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WE MUST PUT OTHERS FIRST

Above all, we must put others before us and keep others in our mind constantly: the self must be places last. All our doings and thinkings must be motivated by compassion for others.

~ His Holiness the Fourteenths Dalai Lama

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REALIZING OTHERS' SUFFERING LEADS TO COMPASSION

We have to understand the incredible suffering that exists in the world. If we do not understand suffering, we are not really relating to the situation. Most of us do not relate to the suffering; we ignore the basic nature of what is going on. When we contemplate the pain that there is, we do relate to it. We understand the incredible depths of the sorrow and misery that sentient beings are going through, tormented and tormenting themselves endlessly. We realize that this does not need to happen, ad we find a tremendous compassion arising within us.

~ Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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COMPASSION MEANS ABANDONING THE STRUGGLE OF EGO

Compassion as the key to the open way, the Mahayana, makes possible the transcendental actions of the Bodhisattva. The Bodhisattva path starts with generosity and openness - giving and openness...The main theme of the open way is that we must begin to abandon the basic struggle of ego. To be completely open, to have that kind of absolute trust in yourself is the real meaning of compassion and love.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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COMPASSION AND EMPTINESS

Even meditating on voidness, one needs compassion as it's essence. A Dharma practitioner must have a compassionate nature.

~ Shabkar

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CARING FOR OTHERS BRINGS HEALTH OF MIND AND BODY

The moment you adopt a sense of caring for others, that brings inner strength. Inner strength brings us inner tranquility, more self-confidence... Through inner disarmament we can develop a healthy mental attitude, which is also very beneficial for physical health... Therefore peace of mind not only brings tranquility in our mind but also has good effects on our body.

~ His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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COMPASSION IS THE SOURCE OF SUCCESS

Some may dismiss compassion as impractical and unrealistic, but I believe it's practice is the true source of success.

~ His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lamai

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INNER TRANQUILITY COMES FROM COMPASSION

Inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at east and opens our inner door.

~ His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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COMPASSION IS THE TRUE SING OF INNER STRENGTH

Compassion is, by nature, peaceful and gentle, but it is also very powerful. It is the true sign of inner strength.

~ His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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COMPASSION IS INTRINSIC

We have a confused society, in which everybody struggles to protect himself or herself, and where genuine, basic kindness itself seems so very difficult. But if we sit down and think about it, compassion and kindness aren't something that we have to learn from someone else. Kindness is the intrinsic nature; it is an intrinsic feeling that we all appreciate, and one really doesn't need especially to meditate or practice how to become a good person, how to refrain from harming another person, or to realize that killing, stealing, lying, and so on are negative. All of us [already] understand that.

~ Ven. Khandro Rinpoche

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LOVE AND COMPASSION ARE NATURAL

Love and compassion are natural aspects of the mind rather than anomalies in our experience.

~ Sakyong Miphan Rinpoche

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COMPASSION IS THE HEART OF DHARMA

If a man has compassion, he is Buddha;
Without compassion, he is Lord of Death,
With compassion, the root of Dharma is planted;
Without compassion, the root of Dharma is rotten.
One with compassion is kind even when angry;
One without compassion kills even as he smiles...
With compassion, one has all Dharmas;
Without compassion, one has no Dharma at all...
Therefore, all of you, renunciants and householders,
Cultivate compassion and you will achieve Buddhahood.

~ Shabkar

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THERE IS NO ENLIGHTENMENT WITHOUT COMPASSION

If you are unable to exchange your happiness,
For the suffering of other beings,
You have no hope of attaining Buddhahood,
Or even of happiness in this present life.

~ His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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MY SIMPLE RELIGION

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is the temple, the philosophy is kindness.

~ His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

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A GOOD AND HONEST HEART

When I travel, the person sitting next to me often asks, "You are a Buddhist? Tell me what Buddhism is." ...I have often asked my teachers, especially my father, His Holiness Mindrolling Trichen Rinpoche, about that. He would always say, "Don't you see? Gathering the eighty-four thousand teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha in one point: a good heart, and an honest heart." This is the answer to the question "What is Buddhism?"

~ Ven. Khandro Rinpoche

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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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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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