To maintain pure discipline, is to do away with pretense and concealment.
If you put the wrong causes into practice, even if you work hard for a long time, the desired goal cannot be achieved.
There is pleasure and there is bliss. Forgo the first to possess the second.
Breathing gently, people enjoy their slumber. But between one breath and the next there is no guarantee that death will not slip in. To wake up in good health is an event which truly deserves to be considered miraculous, yet we take it completely for granted.
— Patrul Rinpoche
My pilgrimage to Jonang Jamdha Monastery, Golok region, Amdo Tibet
Day 11: Fire Puja
The higher you climb in Samsara, the higher the cliff where you perch; the more the possessions you own, the tighter you are bound. The dearer someone is held by you, the greater the chance he will hurt you; the faster you conquer your foes, the faster their numbers increase. . . .
Therefore no position in the world is worth the effort of gaining it. Renounce that which only weighs you down: The unburdened mind is joy supreme.
The highest of aims is to follow this path: Body, speech and mind kept stainless with pure self-discipline. Mind in samadhi, both blissful and clear, and wisdom, seeing the reality of every situation.
— 7th Dalai Lama
If deep down you continue to believe a tiny corner of samsara could be useful, or that it might even offer the ultimate solution to all your worldly problems, it will be extremely difficult to become a genuine spiritual seeker.
— Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye
The Conqueror [Buddha] said that emptiness eradicates all dogmatic views; as for those who take a dogmatic view of emptiness, He said that they are incurable.
The best way to cultivate bodhicitta is to recite the four immeasurables prayers daily. When you are able to think, aspire and apply these, you are already developing bodhicitta.
— 12th Tai Situ Ripoche