Spirituality is No Longer a Luxury
"It has been said that the twenty-first century will be a century of spirituality, and I think it must be a century of spirituality if we are to survive. . . . Spirituality is something we can cultivate. To be spiritual is to be solid, calm, and peaceful, and to be able to look deeply inside and around us. It means having the capacity to handle our afflictions — our anger, craving, despair, and discrimination. It means being able to see the nature of interbeing between people, nations, races, and all forms of life. Spirituality is not a luxury anymore; we need to be spiritual in order to overcome the difficulties of our time."
— Friends on the Path
"Your body belongs to your ancestors, your parents, and future generations, and it also belongs to society and all other living beings. All of them have come together to bring about the presence of this body. Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos — the trees, the clouds, everything."
— Touching Peace
"True peace is always possible. Yet it requires strength and practice, particularly in times of great difficulty. To some, peace and nonviolence are synonymous with passivity and weakness. In truth, practicing peace, to make peace alive in us, is to actively cultivate understanding, love, compassion, even in the face of misperception and conflict. Practicing peace, especially in times of war, requires courage."
— Creating True Peace
Joy of a New Day
does not resemble a new page in a book.
It is a symphony to rebirth,
with its full array of sounds and colors.
Each dawn is an ode
to twenty-four brand new hours."
— Call Me by My True Names
Touching a Religious Tradition
"On the altar in my hermitage in France are images of Buddha and Jesus, and every time I light incense, I touch both of them as my spiritual ancestors. I can do this because of contact with these real Christians. When you touch someone who authentically represents a tradition, you not only touch his or her tradition, you also touch your own. This quality is essential for dialogue."
— Living Buddha, Living Christ
"Jesus Christ is manifesting himself in many thousands of ways. He is manifesting himself all around you. We need to be alert in order to recognize his manifestations. If you are not mindful or attentive you will miss him because you will miss his manifestations. In the morning when you practice walking meditation you may receognize his manifestation as a flower, as a drop of water, as a bird song or as a child playing in the grass. We have to be careful not to miss these things."
— No Death, No Fear
In the Hermitage
"You should go home to your hermitage; it is inside you. Close the doors, light the fire, and make it cozy again. That is what I call 'taking refuge in the island of self.' If you don't go home to yourself, you continue to lose yourself. You destroy yourself and you destroy people around you, even if you have goodwill and want to do something to help. That is why the practice of going home to the island of self is so important. No one can take your true home away."
— Peace Begins Here
"Breathing in, I experience calm in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the calm in me.
Breathing in, I experience joy in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the joy in me.
Breathing in, I experience equanimity in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the equanimity in me.
Breathing in, I experience openness in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the openness in me.
Breathing in, I experience happiness in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the happiness in me."
— Creating True Peace