Samsara is mere thought. When free of that, you are perfectly free.

— Nāgārjuna

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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.

— Buddha

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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.

— Gampopa

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Do not look for faults in others, but look for faults in yourself, and purge them like bad blood. Do not contemplate your own good qualities, but contemplate the good qualities of others, and respect everyone as a servant would.

— Atiśa

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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

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From Birth to Death is Bardo – the in between. Then Death to Rebirth is again Bardo – the in between. But Nirvana is beyond all Bardo, so what is more important to you? What do you know about Nirvana? You cannot even remember your last birth…. think…. think….

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Through the power of spreading the Buddhist teachings, may the lineage holders and Dharma teachers flourish. May all beings live in happiness; and may all realms be pure.

— Yeshe Tsogyal

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In brief, the practice of Dharma is to sever all that ties to samsara, to cultivate gentle love and compassion for all beings of the six realms, and at all times, without distraction, to thoroughly master your own mind.

— Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

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Know this life to be like a dream. See the mind’s unborn nature. Aspire to be of benefit to others.

— Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche

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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

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