In order to rally people, governments need enemies... if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.
People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?
The Buddha also counseled the monks and nuns to avoid wasting any precious time by engaging in idle conversation, oversleeping, pursuing fame and recognition, chasing after desires, spending time with people of poor character, and being satisfied with only a shallow understanding of the teaching.
If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.
If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.
The quality of our life depends on the quality of the seeds that lie deep in our consciousness.
The same clouds that Buddha had seen were in the sky. Each serene step brought to life the old path and white clouds of the Buddha. The path of Buddha was beneath his very feet.
To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is. A pessimistic attitude can never create the calm and serene smile which blossoms on the lips of Bodhisattvas and all those who obtain the way.
Your first love has no beginning or end. Your first love is not your first love, and it is not your last. It is just love. It is one with everything.
In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.
The leaf and his body were one. Neither possessed a separate permanent self. Neither could exist independently from the rest of the universe.
Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace.
The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.
When you understand the roots of anger in yourself and in the other, your mind will enjoy true peace, joy and lightness
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.