Sometimes it’s hard for people to observe life from new and healthier perspectives, due to the conditioning that we’ve all suffered as a part of our childhood and upbringing. Many of us grew up learning how to compete, stand alone, and some us even learned how to hate. Regardless of religious background, it is apparent that many eyes around the world are beginning to open up to the truth—that life isn’t exactly what it’s made out to be and that the rules of the game may not just black and white like we thought.

The Buddha taught that awakening—in terms of life, death, and existence—comes through one’s own direct experience, as opposed to religious beliefs and dogmas. Following are 25 lessons we can learn, guided by some of his most famous quotes, to help us live a more loving and peaceful life.