Religious Tolerance and Harmony

“I honor the path each person is on. I believe that all of our prayer paths lead to the Great Mystery, or Spirit, or God.” – Mary Thunder

“It is the duty of every cultured man or woman to read sympathetically the scriptures of the world.” – Mohandas Gandhi

“Individuals’ unhealthy relationships with their beliefs is [a] major factor in religious disharmony.” – The Dalai Lama

“The peace I am thinking of is the dance of an open mind when it engages another equally open one.” – Toni Morrison

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” – The Dalai Lama

“We all have the karma to take one spiritual path or another….Follow the path that inspires you most.” – Sogyal Rinpoche

“It is not for me to change you. The question is, how can I be of service to you without diminishing your degrees of freedom?” – Buckminster Fuller

“The problem to be faced is: how to combine loyalty to one’s own tradition with reverence for different traditions.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel

“Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.” – Mohandas Gandhi

“And mankind is naught but a single nation.” – The Quran

“Tolerance can lead to learning something.” – Jakob Dylan

“Each of the world religions has its own particular genius, its own special insight into the nature and requirements of compassion, and has something unique to teach us.” – Karen Armstrong

“Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival.” – Rene Dubos

“Whoever you are, come! Ours is the portal of hope, come as you are.” – Rumi

“Only when the world accepts there are no chosen people and no chosen religions will we earn the right to call ourselves human beings.” – Zain Winter

“The integral practice of grateful living unites all religious traditions.” –

“Peace of mind comes from not wanting to change others.” – Gerald Jampolsky

“Religious belief is a fine guide around which a person might organize his own life, but an awful instrument around which to organize someone else’s life.” – Richard Mohr

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives all all different and yet the same.” – Anne Frank

“We are already ONE…what we have to become is what we already are.” – Father Thomas Merton

“The spiritual journey is individual and highly personal.  It can’t be organized or regulated  It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path.” – Ram Dass

“You’re just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You’ve got to get down to your own God in your own temple.” – John Lennon

“Man-made religions find fault with one another, whereas God-made religion is eternally a oneness-song.” – Sri Chinmoy

“Acceptance of others —  their looks, their behaviors, their beliefs — brings you an inner peace and tranquillity,  instead of anger and resentment.”  – Unknown

“One man’s religion is another man’s belly laugh.” – Robert Heinlein

“The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.”  – Pema Chodron

“When you die, how useful will all your beliefs, thoughts, and opinions be then?   Why not drop them now?  Be NOW as you were when you first came here and as you will be when you leave.” – Michael Jeffreys

“You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image, when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. ” – Anonymous

“A true religion is that which has no caste, no creed, no colour. It is but an all-uniting and all-pervading embrace.” – Sri Chinmoy

“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.”  –  Confucius

“Oh Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand.” – William Penn

“Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.” – Laurens van der Post

“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” – Buddha

“Tolerance, openness, respect for the individual, and teamwork are several great human values, while Oneness, Love, Beauty, and Truth are some of the higher spiritual values that they derive from.  At certain points, the human and spiritual values come together and blend into one another, expressing through spiritualized human values such as selflessness, self-givingness, and gratitude.” – Roy Posner

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