Natural great peace ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Rest in natural great peace this exhausted mind,
Beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thoughts
Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves
In the infinite ocean of samsara.
Rest in natural great peace.

– Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

quoted in the book “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying”
ISBN: 978-0062508348 - http://amzn.to/17IV6e2

What we normally call the mind is a turbulent vortex of thoughts whipped up by attachments, fear and ignorance. This mind is deluded by these thoughts, one after another. Unless there is a proper antidote, they take root and proliferate, reinforcing the habitual karmic patterns. Yet, however strong these thoughts may seem, they invariable dissolve back into nothingness. They continually appear and dissolve. In infinite variety – devotion, compassion, harmfulness, and desire – they are utterly without substance. There is no thought that is something other than voidness. If you recognize this you will no longer be controlled or disturbed. At the very moment a thought arises, it begins to dissolve. Deluded emotions will collapse by themselves. No negative actions will be accumulated, so no suffering will follow.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

We need to contemplate on our precious human life, what is our motivation, and we must wish to be liberated from samsara. Then, from there, the most important is to achieve Buddhahood. We need strong will power to achieve this great goal. To make our life useful, we should not wait. We must be useful, we must use our daily life to be useful, not to harm others, and to create harmony. To be a good person, we must be mindful of what we do, for what we do is action, and this creates the imprint and results. This seed of imprint will ripen as karma ripens. We have collected so much bad karma from many lifetimes. Do not wait any longer.

– Dagyab Rinpoche

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Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, you raw and beautiful heart. You are willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world. You are willing to share your heart with others.
—  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Projections of the mind ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

All our different activities are projections of the mind, created by our thoughts. If you follow these deluded thoughts, there will be no end to your mind being upset by delusion, just as when the wind blows over the surface of a lake, the crystal clarity of the water is masked by ripples. It is therefore important to control the mind by applying the view, meditation, and action, both in meditation and in postmeditation, for major situations and minor ones.

– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book “Zurchungpa’s Testament”
ISBN: 978-1559392648 - http://amzn.to/19RFPbO

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Whenever the energy of anger comes up, we often want to express it to punish the person whom we believe to be the source of our suffering. This is the habit energy in us. When we suffer, we always blame the other person for having made us suffer. We do not realize that anger is, first of all, our business. We are primarily responsible for our anger, but we believe very naively that if we can say something or do something to punish the other person, we will suffer less. This kind of belief should be uprooted. Because whatever you do or say in a state of anger will only cause more damage in the relationship. Instead, we should try not to do anything or say anything when we are angry.
—  Thich Nhat Hanh