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You have infused all knowledge in me without my undergoing the ordeal of learning to such an extent that the most learned come to me to learn more. O God! my stabilizer! You have endowed that Light with which I could realize all knowledge and all wisdom and everything else without being taught.

~ Canto 6, chapter 1, verse 23 to 24

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I prayed for an effulgent body that would endure forever against wind, earth, sky, fire, water, sun, moon, death, disease, weapons of killing, planets, injuries of evil deeds or anything else. He later fulfilled my prayers and I have such a body. Think it not a mean gift. O people, seek refuge in my Father who is the lord of the Beatific Splendour that immortalizes even the material body.

~ Canto 6 , chapter 13, verse 59

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Advaita has to be built step by step in your inner space by breaking all that you are hiding and carrying.

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I do not understand why people want to control their minds. I want them to liberate their minds.

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You have the power to hurt yourself or to benefit yourself.... If you do not choose to be happy no one can make you happy. Do not blame God for that! And if you choose to be happy, no one can make you unhappy.... it is we who make of life what it is.

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MEDITATION ADDRESSES OUR EXPERIENCE OF SUFFERING

The need for meditation practice, the benefits of it, and the defects of the absence of meditation practice can only be understood by realizing that all of our samsaric experiences of pain, suffering, and attachment arise from our own mind. The appearances of various objects, particularly our fixation or attachment to these various appearances, and the various sufferings and the forms of obscuration that are produced by this, all arise from our minds. It is like throwing a ball very hard at a wall. It is not the wall's fault, and it is not because of any intention on the wall's part, that the ball bounces back at you. It is not that the wall is aggressive. As hard as you throw the ball, it will bounce back on you to the same degree.
The way in which we experience the world depends on how we feel. If we are full of energy and feeling happy, the world is a wonderful place. However, if we feel sad and depressed, the same world, the same place, and indeed even the same people, are horrid. It all depends on our own feelings. There is nothing external that says, "Today I'm a good world." And tomorrow, manifesting in a bad way, it says, "Today I'm a horrible world." It is all a reflection of our mind. When we meditate and work with out mind, we are working with these basic feelings. When we have the opportunity to receive the instructions and practice them properly, then we can work with this constantly changing basic mind; we can stabilize it and develop peace and wisdom.

~ The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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THE REASON WE PRACTICE MEDITATION

The reason we practice meditation is to attain happiness in both the short term and the long term. We practice in order to obtain the short-term benefit of a state of mental happiness and peace. The short-term benefits of meditation are more than merely peace of mind, because our physical health also depends to a great extent upon our state of mind. The ultimate or long-term benefit of the practice of meditation is becoming free of all suffering, which means no longer experiencing the suffering of birth, aging, sickness, and death. Now, this attainment of freedom is called, in all Buddhist traditions, Buddhahood.

~ Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TRAINED MIND AND AN UNTRAINED MIND

The difference between a trained mind and an untrained mind lies in the ability of pausing, looking at that, and sensing whether it is necessary or not. An untrained mind doesn't think at all; everything just happens. That is simply called habitual patterns.

~ Ven. Khandro Rinpoche

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WE MEDITATE TO DISCOVER THE BASIC NATURE OF MIND

The basic purpose, or the basic development that we are making in meditation practice is to develop more mindfulness and awareness and to gain, or to discover - to rediscover, so to speak - our basic wisdom to transcend our emotions. The reason we say "rediscover" here is that this wisdom to transcend our emotions is already there. It already exists as a part of our mind, as a nature of our mind; its not something new that we are learning from this spiritual journey. Therefore, in this meditaion practice, on this meditation path, we are trying to develop the ultimate realization through developing greater mindfulness and awareness. We are trying to familirize ourselves more closely with the basic nature of our mind so that we can realize the ultimate nature of our mind.

~ The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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MEDITATION HAS NO PURPOSE

Meditation has no object, no purpose, no reference point. It is simply individuals willing to take a discipline upon themselves, not to please God or the Buddha or their teacher or themselves. Rather one just sits. One just simply sits without aim, object, purpose, without anything at all. Nothing whatsoever. One just 'sits'. Sitting is just being there like a piece of rock or a disused coffee cup sitting on the table. So meditation is just sitting and being, simply.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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THE SLOWEST WAY IS THE FASTEST

It is very true that in developing meditation, the slowest way is the fastest way. When we cultivate our meditation carefully, without forcing, the results will always be clear: although we may not sense each day's growth, the growth is steady. This path is not like pouring rain, which forces us to shelter, but more like snow gently blanketing the land.

~ Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche

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The practices of the mind are required just as the practices of the body such as eating and sleeping

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Failing is not wrong. Thinking you are a failure is wrong.

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THE SECRET WAY OF TAKING REFUGE

Lady Tsogyal, the Princess of Kharchen, asked the master: Concerning the secret way of taking refuge, in what object does one take refuge ? What type of person takes refuge ? Through which manner or method does one take refuge ? With what particular attitude does one take refuge ? For what duration of time does one take refuge? By which circumstance does one take refuge? What purpose or virtue is entailed!

The master replied: As to the objects of the secret way of taking
refuge, you should take refuge in the view, meditation, and action.

