“The difference between religious beliefs are relatively superficial. Although the lineages and texts differ, in essence Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, and the other religions share many similarities. This is easy to see when we consider their ethical values and their emphasis on the awakening of human beings’ highest potential.
“Whether or not we think the tenets of other religions are true is not the point. The point is that if we care about others’ happiness, we can be pleased that their religion is serving to bring them some happiness. If their religion or spiritual path is contributing to their well-being, that is what really matters.”
~ 17th Karmapa
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. And through accepting yourself you can learn to accept others.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh