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?
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.
In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.
However, we all share the firm belief in the triumph of humanist and progressive values that mankind has achieved during its long history of struggle and creativeness.
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.
As part of our renewal - we need to fight problems, not just wait for them to take place.
Life is not about getting to a certain place. Life is path.
The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.
When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence.
How can you love if you are not there?
Nothing is more confused than to be ordered into a war to die or to be maimed for life without the faintest idea of what's going on.
Under the process of ongoing globalization, advantages are, in the main, created for a minority of countries and development centres as well as powerful transnational companies.
The war against terrorism should not be used to interfere with an independent, sovereign state. We need to identify concrete terrorist targets and do no harm to civilians.
You will kill 10 of our men, and we will kill 1 of yours, and in the end it will be you who tire of it.
Hatred and fear blind us. We no longer see each other. We only see the faces of monsters, and that gives us the courage to destroy each other.
In general, everyone wants to work and work more.
But in fact, when a young generation has sufficient capability then we should create conditions for them to work.
The time has come to put an end to the fratricidal war and to recover at last peace and accord.
In this decisive hour of our national history, union means life and division means death.
If your government had given me a thousandth of the sum it spent to depose me, I could have won that war.
I would prefer to be a citizen of an independent country rather than Emperor of an enslaved one.
I do not wish a foreign army to spill the blood of my people.
When you look deeply into your anger, you will see that the person you call your enemy is also suffering. As soon as you see that, the capacity for accepting and having compassion for them is there.
Henceforth, we shall be happy to be a free citizen in an independent country.
As for us, during twenty years' reign, we have known much bitterness.
Many Communist government officials have a rigid, dictatorial power, but they live in constant suspicion and fear of anything that might undermine the power they have.
I think Buddhism should open the door of psychology and healing to penetrate more easily into the Western world.
Mindfulness practices enhance the connection between our body, our mind and everything else that is around us. Mindful living is the key to understanding our struggles with weight and to empowering us to control our weight.
If you're a politician, you might want to learn the Buddhist way of negotiation.
Restoring communication and bringing back reconciliation is clear and concrete in Buddhism.
Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive, fully aware.
We fear that this moment will end, that we won't get what we need, that we will lose what we love, or that we will not be safe. Often, our biggest fear is the knowledge that one day our bodies will cease functioning. So even when we are surrounded by all the conditions for happiness, our joy is not complete.
We can continue to learn generation after generation and now is time to begin to learn how to love in a non-discriminatory way because we are intelligent enough, but we are not loving enough as a species.
Happiness is the cessation of suffering.
Most of us experience a life full of wonderful moments and difficult moments.
But for many of us, even when we are most joyful, there is fear behind our joy.
Compassionate listening is to help the other side suffer less.
If we realize that other people are the same people as we are, we are no longer angry at them.
Nothing can be by itself alone, no one can be by himself or herself alone, everyone has to inter-be with every one else. That is why, when you look outside, around you, you can see yourself.
Compassion is a verb.
You accept that this civilisation could be abolished and life will begin later on after a few thousand years because that is something that has happened in the history of this planet. 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 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 have peace, then we have a chance to save the planet.
But if we are not united in peace, if we do not practice mindful consumption, we cannot save our planet.
In Buddhist culture, offering food to the monk symbolizes the action of goodness, and if you have no opportunity to support the practice of spirituality, then you are somehow left in the realm of darkness.
We are looking for happiness and running after it in such a way that creates anger, fear and discrimination. So when you attend a retreat, you have a chance to look at the deep roots of this pollution of the collective energy that is unwholesome.
It's normal for human beings to identify with their own separate self.
The problem is that we get caught in that notion of ourself as a separate individual and caught in that individual self's agenda.
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
One Buddha is not enough; we need to have many Buddhas.
You know that your happiness and suffering depend on the happiness and suffering of others. That insight helps you not to do wrong things that will bring suffering to yourself and to other people.
Listening to and understanding our inner sufferings will resolve most of the problems we encounter.
There are many levels of Christianity.
There are many notions about God. To believe that God is a person is just one of the notions of God that you can find in Christianity. So, we should not say that there is one Christianity. There are many Christianities.
People suffer because they are caught in their views.
As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don't suffer anymore.
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.
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
With compassion you can die for other people, like the mother who can die for her child. You have the courage to say it because you are not afraid of losing anything, because you know that understanding and love is the foundation of happiness. But if you have fear of losing your status, your position, you will not have the courage to do it.
Civilisations have been destroyed many times, and this civilisation is no different. It can be destroyed. We can think of time in terms of millions of years and life will resume little by little. The cosmos operates for us very urgently, but geological time is different.
Meditation is to get insight, to get understanding and compassion, and when you have them, you are compelled to act.
Peace in the world starts with peace in oneself.
If everyone lives mindfully, everyone will be more healthy, feel more fulfilled in their daily lives and there will be more peace.
If you can feel that Mother Earth is in you, and you are Mother Earth, then you are not any longer afraid to die because the earth is not dying. Like a wave appears and disappears and appears again.
In the past there were people who were not rich but contented with their living style, laughing and happy all day. But when the new rich people appear, people look at them and ask, 'why don't I have a life like that too, a beautiful house, car and garden,' and they abandon their values.
Because you are alive, everything is possible!
Everything we touch in our daily lives, including our body, is a miracle.
By putting the kingdom of god in the right place, it shows us it is possible to live happily right here, right now.
Fear, separation, hate and anger come from the wrong view that you and the Earth are two separate entities, the Earth is only the environment. You are in the centre and you want to do something for the Earth in order for you to survive. That is a dualistic way of seeing.