"We often think of peace as the absence of war, that if powerful countries would
reduce their weapon arsenals, we could have peace. But if we look deeply into
the weapons, we see our own minds- our own prejudices, fears and ignorance. Even
if we transport all the bombs to the moon, the roots of war and the roots of
bombs are still there, in our hearts and minds, and sooner or later we will make
new bombs. To work for peace is to uproot war from ourselves and from the hearts
of men and women. To prepare for war, to give millions of men and women the
opportunity to practice killing day and night in their hearts, is to plant
millions of seeds of violence, anger, frustration, and fear that will be passed
on for generations to come."
"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
"When you say something really unkind, when you do something in retaliation your
anger increases. You make the other person suffer, and he will try hard to say
or to do something back to get relief from his suffering. That is how conflict
"By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction
of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of
becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our
"Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful...How can I smile
when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural--you need to smile to your
sorrow because you are more than your sorrow."
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