“My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground on which I stand.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh
All meditation must begin with arousing deep compassion. Whatever one does must emerge from an attitude of love and benefitting others.
We need to strengthen such inner values as contentment, patience and tolerance, as well as compassion for others. Keeping in mind that it is expressions of affection rather than money and power that attract real friends, compassion is the key to ensuring our own well-being.
— Dalai Lama
Few among men are they who cross to the further shore. The others merely run up and down the bank on this side.
Always recognize the dreamlike qualities of life and reduce attachment and aversion. Practice good-heartedness toward all beings. Be loving and compassionate, no matter what others do to you. What they will do will not matter so much when you see it as a dream. The trick is to have positive intention during the dream. This is the essential point. This is true spirituality.
–Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
May all that have life be delivered from suffering
Let the wise guard their thoughts, which are difficult to perceive, extremely subtle, and wander at will. Thought which is well guarded is the bearer of happiness.
Your beliefs don’t make you a better person; your good behavior does. Your mind training doesn’t matter when you don’t have compassion. Your meditation doesn’t matter when you don’t see your own faults. Dharma practice doesn’t matter when you don’t have devotion.
– Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche
We may like to think we have no selfish motives when we tell others of their defects; We may like to think it will be for their benefit – But although what we say may be true, it will only cause them pain. To use only gentle words is my advice from the heart.