Do meaningful work in one’s own life with a positive motivation that sees all people and all traditions as equal.

“The way to accomplish happiness in the world is to do meaningful work in one’s own life with a positive motivation that sees all people and all traditions as equal.”

– 17th Karmapa
from the book “Heart Advice of the Karmapa”

It is not our task to create an ideal. It’s our task to see how it is, and to learn from the world as it is.

“Of course we can always imagine more perfect conditions, how it should be ideally, how everyone should behave. But it is not our task to create an ideal. It’s our task to see how it is, and to learn from the world as it is. For the awakening of the heart, conditions are always good enough.”

— Ajahn Sumedho

Loving-kindness that is free from concepts

“According to Buddhism, all existents abide in loving-kindness free from concepts in their absolute nature. But the understanding and realization of that true nature have been covered over by the webs of our own mental, emotional, and intellectual obscurations.

Now, in order to uncover the true nature and its qualities, we must dispel the cover — our unhealthy concepts, emotions, and actions. Through the power of devotion and contemplation, we must uncover and see the true innate enlightened qualities — loving-kindness that is free from concepts — shining forever.”

– Tulku Thondup Rinpoche
from the book “The Heart of Unconditional Love: A Powerful New Approach to Loving-Kindness Meditation”

We never truly appreciated the experience for which we are nostalgic because we were too busy clinging to our hopes and fears at the time.

“Most of the time we are trying to make the good things last, or we are thinking about replacing them with something even better in the future, or we are sunk in the past, reminiscing about happier times. Ironically, we never truly appreciated the experience for which we are nostalgic because we were too busy clinging to our hopes and fears at the time.”

– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
from the book “What Makes You Not a Buddhist”