"Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized,
and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The
tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant
with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I
would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be
treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion,
irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all
"To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace
to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can
control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue
will naturally come to him."
"Strength is Happiness. Strength is itself victory. In weakness and cowardice
there is no happiness. When you wage a struggle, you might win or you might
lose. But regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing
to struggle is proof of your victory as a human
"Culture is an elevated expression of the inner voice which the different
peoples of the Earth have heard in the depths of their being, a voice which
conveys the vibrant compassion and wisdom of the cosmic life. For different
cultures to engage in interaction is to catalyze each other's souls and foster
"People can only live fully by helping others to live. When you give life to
friends you truly live. Cultures can only realize their further richness by
honoring other traditions. And only by respecting natural life can humanity
continue to exist."
"How aware are we of our own inner life, our spirituality-something so
intangible yet so priceless? How much effort do we make to perceive that which
is not obvious, which can neither be seen nor heard? I believe the exploration
and enrichment of the human spirit is what determines our very humanity. Such
enrichment provides an inner compass that can lead civilizations to
"The institutions of human society treat us as parts of a machine. They assign
us ranks and place considerable pressure upon us to fulfill defined roles. We
need something to help us restore our lost and distorted humanity. Each of us
has feelings that have been suppressed and have built up inside. There is a
voiceless cry resting in the depths of our souls, waiting for expression. Art
gives the soul's feelings voice and form."
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