For those who conceive of things, freedom does not exist.
“Fortunate ones, mingle your mind with the Dharma and the happiness of Buddhahood will manifest within you!”
— Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche
Being in the present is so important in buddhism. It is the core strategy of buddhism to do whatever it takes to keep the mind present, to have ones mind from going astray. Every single method that exists in buddhism is for that result.
— Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
You, no less than all beings have buddha-nature within. Your essential mind is pure. Therefore, when defilements cause you to stumble and fall, let not remorse nor dark foreboding cast you down. Be of good cheer and with this understanding, summon strength and walk on.
Don’t follow past thoughts, don’t anticipate the future, and don’t follow illusory thoughts that arise in the present, but turning within, observe your own true nature and maintain awareness of your natural mind, just as it is.
— Garab Dorje