"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."
"We have the ability to effect a great positive change in the
world, starting with the training of our own minds and the overcoming of our
deluded conditioning. Waking up is not a selfish pursuit of happiness; it is a
revolutionary stance from the inside out, for the benefits of all beings in
"You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is
more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person
is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire
universe, deserve your love and affection."
"All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is
founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts. If a man speak or act with
an evil thought, suffering follows him as the wheel follows the hoof of the
beast that draws the wagon.... If a man speak or act with a good thought,
happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him."
"There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt
separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up
pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that
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