When the world's harshness and the world's beauty drive us to serious reflection, when our pride is sufficiently undercut by sharp circumstance, we may at last begin to approach religion with a quiet step and a receptive mind. When we can quell the din of vanity, even briefly, we may begin to hear in more than a superficial sense and take in worthy ideas on how to live.

Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano, Longing for Certainty