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THE BODHISATTVA

Those beings that have gone beyond the limits of suffering and of compassion are known as Bodhisattvas in the Mahayana journey. Their basic vision is to achieve liberation for all sentient beings and to develop a heart connection with all beings through this experience of pain and suffering, of agony, that we all go through in this samsaric world. Within that experience of suffering and pain, we find a way to communicate with all levels of sentient beings and liberate them through experiencing this pain. The ones who have generated such a connection, such wisdom, and such experience are known as Bodhisattvas.

~ The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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ABSOLUTE COMPASSION AND IDIOT COMPASSION

Absolute compassion is seeing the situation as it is, directly and thoroughly. If you have to be tough, you just do it. Idiot compassion contains a sort of opium - constantly trying to be good and kind. Absolute compassion is more literal, more discriminating, and more definite. You are willing to hurt somebody, even though you do not want to hurt that person; but in order to wake that person up, you might have o hurt him or her, you might have to inflict pain.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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TRUE COMPASSION IS "CRAZY WISDOM"

To the conventional way of thinking, compassion simply means being kind and warm....You would expect the practitioner of this type of compassion to be extremely kind and gentle; he would not harm a flea....
But true compassion is ruthless, from ego's point of view, because it does not consider ego's drive to maintain itself. It is "crazy wisdom." It is totally wise, but it is crazy as well, because it does not relate to ego's literal and simpleminded attempts to secure its own comfort... The sudden energy of ruthless compassion severs us from our comforts and securities. If we were never to experience this kind of shock, we would not be able to grow.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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LOVE

Love is not really the experience of beauty and romantic joy alone. Love is associated with ugliness and pain and aggression as well as with the beauty of the world; it is not the re-creation of heaven. Love or compassion, the open path, is associated with "what is." In order to develop love - universal love, cosmic love, whatever you would like to call it - one must accept the whole situation of life as it is, both the light and the dark, the good and the bad. One must open oneself to life, communicate with it.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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GIVING ONLY FOR THE SAKE OF OTHERS

When one gives one's kindness for the sake of getting something back in return, for the sake of getting a good name, for the sake of causing other people to like oneself, if the motivation is for the self, then this would not really be a Bodhisattva deed. Therefore, one-pointedness points to giving only for the sake of helping others.

~ His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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TRUE COMPASSION IS SPONTANEOUS, NOT CONTRIVED

When we talk about compassion, love, and kindness, we are not talking about a kind of "sacred heart" or external grace that we are trying to extend to someone who is suffering. When we talk about compassion here, we are talking about the fundamental state of our heart, which goes beyond the conceptual idea of being compassionate. Therefore, the acts of a Bodhisattva are spontaneous acts of compassion, which are not fabricated. These acts are not based on concepts or preconceived notions of how or what they should be. They are spontaneous, natural, on-the-spot experiences of this heart. For that reason, many sutras give the example of a mother's love, a mother's compassion, to express this experience.
When a mother sees her only child suffering, the spontaneous heart of compassion arises without any preconceptions or preparation. A mother does not have to prepare her compassion; when she sees her child, it is right there. The Bodhisattva heart of compassion is very spontaneous and on the spot. It goes beyond any conceptual reality, any idea of formulating love or compassion.

~ The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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When life exposes your hidden flaws, avoid identifying with the reflex to defend or protect them. Instead, open you heart to the possibility of transformation and transcendence by saying 'Yes' inside your being. Fall fully into the embrace of the Lord within.

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EMPTINESS (SHUNYATA) AND COMPASSION

Whenever there is the absolute 'shunyata' principle, we have to have a basic understanding of absolute compassion at the same time. 'Shunyata' literally means "openness" or "emptiness." 'Shunyata' is basically understanding nonexistence. When you begin realizing nonexistence, then you can afford to be more compassionate, more giving...Understanding 'shunyata' means that we begin to realize that there is no ground to get, that we are ultimately free, nonaggressive, open. We realize that we are actually nonexistent ourselves.

Compassion develops from shunyata, or nonground, because you have nothing to hold on to, nothing to work with, no project, no personal gain, no ulterior motives. Therefore, whatever you do is a clean job, so to speak. So compassion and shunyata work together. It is like sunning yourself at the beach: for one thing you have a beautiful view of the sea and ocean and sky and everything, and there is also sunlight and heat and the ocean coming toward you.


~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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WHAT IS GENUINE COMPASSION ?

Usually the concept of compassion or love is something like closeness or a feeling toward your friend. And also, sometimes, compassion means a feeling of pity - that is wrong. Compassion, or love in which someone looks down on another - that's not genuine compassion. Genuine compassion must be acting on the basis of respect and the realization or recognition that others also, just like myself, have the right to be happy.

~ His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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THE POWER OF COMPASSION

The pain may be very strong when we are seriously ill; we might be in agony and feel miserable. Give up the thought "I'm suffering! How terrible it is for me!" Instead, think "May I take away all the pain and sickness of all sentient beings, and may their stream of negative karmic ripening be interrupted! May it all be taken upon myself. May I take upon myself all the sickness, difficulties, and obstacles that the great upholders of the Buddha-Dharma experience. May their hindrances ripen upon me so that they all are free from any difficulties whatsoever!" Such an attitude accumulates an immense amount of merit, and purifies immeasurable obscurations.


~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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To create an outside situation, you need the cooperation of other people and forces. To create an inner situation, you only need yourself.

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When death comes, it does not ask your permission; it comes and takes you; it destroys you on the spot. In the same way, can you totally drop hate, envy, pride of possession, attachment to beliefs, to opinions, to ideas, to a particular way of thinking? Can you drop all that in an instant? There is no “how to drop it”, because that is only another form of continuity. To drop opinion, belief, attachment, greed, or envy is to die—to die every day, every moment. If there is the coming to an end of all ambition from moment to moment, then you will know the extraordinary state of being nothing, of coming to the abyss of an eternal movement, as it were, and dropping over the edge—which is death.
I want to know all about death, because death may be reality; it may be what we call God—that most extraordinary something that lives and moves and yet has no beginning and no end.

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In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.

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As a lotus flower is born in water, grows in water and rises out of water to stand above it unsoiled, so I, born in the world, raised in the world having overcome the world, live unsoiled by the world

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Forget me, forget the teachings, stay in the consciousness, be the consciousness, as the portal to the Absolute.

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His thought is quiet, quiet are his words and deed, when he has obtained freedom by true knowledge, when he has thus become a quiet man.

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Enlightenment has nothing to do with states of consciousness. Whether you are in ego consciousness or unity consciousness is not really the point. I have met many people who have easy access to advanced states of consciousness. Though for some people this may come very easily, I also notice that many of these people are no freer than anyone else. If you don’t believe that the ego can exist in very advanced states of consciousness, think again. The point isn’t the state of consciousness, even very advanced ones, but an awake mystery that is the source of all states of consciousness. It is even the source of presence and beingness. It is beyond all perception and all experience. I call it ‘awakeness’. To find out that you are empty of emptiness is to die into an aware mystery, which is the source of all existence. It just so happens that that mystery is in love with all of its manifestation and non-manifestation. You find your Self by stepping back out of yourself.

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Just as a mirror exists everywhere both within and apart from its reflected images, so the Supreme Lord exists everywhere within and apart from this body.

Just as one and the same all-pervading space exists within and without a jar, so the eternal, everlasting God exists in the totality of things.

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Do not seek the truth, only cease to cherish your opinions.

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You earn a living to live well, not to kill yourself with stress.

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Non duality is the axis of life. Even religion achieved completion when it touches non duality. One God theory is NOT non duality. Some of these STUPID secular intellectuals are constantly screaming that one God theory is non duality. One God theory is the metaphysical version of autocracy - the immature mind that cannot look beyond the political supremacy. The projection of the all powerful political head into the meta-physical zone is the one God theory. One God theory is NOT Advaita. In Advaita EVERYTHING is God. I even cannot say everything.. or even everybody. EVERY is God. Infinite Gods - each of them expressing infinite possibilities.

Non duality is a powerful strategy to face all the attacks put on you - social, economic, physical, through media - in every level. Non duality - Advaita - can be the best strategy, the best thinking structure - the best lifestyle. Advaita when and more it is shared, more and more alive it becomes. When more and more alive you make it in your life, you become more and more complete. Let Advaita be the source of your joy, the source of your pleasure, your life, your strategy even when you face death. Let non duality be you. And may you be that!

Varanasi, Ananda Vana, 13 May 2014

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'There is One Moral, the love which springs forth from self-denial and blooms in deeds of beneficence.'

There are moral principles taught to mankind by various teachers, by many traditions, one differing from the other, which are like separate drops coming out of the fountain. But when we look at the stream, we find there is but one stream, although it turns into several drops on falling. There are many moral principles, just as many drops fall from one fountain; but there is one stream that is at the source of all, and that is love. It is love that gives birth to hope, patience, endurance, forgiveness, tolerance, and to all moral principles. All deeds of kindness and beneficence take root in the soil of the loving heart. Generosity, charity, adaptability, an accommodating nature, even renunciation, are the offspring of love alone. The great, rare and chosen beings, who for ages have been looked up to as ideal in the world, are the possessors of hearts kindled with love. All evil and sin come from the lack of love.

People call love blind, but love in reality is the light of the sight. The eye can only see the surface; love can see much deeper. All ignorance is the lack of love. As fire when not kindled gives only smoke, but when kindled, the illuminating flame springs forth, so it is with love. It is blind when undeveloped, but, when its fire is kindled, the flame that lights the path of the traveler from mortality to everlasting life springs forth. The secrets of earth and heaven are revealed to the possessor of the loving heart, the lover has gained mastery over himself and others, and he not only communes with God but also unites with Him.

'Hail to thee, then, O love, sweet madness! Thou who healest all our infirmities! Who art the physician of our pride and self-conceit! Who art our Plato and our Galen!' says Rumi.


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Endeavour to concentrate on the breath; this will provide a check on the mind preventing it from wandering away to outer objects.

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The flowers, the incense,
Grain, spices, and honey
Offered in worship
Are made out of the same divine stuff as you.
Who then is worshiped?

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The flowers, the incense,
Grain, spices, and honey
Offered in worship
Are made out of the same divine stuff as you.
Who then is worshiped?

'Vijnanabhairava Tantra'

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