Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
Attachment is the very opposite of love. Love says, ‘I want you to be happy.’ Attachment says, ‘I want you to make me happy.’ —Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
“You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars”
The greatest gift is to give people your enlightenment, to share it. It has to be the greatest
Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.
If you focus on the hurt, you will continue to suffer. If you focus on the lesson, you will continue to grow.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you
“Purity or impurity depends on oneself.” – Buddha
“Understanding is the heartwood of well-spoken words.”
Understanding a situation and the meaning of words is the centerpiece in a well-constructed sentence. We must understand what point we are trying to make before we say something.
“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”
One word with great meaning is better than one thousand words with no meaning. Buddha was insistent on short speech and that is why many people who practice Buddhism have taken a vow of silence.
“In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth.”
In a controversy or an argument, once you get angry, the only thing to do is try to win the argument at all costs. Once anger is thrust upon us, reason goes out the window and the truth will not be brought out in its entirety.
“Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.”
“Give, even if you only have a little.”
“Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.”
Resentment is a terrible thing to have on your conscious. People can live their whole lives with the regret of doing or not doing something. Resentment leads to a life filled with regret, which makes finding peace even more difficult.
“Should you find a wise critic to point out your faults, follow him like a guide to hidden treasure.” – Buddha
Resolutely train yourself to attain peace
To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear
If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path
“The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There’s only one moment for you to live.”
Radiate boundless love towards the entire world — above, below, and across
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.