An ordinary person cannot establish the inferential nature of scriptural testimony except by relying upon the authoritativeness of scripture, because he or she has heard both the great benefits of virtuous actions and the grave consequences of having to be reborn in the lower states that come from pursuing or avoiding certain kinds of actions whose results lie beyond ordinary perception, and because he or she does not see anything that contradicts the possibility that these results will indeed occur. Thus, the determination that it would be referable, in the face of such a recommended course of action, to proceed accordingly is said to be one whose validity derives from having undertaken a proper investigation.
Right now you have the opportunity, look for the essence of mind — that is meaningful. When you look at mind, there’s nothing to be seen. In this very not seeing, you see the definitive meaning.
— Machig Labdrön
When it comes to cultivating the mind, better to be like a donkey than a horse; while the horse is still being saddled, the donkey has reached the mountain pass!
— 6th Dalai Lama
Sentient beings and Buddhas are equal, yet happiness and sadness produce the great difference between them. Self and others are equal, yet the reason for grasping produces the great difference between them. Enemies and children are equal, yet loving-kindness and anger produce the difference between them. Everyone obtaining a human body is equal, yet victory or defeat produces the difference between them.
— Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen
If water is not turbid, it is settled, if mind is not modified, bliss, rest without modification.
— Garab Dorje
For one who is a learner and who has not yet come to master their mind, but who dwells aspiring for peace from that which binds, making it a matter concerning himself, I know of no other thing as helpful as giving close attention to the mind.
Without the complete determination to be free from circling, there is no way to pacify attachment seeking pleasurable effects in the ocean of circling. Also, by craving for cyclic existence, embodied beings are continuously bound. Therefore, at the very beginning seek the determination to be free.
— Lama Tsongkhapa
Self-clinging is the source of all our problems. It is the basic ignorance from which all the disturbing emotions start. If there is a self, then there are others, and if there is a self and others, there is attachment to the self and anger towards others. This situation creates the basic three disturbing emotions, which are desire, anger, and ignorance. From these three arise others, such as jealousy, pride, miserliness, etc. Once these disturbing emotions are present, they soon develop into physical, verbal and mental actions. When we perform such actions, it is like planting a seed which leads to the growth of suffering.
— HH Sakya Trizin