“Normally we divide the external world into that which we consider to be good or valuable, bad or worthless, or neither. Most of the time these discriminations are incorrect or have little meaning. For example, our habitual way of categorizing people as friends, enemies, and strangers depending on how they make us feel is both incorrect and a great obstacle to developing impartial love for all living beings. Rather than holding so tightly to our discriminations of the external world, it would be much more beneficial if we learned to discriminate between valuable and worthless states of mind.”
from the book How to Transform Your Life
Buddha’s Teachings, known as Dharma, are like an inner science that explains, with perfect clarity, the nature and function of the many different aspects of our mind. By applying this understanding we can transform our mind and gain spiritual realisations with which we can solve all our human problems and fulfill all our own and others’ wishes. We can live in our busy, modern world, engaging in normal activities, but seeking happiness from a completely reliable source – from the positive qualities that we have cultivated through meditation within our own mind.
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“If we want to be truly happy and free from suffering, we must learn how to control our mind.”
from the book Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, Volume 1: Sutra
“It is very important to identify the actual cause of whatever unhappiness we feel. If we are forever blaming our difficulties on others, this is a sure sign that there are still many problems and faults within our own mind.”
from the book How to Solve Our Human Problems: The Four Noble Truths
“Although we want to be happy all the time we do not know how to do this, and we are always destroying our own happiness by developing anger, negative views and negative intentions. We are always trying to escape from problems, even in our dreams, but we do not know how to liberate ourself from suffering and problems. Because we do not understand the real nature of things, we are always creating our own suffering and problems by performing inappropriate or non-virtuous actions.”
from the book Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, Volume 1: Sutra.
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