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 wishes.
I believe that the best way to prepare for a future life is to be kind, live one day at a time, and do the work you can do best, doing it as well as you can.
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.
Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized.
Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not.
Awake. Be the witness of your thoughts. You are what observes, not what you observe.
There is one advantage to realising that you’re never going to get it right: you begin to stop expecting everyone else to get it right too, which makes for less frustration when other people turn out to be just as human as you are.
Jeff Wilson, Buddhism of the Heart: Reflections on Shin Buddhism and Inner Togetherness (via stardust-seedling)
The difference between suffering and liberation is the difference between being the thinker of thoughts and being the awareness of thinking.
I must also have a dark side if I am to be whole.
I said: What about my eyes?
He said: Keep them on the road.
I said: What about my passion?
He said: Keep it burning.
I said: What about my heart?
He said: Tell me what you hold inside it.
I said: Pain and sorrow.
He said: Stay with it. The wound is the place where the Light enters you.