Peace in every step. The shining red sun is my heart. Each flower smiles with me. How green, how fresh all that grows. How cool the wind blows. Peace is every step. It turns the endless path to joy.
We will not just say, I love him very much, but instead, I will do something so that he will suffer less. The mind of compassion is truly present when it is effective in removing another person's suffering.
Sometimes it is better not to talk about art by using the word art. If we just act with awareness and integrity, our art will flower, and we don't have to talk about it at all.
Do not say that I'll depart tomorrow because even today I still arrive.
Do not say that I'll depart tomorrow
because even today I still arrive.
Look at me: I arrive in every second
to be a bud on a spring branch,
to be a tiny bird whose wings are still fragile,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.
Root out the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is possible.
Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others will be possible.
Without being peace, we cannot do anything for peace. If we cannot smile, we cannot help other people to smile. If we are not peaceful, then we cannot contribute to the peace movement.
Each minute we spend worrying about the future and regretting the past is a minute we miss in our appointment with life -- a missed opportunity to engage life and to see that each moment gives us the chance to change for the better, to experience peace and joy.
The necessary condition for the existence of peace and joy is the awareness that peace and joy are available.
Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything.
Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.
How do you want to create peace, if there is no peace inside yourselves?
Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift!
Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others.
Around us, life bursts with miracles, a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops.
Around us, life bursts with miracles -- a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life's daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.
Until there is peace between religions, there can be no peace in the world.
Maybe we have enough technology to save the planet but it is not enough because the people are not ready.
We need enlightenment, not just individually but collectively, to save the planet.
We need enlightenment, not just individually but collectively, to save the planet. We need to awaken ourselves. We need to practice mindfulness if we want to have a future, if we want to save ourselves and the planet.
An emotion is only an emotion. It's just a small part of your whole being. You are much more than your emotion. An emotion comes, stays for a while, and goes away, just like a storm. If you're aware of that, you won't be afraid of your emotions.
Everything inside and around us wants to reflect itself in us. We don't have to go anywhere to obtain the truth. We only need to be still and things will reveal themselves in the still water of our heart.
Each time you take a mindful step you are back in the arms of Mother Earth and are reminded of your true sweet home in the here and now.
Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.
With understanding, those we love will certainly flower.
To live in the present moment is a miracle.
To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.
When you understand the roots of anger in yourself and in the other, your mind will enjoy true peace, joy and lightness.
By taking a look at your anger it can be transformed into the kind of energy that you need -- understanding and compassion.
To develop understanding, you have to practice looking at all living things with the eyes of compassion.
The first thing I learned was that even if you have a lot of money and power and fame, you can still suffer very deeply.
Just breathing and smiling can make us very happy, because when we breathe consciously we recover ourselves completely and encounter life in the present moment.
Walk so that your footprints bear only the marks of peaceful joy and complete freedom. To do this you have to learn to let go. Let go of your sorrows, let go of your worries. That is the secret of walking meditation.
While washing dishes one should be washing the dishes, which means that while washing the dishes one should be completely aware of the fact that one is washing dishes.
When you love someone, you want to share everything with him or her. So it is your duty to say, I suffer and I want you to know -- and he will, she will, appreciate it.
Though we all have the fear and the seeds of anger within us, we must learn not to water those seeds and instead nourish our positive qualities -- those of compassion, understanding, and loving kindness.
With a practice, we can always remain alive in the present moment. With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment.
Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders, like the blue sky, the sunshine, the eyes of a baby. To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life. They are within us and all around us, everywhere, any time.
In Zen Buddhism, the greater your doubt, the greater will be your enlightenment. That is why doubt can be a good thing. If you are too sure, if you always have conviction, then you may be caught in your wrong perception for a long time.
If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth... This is the real message of love.
The practice of Zen is to eat, breathe, cook, carry water, and scrub the toilet -- to infuse every act of body, speech, and mind -- with mindfulness, to illuminate every leaf and pebble, every heap of garbage, every path that leads to our mind's return home.
One hour of compassionate deep listening can bring about transformation and healing.
People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. To see one in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier which narrows one's perception of reality.
Reconciliation is to understand both sides; to go to one side and describe the suffering being endured by the other side, and then go to the other side and describe the suffering being endured by the first side.
We all have the seeds of love in us. We can develop this wonderful source of energy, nurturing the unconditional love that does not expect anything in return.
It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not.
Meditation means to look deeply, to touch deeply, so we can realize we are already home.
Once you develop the practice of smiling, you may not need a reminder. You will smile as soon as you hear a bird singing or see the sunlight streaming through the window.
When we are present, life is also present.
To reconcile conflicting parties, we must have the ability to understand the suffering of both sides.
To reconcile conflicting parties, we must have the ability to understand the suffering of both sides. If we take sides, it is impossible to do the work of reconciliation. And humans want to take sides. That is why the situation gets worse and worse. Are there people who are still available to both sides? They need not do much. They need do only one thing: Go to one side and tell all about the suffering endured by the other side, and go to the other side and tell all about the suffering endured by this side. This is our chance for peace. But how many of us are able to do that?
Life is only available in the present moment.
Breathe in and take one step, and focus all your attention on the sole of your foot. If you have not arrived fully, one hundred percent in the here and the now, don't take the next step.
You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person. The seed is already there. A good teacher touches the seed, allowing it to wake up, to sprout, and to grow.
As you walk, you touch the ground mindfully, and every step can bring you solidity and joy and freedom. Freedom from your regret concerning the past, and freedom from your fear about the future.
If you think that peace and happiness are somewhere else and you run after them, you will never arrive.
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.