize them and apply them to daily life. They are for personal and spiritual growth, of course, their application is not easy, but if we try again and again we can achieve it.

Thich Nhat Hanh, in sentence No. 3, teaches us a great reality of today’s life, the loss of time, as if our time were infinite, without being aware that you have a limited time in life and you have to use them in higher actions, than idle talk or wasting time sleeping. Seeking fame and recognition from others leads you to be vain, which is not the best way to go.

Shi Yan Ming, in sentence No. 8, mentions the phrase, to understand oneself. It is the same as knowing yourself, knowing yourself from within, knowing what we are capable of, seeing our weaknesses and strengths.

Phrases No. 10 and No. 32 Buddha Gautama and Thich Nhat Hanh, mention us to live the present as a solution to the problems of the mind, body and happiness, the technique that is very fashionable mindfulness, it turns out that it is thousands of years old used in some Asian countries.

Phrase No. 35, Swami Vivekananda tells us a powerful phrase that we should practice daily. Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole soul into it, to the exclusion of everything else.

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