"Sticking with uncertainty is how we learn to relax in the midst of chaos, how we learn to be cool when the ground beneath us suddenly disappears. We can bring ourselves back to the spiritual path countless times every day simply by exercising our willingness to rest in the uncertainty of the present moment-over and over again. "
"Bodhichitta is our heart-our wounded, softened heart. Right down there in the thick of things, we discover the love that will not die. This love is bodhichitta. It is gentle and warm; it is clear and sharp; it is open and spacious. The awakened heart of bodhichitta is the basic goodness of all beings."
"We spend all our energy and waste our lives trying to re-create these zones of safety, which are always falling apart. That's the essence of samsara - the cycle of suffering that comes from continuing to seek happiness in all the wrong places. "
"I take refuge in the Buddha," that means I take refuge in the courage and the potential of fearlessness, of removing all the armor that covers this awakeness of mine. I am awake; I will spend my life taking this armor off. Nobody else can take it off because nobody else knows where all the little locks are, nobody else knows where it's sewed up tight, where it's going to take a lot of work to get that particular iron thread untied. "
"What you do for yourself, any gesture of kindness, any gesture of
gentleness, any gesture of honesty and clear seeing toward yourself, will affect
how you experience your world. In fact, it will transform how you experience the
world. What you do for yourself, you're doing for others, and what you do for
others, you're doing for yourself. "
"We discover that all human beings are just like us, so we are able to relate to them more easily. That generates a spirit of friendship in which there is less need to hide what we feel or what we are doing."
"To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up. "
"Self satisfaction alone cannot determine if a desire or action is positive or negative. The demarcation between a positive and a negative desire or action is not whether it gives you a immediate feeling of satisfaction, but whether it ultimately results in positive or negative consequences . "
"True emptiness is not empty, but contains all things. The
mysterious and pregnant void creates and reflects all possibilities. From it
arises our individuality, which can be discovered and developed, although never
possessed or fixed."
"As we encounter new experiences with a mindful and wise attention,
we discover that one of three things will happen to our new experience: it will
go away, it will stay the same, or it will get more intense. whatever happens
does not really matter."
"You hold in your hand an invitation: to remember the transforming
power of forgiveness and loving kindness. To remember that no matter where you
are and what you face, within your heart peace is possible."
"Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. We can
love and care for others but we cannot possess our children, lovers, family, or
friends. We can assist them, pray for them, and wish them well, yet in the end
their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our
"We come to understand the law of causality - that is, we see that
all beings are experiencing what they're experiencing based on their own actions
and not by what we wish for them - and therefore we relax in a deep
understanding and acceptance of the way things are."
"Everything is unfolding based on causes and conditions. Our
happiness or suffering is dependent on how we relate to the present moment. If
we cling now, we suffer later. If we let go and respond with compassion or
friendliness, we create happiness and well-being for the future."
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