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Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Follow the three R's: - Respect for self. - Respect for others. - Responsibility for all your actions.
Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
We suffer because we want life to be different from what it is. We suffer because we try to make pleasurable what is painful, to make solid what is fluid, to make permanent what is always changing.
Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken. Take heed, do not squander your life.
A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.
My religion is to live and die without regret.
All meditation must begin with arousing deep compassion. Whatever one does must emerge from an attitude of love and benefitting others.
Light must come from inside. You cannot ask the darkness to leave; you must turn on the light.
By whomsoever no evil is done in deed, or word, or thought, him I call a Brahmin (holy man) who is guarded in these three.
To study Buddhism is to study ourselves. To study ourselves is to forget ourselves.
That which you give to another will become your own sustenance; if you light a lamp for another, your own way will be lit.
I am Tamil, Sinhalese, Muslim and Burgher. I am a Buddhist, a Hindu, a follower of Islam and Christianity. I am today, and always, proudly Sri Lankan.
So war and peace start in the human heart. Whether that heart is open or whether that heart closes has global implications.
If you let cloudy water settle, it will become clear. If you let your upset mind settle, your course will also become clear.
Accustomed long to contemplating love and compassion I have forgotten all difference between myself and others
I'm expressin' with my full capabilities, And now I'm livin in correctional facilities. Cause some don't agree with how I do this, I get straight and meditate like a Buddhist.
It isn't what happens to us that causes us to suffer; it's what we say to ourselves about what happens.
Be a light unto yourself.
Strong and healthy, who thinks of sickness until it strikes like lightning? Preoccupied with the world, who thinks of death, until it arrives like thunder?
If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.
In this world Hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, Ancient and inexhaustible.
Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.
The mind of an enlightened human being is flexible and adaptable. The mind of the ignorant person is conditioned and fixed.
Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men.
Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.
I describe myself as a simple Buddhist monk. No more, no less.
You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you too.
Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.
Our power comes not from suppressing others but from uplifting them.
Do not give your attention to what others do or fail to do; give it to what you do or fail to do.
I Have Learned so much from God That I can no longer call myself A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, A Buddhist, a Jew.
The Buddhist expresses it in one way, the Christian in another, but both say the same: We are all one.
Fools wait for a lucky day, but everyday is a lucky day for an industrious man.
I left Europe [for India] as a Christian, I discovered I was a Hindu and returned as a Buddhist without ever having ceased to be a Christian.
What may look like a small act of courage is courage nevertheless. The important thing is to be willing to take a step forward.
Since everything is but an apparition, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter.
Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.
The fool who thinks he is wise is just a fool. The fool who knows he is a fool is wise indeed.
When wishes are few, the heart is happy. When craving ends, there is peace.
If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone. There is no companionship with the immature.
Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe.
One torch can dissipate the accumulated darkness of a thousand aeons.
Since things neither exist nor do not exist, are neither real nor unreal, are utterly beyond adopting and rejecting - one might as well burst out laughing.
All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.
The best way to deal with excessive thinking is to just listen to it, to listen to the mind. Listening is much more effective than trying to stop thought or cut it off.
When sitting in meditation, say, "That's not my business!" with every thought that comes by.
In a controversy, the instant we feel anger, we have already ceased striving for truth and have begun striving for ourselves.
By amending our mistakes, we get wisdom. By defending our faults, we betray an unsound mind.
Movement is good for the body. Stillness is good for the mind.