Anyone who is practicing understanding and compassion can exemplify true power. Anyone can be a Buddha.
When I became a novice monk, I lived in a temple where the atmosphere was quite like in a family. The abbot is like a father and other monks are like your big brothers, your small, younger brothers. It is a kind of family.
Everything we touch in our daily lives, including our body, is a miracle. By putting the kingdom of god in the right place, it shows us it is possible to live happily right here, right now.
We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal.
If we chew every morsel of our food, in that way we become grateful, and when you are grateful, you are happy.
If you abandon the present moment, you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply.
I think Buddhism should open the door of psychology and healing to penetrate more easily into the Western world.
There are many levels of Christianity. There are many notions about God. To believe that God is a person is just one of the notions of God that you can find in Christianity. So, we should not say that there is one Christianity. There are many Christianities.
Meditation is not to avoid society; it is to look deep to have the kind of insight you need to take action. To think that it is just to sit down and enjoy the calm and peace, is wrong.
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.