When we look deeply into the heart of a flower, we see clouds, sunshine, minerals, time, the earth, and everything else in the cosmos in it. Without clouds there could be no rain, and without rain there would be no flower.
People sacrifice the present for the future. But life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.
Nirvana is the complete silencing of concepts.
When you have peace in yourself and accept, then you are calm enough to do something, but if you are carried by despair, there is no hope.
When we are angry, our anger is our very self. To suppress or chase away our anger is to suppress or chase away ourselves. When anger is born, we can be aware that anger is an energy in us, and we can change that energy into another kind of energy. If we want to transform it, first we have to know h
We have the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast. But in the name of freedom, people have done a lot of damage. I think we have to build a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast in order to counterbalance. Because liberty without responsibility is not true liberty. We are not free to destroy.
Breathing in, I am aware that I am breathing in.Breathing out, I am aware that I am breathing out.Breathing in, I am grateful for this moment.Breathing out, I smile.Breathing in, I am aware of the preciousness of this day.Breathing out, I vow to live deeply in this day.
If you realize that the other person is a human being too, and you have exactly the same kind of spiritual path, and then the two can become good practitioners. This appears to be practical for both.
Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.
Impermanence is very important, crucial for life. That is why instead of complaining about impermanence you have to say "Long live impermanence!"
Anger and hatred are the materials from which hell is made.
We can smile, breathe, walk, and eat our meals in a way that allows us to be in touch with the abundance of happiness that is available. We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a
When you learn how to suffer, you suffer much less.
At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.
If you are truly present and know how to take care of the present moment as best you can, you are doing your best for the future already.
How do you want to create peace, if there is no peace inside yourselves?
If we can not smile, we cannot help other people to smile.
To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.
The fact that I am standing there and washing bowls is a wondrous reality. I'm being completely myself, following my breath, conscious of my presence, and conscious of my thoughts and actions.
When the energy of compassion and love touches us, healing establishes itself.
If you are motivated by loving kindness and compassion, there are many ways to bring happiness to others right now, starting with kind speech.
If you suffer and make your loved ones suffer, there is nothing that can justify your desire.
We need to move beyond the idea of 'environment' and fall back in love with Mother Earth.
The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.
Listening to and understanding our inner sufferings will resolve most of the problems we encounter.
The roots of war are in the way we live our daily lives -- the way we develop our industries, build up our society, and consume goods.
You are me, and I am you. Isn't it obvious that we "inter-are"? You cultivate the flower in yourself, so that I will be beautiful. I transform the garbage in myself, so that you will not have to suffer.
This is a very important practice. Live your daily life in a way that you never lose yourself. When you are carried away with your worries, fears, cravings, anger, and desire, you run away from yourself and you lose yourself. The practice is always to go back to oneself.
As we cultivate peace and happiness in ourselves, we also nourish peace and happiness in those we love.
Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If it is not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing.