When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subside and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within.— Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
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Love is the real nuclear bomb that destroys all our enemies, because when we love all living beings, we have no enemies.
Developing compassion and wisdom and helping those in need is the true meaning of life.
We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be achieved unless we first establish peace within our own minds.
When we understand clearly that inner peace is the real source of happiness, and how, through spiritual practice, we can experience progressively deeper levels of inner peace, we will develop tremendous enthusiasm to practice
The cause of happiness and the solution to our problems do not lie in knowledge of material things. Happiness and suffering are states of mind, and so their main causes cannot be found outside the mind. If we want to be truly happy and free from suffering, we must learn how to control our mind.
If everyone practiced cherishing others, many of the major problems of the world would be solved in a few years.
We are all interconnected in a web of kindness from which it is impossible to separate ourself.
When we learn to accept difficult circumstances patiently, the real problem disappears.
Only by creating peace within our own mind and helping others to do the same can we hope to achieve peace in this world.
Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.
When a jealous person sees signs of other people's success and good fortune, his heart is pierced with envy. But someone who has learned to rejoice in the good fortune of others experiences only happiness. Seeing another person's beautiful house or attractive partner immediately makes him happy - the fact that they are not his own is irrelevant.
Happiness is a state of mind, so the real source of happiness must lie within the mind, not in external conditions.
The more we control our mind, the more our inner peace increases and the happier we become
Learning to cherish others is the best solution to our daily problems, and it is the source of all our future happiness and good fortune.
Whenever we practise meditation, whether or not our meditation is clear, we are performing a virtuous mental action that is a cause of our future happiness and peace of mind.
Going for refuge to Buddha,Dharma, and Sangha means that we apply effort to receiving Buddha's blessings, to putting Dharma into practice, and to receiving help from Sangha.
Listening is a lamp that dispels the darkness of ignorance.
The solution to all the problems of daily life is to cherish others.
We know that we are happy when our mind is peaceful, and unhappy when it is not.
It is therefore clear that our happiness depends upon our having a peaceful mind and not on good external conditions. Even if our external conditions are poor, if we maintain a peaceful mind all the time we shall always be happy.
The path to enlightenment is really very simple - all we need to do is stop cherishing ourself and learn to cherish others. All other spiritual realisations will naturally follow from this.
Since the real purpose of meditation is to increase our capacity to help others, taking time each day to meditate is not selfish. We have to manage our time and energy in such a way that we can be of maximum benefit to others, and to do this we need time alone to recover our strength, collect our thoughts, and see things in perspective
We need modern ideas, but we also need ancient wisdom.
If we deny ancient wisdom we are making a big mistake.
Pure happiness can only be attained through developing our mind.
Patient acceptance is often considered a weak and passive response to problems that we do not have the power or courage to solve. In reality, however, being patient is far from being passive. There is nothing strong or courageous in reacting to hardship or insults with anger - all we are doing is being defeated by our delusions.
There is no situation so bad that it cannot be accepted patiently, with an open, accommodating, and peaceful heart.
Our mental attitude transforms a situation into either a problem or an opportunity.
Many people are very intelligent in accomplishing worldly attainments.
This intelligence is not wisdom because worldly attainments such as a high position, reputation, wealth and success in business are deceptive. If we die tomorrow they will disappear tomorrow, and nothing will be left for our future. Wisdom, however, will never deceive us.
All objects whether pleasant, unpleasant or neutral, are mere appearances to the mind just like things experienced in a dream
Our mind is like a field, and performing actions is like sowing seeds in that field.
We need to keep a constant watch over our mind and learn to distinguish between the beneficial and harmful thoughts that are arising moment by moment. Those who are able to do this are truly wise.
Love is the great protector, protecting us from anger and jealousy.
The great Tibetan meditator Gungtang Jampelyang once asked 'What is the difference between a wise man and a fool?' The difference lies in their intention. A wise person is someone who has a good intention, not someone who merely possesses knowledge.
Practicing Dharma is the supreme method for improving the quality of our human life.
Painful things do not come to us from outside, but arise from within our own mind. Circumstances or other people have no power to make us feel bad; the most they can do is trigger the potentials for painful feelings that already exist within our own mind.
Enlightenment is the inner light of wisdom that is permanently free from all mistaken appearance, and whose function is to bestow mental peace upon each and every living being every day.
No matter how many possessions we acquire, they will not provide us with any lasting happiness and freedom. On the contrary, it is often our pursuit of material possessions that causes our problems. If we want ultimate happiness and freedom from suffering, we must engage in the supreme practices of training the mind. There is no other way.
Nothing can be accomplished just by reading words.
A sick man will never be cured of his illness through merely reading medical instructions!
Happiness and suffering are states of mind, and so their main causes cannot be found outside the mind.
Without improving our mind there is no way to solve our human problems.
Buddha's teachings are scientific methods to solve the problems of all living beings permanently.
A Temple is one of the best ways of benefiting other living beings - it is the best form of public service.
Whenever anyone, Buddhist or not, sees a Temple or an image of Buddha they receive blessings.
In general, 'Buddha' means 'Awakened One', someone who has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and sees things as they really are. A Buddha is a person who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions. There are many people who have become Buddhas in the past, and many people will become Buddhas in the future.
A practice that is suitable for one person is not necessarily suitable for someone else, and a practice that is appropriate for one person at one time is not necessarily appropriate for that same person at another time. Buddha did not expect us to put all his teachings into practice right away--they are intended for a great variety of practitioners of different levels and dispositions.
The more we want certain situations, the more we find ourself stuck in situations we do not want.
Whenever we strive to make progress in our meditations, contemplations and so forth we are practicing effort.
If we want to cook food we need to leave the stove on continuously and not keep turning it on and off. If the heat is continuous, no matter whether it is high or low our food will eventually be cooked. Similarly, if we continuously apply effort, even if it is only a small effort, it is certain that we shall eventually experience the fruits of our practice.
Everything we now enjoy has been provided through the kindness of other beings, past or present.
Right now we have obtained a human rebirth and have the opportunity to attain enlightenment through Dharma practice, so if we waste this precious opportunity in meaningless activities there is no greater loss and no greater foolishness.