The type of person who takes this refuge should be someone of
the highest faculties who desires to attain enlightenment.
As to the manner or method, you should take refuge by means of
the view, meditation, action, and fruition. That is to say, you take
refuge with the view possessing confidence, the meditation possessing experience, and the action possessing equal taste.
As to the particular attitude, the view free from craving means not
to desire either to attain Buddhahood or to cast away samsara. The meditation free from fixation on concreteness and without falling into partiality cannot be described by any ordinary words. The conduct free from accepting and rejecting is devoid of falling into any category whatsoever.

The duration of time is to take refuge until attaining enlightenment.

The circumstance is to take refuge without desiring further
rebirth.

The purpose or virtue is to attain complete enlightenment within
this very lifetime.

~ (Dakini Teachings p.60)

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All beings have lived and died and been reborn countless times. Over and over again they have experienced the indescribable Clear Light. But because they are obscured by the darkness of ignorance, they wander endlessly in a limitless samsara

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BE CONCERNED ONLY WITH INNER TRANSFORMATION

Discarding all other thoughts, be concerned only with the inner transformation caused by your practice. Don't be preoccupied by wealth, fame, and power but cultivate humility - not only for a few months but for your entire life.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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THE LONELINESS OF THE MEDITATIVE JOURNEY

The practice of meditation takes us on a journey that is very personal and very lonely. Only the individual meditator knows what he or she is doing, and it is a very lonely journey. However, if one were doing it alone without any reference to the lineage, without any reference to the teacher and the teachings, it would not be lonely, because you would have a sense of being involved in the process of developing the self-made man. So you would feel less lonely. You would feel like you were on the way to becoming a hero. It is particularly because of the commitment that one makes to the teachings and the lineage and the teacher that the meditative journey becomes such a lonely one.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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WE SHOULD RESPECT OUR PRACTICE!

It is vitally important to remember that no matter what stage of meditation we are engaged with, we should, at all times, fully appreciate and respect our practice.

~ The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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WHAT IS MEDITATION ?

The practice of meditation is a way of unmasking ourselves, our deceptions of all kinds, and also the practice of Meditation is a way of bringing out the subtleties of intelligence that exist within us. The experience of meditation sometimes plays the role of playmate; sometimes it plays the role of devil's advocate, fundamental depression. Sometimes it acts as an encouragement for birth, sometimes as an encouragement for death. Its moods might be entirely different in different levels and states of being and emotion, as well as in the experience of different individuals.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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OUR MIND IS WORKABLE

Our general feeling is that we simply have the mind that we have. If it is distracted or angry - whatever it may be - we just have to put up with it. There is nothing to be done. It is like waiting out a storm. The notion of meditation goes directly to that point and says that fundamentally we CAN work with this mind.

~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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WITHOUT MEDITATION, WE WON'T BE ABLE TO HELP OTHERS

People, like ourselves, who do not practice [shamatha meditation] are unable to help others in any very effective way at all. Lacking in concentration, we may think we want to help beings when in actual fact we are in no position even to help ourselves as we would like. If we go out and try to serve others in our present state of mind ( when we, like they, are very much under control of desire, hatred, and illusion ), we will only get into all kinds of unfortunate relationships with those whom we intend to help.

~ Deshung Rinpoche

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IF WE DO NOT MEDITATE, THERE IS NOT MUCH BENEFIT

The structures, the various formats and techniques, as well as the inspiration and guidance of teachers, Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas, are support that we can always benefit from. As long as we need that support, there is no end to it and it is always there. We meet great teachers and masters. we listen to the teachings, we study and reflect. Everyone tries to meditate in his or her own way. Nevertheless, as long as we rely on purely external support and do not really work at the level of our own mind and our own heart, there is not much benefit.

~ Ven. Khandro Rinpoche

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IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAT WE ACTUALLY PRACTICE

[In the West], Buddhism has experienced tremendous growth. I come from the East, where we have many monasteries, temples, retreats, and meditation centers. However, it is not so much the container but the contents that need to be profound and need to be steeped within the essential teachings. The outer growth and increase in number and size of meditation centers is one aspect, but it is more important that meditators actually practice the profound teachings.

~ Ven. Khandro Rinpoche

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INTELLECTUAL KNOWLEDGE IS NOT ENOUGH

Intellectual knowledge of the Dharma alone is not enough - we have to practice. There are many stories of learned Dharma scholars having to ask for guidance from people who have not studied any of the vast treatises but who have really tasted the few teachings they have received. I remember Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the junior tutor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, saying in his teachings that when it comes to practice, many intellectuals have to go to beggars on the street to ask for advice. Even though these scholars may have intellectually learned the entire sutra and tantra teachings and may even teach them to many students, they are still empty when it comes to practice.

~ Lama Thubten Yeshe Rinpoche

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THE BUDDHA'S METHOD: MEDITATION

The method that the Buddha discovered is meditation. He discovered that struggling to find answers did not work. It was only when there were gaps in his struggle that insights came to him. He began to realize that there was a sane, awake quality within him that manifested itself only in the absence of struggle. So the practice of meditation involves "letting be."

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Remember that when you are unhappy it is generally because you do not visualize strongly enough the great things that you definitely want to accomplish in life, nor do you employ steadfastly enough your will power, your creative ability, and your patience until your dreams are materialized.

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