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A religious act is performed out of good motivation with sincere thought for the benefit of others. Religion is here and now in our daily lives. If we lead that life for the benefit of the world, this is the hallmark of a religious life.
This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple; your philosophy is simple kindness.
— His Holiness the Dalai Lama
From How to Expand Love, © 2005 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Jeffrey Hopkins. Reprinted with permission of Atria Books.
Image 1: © Don Farber, taken at Bokar Monastery, Mirik, India, 1997