“If your compassion does not include yourself it is incomplete.”
Jack Kornfield, Page 28 of Buddha’s Little Instruction Book
If a moment of anger can be extremely destructive, it is equally true that a moment of heartfelt love or compassion can be tremendously constructive.
-Geshe Sonam Rinchen, How Karma Works
Spiritual awakening does not take us further from the world. It brings us closer.
Spiritual awakening does not separate us. It connects us.
Spiritual awakening is not about my bliss in the midst of your misery.
Spiritual awakening, is awakening from the illusion, that who we are is based on what we earn, acquire or achieve; an awakening into the reality that each of us is an embodiment of the divine.
It is awakening out of the illusion of our separateness, into the reality of our oneness; a reality in which there is no place that I end and you begin.
It is awakening from a life that is in pieces into a life of peace.
–Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati
The physician’s duty is not to stave off death or return patients to their old lives, but to take into our arms a patient and family whose lives have disintegrated and work until they can stand back up and face, and make sense of, their own existence.
―Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air
Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.
The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.
I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.
-Neil De Grasse Tyson
I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man.
Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe
“Kung fu” means excellence of self.
Being the best you can be.
Mantis had found the one thing he’d been missing. Patience.
Viper found courage, a power far more potent than venom.
Crane felt something new. Confidence! He felt it from the bottom of his skinny feet to the tip of his beak. Even his hat was full of confidence!
Tigress tried her best, but she still couldn’t control her temper. And so the weeks turned into months.Until one day…she had done it.
Find the one thing that you were denied so long ago. Compassion. And so, Monkey learned how to treat others the way he wanted to be treated.
Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.
It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone.
APJ Abdul Kalam