The mind is luminous, but it is stained by defilements that come from without. Ordinary folk do not realize this, so they do not cultivate the mind. The mind is luminous, but it can be cleansed of defilements that come from without. This the noble disciples understand, so they do cultivate the mind.

— Buddha

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A hundred things may be explained, a thousand told, but one thing only should you grasp. Know one thing and everything is freed – Remain within your inner nature, your awareness!

— Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche

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To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity.

— Bodhidharma

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By having faith, one relies on the dharma; by having wisdom, one truly knows. Of these two, wisdom is the chief; but faith is its prerequisite.

— Nāgārjuna

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“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”

— Dalai Lama

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From beginningless time up until this moment, we have cared solely for ourselves and worked solely for our own benefit. Every exertion we performed was for our own benefit alone. But by acting in this way, all we have actually accomplished is more and more suffering. So this time, instead of caring for ourselves, we must care for others. As Shantideva said, “All the sufferings that beings experience in this universe arise from caring for oneself, and all the happiness that beings experience in this world arise from caring for others.

— Sakya Trizin

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The way to accomplish happiness in the world is to do meaningful work in one’s own life with a positive motivation that sees all people and all traditions as equal.

— 17th Karmapa

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