Insight Quotes

Insight is an important part of the meditation path. There are many different types of Buddhism, and our tradition is actually referred to in English as Insight Meditation. Insight is the development of wisdom and clarity, especially regarding the Three Marks of Existence. However, we can develop insight into many things, like how the mind works, the nature of experience, or a fundamental truth. Here are some of our favorite quotes about insight.

insight quote“So resolve yourselves. It’s not just by sitting with your eyes closed that you develop wisdom. Eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind are constantly with us, so be constantly alert. Study constantly. Seeing trees or animals can all be occasions for study. Bring it all inwards. See clearly within your own heart. If some sensation makes impact on the heart, witness it clearly for yourself, don’t simply disregard it.”
-Ajahn Chah

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.”
-Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Wisdom by itself is like an empty gold vessel, it needs to be filled with compassion. Wisdom and compassion are the two sides of the same coin, one representing personal and the other transpersonal consciousness and both equally indispensable for the attainment of enlightenment.”
-Madmilla Moacanin

“Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.”
-Jon Kabat-Zinn

“A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“Every time we become aware of a thought, as opposed to being lost in a thought, we experience that opening of the mind.”
-Joseph Goldstein

“Living from our deepest understanding requires an enormous effort, especially when it goes against the stream of our instinctually programmed perceptions of the world.”
-Stephen Batchelor

“Friendliness, compassion, altruistic joy, and equanimity. These are not static traits, but skills we can develop. So are antagonism, cruelty, jealousy, and volatility. Which are we choosing to practice, moment by moment?”
-The Secular Buddhist

“Ultimately, everything we do to try to advance a secular dharma practice needs to be weighed on the basis of how well it brings us together and strengthens our practice, nourishes our hearts and transforms our lives.”
-Mark Knickelbine

“The teaching of the Buddha is qualified as ehi-passika, inviting you to ‘come and see’, but not to come and believe.”
-Walpola Rahula

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