Two Inspiring Quotes Transcribed By Matthieu Ricard

By Matthieu Ricard on April 14, 2020


[…] if one were to summarize the Buddha's teaching in one word, we would have to say that it is universal interdependence, of which nonviolence is a natural consequence. Since we are all dependent on each other and all other beings want to be happy and not suffer, just as I do, my personal happiness and suffering are inextricably linked with those of others.
This nonviolence does not mean weakness or passivity. It is the deliberate choice of altruism in all our thoughts and actions, so that it becomes inconceivable to knowingly harm others.
Tenzin Gyatso, fourteenth Dalai Lama

To end suffering—not only by relieving its symptoms but by eradicating its root cause—is precisely the aim of the Buddha's teaching. […] We must first realize that the true cause of suffering is not outside, but inside. […] That is why true spiritual practice consists of working on one's own mind.
The mind is very powerful. It can create happiness or suffering, heaven or hell. If, with the help of the Dharma, you manage to eliminate your inner poisons, nothing from outside will ever affect your happiness, but as long as those poisons remain in your mind, you will not find the happiness you seek anywhere in the world.
Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche