By whom and how were the weapons of hell created? Who made its blazing floors? And from where are its flames? Sakyamuni taught “All these are born of the deluded mind.”
Like a fish leaping from water, a thought arises suddenly. Look nakedly at its nature. Then look at awareness alone. In the end awareness settles into itself.
— Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche
When there is no thought, one’s nature is empty of differentiated characters and is tranquil, but when there is thought, that is self-transformation.
— Venerable Hui Neng
As when gazing into space, all other visual objects disappear, so it is for mind itself. When mind is looking at mind, all discursive thoughts cease and enlightenment is attained.
— Machig Labdrön
As the Teacher visited this world, His Teaching illumines like rays of the sun. By brotherly accord between followers of the Teaching, may there be the good fortune that the Teaching stays long.
— Lama Tsongkhapa
Out of Buddha’s impartial intention He creates many partial views! Buddha, in all his precious teachings, taught just a single ultimate intention. The cost of not understanding the one is a lot of talk. The many obscure the one!
— Mahasiddha Padampa Sangye
In the unessential they imagine the essential, in the essential they see the unessential – they who entertain (such) wrong thoughts never realise the essence.
The Buddha said that your own mind is a buddha. Since your mind is the actual buddha, apart from purifying your mind, there is nothing else to be done. Our task, throughout this and all our future lifetimes, is to purify our mind-streams. This means that we must eliminate our afflictive emotions and mental fabrications, because they are what defile our minds. Like water that has become dirty, our minds need to be purified of these defilements. Once you have removed all the defilements, the buddha within your mind will reveal itself.
— Garchen Rinpoche
When the mind is active, there is the cycle of existence, and when it is devoid of activity there is liberation. Without severing the root of the mind, the root of delusion is not cut; so first sever the root of the mind.
— Phagmo Drupa Dorje Gyalpo