Being rich is an obstacle to loving. When you are rich, you want to continue to be rich, and so you end up devoting all your time, all your energy, in your daily life to stay rich.
The secret to happiness is happiness itself. Wherever we are, any time, we have the capacity to enjoy the sunshine, the presence of each other, the wonder of our breathing. We don't have to travel anywhere else to do so. We can be in touch with these things right now.
I am inviting you to go deeper, to learn and to practice so that you become someone who has a great capacity for being solid, calm, and without fear, because our society needs people like you who have these qualities, and your children, our children, need people like you, in order to go on, in order
In Buddhism, we talk of meditation as an act of awakening, to be awake to the fact that the earth is in danger and living species are in danger.
We may think that justice is everyone being equal, having the same rights, sharing the same kind of advantages, but maybe we have not had the chance to look at the nature of justice in terms of no-self. That kind of justice is based on the idea of self, but it may be very interesting to explore just
We try to live every moment like that, dwelling peacefully in the present moment, and respond to events with compassion.
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.
To make peace, our hearts must be at peace with the world.
The practice of Zen is to eat, breathe, cook, carry water, and scrub the toilet â€” to infuse every act of body, speech, and mind â€” with mindfulness, to illuminate every leaf and pebble, every heap of garbage, every path that leads to our mind's return home.
Dealing with our overweight - or with any of our life's difficulties, for that matter - is not a battle to be fought. Instead, we must learn how to make friends with our hardships and challenges. They are there to help us; they are natural opportunities for deeper understanding and transformation, b
Peace ca n exist only in the present moment. It is rid iculous to say "Wait until I fi nish this, then I will be free to live in peace." What is "this" ? A diÂploma, a job, a house, the payment of a debt? If yo u th ink that way, peace wi ll never come. There is always another "th is" that wi ll fo
To love our enemy is impossible. The moment we understand our enemy, we feel compassion towards him/her, and he/she is no longer our enemy.
One Buddha is not enough; we need to have many Buddhas.
Nirvana is the complete silencing of concepts.
I am committed to cultivating loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy and happiness to others and relieve others of their suffering.
Do not say that I'll depart tomorrowbecause even today I still arrive.Look at me: I arrive in every secondto be a bud on a spring branch,to be a tiny bird whose wings are still fragile,learning to sing in my new nest,to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone
We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don't allow our bodies to heal, and we don't allow our minds and hearts to heal.
The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.
Reality is reality. It transcends every concept. There is no concept which can adequately describe it, not even the concept of interdependence.
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.
Meditation is offering your genuine presence to yourself in every moment.
To meditate with mindful breathing is to bring body and mind back to the present moment so that you do not miss your appointment with life.
There's no way I can be tossed around like a bottle slapped here and there on the waves.
Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our
The moment you wake up, right away, you can smile... You are aware that a new day is beginning, that life is offering you twenty-four brand new hours to live, and that that's the most precious of gifts.
Sometimes we believe that happiness is not possible in the here and now, that we need a few more conditions to be happy. So we run toward the future to get the conditions we think are missing. But by doing so we sacrifice the present moment; we sacrifice true life.
By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet.
When we recognise the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection; love is born.
Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive - that you can touch the miracle of being alive - then that is a kind of enlightenment.
The organic gardener does not think of throwing away the garbage. She knows that she needs the garbage. She is capable of transforming the garbage into compost, so that the compost can turn into lettuce, cucumber, radishes, and flowers again...With the energy of mindfulness, you can look into the ga