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Overcoming

Overcoming “Overcome the angry by non-anger; overcome the wicked by goodness; overcome the miser by generosity; overcome the liar by truth.” ~The Buddha (from The Dhammapada)

Body and Mind

Body and Mind “Since we are provided with both a body and a mind, we grasp onto the physical forms we see. Since we are provided with both a body and a mind, we cling to the sounds we hear. As a consequence, we make ourselves inseparable from all things, yet we are not like some shadowy figure ‘lodging’ in a mirror or like the moon in water. Whenever we witness what is on the one side, its opposite side will be in darkness.” ~Dogen Zenji

Everybody Loves Something

Everybody Loves Something “Everybody loves something. Even if it’s just tortillas.” ~Chogyam Trungpa

Discovering Ultimate Nature

Discovering Ultimate Nature   “You, the practitioner, should first of all be like a bee going from flower to flower collecting nectar. At the stage when you are listening to and studying the teachings, learn all of them carefully, in both words and meaning. Then you should be like a wild animal. Not satisfied with a mere theoretical understanding, go to live in mountain solitudes where you can be free from all the busy involvement of ordinary life. Be self-sufficient and firm in one-pointed practice, as you discover directly for yourself the profound meaning of the teachings. Finally, as you put the teachings into...

No Mind

No Mind “With no mind, flowers lure the butterfly; With no mind, the butterfly visits the blossoms. Yet when flowers bloom, the butterfly comes; When the butterfly comes, the flowers bloom.” ~Taigu Ryokan      

Intimacy with All Things

Intimacy with All Things “Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.” ~Dogen Zenji

Watch the Illusory Spectacle

Watch the Illusory Spectacle “Oh son, watch the illusory spectacle! All birth and death is projected by delusion, not existing in reality. I am beyond coming and going.” ~Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro

Suffering

Suffering “When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment, he needs help.” ~Thich Nat Hahn

Recognizing Reality

Recognizing Reality “When we recognize that the seemingly object nature of reality is nothing different than the subject nature of mind, which is rigpa, it is called enlightenment.”–Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Penetrating Wisdom–The Aspiration of Samantabhadra

Mistaking a Rope for a Snake

Mistaking a Rope for a Snake “Sentient beings, self and others, enemies and dear ones—all are made by thoughts. It is like seeing a rope and mistaking it for a snake. When we think that the rope is a snake, we are scared, but once we see that we are looking at a rope, our fear dissipates. We have been deluded by our thoughts. Likewise, mentally fabricating self and others, we generate attachment and aversion.” ~Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Poorer than the Bees

Poorer than the Bees “Nature’s law dictates that, in order to survive, bees must work together. As a result, they instinctively possess a sense of social responsibility. They have no constitution, no law, no police, no religion or moral training, but because of their nature, they labor faithfully together. Occasionally, they may fight, but in general, based on cooperation, the whole colony survives. We human beings have a constitution, laws and a police force. We have religion, remarkable intelligence and a heart with a great capacity for love. We have many extraordinary qualities, but in actual practice, I...

All is a Miracle

All is a Miracle “People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Nature of the Universe

Nature of the Universe “Realization is not knowledge about the universe, but the living experience of the nature of the universe. Until we have such living experience, we remain dependent on examples, and subject to their limits.” ~Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, from “The Crystal and the Way of Light”

Statement from Padmasambhava

Statement from Padmasambhava “My father is wisdom and my mother is voidness. My country is the country of Dharma. I am of no caste and no creed. I am sustained by perplexity; and I am here to destroy lust, anger and sloth.” ~Padmasambhava

Sun and Clouds

Sun and Clouds “We say that the sun is behind the clouds, but actually it is not the sun but the city from which we view it that is behind the clouds. If we realized that the sun is never behind the clouds we might have a different attitude toward the whole thing.” ~Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, from ”The Sanity We Are Born With”

The Journey and Meditation

The Journey and Meditation “We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don’t do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point....

Compassion and Joy

Compassion and Joy “Compassion has nothing to do with achievement at all. It is spacious and very generous. When a person develops real compassion, he is uncertain whether he is being generous to others or to himself because compassion is enviromental generosity, without direction, without ” for me” and without ” for them”. It is filled with joy, spontaneously existing joy, constant joy in the sense of trust, in the sense that joy contains tremendous wealth, richness.” ~Chogyam Trungpa

Emptiness and Appearance

Emptiness and Appearance “There is no emptiness without appearance, and there is no appearance without emptiness. That is what we call the interdependent nature.” ~Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

The Source of Joy

The Source of Joy “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Illuminating the Darkness

Illuminating the Darkness “What’s encouraging about meditation is that, even if we shut down, we can no longer shut down in ignorance. We see very clearly that we’re closing off. That in itself begins to illuminate the darkness of ignorance.” ~Pema Chodron

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