As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself.
This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.
I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom. Like art.
The unity [of self that] we experience, which allows us legitimately to talk of “I”, is a result of the Ego Trick — the remarkable way in which a complicated bundle of mental events, made possible by the brain, creates a singular self, without there being a singular thing underlying it.
The idea about karma is that you continually get the teachings you need to open your heart.
Most of our trouble stems from attachment to things that we mistakenly see as permanent. Operating from that misconception, we see aggregation and competitiveness as helpful in the pursuit of what we imagined and desire.
It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true. It’s called Life.