The sound of thunder, although deafening, is harmless; the rainbow, despite its brilliant colours, does not last; this world, though it appears pleasant, is like a dream; the pleasures of the senses, though agreeable, ultimately lead to disillusionment.
Once you have recognise the empty nature of mind, to allow love to rise for someone who is harming you becomes easy. But without that recognition, it is very hard to stop anger from arising instead, is it not? Look into it, and you will see that mind is what does positive actions, and mind is what make circumstances negative.
— Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
It is not just a matter of giving up attachment to this life’s rewards but of losing our taste and affinity for the whole of worldly existence. This is why it is necessary to contemplate and meditate upon the faults of conditioned existence. Otherwise, we may imagine that samsara possesses any manner of attractive qualities. Pondering the shortcomings of samsara should bring forth in us a tangible sense of disgust, as we are confronted with our own misguided pursuit of worldly ends.
— Chogye Trichen Rinpoche
In my teachings, the view must accord with the body of ultimate enlightenment; conduct, with bodhisattvas’ conduct. If conduct is determined by the view, it becomes nihilism, will know neither vice nor virtue, and cannot be corrected later. If the view is determined by conduct, one becomes bound by material forms and will not gain liberation. In my teachings on the mind, the view predominates. In the future, there will be those who understand the meaning of the words but have not gained confidence through experience, and will want to try many different ways to help sentient beings.
— Padmasambahva, Guru Rinpoche
For one who is virtuous, non-remorse arises. From non-remorse, gladness naturally arises, leading naturally to joy, leading naturally to serenity, leading naturally to happiness, leading naturally to a concentrated mind, leading naturally to seeing things as they really are, leading naturally to revulsion and dispassion for samsara, leading naturally to knowledge and liberation. Thus, the preceding states flow into the succeeding states; and the succeeding states bring the preceding states to perfection, going from the near shore to the far shore of Nirvana.
Be ever mindful of the shortcomings of desire’s rewards, and know that all the phenomena of the cycle of existence are never still, like the ripples on a pond, and that these manifestations of delusion, which are no things in themselves, are like magic and dreams. When you have the determination to be free of samsara and are content with your material situation, you will be able to sit quietly with your mind happy and at ease.
— Kalu Rinpoche
Why is it necessary to train one’s mind according to the seven-point instruction, causes and effect, which is the tradition of the great Lord, the glorious Atisha? Buddhahood originates in the spirit of enlightenment, which in turn arises from the superior intention. This proceeds from compassion, which arises from love. The latter derives from repaying kindness, which in turn flows out of remembering it, and this comes from recognising all beings as your mothers. Given the significance of this order, you should reflect in the following manner: ‘Just as samsara is unlimited so is the number of my rebirths. As a result, how could I possibly not have taken rebirth after having been conceived in the womb of every sentient being?’ By weighing this, instead of being fabricated, the recognition of each being as your mother should come to you as it does regarding your mother of this life.
— Je Gendun Jamyang
With few wants, be content with what you have, and with gratitude repay any kindness you receive. Overcome anger and arrogance, and let humility rule your mind. Give up any unwholesome kind of living, and pursue a livelihood in keeping with the Dharma. Do away with your addiction to material things, and adorn yourself with the riches of the highly realised beings. Avoid getting attached to anything at all, and stay free from craving and desire. Attachment not only keeps you from happy births, it kills the very life of liberation.
The whole purpose of meditation is to see the nature of mind, which is peaceful, compassionate, pure, and free of all concepts. Always remind yourself: a mind filled with judgement, comparison, expectation, hope and fear cannot see its true nature. It takes bravery to let go of what is familiar, but this is the bravery the Buddha has.
— Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche