Solitude is extremely important, especially for calm abiding or shamatha meditation. (…) But actually, outer solitude is not as important as inner solitude, since all disturbances come from within. Therefore, it is more difficult to find inner solitude. We create our own crowd of thoughts that jostle our mind. Since they are within us, these distractions are not easily banished. Though difficult to find, inner solitude is the most important thing; outer solitude alone is not enough. Please try to find real solitude.

17th Karmapa

standing on the ground

As adults, we begin to cultivate a sense of loving-kindness for ourselves — by ourselves, for ourselves. The whole process of meditation is one of creating that good ground, that cradle of loving-kindness where we actually are nurtured. What’s being nurtured is our confidence in our own wisdom, our own health, and our own courage, our own goodheartedness. We develop some sense that the way we are — the kind of personality that we have and the way we express life — is good, and that by being who we are completely and by totally accepting that and having respect for ourselves, we are standing on the ground of warriorship.

Pema Chödron

from the book “The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving Kindness”

different points of view

Samsara and nirvana are simply different points of view based on the choices we make.

Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book “The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness”

what divides us

The many factors which divide us are actually much more superficial than those we share.

14th Dalai Lama

source: DalaiLama/posts