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.
Unfortunately we have become very skilled in recognizing the faults of others, and we devote a great deal of mental energy to listing them, analyzing them, and even meditating on them! With this critical attitude, if we disagree with our partner or colleagues about something, instead of trying to understand their point of view we repeatedly think of many reasons why we are right and they are wrong. By focusing exclusively on their faults and limitations we become angry and resentful, and rather than cherishing them we develop the wish to harm or discredit them. In this way small disagreements can easily turn into conflicts that simmer for months.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness” (via dancingdakini)
For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.