"It’s not happiness as an emotion, it is satisfaction and cessation of suffering that you will find when you stop searching for it. This catch-22 is the hardest part of buddhism to understand from the perspective of someone who has never felt the feeling before."
A man said to the Buddha, “I want Happiness.”
Buddha said, first remove “I”, that’s ego,
then remove “want”, that’s desire.
See now you are left with only Happiness.
“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself”
"There is no fire like desire, there is no rage like anger… there is no relationship better than trust"
"It does not matter how long you have forgotten, only how soon you remember."
attributed to the Buddha, speaking on the natural tendency to drift from mindfulness and practice.
A legend states that Buddha first conveyed the concept of Zen in what is now called the Flower Sermon. Buddha gathered all of his disciples and remained silent for a long time. The monks worried that he had fallen ill. But then Buddha picked up a flower and twirled it slowly in his hand. Only one of his disciples “got it”.