This is what the Buddha called the greatest happiness: to know peace unchanged by changing conditions.

“What we frequently think about and dwell upon becomes the shape of our mind. The shape of our mind shapes our world of experience.” — The Buddha

The Buddha saw that our thoughts, emotions, and actions are the primary sources of our suffering. Equally, our thoughts, emotions, and actions can be the source of our joy and freedom.

As the Buddha put it, “You are your own enemy; and you are your own savior.”

“What is that one thing, which when you possess it, you have all other virtues? It’s compassion.” – The Buddha

To develop this mind state of compassion, the second of the brahma-viharas, is to learn to live, as the Buddha put it, with sympathy for all living beings, without exception.

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

To truly walk the Middle Way of the Buddha, to avoid the extremes of addiction and self-hatred, we must walk in friendship with ourselves as well as with all beings.

“Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness will follow you, as your shadow, unshakable.” – The Buddha

“With our thoughts we make the world.” – The Buddha

Joy has so much capacity to eliminate separation that the Buddha said, “Rapture is the gateway to nirvana.”

“One can abandon the unskillful. If it were not possible, I would not ask you to do it.” – The Buddha

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

“I teach one thing and one only: that is, suffering and the end of suffering.” – The Buddha

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.

“Nothing is to be clung to as I, me or mine.” – The Buddha

The Buddha clearly stated that his experience and his insights apply to any human being and to any human mind, not just to Buddhists.

According to the Buddha, mindfulness is the source of happiness and joy.