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If you help and serve others, you will ultimately gain.
From the least to the most important event, the affection and respect of others are vital to our happiness.
We have to have some sort of politics. Politics is a form of resolving conflicts and if from sincere motivation is constructive.
If your practice is motivated by bodhicittaâ€”the aspiration to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all…then your practice becomes truly a practice of perfection.
Without patient endurance, even the smallest thing becomes unbearable. A lot depends on our attitude.
It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country.
When we talk of spiritual practice, we cannot inject certain qualities and suddenly transform the mind. This takes time.
When things are not going well for someone we dislike, what is the point in rejoicing? It does not make his/her present suffering any worse and even if it did, how sad it would be that we should wish such a thing.
Mental development, in harmony with material development, is very important.
In the cycle of rebirths, which we call samsara, from time to time there occurs the phenomenon of reincarnation. First of all, let us make a distinction. The cycle of rebirths-samsara-is the very condition of all life. No existence escapes it, unless it gets to nirvana. This condition is painful, because it obliges us to live and live again, on levels that can be worse than those we have known.
In our world we need a clear awareness of the interdependent nature of nations; of humans and animals; and of humans, animals and the world. Everything is of interdependent nature.
Western brains work a great deal but always in the direction of efficiency. In that way the mind puts itself at the service of the result.
The root of the mind’s turmoil is ignorance on account of which we fail to understand the true nature of things.
The interesting thing is that the more powerful telescopes we use, the more we will find-more and more stars and lives.
Irrespective of whether you’re a believer or nonbeliever, Buddhist, Christian, or Jewish, the important thing is to be a good human being.
Like all servants, it renounces its independence. In that way, the universal invasion of technology lessons the life of the mind.
In a family where there is love and compassion, the children will become happier and more successful human beings. Without love, there is a real danger of ruining their whole life. Human affection is thus most influential for children’s development.
The practical and realistic aim is compassion, a warm heart, serving others, helping others, respecting others, being less selfish.
The very purpose of meditation is to discipline the mind and reduce afflictive emotions.
Great vigilance must be maintained at all times when dealing in areas with which we do not have great understanding. This, of course, is where science can help. We consider things to be mysterious only when we do not understand them.
We must all contribute to the fulfillment of the human potential and the improvement of the quality of life as much as we are able.
If you are showing love to your fellow human beings, you are showing love to your God.
Unlike an external enemy, the inner enemy cannot regroup and launch a comeback once it has been destroyed from within.
The metaphor of light is a common image in all the major religious traditions.
I try to see each tragedy in the context of other, bigger tragedies in history. That gives me a larger focus and makes it easier to bear.
We must each lead a way of life with self-awareness and compassion, to do as much as we can. Then, whatever happens we will have no regrets.
Of course, others may try to take advantage of you, and if your remaining detached only encourages unjust aggression, adopt a strong stand.
Compassion, tolerance, and altruism bring us happiness and calmness. But when the individual is able to fully experience this clear light, he or she is on the way to true liberation and full enlightenment.
The story of the Buddha’s personal life is the story of someone who attained full enlightenment through hard work and unwavering dedication.
If you have too much expectation, you may come away disappointed.
It is not enough for us to simply lament and complain, but we should use our intelligence and work hard.
Through meditative techniques, one can free the mind of delusions and attain what we call enlightenment.
The right attitude toward others can be developed on the clear realization of the oneness of all human beings.
One of the characteristics of karmic theory is that there is a definite, commensurate relationship between cause and effect.
There are many levels of help we can offer others.
Compassion brings us more smiles, friendship, and harmony. So compassion is really something very precious.
What irritates us in the first place is that our wishes are not fulfilled. But remaining upset does nothing to help fulfill our wishes.
Regardless of race, creed, ideology, politics, or economics, the most important and basic aspect of all people is their shared humanity.
True enlightenment is nothing but the nature of one’s own self being fully realized.
Ignorance, arrogance, and obstinacy of certain individuals, with good or evil intensions, have been at the root of all tragedies in history.
Through actual practice in his daily life, man well fulfills the aim of all religion, whatever his denomination.
Compassion is compulsory for everyone to practice, and if I were a dictator I would dictate to everyone to do so.
If it is reasonable and beneficial, it is good; but if it is only for profit, cheating, and exploitation, or is misleading then it is wrong.
Happiness is a state of mind. With physical comforts, if your mind is still in a state of confusion and agitation it is not happiness. Happiness means calmness of mind.
I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.
The constant danger is to open the door to greed, one of our most relentless enemies.
If one harbors hateful thoughts, it ruins one’s health.
Each of us must learn to work not just for his or her own self, family, or nation, but for the benefit of all mankind.
I realize that results of inquiries are dependent on the experiments employed to achieve them.
Rather than speaking badly about people, we should practice a purer perception of them and speak only of their good qualities.
If this is a general fact, how can we still stubbornly maintain that our perceptions about our own spiritual masters must be true?
Tranquil or calm abiding is a heightened state of awareness possessing a very single nature.
Because we all share an identical need for love, it is possible to feel that anybody we meet is a brother or sister.
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.
Hatred or anger is the greatest stumbling block for a practitioner who is aspiring to enhance his or her altruism and attain a good heart. And when hatred or anger is generated, it has the capacity to destroy one’s virtue and calmness of mind.
The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves.
Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.
Meditation on death cuts off attraction toward transient and meaningless activities.
History has shown us that the most positive or beneficial developments in human society have occurred as the result of care and compassion.
One can’t blame all our troubles on God, nor on destiny, nor on karma. All this comes from a rather cowardly attitude.
Within oneself, within each single person, one finds many inconsistencies and contradictions.
It is said that if you want to know what you were doing in the past, look at your body now. If you want to know what will happen in the future, look at what your mind is doing now.
When beginning Buddhist practice our ability to serve others is limited â€” the emphasis on healing ourselves, transforming our minds/hearts.
If one assumes a humble attitude, one’s own good qualities will increase.
If you help others with sincere motivation and concern, that will bring you more fortune, friends, smiles, and success.
When you open yourself up mentally, you do so only with someone you trust from the bottom of your heart, someone you feel very close to.
We have genuine friendship when it is based on true human feeling, a closeness in which there is a sense of sharing and connectedness. I would call this type of friendship genuine because it is not affected by the increase or decrease of one’s wealth, status, or power. The factor that sustains that friendship is whether or not the two have mutual feelings of love and affection.
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.
If there is love, there is hope to have real families, real brotherhood, real equanimity, real peace.
Freedom is the real source of human happiness and creativity.
Oppression has never, anywhere, succeeded in suppressing the eternal desire of people to live as free men.
The natural environment sustains the life of all beings universally.
When your meditative experience gets deep enough to control the five inner elements…then there is the possibility of controlling the five outer elements. Our experience is based on the five inner and five outer elements.
Whatever the circumstances, we should remain humble, modest, and without pride.
We all know that the human mind is agitated, subject to frightful jolts. But this agitation isn’t the dominant force. It is possible and necessary to master it.
The happiness we seek can be attained only through the purification of our minds.