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At daybreak if the weather is fine, I go into the garden. This time of day is very special to me.
Our intention should not be spoiled by the 8 worldly preoccupations: gain or loss, pleasure or pain, praise or criticism, fame or infamy.
According to tantra, the ultimate nature of mind is essentially pure. This pristine nature is technically called “clear light.”
A person who knows a lot but does not practice is like a shepherd who does not own any sheep but always looks after another’s flock.
The foundation of all spiritual practice is love. That you practice this well is my only request.
Let us constantly keep watch over the wild elephant of the mind, curbing it with mindfulness and vigilance.
There are many levels of help we can offer others.
The story of the Buddha’s personal life is the story of someone who attained full enlightenment through hard work and unwavering dedication.
Our judgements, even concerning ordinary things, are frequently clouded by our emotions.
If you must be selfish, then be wise and not narrow-minded in your selfishness.
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.
‘Giving Dharma’ refers to the giving of teachings to other sentient beings with pure motivation to benefit them.
I have found, as every teacher does, that there is nothing like teaching to help one learn.
When things are not going well for someone we dislike, what is the point in rejoicing?
True practitioners remain independent, fear nothing, and are never at odds with themselves. Always peaceful, they are friendly with all, and everything they say is helpful.
Human potential is the same for all. We all have the power of thoughtâ€”so what are you lacking?
Buddha always talked about the negative experiences as a result of having performed negative actions. So for a good practitioner there is no new year, there is no good day or bad day.
Because violence can only breed more violence and suffering, our struggle must be nonviolent and free of hatred.
There’s no shop that sells kindness, you must built it within.
The basic Buddhist stance on the question of equality between the genders is age-old.
For a better, happier, more civilized future, each of us must develop a sincere, warm-hearted feeling of brotherhood and sisterhood.
It is the knowledge or wisdom aspect of the path that is the true antidote to dispelling ignorance.
Regardless of race, creed, ideology, politics, or economics, the most important and basic aspect of all people is their shared humanity.
Everything seems to be escaping our thought, and hence our control.
When contemplating suffering, do not fall into the feeling of self-importance or conceit.
When beginning Buddhist practice our ability to serve others is limited â€” the emphasis on healing ourselves, transforming our minds/hearts.
All human beings come from a mother’s womb. We are all the same part of one human family.
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.
We shrink from descending into ourselves, as the Buddha recommended.
Whoever excludes others will find himself excluded in turn.
To be successful in accomplishing the practice of the 6 perfections, cooperation with and kindness to fellow beings is extremely important. [6 perfections being generosity, ethical discipline, tolerance, joyous effort, concentration, and wisdom]
I believe that the search for Truth will continue and will grow even keener as we make greater material progress.
To open yourself up in this way is an important step in overcoming mental problems.
At the end of the last century, science and spirituality seemed incompatible. Now, they have moved closer together.
Compassion does not arise mechanically. Such a sincere feeling must grow gradually, cultivated in each individual, based on their own conviction of its worth.
Both bondage and true freedom depend on the varying states of the clear light mind.
When we take the Buddha as an authority, as a reliable teacher we do so on the basis of having investigated and examined his principal teaching, the Four Noble Truths.
Right from the beginning of human civilization, delusions have been the real cause of problems, trouble, and conflict within society.
Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself. It is wrong to expect some final satisfaction to come from money or from a computer.
The 3 physical non-virtues are killing, stealing, and moral misconduct.
Some people, sweet and attractive, strong and healthy, happen to die young. They are masters in disguise teaching us about impermanence.
From a believer’s point of view I do have some special relationship with some higher beings. But in my own mind I am still an ordinary Buddhist monk.
Ignorance is the source of hatred, and the way to get rid of ignorance is realization.
It is not enough for us to simply lament and complain, but we should use our intelligence and work hard.
Encountering suffering will definitely contribute to the elevation of your spiritual practice. Provided you are able to transform the calamity and misfortune into the path.
The differing viewpoints on society, the variety of economic theories, and the means to their attainment benefit mankind itself.
When we’re able to recognize and forgive ignorant actions, we strengthen ourselves and can solve the problems of the present constructively.
We must all live harmoniously with our neighbors.
If people everywhere are not allowed to strive for the happiness they want, then they will be dissatisfied and make problems for everyone.
At the highest tantric levels, at the esoteric level, you must respect women, every woman.
Irrespective of whether you’re a believer or nonbeliever, Buddhist, Christian, or Jewish, the important thing is to be a good human being.
Only a spontaneous feeling of empathy with others can really inspire us to act on their behalf.
Without feelings we cannot have demarcation between justice and injustice, truth and untruth, good or bad.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
If you had to analyze all your dreams there would be no time left to dream.
To develop patience, you need someone who willfully hurts you. Such people give us real opportunities to practice tolerance.
One can be deceived by 3 types of laziness: indolence, inferiority, and the laziness that is attached to negative actions. Ideally, one should have a great deal of courage and strength, but not boast or make a big show of it. Then, in times of need, one should rise to the occasion and fight bravely for what is right.
Patience protects us from being discouraged.
Enlightenment is the ending of rebirth which means a complete non-attachment or non-identification with all thoughts, feelings, perceptions, physical sensations, and ideas.
If you want to practice Tibetan Buddhism you should take the essence and try to adapt it to your cultural background and conditions.
Buddha is the teacher, Dharma is the actual refuge, and the Sangha is the one which assists in understanding the objects of refuge.
If you rely on someone who has qualities similar to yourself, you will stay where you are.
Even if it takes a long time to do so. No imperialist power has succeeded in keeping other people in colonial subjection for long.
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.
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.
Unlike an external enemy, the inner enemy cannot regroup and launch a comeback once it has been destroyed from within.
For a person who cherishes compassion and love, the practice of tolerance is essential, and for that an enemy is indispensable.
Past and future exist in relation to the present, but if the present cannot be positioned, how can past and future be positioned? This is a demonstration of dependent origination.
We very easily get used to the mind’s laziness, all the more easily because laziness hides beneath the appearance of activity: we run right and left, we make calculations and phone calls. But these activities engage only the most elementary and coarse levels of the mind. They hide the essential from us.
When we encounter human suffering, it is important to respond with compassion rather than to question the politics of those we help.
There is no point in indulging in dissension-creating discussions on differing ideologies. No positive result has accrued from attempting to convert all men of different temperaments and likings into one common ideology and mode of behavior.
The true test of honoring Buddha or God is the love one extends to fellow humans.
If any sensible person thinks deeply, he will respect justice. There’s an inborn appreciation and respect for justice within our human body.
The two most important things to remember in business are: be aware of the consequential impact on ecology, and a caring relationship between employer and employee.
Even though a bird can fly, it must land on earth.
Nothing is more important than guarding the mind.