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GAINING THE CITADEL OF THE ABSOLUTE

When Awareness reaches its full extent, the ramparts of delusion will have been breached and the citadel of the Absolute, beyond meditation, can be seized once and for all.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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NIRVANA CANNOT BE IMPORTED

Nirvana cannot be imported from somewhere else, because Nirvana does not exist as a place outside our own mind. Nirvana has always been present as the basic nature of mind.

~ Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

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THE MIND OF THE BUDDHAS

Profound and tranquil, free from complexity,
Uncompounded luminous clarity,
Beyond the mind of conceptual ideas;
This is the depth of the mind of the Victorious Ones.

In this there is not a thing to be removed,
Nor anything that needs to be added.
It is merely the immaculate
Looking naturally at itself.

~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

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MIND OF WAKEFULNESS

As long as our mind is obscured by and occupied with mundane thoughts, which are the usual concepts involving the five poisons and dualistic fixations, then the ordinary mind of innate wakefulness is covered up. Yet the moment normal thoughts and fixations are absent, the ordinary mind - ground wisdom - is immediately and vividly present.
'Ordinary' as used in "ordinary mind" means not fabricated, altered, or charged by any thought constructs. As soon as a deluded thought is fabricated in the mind then the state of mind is no longer ordinary: it is artificial. Ordinary mind means simply resting in naturalness.

~ Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

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BUDDHA-NATURE

One should first recognize the Buddha-Nature, then train in it, and finally attain stability. In order to recognize the Buddha-Nature, we must identify exactly what is preventing us from realizing it now and what needs to be cleared away - all the passing stains of confusion. Where did these passing stains come from ? The ground itself, the Buddha-Nature, is without impurity or confusion, but the temporary defilements, the stains of confusion, result from not having recognized the state of the ground.
What is fruition ? The immaculate Dharmakaya is the fruition of having purified these stains. Through practice, we unveil a state free from all dualistic phenomena, free from holding on to subject and object, perceiver and perceived. Having totally discarded all the different ways of being mistaken, having rid oneself of the passing stains, we realize Dharmakaya, the ground itself exactly as it is. This is the fruition of purification.

~ Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

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THE WHOLE WORLD APPEARS WITHIN THE BUDDHA-NATURE

Just as the whole world, with its mountains, continents, and everything else, exists within infinite space, so too do all phenomena appear within the Buddha-Nature.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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THE NATURE OF MIND IS NOT EXCLUSIVE TO OUR MIND ONLY

Do not make the mistake of imagining that the nature of mind is exclusive to our mind only. It is in fact the nature of everything. It can never be said too often that to realize the nature of mind is to realize the nature of everything.

~ Sogyal Rinpoche

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AWARENESS AS A VENERABLE OLD SAGE

One day, as your confidence in awareness grows,
[The habitual] mind will appear as a witless child
And awareness as a venerable old sage.
Awareness will not run after mind but eclipse it;
In a relaxed, serene state, rest at ease.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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THE IDEA AND THE EXPERIENCE OF BUDDHA-NATURE

It's not so difficult to comprehend this: to get the theory that this empty cognizance is Buddha-Nature, self-existing wakefulness. But to leave it at that is the same as looking at the buffet and not eating anything. Being told about Buddha-Nature but never really making it our personal experience will not help anything. It's like staying hungry. Once we put the food in our mouth, we discover what the food tastes like. This illustrates the dividing line between idea and experience.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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TEMPORARY STAINS

Even though [the Buddha-Nature] is our basic nature, we do not realize it; we do not manifest the Buddha's qualities openly, because we have not purified the temporary stains of ignorance that obscure our realization. This is what causes us suffering. However, since these stains are not inherently a part of mind's nature, they are suitable to be removed, and practicing on the path accomplishes precisely that. When all the stains have been purified, one attains the "Dharmakaya free of fleeting stains."

~ Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

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THE NATURE OF MIND

The nature of mind, our Enlightened essence, is the unity of emptiness and cognizance. In this context, 'cognizant' means knowing without fixating on what is perceived. While the essence of this perception is empty, there remains a clarity totally devoid of conceptualization, a cognizance free from holding on to anything. This is the Mahamudra of cognizant emptiness. Simply rest in a natural state that is empty but at the same time vividly awake, cognizant, and free from fixation.

~ Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

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EMPTINESS AND CLARITY ARE INSEPARABLE

Mind has no form, no color, and no substance; this is its empty aspect. Yet mind can know things and perceive an infinite variety of phenomena. This is its clear aspect. The inseparability of these two aspects, emptiness and clarity, is the primordial, continuous nature of mind.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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THE IMPORTANCE OF RECOGNIZING MIND'S NATURE

To recognize that the nature of mind is Buddha-Nature is the beginning f the process of revealing that nature. By revealing that nature, we can dispel all the suffering and all the fears of samsara. [One needs to] recognize that our mind's nature is Buddha-Nature, to have confidence or faith in this, and to have the aspiration and commitment to reveal this.

