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
When I become enmeshed in selfishness, I will offer my own happiness to living beings so as to counteract it. In the same way, should a companion be ungrateful to me, I will be content in knowing that this is in retribution for my own inconstancy.
Do not investigate phenomena, but investigate the mind. If you investigate the mind, you’ll know the one thing which resolves all.
— Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche
It is very important that we always check ourselves to see that our mind is free from disturbing emotions. If you do not check your own mind, then it is as if you are capable of seeing only what is outside yourself, noticing only what mistakes others have made, while remaining unaware of your own faults.
— HH Penor Rinpoche
Those who realise the nature of their mind knows that the mind itself is wisdom-awareness, and no longer make the mistake of searching for enlightenment from other sources. In fact, enlightenment cannot be found by searching. So contemplate your own mind. This is the highest meditation one can practise; this very mind is the perfect awakened nature, the birth place of all the enlightened ones.