All phenomena are equal to nirvana. However, in order to realise the ultimate, many accumulations [of merit must be] gathered. Therefore, in accordance with this [purpose] and because it is [considered to be] the case in worldly conventions, [it may be said that] outer and inner entities are something correct in common worldly consensus. [However,] it is known that, actually, they are not correct. It [only] refers to the conventional level when it is said that “everything may be correct or false.”
No matter how many outside enemies you destroy, whenever you destroy one enemy, another appears. It goes on and on. There is no end to it. On the other hand, if you turn inwards and address you own disturbing emotions, such as anger and jealousy, all the enemies disappear.
— HH Sakya Trizin
If your spiritual practice and the demands of your everyday life are not in harmony, it means there’s something wrong with the way you are practicing. Your practice should satisfy your dissatisfied mind, while providing solutions to life’s problems.
— LamaThubten Yeshe
Let the flower of compassion bloom in the soil of kindness. Tend it with the pure water of equanimity in the cool shade of joy.
When waves of negative conceptually occur, abandon them by developing the antidotes well. If you do not inspire yourself, where will there be someone else who will give you inspiration?
— Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen
Here, in the thick darkness of deluded ignorance, there shines a vajra chain of awareness, self-arisen with whatever appears. Within uncontrived vividness, unimpeded through the three times, may we arrive at the capital of nondual, great bliss. Think of me, think of me; guru dharmakaya think of me.
— Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 16th Karmapa
Our breath is always with us. Sensations are also always present, even if not noticed. So too, emotions are there for the finding, if one chooses to search. As we progress from watching the breath to sensations to emotions, the challenge grows to stay focused. The sensations come and go, sometimes here, sometimes there. The biggest challenge, however, is to watch our minds.
The Buddha has never forced others to do what others do not like to do. He merely taught virtue and evil, and the choice in one’s own life is in one’s hands. To find one’s peace of mind, one should see that all phenomena are impermanent. Only through that it is possible to be detached in adverse circumstances and to have freedom from vexations. The Buddha’s teachings allow us to know that there is no one in the world who can bring you suffering, only yourself.
— Venerable Fazhao
Mind is the architect of our fate. It can make us sick, or it can cure us. An untamed and defiled mind only brings suffering and pain. But when we tame our mind, it can be the source of highest bliss and peace.
If you’re practising Dharma, you practise it for enlightenment. Not for rights, not for freedom, not for justice, not for healing, not for getting better in a worldly way.
— Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche