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COMPASSION IS FOREMOST

Why is compassion of foremost importance in the Buddha's teachings? Because it is the root of all the vastness and profundity of the Bodhisattva path. Compassion is the awakened heart itself.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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THE ESSENCE OF BUDDHISM

The essence of Buddhism is Kindness, Compassion.

~ His holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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Breaking the laws of physical
nature is spiritual process.
In this sense, we are outlaws,
and Shiva is the ultimate outlaw.
You cannot worship Shiva,
but you may join the Gang.

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MEETING REALITY

Meeting reality usually takes the form of an accident. We are bewildered by this accident, by this accidental discovery of reality, and then we are uncertain what to do. Should we pull it, push it, possess it, play with it, or what? But actually, we don't have to do anything with it. Just let that reality be there.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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THE EMPTY ESSENE IS RIGPA

The empty essence is 'rigpa', knowing. This knowing quality has two options. It can face away from itself towards external objects, making thoughts that grasp in delusion. Here I am speaking of being mistaken in the sense that there is no knowing what the nature of mind is. The other possibility is that this knowing quality looks towards itself and sees how the empty nature of the mind actually is. This is a recognition of the nature of mind itself. At this point there is no though. You see in actuality. When there is this kind of direct seeing, it is not possible to form any concepts. Self-knowing is free of all thoughts.

~ Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

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NOTHING TO DO

There is actually nothing to do because the mind's true nature already is perfect just as it is. If you are still fiddling about trying to manipulate your mind or experience in any way, then you have not got this... If there is no effort or contrivance in your meditation, if you are able to rest relaxed without clinging or fixation no matter what happens, then it is true 'Mahamudra' meditation.

~ Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

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LEAVE YOUR PRESENT WAKEFULNESS UNALTERED

Don't entertain thoughts about what has passed, don't anticipate or plan what will happen in the future. Leave your present wakefulness unaltered, utterly free and open. Aside from that, there is nothing else whatsoever to do!

~ Patrul Rinpoche

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LIKE A DOG OR LIKE A LION?

Lord Buddha taught that there are two ways to meditate: like a dog and like a lion. If you throw a stick at a dog, he will chase after the stick; but if you throw a stick at a lion, the lion will chase after you. You can throw as many sticks as you like at a dog, but at a lion only one. When you are completely barraged with thoughts, chasing after each one in turn while it's antidote is an endless task. That is like the dog. It is better, like the lion, to look for the source of those thoughts; empty awareness, on the surface of which thoughts move like ripples on the surface of a lake, but the depth is the unchanging state of utter simplicity. Rest in the unwavering continuity of that state.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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TAKING MIND ITSELF AS MEDITATION OBJECT

If you take mind as an object [of meditation], it is important to focus the mind on the very clarity of the mind 'without any form'. You try to remain stable there, with the resolve not to let the mind veer off elsewhere...When distracting thoughts arise, the response should be to focus right on them, specifically on the very nature of the clarity of the thoughts themselves and not on their content. If you focus on the content, it will carry you away.

~ Gen. Lamrimpa Rinpoche

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LOOK AT THE MIND ITSELF

Try to leave your mind vividly in a natural state, without thinking of what happened in the past or of what you are planning for the future, without generating any conceptuality...With persistent practice, consciousness may eventually be perceived or felt as an entity of mere luminosity and knowing...As long as the mind does not encounter the external circumstances of conceptuality, it will abide empty without anything appearing in it, like clear water.

~ His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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JUST LET EVERYTHING BE

Although meditation is actually very simple, it is easy to get confused by the many different descriptions of meditation practices. Forget them all and just sit quietly. Be very still and relaxed, and do not try to do anything. Let everything - thoughts, feelings, and concepts - go through your mind unheeded. Do not grasp at ideas or thoughts as they come and go or try to manipulate them. When you feel you have to do something in your meditation, you only make it harder. Let meditation do itself.

After you learn to let thoughts slip by, the thoughts will slow down and nearly disappear. Then, behind the flow of thoughts, you will sense a feeling that is the foundation of meditation. When you contact this quiet place behind your inner dialogues, let your awareness of it grow stronger. You can then simply rest in silence. For in that silence there is nothing to do; there is no reason to produce anything or to stop anything. Just let everything be.

~ Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche

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TOTAL RELAXATION

One of the most important practices in daily life is relaxation; it is very valuable to loosen, liberate, free, and relax tension. Sometimes tension develops when you give something too much attention, and you might think, " Oh, I should do this." and you become very hard. So you observe. The practice of real contemplation means total relaxation. This is what we call 'tregchod' in Tibetan. 'Treg' is short for 'tregpo', which means something bound, with cord or some kind of binding. ''Chod' means cutting through - cutting through the binding. What remains when we cut this binding is relaxation. There is no more conditioning or binding and we are free.

~ Chogyal Namkhai Norbu

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SIGNS THAT OUR PRACTICE IS NOT GOING RIGHT

The more you practice, the more you do retreats, the more experiences you have, the more rituals you learn, and the more skills you acquire, if your ego becomes bigger and bigger and bigger in the process, that is an indication that your practice is not going right. Additionally, if you look down on others who have no idea about such practices, that is a further indication that your practice is not going right.

~ The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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(2:28) (The periods) before birth and after death are veiled from your gaze. You are conscious only of that which is visible to your senses. Why lament a thing you can't see?

(2:29) Some (people) behold the soul in amazement. Others describe (the experience of it) as marvelous. Still others, hearing it, listen, and proclaim it wonderful. The rest, even if they hear all about it, comprehend it not at all.

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(2:25) The soul cannot even be pondered by the reasoning mind. It (the Self) is manifested and formless. Realize this Truth, and abstain from lamentation.

(2:26,27) Even, however, if you prefer to think of the Self as perishable, why grieve? What is born must die. Whatever dies must be born again. Why lament that which cannot be avoided?

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(2:23) Weapons cannot cut the soul; fire cannot burn it; water cannot drown it; wind cannot wither it away!

(2:24) The soul is never touched; it is immutable, all-pervading, calm, unshakable; it's existence is Eternal.

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(2:21) How can one who knows the true Self to be imperishable, everlasting, unborn, and unchanging imagine that this Self can cause destruction to another Self? O Partha (Arjuna), who is slaying whom?

(2:22) Just as a person removes a worn-out garment and dons a new one, so the soul living in a physical body (removes and) discards it when it becomes outworn, and replaces it with a new one.

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(2:19) One who considers his true and eternal Self to be the slayer (of anything), and who believed that he himself, in essence, can be slain, does not know the Truth. The true Self can neither slay nor be slain.

(2:20) This Self is not born, nor does it perish. Self-existent, it continues it's existence forever. It is birthless, eternal, changeless, and ever the same. The Self is not slain when the body die.

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(2:18) That indwelling Self is ever changeless, imperishable, and without limitation. Only these fleshly garments can be destroyed. Therefore, O Offspring of Bharata, accept your duty (in this body), and fight !

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(2:17) He alone, the Unchangeable Spirit, pervades all, and is imperishable. Nothing can destroy His eternal reality.

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(2:15) O Flower among Men, one who is calm and even-minded, never ruffled during pain and pleasure: he alone gains consciousness of his Eternal Existence.

(2:16) That which is unreal does not exist. That which is real cannot cease to exist. Those who possess Wisdom know the final nature of reality: of what is, and what is not.

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Meditation is freedom from thought and a movement in ecstasy.

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(2:12) Nor are we here in this world for the first time. I, you, these royal ones whose (possible) death you lament: None of these has not lived here before, nor shall any of them ever cease to be.

(2:13) As the ego keeps the thread of self-awareness unbroken through infancy, childhood, youth, and old age, so also the embodied soul (which gave consciousness to the ego) maintains it's awareness uninterruptedly, not only through the stages of earth life, but through the appearance of successive bodies.

(2:14) O Son of Kunti, sensations such as heat and cold, pleasure and pain are generated through the senses in (their) contact with the world. They are ideas only: transitory, each with it's beginning and end. O Descedent of Bharata, bear with them patiently.

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ON EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCES

If we really want something spectacular, we will indeed have opportunities for that, in what is called the temporary meditation moods of bliss, clarity, and nonthought. These can occur, but such sensational experiences do not help to cut through thoughts. On the contrary, they generate even more fixation because we start to think, "Wow! What is that? This must be 'it'!" Many subsequent thoughts arise in response to the fascination with these experiences.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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THE WORST OBSTACLE

The worst obstacle for a practitioner is when crowds of followers begin to gather and say, "You are so wonderful, you're such a great practitioner, you are very special. Please give us teachings. Please guide us." Starting to have a great following causes the most difficult kind of obstacle because, unless one is the foremost type of practitioner, one will think, "Hey, maybe I am special. Maybe there is something to what they say." Only the foremost type of practitioner will not be carried away by such "positive" conditions.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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THE OBSTACLES OF TOO RELAXED AND TOO TENSE

There are two main obstacles to the tranquility of mind. One is becoming too relaxed and the other is becoming too tense. When we become too relaxed, we start to follow our thoughts and become absorbed in them. When we are too tense, we make too much effort focusing on the idea of concentrating and being tranquil so that in the end our mind cannot remain tranquil and we become distracted. We have to constantly find the balance between being too tense and too relaxed by finding just the right amount of effort to put into our meditation. Saraha, a great MAHASIDDHA, said that when we meditate, the mind should be like a thread of the Brahman. In India the Brahmans used to spin a lot of thread. If too much tension is put on it, the thread breaks. If the thread is too loose, then it won't be strong enough. In the same way, when we meditate, the mind should maintain the right amount of alertness, neither too tight nor too loose.

~ Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

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