Even were all gods and demigods to rise up against me as my enemies, they could not drag me and cast me into the blazing fire of the eternal hells. Yet this powerful enemy, my afflictions, can fling me instantly where even mighty Mount Meru would be crushed into dust upon contact.
A loving relationship between husband and wife can also become a catalyst for our Dharma practice. The caring that is shared between husband and wife is a kind of respect for life, a cherishing of life. Starting with this feeling of caring and loving, one should gradually extend it to the surrounding environment. In a story I have previously mentioned, there is a couple who is deeply in love. They have great love and respect each other. Because they have so much love for each other, even when the husband comes out to water flowers in the garden, he is emanating joy, and caring for the flowers with love. This is an example of how one can extend love and caring to a wider surrounding.
~17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s Teachings – “Living The Dharma”(1)
Whatever sensory experiences we go through, if we go through them with mindfulness and awareness, there is no limit to how far we can go. The limit is mindfulness and awareness. Even if we don’t enjoy the experience, that itself becomes a trip. The nonenjoyment becomes a cause of suffering. That’s why, if we don’t practice mindfulness and awareness, asceticism just becomes pain rather than a cause for liberation. That’s why Buddha said to forget about asceticism. That’s what Buddha did. He left asceticism, became very mindful in every step, and achieved enlightenment.
— 7th Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
How could millions of blind men, with no one to lead them and not knowing the path, arrive at the city? In the same way, without wisdom, the five blind perfections, having no leader, cannot touch enlightenment.
There will come teachers who act as if they are me, though they are not. They will claim to be my tulkus, but dismantle my tradition. They deceive many with teachings of demonic and unknown entities. Nonhuman forces prop them up and promote their celebrity. Such teachers of erroneous paths cause the Dharma to decline. They don’t practice (Dharma), but only talk and only intensify desire. They contradict what they teach and what they do, and indulge in corrupt activities. Without gaining any confidence, they are zealous to teach others. They lack any intention of benefiting others, but focus on self-interest. They lack moral discipline. Dharma will be left just as a shadow.
— Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche
It is quite normal for us to look for answers when we are at a critical juncture in our lives. Time and time again, we seek answers with the wrong attitude. Instead of searching somewhere else for answers, we should look within to find our own capacities and to identify the destructive forces hidden inside us, because external conditions are simply not as important.
— Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche