There is nothing to do, it’s about undoing.
— 7th Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
When you recognise your problem comes from your concept or your concept is the problem, you don’t blame others.
— Lama Zopa Rinpoche
You are me, and I am you. Isn’t it obvious that we “inter-are”? You cultivate the flower in yourself, so that I will be beautiful. I transform the garbage in myself, so that you will not have to suffer. I support you, you support me. I am in this world to offer you peace, you are in this world to bring me joy.
— Thich Nhat Hanh
The highest nobility lies in taming your own mind.
17th Gyalwang Karmapa will teach the Kadampa master Potowa’s Long Soliloquy during the actual Monlam from February 16 to 19.
Ordinary enjoyments are pleasurable in the beginning, but as time goes on, they become an increasing source of torment, If you wrap a strip of wet leather around your wrist, it is fine at first, but as the leather dries and shrinks, it tightens painfully. What a relief it is to cut it away with a knife! Once you have understood the union of emptiness and the dependent arising of phenomena, you will see clearly how deluded and deceiving the ways of the world really are, and, like an old man forced to play children’s games, you will find them very tiresome. When you realised the utter foolishness of spending your life attached to friends and scheming to subdue your enemies and competitors, you will find it tedious. Once you have been struck by the pointlessness of letting yourself be forever influenced and conditioned by your habitual tendencies, you will become sick of it …. That will inspire you to strive towards liberation – and by striving for it, you will attain it. Samsara will never just disappear on its own. You have to want to get rid of it actively yourself.
— Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
The ultimate and true nature is always devoid of any compounded thing. Therefore it is taught that defilements, actions and their full maturation are like a cloud and so forth. The defilements are taught to be like clouds, karma is likened to the experience in dreams and the full ripening of karma and defilements, the aggregates, are likened to conjurations. Thus was it presented previously and then ‘the element exists’ was taught ultimately as this continuum in this way so that these five faults could be abandoned. Not learning this, some people are disheartened, through mistaken self-contempt; bodhichitta will not develop in them.
— Maitreya, Uttaratantra Shastra
Mara finds not the path of those who are virtuous, careful in living, and freed by right knowledge.