Just as a reflected image clearly appears when a man holds his face to a mirror, all things are radiantly manifest and void. For that reason cause and effect are unfailing.
— His Holiness the 7th Dalai Lama, Kelzang Gyatso
In brief, whatever is dawning, be right there with an uncontrived mind. Do not involve yourself with stopping, or starting, or with any modification whatsoever. Whatever arises, stay uncontrivedly right with that arising. Don’t reel your mind in, don’t cast around for an object of meditation out there. Be right there with the meditator, your very own mind. Unfound when sought, your own mind is primordially empty mind nature. Seeking also is unnecessary; the seeker — yourself — is that [which one is seeking]. Unwaveringly remain right with that very seeker.
— Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Contributing to a Better Humanity
Individuals who cultivate in their mind-stream aspirations and practice for universal enlightenment are followers of the Great Vehicle (Mahayana). Individuals who cultivate in their mind-stream aspirations and practice for personal liberation are followers of the Lesser Vehicle (Hinayana). If they do not cultivate any aspiration or practice, then whatever scriptures they read or schools they claim to follow, they are neither Mahayana nor Hinayana.
There are individuals who adhere to Mahayana doctrines but actually practice the Hinayana path. There are also individuals who adhere to Hinayana doctrines but actually practice the Mahayana path. There are individuals who adhere to and practice Mahayana doctrines, and those who adhere to and practice Hinayana doctrines. Many more hold doctrines but do not actually practice a path.
— Jetsun Taranatha
As a result of unwavering diligence you arrive at the gate of Chan. Before the gate stands a gatekeeper who says, “First you must put down your weapons.” Being determined to pass through the gate, you give it no second thought, so you drop all your defenses. After that the guard says, “Next you must take off all your clothes.” You think for a moment, and then you drop all your remaining attachments. Then the guard says, “Now you have to put aside your body.” You have been working hard for a long time so you decide that enlightenment is even worth dying for, so away goes the body. Finally, the guard says, “You still have your mind; that too must go. There can be nothing left of you when you enter.” Because you are determined to succeed, you agree to this final demand. The instant that you let go of your mind, the gate disappears. There was in fact no gate to pass through and nothing to enter.
— Venerable Sheng Yen
If it is the nature of that person to cause problems for us, then there is no reason to be angry with him. Such anger would be like begrudging fire for having the nature to burn… if the object of our anger is a troublesome person who usually speaks harshly, understanding that that is his nature, we will be less likely to become angry when he behaves badly.
— Khen Rinpoche Geshe Chonyi
2016 33rd Marme Monlam. The Lamp Prayer by 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Never think that I believe I should set out a “system of teaching” to help people to understand the path. Never cherish such a thought. What I proclaim is the truth as I have discovered it, and a “system of teaching” has no meaning because the truth can’t be cut up into pieces and arranged in a system.
— Buddha, The Diamond Sutra