"When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers
deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need
punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending."
"Our planet is our house, and we must keep it in order and take
care of it if we are genuinely concerned about happiness for ourselves, our
children, our friends, and other sentient beings who share this great house with
"Desire cannot be fulfilled. Moreover, when you are desiring,
desiring, desiring, you face many obstacles, disappointments, unhappiness, and
difficulties. Great desire not only knows no end but also itself creates
"As far as your personal requirements are concerned, the ideal is
to have fewer involvements, fewer obligations, and fewer affairs, business or
whatever. However, so far as the interest of the larger community is concerned,
you must have as many involvements as possible and as many activities as
"Three qualities enable people to understand the teachings:
objectivity, which means an open mind; intelligence, which is the critical
faculty to discern the real meaning by checking the teachings of Buddha; and
interest and commitment, which means enthusiasm."
"According to Buddhism, there is a commensurate relationship
between cause and effect where pain and pleasure are concerned. The immediate
cause is karma. Karma means action. Tomorrow's events depend very much on
today's actions, this year's events on last year's, while this century's events
are linked with those of the previous centuries. The actions of previous
generations affect the lives of the generations that follow. This is also a kin
of karma. However, there is a difference between actions carried out by a group
of people or sentient beings jointly, and actions carried out by single person.
In individual cases, the actions of the earlier part of one's life have an
effect on the latter part of one's life."
"The mind's own basic nature is ultimately neutral. It can be
influenced by negative as well as by positive emotions. Take, for instance,
those who have a short tempter. When I was young I was quite short-tempered.
However, the mood never lasted for twenty-four hours. If negative emotions are
in the very nature of our mind, then as long as the mind is functioning the
anger must remain. That, however is not the case. Similarly, positive emotions
are also not in the nature of the mind. The mind is something neutral,
reflecting all sorts of different experiences or phenomena."
"With the realization of ones own potential and self-confidence in
ones ability, one can build a better world. According to my own experience,
self-confidence is very important. That sort of confidence is not a blind one;
it is an awareness of ones own potential. On that basis, human beings can
transform themselves by increasing the good qualities and reducing the negative
"In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that
someone else will solve their problems. Every individual has a responsibility to
help guide our global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not
sufficient; we must become actively engaged."
"Jesus Christ knew he was God. So wake up and find out eventually
who you really are. In our culture, of course, they'll say you're crazy and
you're blasphemous, and they'll either put you in jail or in a nut house (which
is pretty much the same thing). However if you wake up in India and tell your
friends and relations, 'My goodness, I've just discovered that I'm God,' they'll
laugh and say, 'Oh, congratulations, at last you found out."
"Advice? I don't have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If
you're writing, you're a writer. Write like you're a goddamn death row inmate
and the governor is out of the country and there's no chance for a pardon. Write
like you're clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last
breath, and you've got just one last thing to say, like you're a bird flying
over us and you can see everything, and please, for God's sake, tell us
something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your
deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we're not alone.
Write like you have a message from the king. Or don't. Who knows, maybe you're
one of the lucky ones who doesn't have to."
"The art of living... is neither careless drifting on the one hand
nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being sensitive to
each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open
and wholly receptive."
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