Our freedom to love arises from discovering that we can live without the concept of self and other.

If you temper your heart with loving-kindness and prepare it like a fertile soil, and then plant the seed of compassion, it will greatly flourish. – Kamalashila (eighth century)

“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.” – Jane Austen

From being inspired to being in love, our deepest experiences of happiness come from transcending our narrow selves.

Our inherent capacity for love can never be destroyed.

Actual love is the true seeing of our oneness, our non-separateness.

We can choose to transform our minds so that they embody love, or we can allow them to develop habits and false concepts of separation.

Love and concern for all are not things some of us are born with and others are not. Rather, they are results of what we do with our minds.

Whenever we forget the larger perspective, we become lost in the moment’s little drama. Lost in aversion, we forget our capacity to love.

Hatred can never cease by hatred. Hatred can only cease by love. This is an eternal law. — The Buddha

For all of us, love can be the natural state of our own being; naturally at peace, naturally connected.

I have sat in wonder at times in my meditation practice, thinking, ‘Can I actually be feeling this much love?’

Being still, we see the power of the mind, which is the strength of our own capacity to love and connect.

The Dalai Lama’s very first thought upon waking is a prayer of love and compassion, dedicating all of the coming actions of the day to the benefit of all living beings.

When we truly love ourselves, we want to take care of others, because that is what is most enriching, or nourishing, for us.

Love is not a matter of currency or exchange. No one has enough to buy it, but everyone has enough to cultivate it.

The loving mind can observe joy and peace in one moment, and then grief in the next moment, and it will not be shattered by the change.

The simple act of being completely present to another person is truly an act of love.

Sometimes we take quite a journey — physically or mentally or emotionally — when the very love and happiness we want so much can be found by just sitting down.

The Buddha described the spiritual path that leads to freedom as “the liberation of the heart which is love.”

Throughout our lives, we long to love ourselves more deeply and to feel connected with others.

“There is no silence without love.” – Krishnamurti

The division between self and other is the degradation of our highest human potential: the liberation of the mind that is love.

The Buddha taught his students to develop a power of love so strong that their minds become like a pure, flowing river that cannot be burned.

Love, kindness and affection are the source of joy and happiness.

Give the world your love, your service, your healing, but you can also give it your joy. This, too, is a great gift.

It’s hard to love others as you love yourself, if you don’t love yourself.

There’s a Tibetan saying: “Wherever you have friends that’s your country; wherever you receive love, that’s your home.”

We can recognize that we have a treasure of enlightenment, understanding, love, and joy inside us. It’s time to go back to receive our inheritance.

To love is, first of all, to accept ourselves as we are.

With mindfulness, we can create a foundation of freedom, peace and love within ourselves.

Feeling love and compassion for ourselves and others is deeply healing and soothing, and helps us face the many challenges that will come our way.