One who hears but one word of this and, having heard, has faith in it, will attain greater virtue than that of the meditative stability of others whose dhyana rids the three worlds of defilements’ fires and brings achievement of the divine state of Brahma’s paradise, even if it is practised as a means to supreme immutable enlightenment. Generosity brings affluence, right conduct leads to the higher states, meditative stability removes defilements, but prajna [wisdom] removes all defilements and the cognitive. Therefore this prajna is the most excellent thing: its cause is to study such as this.
We talk about the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha, and all these instructions and methods of practise we can do and benefit from. But in essence, to find Dharma one has to look inward, not outward. One has to constantly exert effort in examining oneself and one’s own mind. Of course, there are methods of meditating, there are philosophies, and there are doctrines and logic. Within Buddhism, there is a tremendous treasure of teachings. Nevertheless, if one were to gather them all into one, one would have to say that everything is inherently contained within one’s own mind.
— Khandro Rinpoche
The whole world is tormented by words and no one does without words. But in so far as one is free from words does one really understand words.
— Mahasiddha Saraha
Consider the fact that no matter how many planets and stars are reflected in a lake, these reflections are encompassed within the water itself; that no matter how many universes there are, they are encompassed within a single space; and that no matter how vast and how numerous the sensory appearances of samsara and nirvana may be, they are encompassed within the single nature of mind.
— Dudjom Lingpa
Understanding the view will not help! One must generate the view in one’s mind! There are many people who understand the view but don’t generate it in their minds! If the view were generated in their minds, they wouldn’t act the way they do!
— Mahasiddha Padampa Sangye
Tame the mind, tame the mind, use bodhicitta to tame the mind. Even if we do not cultivate any good deeds in body and speech, taming our mind in fact benefits ourselves and all beings.
— Patrul Rinpoche