Allan Lokos Quotes


Type: The Founder and guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center.

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Allan Lokos is the founder and guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center. He began his study and practice of meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh in the nineties and his teachers have included Joseph Goldstein, Larry Rosenberg, Andrew Olendzki, Stephen Batchelor, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche, among others. He has attended retreats at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and classes and workshops at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.

Allan Lokos Quotes

Directing the mind to stay in the present can be a formidable task.

Our work is not to become a better person, but to become present to the perfection we already are.

Don't believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that - thoughts.

We must accept the reality that the causes of impatience travel a two-way street.

Patience is a natural consequence of the cultivation of compassion & love, for ourselves and all beings.

The art of peaceful living comes down to living compassionately & wisely.

To advance spiritually requires a method of practice & determination to carry it out.

Peace can be found within, no matter the external circumstances.

Patience is supported & nurtured by a quality of forgiveness.

Understanding the true nature of things, or seeing things as they really are, is the ground of wisdom.

One of the best ways to support the development of patience is to cultivate happiness with yourself.

Our greatest happiness comes from the experience of love & compassion.

Accepting the reality of change gives rise to equanimity.

True patience is grounded in wisdom & compassion.

Honor your relationships by developing listening skills.

When we teach a child patience we offer them the gift of a dignified life.

You honor yourself by acting with dignity and composure.

While meditating we are simply seeing what the mind has been doing all along.

Observe & accept what ever arises & know that everything is as it needs to be.

Observing your thoughts, feelings & sensations is the grist of the practice.

Do not speak about anyone who is not physically present.

Suffering usually relates to wanting things to be different from the way they are.

Patience is the direct antithesis of anger.

One doesn't have to be religious to lead a moral life or attain wisdom.

When we are aware of our weaknesses or negative tendencies, we open the opportunity to work on them.

The practice of lovingkindness can uplift us & relieve sorrow & unhappiness.

That's why it's called a practice. We have to practice a practice if it is to be of value.

We all have issues & we have usually come by them honestly.

Being a senior doesn't automatically make one wise but the wise & foolish alike have things to teach us.

We train the mind so that we can enjoy greater peace, happiness, wisdom & equanimity.

The erruption of feelings & emotions that follows a near-death exerience, or any event that causes us to stop & look deeply at the reality of our lives, is ripe with the potential for insight & clarity.

We yearn for there to be meaning to our lives, balanced with a sense of inner peace & joy.

The experience of pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral is the consequences of perception.

Thoughts, words, emotions & deeds not coming from love are likely coming from fear.

Any methodology for developing patience requires a multi-tiered approach.

The more we genuinely care about others the greater our own happiness & inner peace.

The most important step in developing skillful speech is to think before speaking.

So what is a good meditator? A good meditator meditates.

To be mindful entails examining the path we are traveling & making choices that alleviate suffering & bring happiness to ourselves & those around us.

Remind yourself that your mental & emotional health are important.

Patience is both the tool for and the result of, our efforts.

An open beginner's mind is a powerful tool for developing patience.

Without the ability to be present we are missing much of what the adventure has to offer.

There is no illness that is not exacerbated by stress.

A modern definition of equanimity: cool. This refers to one whose mind remains stable & calm in all situations.

Our actions speak for us & they speak loudly.

Praise & esteem can feel good, which is fine, but don't look to them for inner peace & lasting happiness.

We are all in this together. Our happiness inextricably is tied to that of all beings.

People in the midst of losing their patience are certainly experiencing as aspect of dukkha.

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