"You hold in your hand an invitation: to remember the transforming power of forgiveness and loving-kindness. To remember that no matter where you are and what you face, within your heart peace is possible."
"I claim to be no more the average person with less than average ability. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if she or he would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith."
"To live here and now you must train yourself: In the seen there will be just the seen, in the heard just the heard, in the sensed just the sensed, in the thought just the thought. That is the end of sorrow."
"To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to the violence of our times."
"Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. We can love and care for others but we cannot posses our children, lovers, family our friends. We can assist them, pray for them, and wish them well, yet in the end their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our wishes."
"The first step to the knowledge of the wonder and mystery of life is the recognition of the monstrous nature of the earthly human realm as well as its glory, the realization that this is just how it is and that it cannot and will not be changed. Those that think they know how the universe could have been had they created it, without pain, without sorrow, without time, without death, are unfit for illumination."
"The art of living...is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists of being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive."