Every time a problem arises, the essential thing is to immediately become aware that the problem comes from our selfish mind, that it is created by self-cherishing thoughts. As long as you put the blame outside yourself, there can be no happiness.
-Lama Zopa Rinpoche, "Transforming Problems into Happiness"
"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us."
-- Black Elk (1863-1950)
"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom."
-- Malcolm X (1925-1965)
"We will not build a peaceful world by following a negative path. It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but on the positive affirmation of peace. We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war. Somehow, we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race, which no one can win, to a positive contest to harness humanity's creative genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all the nations of the world. In short, we must shift the arms race into a peace race. If we have a will - and determination - to mount such a peace offensive, we will unlock hitherto tightly sealed doors of hope and transform our imminent cosmic elegy into a psalm of creative fulfillment."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
"One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means."
1) "Do you really want to enjoy yourself? Then wake up, look around, take a breath, feel that silence, feel that feeling within you. That, not judging, is what it's all about. "
2) Look for peace inside. Even if all the other wars end, as long as the war within us is still raging on, we will not be in peace. If we are at peace with ourselves, then we will have that peace, no matter what outer war is going on.
3)It is not the world that needs to be fixed; it is people. When people are at peace within, there will be world peace.
4)Underneath the facade of this world, there is the simplest of wishes - to be happy.
How wonderful is this realm of joy. How wonderful is this realm of fulfillment.
How fortunate are those who walk in the company of joy, of peace, of truth.
5)Prosperity is when people become rich not only on the outside, but on the inside. That is prosperity. When every person is given that opportunity. That’s prosperity.
6)"How dare you say you are nobody… Your existence is so unique, but our value system does not do us well. We do not value human life, we value inanimate objects. Our system does not point to us and tell us we are precious. But you are precious, and you better not forget it. You can appreciate the breath, you can receive Knowledge and meet someone who can open your heart. Then it begins to make sense, and the sense that it makes – that is a privilege."
7)What formulates this moment is the coming of this breath. You must understand that it is the flawless coming and going of this breath that allows you to go about doing whatever it is that you do. That, if this breath was to become erratic, everything else would become extremely erratic. It is on the flawlessness of this moment that you depend. This is reality. This is real. It has been perfected to be so smooth that you don't even know that it came and it went, and it came and it went.
It is by far the most powerful thing.
8)War begins with denial. One group decides that their cause is greater and that the other group's cause does not exist. Causes become greater, and human beings are reduced to nothing.
9) Human beings will fight when they do not understand what life is all about, because in wars we squander life. War does not exist only on the battlefield. At home, without a war, we squander life.
10) The search for peace begins with understanding that what I am looking for is truly within me. Then and then alone can we embark on the process of accepting peace in our life.”
"Why should there be hunger and deprivation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life?" ~Martin Luther King, Jr.