The one who wanders independent in the world, free from opinions and viewpoints, does not grasp them and enter into disputations and arguments. As the lotus rises on its stalk unsoiled by the mud and the water, so the wise one speaks of peace and is unstained by the opinions of the world.

— Buddha

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This life passes as quickly as autumn clouds; family and friends are like passers-by in a market; the demon of death approaches like twilight’s shadow; what the future holds is like a translucent fish in cloudy waters; life’s experiences are like last night’s dreams; the pleasures of the senses, like an imaginary party. Meaningless activities are like waves lapping of the surface of the water.

— Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche

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Things do not arise from themselves, because their arising would be pointless and because their arising would be endless. Things that are already exist by way of their own identity do not need to arise again. If they arose even though they (already) existed, there would never be a time at which they were not arising.

— Buddhapalita

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What is helpful to one may cause another pain, as when the moon rises, the evening flowers open, the lotuses close.

— Sakya Pandita

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Do not judge the world according to one’s own understanding and insist to be the truth.

— Tsultrim Tashi

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In order to carry out a practice — such as constantly watching the mind — you should form a determination, make a pledge, right when you wake up: “Now, for the rest of this day, I will put into practice what I believe just as much as I can.” It is very important that, at the start of the day, we should set out to shape what will happen later. Then, at the end of every day, check what happened. Review the day. And if you carried through for that whole day your morning’s determination, then rejoice. Reinforce further your motivation to continue in the same line. However, when you do your reviewing, you may discover that you did things during the day that are contrary to your religious values and beliefs. You should then acknowledge this and cultivate a deep sense of remorse. Strengthen your resolve not to indulge in these actions in the future.

— Lama Tsongkhapa

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Don’t trouble the minds of your companions by showing your pleasure or displeasure on every little matter.

— 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

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