We shrink from descending
We shrink from descending into ourselves, as the Buddha recommended.
To our naive, natural mind, everything appears as if it has an independent, solid, objective entity or objective status. However, what is very clear is that when we begin to search, they disintegrate and disappear, and they are unfindable.
The karmic factors make the human see it as a water while the god sees nectar and the preta sees blood. The same object, due to special forces of karma, appears differently to each of them.
In principle, contentment should be pursued, but pure contentment is almost suicidal.
All religions are essentially the same in their goal of developing a good heart so that we may become better human beings.
If you want to practice Tibetan Buddhism you should take the essence and try to adapt it to your cultural background and conditions.
Try to develop a deep conviction that the present human body has great potential and that you shall never waste a single minute of its use.
The constant danger is to open the door to greed, one of our most relentless enemies.
If a person has a calm and stable mind, this influences his/her attitude and behavior in relation to others. In other words, if someone remains in a peaceful and tranquil state of mind, external surroundings can cause them limited disturbance.
I believe that the search for Truth will continue and will grow even keener as we make greater material progress.
Buddha advises, ‘O bhikshus and wise men, just as a goldsmith would test his gold by burning, cutting, and rubbing it so must you examine my words and accept them but not merely out of reverence for me.’
Even if it takes a long time to do so. No imperialist power has succeeded in keeping other people in colonial subjection for long.
I sometimes think that the act of bringing food is one of the basic roots of all relationships.
The rationale for loving others is the recognition that every living being has the same right to and desire for happiness and not suffering.
If one analyzes carefully, one finds that troublemakers are definitely not happy.
It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country.
And as far as external appearance is concerned, nature in its pristine form is also art.
Wherever you are, your religious teachings must be there with you.
We are all on this planet together, brothers and sisters with the same physical and mental facilities, the same problems and needs.
What is endeavor? It is finding joy in doing what is good. To do that, it is necessary to remove anything that counteracts it, especially laziness.
And as long as they have not attained enlightenment, may I devote myself entirely to their happiness.
If one assumes a humble attitude, one’s own good qualities will increase.
The concept of violence is out of date. The destruction of your neighborhood is actually the destruction of yourself.
Simplicity is extremely important for happiness.
Inner darkness, which we call ignorance, is the root of suffering. The more inner light that comes, the more darkness will diminish.
I found, as every teacher does, that there is nothing like teaching to help one learn.
To stop being born in cyclic existence, meditate on the path.
If we can satisfy people at a heart level, peace will ensue.
Since at the beginning and end of our lives we’re so dependent on others’ kindness, how can we neglect kindness toward others in the middle?
No material object, however beautiful or valuable, can make us feel loved because our deeper identity and true character lie in the subjective nature of the mind.
We are all here on this planet as tourists. None of us can live here forever. So while we are here we should try to have a good heart and to make something positive and useful of our lives.
Through universal altruism you develop a feeling of responsibility for others: the wish to help them actively overcome their problems.
“Giving Dharma” refers to the giving of teachings to other sentient beings with pure motivation to benefit them.
If you forget about others’ rights and neglect others’ welfare, ultimately you will be very lonely.
Wherever we go, let us be humble and avoid being noisy or bossy. Let us not hurt other people’s feelings or cause them to act negatively.
Mental development should be carried out by internal means, not through external means.
By maintaining sharp awareness of the function of religion as expressed in the actuality of all teachings we can escape the ruinous error of sectarian discrimination and partisanship and we can avoid the grave sin of casting aside any religious teaching.
It is most unlikely that we shall actually be able to take on the sufferings of others and give them our happiness. When such transference between beings does occur it is the result of some very strong unbroken karmic connection from the past.
The mind is brought under control by purifying our mistaken notion of reality.
There’s no shop that sells kindness, you must built it within.
The root of the mind’s turmoil is ignorance on account of which we fail to understand the true nature of things.
Do not be like a man who tastes food in all the different restaurants but never actually gets down to eating a meal.
There is no possibility of happiness and peace while someone is under the leadership of a very negative person.
Buddhahood is a state free of all obstructions and disturbing emotions. It is the state in which the mind is fully evolved.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
We should have a clear realization of the oneness of all humanity.
A kind heart and compassion are the real sources of peace and happiness.
When beginning Buddhist practice our ability to serve others is limited â€” the emphasis on healing ourselves, transforming our minds/hearts.
It is delusion that forces one to be attracted and attached to one’s own side and feel hatred and anger toward the opposite side. Thus, one creates many divisions within the human community, coming about through the underlying force of the attachment to one’s own self.
If a tailor just holds the needle in his hand and goes on talking to a customer, the tailoring does not get finished. Besides, the needle might prick his finger. In short, meaningless gossip prevents us from doing any kind of work.
Mother planet is showing us the red warning light. Be careful, she is saying. To take care of the planet is to take care of our own house.
Samsara and nirvana are nothing but different manifestations of a basic continuum. So this continuity of consciousness is always present.
Like all authority, it cannot be applied at random. Otherwise, that power could become arbitrary and irresponsible.
The essence of Buddhism is if you can, help others. If not, then at least refrain from hurting others.
Tibetans have a saying: ‘If bad news comes, you listen here [right ear] and let it out here [left ear].’
When this state is veiled or inhibited from expressing its true essence, the person is said to be caught in the cycle of existence, samsara.
If you rely on someone who has lower qualities than yourself, that will lead to your degeneration.
When receiving the teachings, it’s important to listen with the determined wish to attain the state of omniscience for the sake of all beings.
Nonviolence is the only way. Even if you achieve your goal by violent means there are always side effects, sometimes worse than the problem.
All the waters and rivers of different lands have their ultimate meeting point in the ocean. So too, the different viewpoints on society the variety of economic theories, and means to attainment benefit mankind itself. This can clearly be seen from the contemporary history of both the East and West.
All the waters and rivers of different lands and climes have their ultimate meeting point in the ocean.
In this century we have made remarkable material progress, but basically we are the same as we were thousands of years ago. Our spiritual needs are still great.
What irritates us in the first place is that our wishes are not fulfilled. But remaining upset does nothing to help fulfill our wishes.
If one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved.
The power of mediaâ€”whether direct or indirectâ€”is a real power which acts on us, modifies our behavior, our tastes, and probably our thoughts.
When hatred or anger are generated they have the capacity to destroy one’s virtue and calmness of mind.
The training of the mind is an art. If this can be considered as art, one’s life is art.
Obviously we can lose hope, let ourselves slip into discouragement, into alcohol, drugs, and unending sadness. Or else we can wake ourselves up, discover in ourselves an energy that was hidden there, and act with more clarity, more force.
When we talk of the six perfectionsâ€”generosity, ethical discipline, patience, perseverance, concentration, and wisdom …they can also be found in other, non-bodhisattva practitioners who are working more toward their own individual liberation. What makes the practice of these six factors perfect is the motivation involved.
I feel there is a difference between the mental conflicts that one feels and the emotions they give rise toâ€”anger, hostility, and so forth. If you’re not able to express these conflicts, then when you are able at a later point they’re automatically accompanied by hostility/anger.
It is anger that is a sign of weakness, where as patience is a sign of strength.
In the Buddhist context, light is particularly associated with wisdom and knowledge; darkness with ignorance and a state of misknowledge.
Through money and power you cannot solve all problems. The problem in the human heart must first be solved.
The death penalty is pure violence, a barbaric and useless act. Dangerous even, because it can only lead to other acts of violence.
The sky is clear, I see the stars, and I have a special feelingâ€”of my insignificance in the cosmos.
If the encounter is not possible, work on your anger and develop compassion by yourself.