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  • True dialogue has taught me both sides are willing to change. By engaging in dialogue with the other person, we have the possibility of making a change within ourselves, that we can become deeper. I've tried practicing dialogue on the basis of 'non-self', allowing what is good, beautiful, and meaningful in the other's to transform us. The most basic principle of interfaith dialogue is that it must begin, first of all, within our self. Our capacity to make peace with another, and the world, depends on our capacity to make peace with ourselves.

    It’s about seeking peace. People cling too tightly to their own beliefs and ideologies. When we believe that only our belief contains the truth, here lies a problem.

    It’s about mindfulness, the effort is to practice mindfulness in each moment - to know what is going on within and all around us. When the Buddha was asked, 'Sir, what do your monks practice?' he replied, 'We sit, we walk, we eat.' The questioner continued, 'But sir, everyone sits and walks, and eats.' And the Buddha told him, 'When we sit, we know we are sitting. When we walk, we know we are walking. When we eat, we know we are eating.' Most of the time, we are lost in the past or carried away by future projects.

    It’s about being there for others: "The greatest gift we can offer others is our presence. When our mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers."
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