Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity. ~ The Buddha
Neither peace nor war exists independently of us. Political and military leaders have grave responsibilities with respect to peace – but they too are members of the society that we as individuals help to create. Peace in the world depends on peace in the hearts of individuals; this depends on each of us practicing ethics by disciplining our negative thoughts and emotions and developing basic spiritual qualities. ~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama
Genuine compassion is based not on our own projections and expectations, but rather on the rights of the other. ~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
The elemental struggle is with our feeling of being wrong, with our guilt and shame at what we are. That’s what we have to befriend. ~ Pema Chodron
Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions. ~ His Holiness The 14th The Dalai Lama
The winner sows hatred because the loser suffers. Let go of winning and losing and find joy. ~ Buddha
Buddhism is really about awakening from the illusion about ourselves and the world, and realizing reality – who we are and what is real and how things are interconnected through karma and causation and so on. In a Dzogchen text, it says, “From the beginning, we are all Buddhas by nature, we only have to realize that fact.” So in Dzogchen the whole practice of what we call the view, meditation, and action is about awakening to – not just our momentary personality – “self” with a small s – but our true Buddha nature, our original nature.
-Lama Surya Das, “Old Wine, New Bottles” (Tricycle Interview)