~ The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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BUDDHA NATURE IS THE CLEAR LIGHT

How is the term 'sugatagarbha Buddha-Nature' to be understood ? It refers to clear light luminosity, which constitutes the fundamental ground of being. The essence of this clear light nature of mind is unsoiled by any sort of imperfection. This clear luminous nature itself is the sugatagarbha [and] it pervades all sentient beings; 'pure being' is present in the mind of beings. "Pure being" is clear-light luminosity by nature, and this is precisely what the Buddha-Nature is.

~ Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

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BUDDHA-NATURE IS THE SAME IN EVERYONE

Buddha-Nature itself is the same in everyone, with no decrease and no increase, change or alteration between individuals. It is not that one person has an eminent Buddha-Nature while someone else has a low-grade Buddha-Nature. It is not that Samantabhadra Buddha has a really wonderful Buddha-Nature, while a dog or a pig has an inferior Buddha-Nature or maybe none at all. There is actually no difference whatsoever between their essential Buddha-Natures.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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THE BUDDHA-NATURE

At the root of the being of each one of us, our mind - and here I don't mean only the thinking mind or consciousness but the totality of our experience - not only is basically pure but also has all the positive qualities: the compassion and wisdom and joy, the clarity, and ability to see things clearly; it's all there. It's just covered up: we can't see it at the moment because of its obscuration by our own misunderstanding and our habitual tendencies, but if we can relax in it and let it be unveiled, then it just appears and all the good qualities emerge.

~ Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

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WHAT IS THE BUDDHA-NATURE ?

So what exactly is this Buddha-Nature ? It is the skylike nature of our mind. Utterly open, free, and limitless, it is fundamentally so simple and so natural that it can never be complicated, corrupted, or stained, so pure that it is beyond even the concept of purity and impurity...As it is said: "It is simply your flawless, present awareness, cognizant and empty, naked and awake."

~ Sogyal Rinpoche

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EVERYTHING IS INHERENTLY CONTAINED WITHIN ONE'S OWN MIND

We talk about the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha, and all these instructions and methods of practice we can do and benefit from. But in essence, to find Dharma one has to look inward, not outward. One has to constantly exert effort in examining oneself and one's own mind. Of course, there are methods of meditating, there are philosophies, and there are doctrines and logic. Within Buddhism, there is a tremendous treasure of teachings. Nevertheless, if one were to gather them all into one, one would have to say that everything is inherently contained within one's own mind.

~ Ven. Khandro Rinpoche

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This world-appearance is a confusion, even as the blueness of the sky is an optical illusion. Neither freedom from sorrow nor realization of one's real nature is possible, as long as the conviction does not arise in one that the world-appearance is unreal.

And this conviction arises when one studies this scripture with diligence. It is then that one arrives at the firm conviction that the objective world is a confusion of the real with the unreal. If one does not thus study this scripture, true knowledge does not arise in him, even in millions of years.

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The knowledge of the reality of all things in the minds of the unenlightened is dispersed in the minds of Enlightened upon conviction of their unreality.
It requires a habit of constant meditation in order to know your spiritual state and subdue your sense of materiality. As you abstain from your sense of materiality, so you attain the Spiritual state.
The view of the phenomenal world as distinct from the Unity is as false as seeing a delusion.

~ MahaRamayana III:57

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THE DEPTH OF THE MIND

As we begin to meditate more, we realize that the human mind is a wonderful thing. We are not trying to transcend the human mind in order to understand something 'more' profound. 'All possible profundity is already within the mind.' Generally speaking, if we look at how much of our mind we are using, we realize we are not using much. If we examine to see how deep and penetrating our experience is, we find that it is very shallow - we could go a lot deeper. The point is that when we talk about experiencing things in more profound way, we have to realize that those possibilities are within our basic human nature 'already'.

~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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Breath flows in, breath flows out,
Traveling always the curving path of the Goddess.
Breath flows spontaneously of its own will.
Thus all breathing beings
Continually worship Her.
Be conscious of this unconscious prayer,
For She is the most holy place of pilgrimage.

She wishes for you to enter this temple,
Where each breath is adoration
Of the infinite for the incarnate form.

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Breath flows in, breath flows out,
Traveling always the curving path of the Goddess.
Breath flows spontaneously of its own will.
Thus all breathing beings
Continually worship Her.
Be conscious of this unconscious prayer,
For She is the most holy place of pilgrimage.

She wishes for you to enter this temple,
Where each breath is adoration
Of the infinite for the incarnate form.

-Vijnanabhairava Tantra

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One day, the earth will consume you. What you consume decides when you will be consumed.

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Whenever you are in confusion, the best way to get out of confusion is... start doing intense action. Start creating.
Take the decision which expands your consciousness even though it pains. always decide for fulfilling what you stand for. Whenever you are in confusion, dilemma... take up responsibilities. go on expanding. The irresoluteness which is cherished in the heart due to non-understanding... stand up and gain superiority through intense action."

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When one approaches darkness with light in hand, wishing to behold it, the darkness vanishes; when the light of enquiry is turned on ignorance, ignorance disappears. When one begins to enquire "What is 'I' in this body composed of blood, flesh, bone, etc.?" at once ignorance ceases to be.

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