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To dwell in the here and now does not mean you never think about the past or responsibly
plan for the future. The idea is simply not to allow yourself to get lost in regrets about the
past or worries about the future. If you are firmly grounded in the present moment, the past
can be an object of inquiry, the object of your mindfulness and concentration. You can attain
many insights by looking into the past. But you are still grounded in the present moment.
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If you love someone, the greatest gift you can give them is your presence.
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It is possible to live happily in the here and now. So many conditions of happiness are
available - more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don't have to run into the
future in order to get more.
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Whenever anger comes up, take out a mirror and look at yourself. When you are angry, you
are not very beautiful.
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If we are not aware that we are happy, we are not really happy. When we have a toothache,
we know that not having a toothache is a wonderful thing. But when we do not have a
toothache, we are still not happy. A non-toothache is very pleasant. There are so many
things that are not enjoyable, but when we don't practice mindfulness, we don't appreciate
them. When we practice mindfulness, we come to cherish these things and we learn how to
protect them.
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Your true home is in the here and the now. It is not limited by time, space, nationality, or
race.
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If I offer you a freshly picked tangerine to enjoy, I think the degree to which you enjoy it will
depend on your mindfulness. If you are free of worries and anxiety, you will enjoy it more. If
you are possessed by anger or fear, the tangerine may not be very real to you.
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Humankind's survival depends on our ability to stop rushing. We have more than 50,000
nuclear bombs, and yet we cannot stop making more. "Stopping" is not only to stop the
negative, but to allow positive healing to take place.
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Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.
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Your first love has no beginning or end. Your first love is not your first love, and it is not your
last. It is just love. It is one with everything.
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When I hold a bowl of rice or a piece of bread, I know that I am fortunate, and I feel
compassion for all those who have no food to eat and are without friends or family. This is a
very deep practice. We do not need to go to a temple or a church in order to practice this.
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Until there is peace between religions, there can be no peace in the world.
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In Buddhism, the word "suchness" is used to mean "the essence or particular characteristics
of a thing or a person, its true nature." Each person has his or her suchness. If we want to
live in peace and happiness with a person, we have to see the suchness of that person.
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My actions are my only true belongings.
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Going vegetarian may be the most effective way to fight global warming. Buddhist
practitioners have practiced vegeterianism over the last 2000 years. We are vegetarian with
the intention to nourish our compassion towards the animals. Now we also know that we eat
vegetarian in order to protect the earth.
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Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. The
question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We don't have to travel far away to enjoy
the blue sky. We don't have to leave our city or even our neighborhood to enjoy the eyes of
a beautiful child. Even the air we breathe can be a source of joy.
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Understanding means throwing away your knowledge.
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It is said that God has created man in his own image. But it may be that humankind has
created God in the image of humankind.
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Preventing war is much better than protesting against the war. Protesting the war is too late.
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Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart,
we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.
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Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive.
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When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his
suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he
is sending.
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Life is available only in the present moment.
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We all have the seeds of love in us.We can develop this wonderful source of energy,
nurturing the unconditional love that does not expect anything in return.
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Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos - the trees, the
clouds, everything.
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Happiness does not come from consumption of things.
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It is said that in the last several years, two million square miles of forest land have been
destroyed by acid rain, partly because of our cars. "Before starting the car, I know where I
am going," is a very deep question. Where shall we go? To our own destruction? If the trees
die, we humans are going to die also. If the journey you are making is necessary, please do
not hesitate to go. But if you see that it is not really important, you can remove the key from
the ignition and go instead for a walk along the riverbank or through a park.
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Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live 
fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.
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