The essential truth of suffering is that neither individual nor social problems are due chiefly to external conditions.
- B. Alan Wallace, Tibetan Buddhism From the Ground Up
Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.
- Job 12:8
(I also recommend reading a post that Kathy made to her blog at http://kathytrejo.blogspot.com/2009/08/mother-earth.html.)
People differ greatly in the amount of anxiety and worry they can stand: some can endure a great deal without being adversely affected, while others soon show signs of strain. You should observe yourself closely, so that you understand your own powers of endurance. By this means you will learn to divest yourself before any harm is done.
- Razi: Kitab al-Muluki
In meditation, don't expect anything. Just sit back and see what happens. Treat the whole thing as an experiment. Take an active interest in the test itself, but don't get distracted by your expectations about the results. For that matter, don't be anxious for any result whatsoever.
- Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, "Mindfulness in Plain English"
Our problems, both those we experience externally such as wars, crime and violence and those we experience internally as emotional and psychological suffering will not be solved until we address this underlying neglect of our inner dimension. That is why the great movements of the last hundred years and more--democracy, liberalism, socialism, and Communism--have all failed to deliver the universal benefits they were supposed to provide, despite many wonderful ideas. A revolution is called for, certainly, but not a political, an economic, or a technical revolution. We have had enough experience of these during the past century to know that a purely external approach will not suffice. What I propose is a spiritual revolution.
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
To guard your home by mysterious ceremonies is not enough, you must guard it by good deeds. With good deeds you should turn to your parents in the east, your teachers in the south, your wife and children in the west and your friends in the north. Above you, worship the spirit, and below you, honor all that serve you.
- Majjhima Nikaya
Once a person said to a dervish, "All I ask for is a small dwelling in Paradise." The dervish replied, "If you displayed the same contentment with what you already have in this world, you would have found ultimate bliss."
- Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jillani, "Fayuz E Yazdani"