Compassion arises within our minds and therefore is like a seed that is already present within the mind. Like any seed, it has to be nurtured. In the case of compassion, we nurture it in several ways. One is to reflect on it, to direct our minds to it. Another is to take joy in compassion. A physical seed needs many things – soil, water, and sun – and these not only need to be provided, but provided in the right way. For example, when you water a seed, you cannot simply dump a gallon of water on it all at once; you have to water it gently and, therefore, it takes more time and more effort. In the same way, in caring for the seed of compassion within us, we need to be patient and persistent. If we do not take proper care of the seed of compassion, the seed will either not ripen or will ripen in an unhealthy way.
— 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje
His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 2015 Liberty Medal Award.
Transcendent generosity is found in contentment; its essence is simply letting go. Discipline is not to displease the Three Jewels. The best patience is unfailing mindfulness and awareness. Diligence is needed to sustain all the other perfections. Concentration is to experience as deities all the appearances to which one clings. Wisdom is the self-liberation of grasping and clinging; in it there is neither thinking nor a thinker. It is not ordinary. It is free from fixed convictions. It is beyond suffering. It is supreme peace. Do not tell this to everyone — keep it sacred within your own mind.
— Jigme Lingpa
All aspects of this outer and inner material world were not created by gods, were not made by a doer, have not occurred naturally, have not occurred without a cause, and are not changed by time. They only occur through the characteristics of the root and contributing circumstances of interdependent relative truth. Cause depends on result. Result depends on cause. Not occurring independently, whenever root and contributing circumstances join together, then there is a result. If root and contributing circumstances do not join, then nothing occurs. It is impossible for root circumstances to be obstructed. They only depend on the arising of contributing circumstances. So, when the passions and karma and their suffering are all transcended, including one’s own skandhas without anything remaining, then one attains the space of enlightenment.
— Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo
Some are completely tortured with empowerment rites, some always count their rosary saying hum phat! Some consume shit, piss, blood, semen and meat, some meditate the yoga of nadi and vayu, but all are deluded.
— Mahasiddha Virupa
Although hundreds or thousands of explanations are given, there is only one thing to be understood – Know the one thing that liberates everything – Awareness itself, your true nature.
— HH Dudjom Rinpoche
Alas! If we observe how this lost mind works, when it is happy, it becomes arrogant and its desires multiply; when it suffers, it loses courage and wants to be happy; whatever happens to it, it never takes the path of lasting happiness. Alas! It wanders endlessly in suffering!
— Mipham Rinpoche