What he often says when beginning to speak to an audience:
I think that this is the first time I am meeting most of you. But to me, whether it is an old friend or a new friend, there's not much difference anyway, because I always believe we are the same, we are human beings.
On the purpose of life:
I believe the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that, we are all seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is toward happiness.
When you are showing love to your fellow human beings, you are showing love to your god.
The importance of non-harming:
Harming or destroying any living being, from the highest to the lowest, from the human to the tiniest insect, must at all costs be avoided. The foundation of all spiritual practice is love.
If you want to change the world:
...first try to improve and bring about change in yourself. That will help change your family. From there it just gets bigger and bigger. Everything we do has some effect, some impact.
How to have a peaceful mind:
Cultivating closeness and warmth for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It is the ultimate source of success in life.
The root of the world's troubles:
The common enemy of all religious disciplines is selfishness of mind. For it is this which causes ignorance, anger and passion which are at the root of all the troubles in the world.
On being real and authentic:
All of us have a great responsibility to take the essence of Buddhism and put it into practice in our own lives.
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