诸位进入农禪寺大门时，都看到墙上写了一句话：「应无所住而生其心」。「应无所住」这其中是一还是二？住於一是错误的，「应无所住」是更高的层次， 是不住於一，也不住於二；不住於整体的、统一的，也不住於对立的、分离的 ── 两种皆不住。
Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.
When a person’s mind is saturated with love, like ground that has been moistened, the seed of compassion, once planted, will easily grow. Thus, having permeated the mind with love, cultivate compassion.
Meditation means learning to control our minds, thereby protecting our minds from domination by delusion and other afflictions. We may think, “Oh, I wish my mind were not dominated by ignorance and other afflictions.” But these afflictions are very powerful and very destructive; they operate despite our wishes. We have to work to develop effective countermeasures. We cannot buy such remedies from a store; even very sophisticated machines cannot produce them for us. They are obtained only through mental effort, training the mind in meditation.
— HH the Dalai Lama
The teachings are for living in this world — for having fewer problems and fewer tensions. Many people speak now about world peace. What does that mean? How can we have world peace if we don’t have peace in ourselves? We are each members of society — society meaning all of us together, not as individuals. Since many individuals make up society, it means that the individuals must have a kind of evolution. Although we have power and military might, and sometimes there are provisional changes, in the real sense it never changes.
Society is made up of individuals each having their point of view, their feelings, and their sensations. If we want to develop society so that there is more peace and happiness, each one of us must work with our condition. For example, our society is like numbers. When we count, we must always begin with the number “1.” If I think about society, I must start with myself as “number one.”
— Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
I am not angry about a sickness that make me suffer. Why therefore should I have anger for others? They, too are under the influence of conditions (that make them act in this manner).
From time without beginning, our ego clinging has caused us to wander in samsara; it is the root of all our sufferings, it is indeed the culprit. Considering others to be more important than ourselves, we should give up our self-cherishing attitudes and decide to act without hypocrisy, emulating in body, speech and mind, the behaviour of friends who live their lives according to the teachings. Mind Training should be engaged in discreetly. It should not be done with external show, in a way that attracts attention and creates a reputation; it should act as the inward antidote to our self-clinging and defiled emotions. We should bring our minds to ripeness without anybody knowing.
— HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Of all the ways you can think of, none has a sixteenth part of the value of loving-kindness. Loving-kindness is a freedom of the heart which takes in all the ways. It is luminous, shining, blazing forth.
Just as the stars have not a sixteenth part of the moon’s brilliance, which absorbs them all in its shining light, so loving-kindness absorbs all the other ways with its lustrous splendor.
Just as when the rainy season ends and the sun rises up into the clear and cloudless sky, banishing all the dark in its radiant light, and just as at the end of a black night the morning star shines out in glory, so none of the ways you can use to further your spiritual progress has a sixteenth part of the value of loving-kindness. For it absorbs them all, its luminosity shining forth.
Although I do not possess the best understanding, yet by studying with learned gurus, by accumulating the knowledge of hearing and contemplation, this is how my understanding of realisation arose. Similar to the yoke and the neck of an ocean tortoise, understand that a human body is difficult to obtain. Similar to the jewel of Takshaka’s crown, understand that it is difficult to find a guru. Understand the changes of the body through the four seasons as the secret sign of death. Similar to a person being exiled to an enemy country, understand everything is left behind in passing away. Similar to the colours of a peacock’s feathers, understand everything is born from karma.
— Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen