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WHY IS RECOGNIZING IMPERMANENCE IMPORTANT ?

At first, to be fully convinced of impermanence makes you take up the Dharma; in the middle it whips up your diligence; and in the end it brings you to the radiant 'Dharmakaya'.

~ Padampa Sangye

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MEDITATE ON THE SUFFERINGS OF SAMSARA

Meditation on the sufferings of samsara is the basis and support for all good qualities of the path. It gives you the inspiration to take up the Dharma. It gives you confidence in the principle of cause and effect in all your actions. It makes your renounce the goals of this life. And it makes you feel love and compassion for all beings.

~ Patrul Rinpoche

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SAMSARA IS WRETCHED; RENOUNCE IT

Geshe Chim-pu-pa, when asked for a precept by a yogi , said, " Appearances are illusory; do not hold them as truly existent. The five aggregates are flesh and blood; do not hold them as ' mine ' Possessions are accumulated by the effects of former karma; do not make so much effort to acquire things. What you have been doing makes you miserable; limit your activities. Samsara is wretched; do not accept it as a meaningful. Follow this precept now - do not say, "I will do it in the future when the days are longer. "

~ Geshe Wangyal

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WHERE DOES THE PATH BEING?

The starting point of the path of liberation is the conviction that the whole of samsara is meaningless, and the genuine determination to be free from it.


CULTIVATE DISENCHANTMENT WITH SAMSARA

Whatever apparent comfort, happiness, or prestige is to be found here in samsara, it lacks the tiniest scrap of constancy or stability and in the long run can never resist the round of suffering. Therefore, cultivate disenchantment with it all.

~ Patrul Rinpoche

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WHAT DO WE DO NOW ?

As Patrul Rinpoche says, " When young, we are controlled by others and cannot practice.... In adulthood, we chase after the objects of pleasure and cannot practice. When we are old, we lose our physical strength and cannot practice. Alas, alas! What do we do now ?

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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SEEKING NOTHING BUT DARKNESS

When one explains the Dharma, people say, "This person is a fool. He knows about the Dharma but he knows nothing of worldly affairs." If one explains how to achieve happiness and how to escape rebirth in the lower realms, people simply do not believe it. Because of their jaundiced views, they misinterpret. They are like people who cover their eyes when the sun shines; they see nothing but darkness. This is only due to their wrong perception.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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OUR BLIND FAITH IN SAMSARA

We talk about blind faith in religion, but actual blind faith exist in our everyday world. What do we really trust? We trust our senses, our perceptions, our culture, our thoughts, completely, one-pointedly, and blindly. We trust this more than we trust our religion. So the idea of having bind faith in religion is totally a myth. The real blind faith exists in our worldly existence. We trust anything that is within the range of experiences of our mind, whether it is perceptual or conceptual mind.

~ The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

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WANTING TO 'BE' SOMEBODY

We want to "be" somebody, to "mean" something in this human society, in our relationships to other human beings. This is very dangerous. This is a very, very tight rope that you hang around your neck, while you give the other end of the rope to a dangerous hand. Nonetheless, we all long for that....
You want to "be" somebody in relation to the people with whom you have a conection. Of course, if it is in a good way, then it will be good. But if it is from a poverty mentality arising strongly to the surface, if it is with your sense of ego attachment strongly present, and then wishing to be the jewel, to be the cherished person, then this is a sellout of your own freedom and your own sense of nobility. When you start to go after that, before long you will be dancing like a monkey. In India they have these monkeys on the street who have a string around their neck and, through their keeper's guidance, will dance and do all sorts of tricks. They jump through rings, jump from one stool to the next, and so on. You will actually become like that.

~ Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

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OUR BASIC PROBLEM IS ALWAYS TRYING TO PROVE SOMETHING

The basic problem we seem to be facing is that we are too involved with trying to prove something, which is connected with paranoia and the feeling of poverty. When you are trying to prove or get something, you are not open anymore, you have to check everything, you have to arrange it "correctly". It is such a paranoid way to live and it really does not prove anything. One might set records in terms of numbers and quantities - that we have built the greatest, the biggest, we have collected the most, the longest, the most gigantic. But who is going to remember the record when you are dead? Or in two hundred years? Or in ten years? Or in ten minutes? The records that count are those of the given moment, of now - whether or not communication and openess are taking place now.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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WHAT IS OUR MAIN PROBLEM ?

