Samsara is mere thought. When free of that, you are perfectly free.
My teaching is not a philosophy. It is the result of direct experience. My teaching is a means of practice, not something to hold on to or worship. My teaching is like a raft used to cross the river. Only a fool would carry the raft around after he had already reached the other shore of liberation.
The mind-stream of sentient beings is like the ground. When soaked with the moisture of loving-kindness and compassion, if the seed of enlightenment is planted the thirty-seven branches of enlightenment grow, the fruit of perfect Buddhahood ripens, and all the peace and happiness for sentient beings arises.
O Arya Compassionate-eyed One who is the treasure of compassion, I request you, please listen to me, please guide myself, mothers and fathers, in all six realms to be freed quickly from the great ocean of Samsara. I request that the vast and profound peerless awakening mind may grow. With the tear of your great compassion, please cleanse all karmas and delusions. Please lead with your hand of compassion, me and migrators to fields of bliss. Please Amitabha and Chenrezig, in all my lives be virtuous friends. Show well the undeceptive pure path and quickly place us in Buddha’s state.
— Request Prayer from A Meditation on 1000-Armed Chenrezig
To bear mistreatment from our enemies is the best form of austerity, but those who hate criticism and are attached to compliments, who take great pains to discover all the faults of others, while failing to keep proper guard over their own mindstream, and who are always irritable and short-tempered, are certain to bring breaches of samaya upon all their associates, so rely constantly on mindfulness, vigilance and conscientiousness.
— Chatral Rinpoche