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Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.
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Come out of the circle of time and into the circle of love.
Our world hangs like a magnificent jewel in the vastness of space. Every one of us is a part of this jewel; and in the perspective of infinity, our differences are infinitesimal. We are intimately related. May we never pretend that we are not.
Do not pursue the past. Do not lose yourself in the future. The past no longer is. The future has yet to come. Looking deeply at life as it is In the very here and now, The practioner dwells In stability and freedom. We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late. Death comes unexpectedly. How can we bargain with it?
The soul never thinks without an image.
Knowing others is wisdom; knowing the self is enlightenment.
Listen, you are breathing just a little, and calling it life?
Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.
To create a happy and peaceful world, we must be happy and peaceful ourselves.
Let's trade all the judging for appreciating. Let's lay down our righteousness and just be together.
In the garden of gentle sanity, may you be bombarded by coconuts of wakefulness.
Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
At the moment of death you will see what your whole life's work was preparing you to do.
Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
It's hard to grow, because it's difficult to let go of the models of ourselves in which we've invested so heavily.
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
Do not go to the garden of flowers! O Friend! go not there; In your body is the garden of flowers. Take your seat on the thousand petals of the lotus, and there gaze on the Infinite Beauty.
We should think, 'If I live, I will benefit beings. If I die, I will benefit beings. I will benefit beings as the basis, as the path, and as the result.' There is simply no other intention than this.
To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.
True wealth isn't measured in assets or cash flow, but in how abundant we feel.
Faith is not being sure. It is not being sure, but betting with your last cent.
'There is no use trying,' said Alice. 'I cannot believe impossible things.' 'I dare say, you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. 'When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.'
I was there for fifteen seconds, and became a servant for life.
Respect and joy in each other's lives - those are the secrets of family life and friendship.
I pray for all of us, oppressor and friend, that together we may succeed in building a better world through human understanding and love, and that in doing so we may reduce the pain and suffering of all sentient beings.
If eyes were made for seeing, then Beauty is its own excuse for being.
Try to take the position of an observer... and watch with amazement how your life unfolds... because everything is a gift from BEYOND. More and more I am convinced that if it’s your time, nothing will save you... and if it’s not, nothing will kill you. So, there’s really nothing to fear... a larger Force is in charge, and THAT is what you want to know and connect to.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
When you die, God and the angels will hold you accountable for all the pleasures you were allowed in life that you denied yourself.
Wars arise from a failure to understand one another’s humanness. Instead of summit meetings, why not have families meet for a picnic and get to know each other while the children play together?
Don’t try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.
Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
Enlightenment — that magnificent escape from anguish and ignorance – never happens by accident. It results from the brave and sometimes lonely battle of one person against his own weaknesses.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
Develop the mind of equilibrium. You will always be getting praise and blame, but do not let either affect the poise of the mind: follow the calmness, the absence of pride.
If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.
I come from the East, most of you [here] are Westerners. If I look at you superficially, we are different, and if I put my emphasis on that level, we grow more distant. If I look on you as my own kind, as human beings like myself, with one nose, two eyes, and so forth, then automatically that distance is gone. We are the same human flesh. I want happiness; you also want happiness. From that mutual recognition, we can build respect and real trust of each other. From that can come cooperation and harmony.
Adverse circumstances test our courage, our strength of mind, and the depth of our conviction in the Dharma. There is nothing exceptional about practicing Dharma in a good environment and atmosphere. The true test is if we can maintain our practice in adverse conditions.
Through my experience I have shown to you liberation (overcoming suffering). Liberation comes from your effort and practice. Also... you are your own master.
Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. That is not just a dream, but a necessity. We are dependent on each other in so many ways that we can no longer live in isolated communities and ignore what is happening outside those communities.
The creatures that inhabit this earth--be they human beings or animals--are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.
Considering the harm others do to you As created by your former deeds, do not anger. Act such that further suffering will not be created And your own faults will disappear.
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Dangerous consequences will follow when politicians and rulers forget moral principles. Whether we believe in God or karma, ethics is the foundation of every religion.
Contrary to what some people might believe, there is nothing wrong with having pleasures and enjoyments. What is wrong is the confused way we grasp onto these pleasures, turning them from a source of happiness into a source of pain and dissatisfaction.
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Your rewards in life are always in direct proportion to your contribution.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life.
A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.
The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you can't do.
It is not your aptitude, but your attitude that determines your altitude.
Few things are harder to put up with than a good example.
How much of your life do you spend looking forward to being somewhere else?
If we unbalance Nature, human kind will suffer. Furthermore, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility towards others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy as, if not healthier than we found it.
If you don't understand the Way as it meets your eyes, how can you know the Path as you walk?
It is extremely important to investigate the causes or origins of suffering. One must begin that process by appreciating the impermanent, transient nature of our existence. All things, events and phenomena are dynamic, changing every moment, nothing remains static. Meditating on one’s blood circulation could serve to reinforce this idea: the blood is constantly flowing, it never stands still….
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
Every minute you perform hundreds of karmic actions, yet you are hardly conscious of any of them. In the stillness of meditation, however, you can listen to your mind, the source of all this activity. You learn to be aware of your actions to a far greater extent than ever before. This self-awareness leads to self-control, enabling you to master your karma rather than be mastered by it.
Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
The mind is often compared to a horseman and the breath to the horse. A wild and untamed horse is difficult for the rider; a very good and well-trained horse is quite useful. If both rider and horse are extremely well trained and skilled, an excellent combination has been made.
Intention is the core of all conscious life. It is our intentions that create karma, our intentions that help others, our intentions that lead us away from the delusions of individuality toward the immutable verities of enlightened awareness. Conscious intention colors and moves everything.
Brute force, no matter how strongly applied, can never subdue the basic human desire for freedom and dignity. It is not enough, as communist systems have assumed, merely to provide people with food, shelter and clothing. Human nature needs to breathe the precious air of liberty.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
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“Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us.”
— His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama