Confess your hidden faults. Approach what you find repulsive. Help those you think you cannot help. Anything you are attached to, give that. Go to the places that scare you.

— Machig Labdrön

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Our basic nature is in no way different from that of a buddha. It’s like pure space, which, whether it is obscured by clouds or is a cloudless and clear sky, remains the same in its basic, essential nature. But if you pretend that your nature is already enlightened and don’t progress along the path of removing the obscurations, then your enlightened nature doesn’t become realized. Therefore, we must truly consider what is actual, what the facts are. Do we have obscurations or not? If you see that there still are obscurations, there is no way to avoid having to remove them by gathering the two accumulations.

— Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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For like the supreme substance of the alchemists, it takes the impure form of human flesh and makes of it the priceless body of a buddha. Such is bodhichitta: we should grasp it firmly!

— Shantideva

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The nature of appearances is like a magical illusion, and the way they arise is through interdependence: That’s the way things are, which cannot be expressed in words, so do the best you can, to dwell in a state which is inexpressible!

— Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen

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Whatever doctrine creates desire directly or indirectly cannot become the cause of freedom from desire. Know that such a doctrine is not the Buddha’s teaching, nor his discipline, nor his exposition. I teach what frees from desire and frees from the cause of desire. That is my discipline.

— Buddha

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Thus that one, with such mastery, is the best of and incomparable amongst all beings. And you should understand that the bodhisattva has five superior benefits which govern all circumstances. They are that he attains supreme peace of mind, having gained the tranquil stations and not through pacifying defilement; that his knowledge and vision with respect to all the sciences are unimpeded, utterly pure; and perfectly clear; that he is unwearied by his circling in Samsara for the sake of all beings; that he understands all speech of the Tathagatas that has veiled meanings; and that, because he is self-reliant and does not depend on others, he is not led away from his zealous devotion to the Mahayana.

— Asanga

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The nature of phenomena is nondual, but each one, in its own state, is beyond the limits of the mind. There is no concept that can define the condition of “what is” but vision nevertheless manifests: All is good. Everything has already been accomplished, and so, having overcome the sickness of effort, one finds oneself in the self-perfected state: This is contemplation.

— Garab Dorje

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