When we avoid harm, we remove the veils of the afflicted emotions. When we do good, we cultivate peace. When we purify the mind, we discard wrong views.
— Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen
‘Many Traditions, One Wisdom’, Singapore
— Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
The true nature of the world is the true nature of the mind. It is never born and is beyond sorrow. Liberation will be attained by seeing the nature of the mind itself, the true nature of phenomena. There is no other peace to attain.
Thoughts are mind-itself. If you wish to abandon them, they will increase. Since they are unborn, they should not be rejected.
The Buddha taught some people the teachings of duality that help them avoid sin and acquire spiritual merit. To others he taught non-duality, that some find profoundly frightening.
He who wishes his own happiness by causing pain to others is not released from hatred, being himself entangled in the tangles of hatred.
People who think that things are real are as stupid as a cow; people who think things are not real are even more stupid.
— Mahasiddha Saraha
To know the true nature of our experience, and to maintain that knowing, is the means of attaining enlightenment. Enlightenment is not anything new. It’s not something we create or bring into existence. Enlightenment means simply discovering within us what is already there.
— Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
Compassion must start with seeing our own suffering. If it does not, then seeing the suffering of others will be merely conceptual. It will merely be a matter of having learned about suffering from a book or philosophy. We may intellectually know about the different types of suffering and so forth, but without inward reflection, our understanding will always be a theoretical knowledge that is directed toward the outside. Starting from our own experience of suffering becomes most important for the practice of open and genuine compassion.
— 7th Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche