Some say that my teaching is nonsense. Others call it lofty but impractical. But to those who have looked inside themselves, this nonsense makes perfect sense. And to those who put it into practice, this loftiness has roots that go deep. I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are our greatest treasures. Simple in actions and in thoughts, we return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, we accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward ourselves, we reconcile all beings in the world.
"The unhappiness and suffering that we experience arise through our inability to control our own minds,and the happiness that we wish to achieve will only be achieved by learning to control our minds. Physics has provided the basis for the design of the fission and fusion bombs, biology -- germ warfare, chemistry -- nerve gas. And all of them have helped bring us to the brink of doom. But they still do not provide keys to ultimate power. If we do destroy ourselves, it will be the minds of human beings,
the unhealthy emotions of individuals, the fear, the hate, the jealousy and the greed of individuals that will trigger these horrors. . . . Obviously these emotions can only be controlled, reshaped and rechanneled by each individual with techniques developed from a comprehensive, precise and effective Inner Science. For this reason, the Inner Scientist focuses on the language of "mind", and on its understanding and control. As the world knows, our outer sciences display an admirable determination to deal with each problem in a rigorous, rational and technically exacting manner. We can apply this same determination to a renewed study of the intangibles of the mind, even the religious territory of the spirit and soul. If we do so with fearless persistence, then there is absolutely no question that we can succeed in triumphing over the great danger of global holocaust. We can use Inner Science to educate each individual to understand ourselves, to control our negative emotions and distorted notions, and to cultivate our highest potentials of love and wisdom. And we can keep improving our Outer Sciences to better understand, control and beautify the environment for the greater benefit of all beings. There is an enormous amount of work to be done. Let us begin it here and now."
The Dalai Lama at Harvard
"The art of peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the art of peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here for no other purpose than to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all that you encounter."
-Uyeshiba Sensai, founder of Aikido
Soul awakens as things seem to fall apart and the soul would have us each find our path in life even as the world around becomes more troubled. The soul is the light inside the dark, the hidden quintessence secretly holding things together inside each of us and within the world.
"All concepts setting boundaries to what we term the self are arbitrary. In the systems view, we consist of and are sustained by interweaving currents of matter, energy, and information that flow through us interconnecting us with our environment and other beings. Yet, we are accustomed to identifying ourselves only with that small arc of the flow-through that is lit, like the narrow beam of a flashlight, by our individual subjective awareness. But we don't have to so limit our self-perceptions... It is as plausible to align our identity with the larger pattern, interexistent with all beings, as to break off one segment of the process and build our borders there."
"Transformation really means a change in the way you see the world - and a shift in how you see yourself. It is not simply a change in your point of view, but rather a whole different perception of what is possible. It is the capacity to expand your world view so that you can appreciate different perspectives, so that you can hold multiple perspectives simultaneously. You are not just moving around from one point of view to another, you are really expanding your awareness to encompass more possibilities. Transformation implies a change in the sense of self."
- Frances Vaughn
"The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences. When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised. Make the smallest distinction, however and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart. If we wish to see the truth then hold no opinions for or against anything. To set up what we like against what we dislike is the disease of the mind. When the deep meaning of things is not understood the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail. The Way is perfect like vast space where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess. Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject that we do not see the true nature of things. Live neither in the entanglements of outer things, nor in inner feelings of emptiness. Be serene in the oneness of things and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves. When we try to stop activity to achieve passivity our very effort fills us with activity. As long as we remain in one extreme or the other we will never know Oneness."
-- Opening verse of Sengstan's classic "Verses on the Faith Mind"
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident Having said that, let me repeat this: After your death you will be what you were before your birth.."