Peace, love, and happiness must always begin in us, with ourselves first. There is suffering, fear, and anger inside of us, and when we take care of it, we are taking care of the world.

So when you experience pain, whether physical or mental, you have to recognize it just as it is and not exaggerate it ... When you can make peace with it, you won’t suffer as much.

As activists we want to do something to help the world to suffer less but when we’re not peaceful, when we don’t have enough compassion in us, we are unable to do much to help the world.

What we most need to do is to hear within us the sounds of the Earth crying.

Responding to hatred with hatred can only increase hatred a thousandfold. We can only come to real peace when world leaders hear the suffering at the root of human conflict.

If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.

You look into the sky and see a beautiful cloud. The cloud has become the rain, and when you drink your tea, you can see your cloud.

How do you want to create peace, if there is no peace inside yourselves?

Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders, like the blue sky, the sunshine, the eyes of a baby. To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life. They are within us all around us, everywhere, any time.