At the time of death everything but the teaching is useless. No matter how great the affection that my circle of loved ones has for me, I cannot take a single one of them with me. No matter how large a collection of lovely belongings I have, I cannot bring the tiniest portion of it with me. I must even be separated from the very flesh and bones I was born with. Therefore what purpose does attachment to the good things of this life serve? The Lord of Death is sure to come but it is unsure when that will occur. Since I run the risk of dying this very day, truly I must do something to prepare for death. By way of preparation, may I practice the teaching purely, free of attachment to any of this life’s excellence!
— Panchen Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen
From the blossoming lotus of devotion at the centre of my being, rise up, O compassionate master, my only refuge! I am plagued by past actions and turbulent emotions. To protect me in my misfortune, remain as the jewel-ornament on the crown of my head, the mandala of great bliss, arousing all my mindfulness and awareness, I pray!
— Jigme Lingpa
The most powerful, smallest and largest thing in the universe is the mind.
— Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 16th Karmapa
Under analysis, neither middle nor end is found, and one does not dwell even in a middle. All claims will dissolve. There is neither beginning nor end, and a centre is not observed. There are no positions and no philosophical systems. At this point, this is the great centre.
— 6th Shamarpa Chökyi Wangchug
The illumination from an oil lamp lights the room instantly, even if it has been dark for aeons. Mind is boundless radiance. How can the slightest darkness remain in the room of daily perception? But one who clings to mental processes cannot awaken to the radiance of Mind.
If one thinks that one has realized emptiness and becomes attached to emptiness, then one regresses in the pursuit of the Dharma. It is better for one to hold a wrong view of the self as massive as Mount Sumeru than to arrogantly hold the view of emptiness. Why? Because all views can be eliminated by emptiness, but the view of emptiness cannot be eradicated.
— The Buddha
This Dharma Body of the Buddhas that is endowed with countless accumulations of merit and knows infinite knowable objects is the peace in which discursiveness is at peace. It is not seen by fleshly eyes, nor is it seen by divine eyes. It is difficult to see for any consciousness that is conceptual or non-conceptual. It is neither the object of the higher realms nor [the object] of those with negative deeds, Neither [the object] of those without afflictions nor [the object] of those with [afflictions]. Just as the sun is not an object of the blind, it is not the sphere of dialecticians.
It is our aim to have genuine loving-kindness toward all sentient beings because we see them suffering. In the Mahayana tradition, it says that through our innumerable lifetimes, at some time or other, every single sentient being has been in the relation to us of our mother, our friends, or someone who has helped us. We look at all sentient beings in this way. We feel a deep yearning to help them because they have helped us. When we contemplate in this way, we find that some kind of compassion begins to take place.
— Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Five poisons, unrejected, are the five great wisdoms, while samsara, unrejected, is a timeless, perfect purity. And once you realize your mind itself is buddha, there is no state to realize apart from this awakened mind.
— Shri Singha