It is that we think, " I am the worst person in the world. I am full of hatred, desire, and ignorance. " These concepts are totally negative, and you must purify them. From the time you were born until now, you have been carrying around this self-pity view. Cry, cry, fear, fear, emotion, emotion. Obsessed with your own shortcomings, you put tremendous pressure on yourself. You punish yourself by regarding yourself as ugly and worthless. Other people may think you are beautiful, but you still project yourself as ugly.

~ Lama Thubten Yeshe Rinpoche

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THE PERVERTED NOTION OF "I"

The mind, dividing experiences into subject and object, first identifies with the subject, "I", then with the idea of "mine", and starts to cling to "my body", "my mind," and "my name." As our attachment to these three notions grows stronger and stronger, we become more and more exclusively concerned with our own well-being. All our striving for comfort, our intolerance of life's annoying circumstances, our preoccupation with pleasure and pain, wealth and poverty, fame and obscurity, praise and blame, are due to this idea of "I".

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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WHY NOT TAKE YOUR FUTURE INTO YOUR OWN HANDS?

Now is the time to free ourselves from samsara. Unless we do it in this lifetime, it is not going to happen all by itself. We have to take are of ourselves. Right now we have the ability to receive teaching and practice the Dharma. Isn't this the right time ? Wouldn't that be better than continuing to act like an animal, concentrating only on eating and sleeping, and letting the time run out? Why not take your future into your own hands ?

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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WHEN A TAiLOR HAS A BOAT, HE SHOULD CROSS THE OCEAN

While a sailor has a boat, he should cross the ocean; while a commander has a company of brave men gathered together, he should defeat the enemy; while a poor man has a wish-granting cow, he should milk it; while a traveler has a superb horse, he should ride it to faraway places. Now, while you have a precious human life and a teacher who embodies the Buddhas of past, present, and future, think with great joy and enthusiasm how you will travel the highway of Sacred Dharma, drawing ever closer to the Ultimate goal of Liberation and Enlightenment.

~ Shabkar, quoted by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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OUR TASK

Our task is to recognize and realize our own Buddha-Nature. However, if we are in a body that is incapable of this, we cant do so. Even the strongest animals, like elephants and tigers, have no way to realize their own nature. Among the six classes of sentient beings in samsara, only human beings can recognize their Buddha-nature; only humans have the capacity to understand the meaning of the teachings. We may be living in a dark age, but we still have the ability to recognize our own nature.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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PRECIOUS HUMAN BIRTH

Our consciousness is not something that can die. After death we are forced to experience the effect of our former karmic actions. Due to ignorance we have wandered endlessly in samsara, unable to be liberated, continually circling between the three lower and three higher realms, one after the other. In order to free ourselves from the six realms of samsaric existence, we need to practise the Sacred Dharma now while we have a chance.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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A RARE OPPORTUNITY

The real point of these is to appreciate that this human life offers a rare opportunity for one to achieve liberation, to realize the urgency of doing so, to generate a strong conviction that the ordinary samsaric condition produces only suffering, and to realize that suffering comes about through karma and is the effect of negative actions. When we have a genuine understanding of these...., their main point has been realized. You should not merely think about them but experience them in your very being. Make this experience part of yourself.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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THE FOUNDATION OF ALL DHARMA PRACTiCE

Considering all misery of samsara and of lower realms, my devotion and perseverance do not seem great. Thoughtful people who accept the Great Law of cause and effect are capable of such perseverance. Those who do not believer in the Dharma have little understanding and are incapable of abandoning the eight worldly reactions. That is why it is important to believe in the law of karma....The foundation of all Dharma practise lies in belief in the Law of Karma.

~ Milarepa

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WE MUST WORK AT THE CAUSAL LEVEL

Once we commit a negative action, unless it is purified we will experience its consequences. We cant shrink the responsibility or try to make the karma disappear by justifying it. It doesn't work that way. Whoever commits an act will infallibly experience its results, whether positive or negative. Every movement of our thought, words, and deeds is like a stitch in the fabric of our coming reality. Latent in our present experience are oceans of karma from countless past lifetimes, which under the proper conditions will come to fruition. In order to find liberation from samsara, we must work at the causal level, not the level of results, the pleasure and pain that are the consequences of our behaviour. To do so, we need to purify our earlier mistakes and change the mind that plants the seeds of suffering, purify the mental poisons that perpetuate endless karma.

~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

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WE ARE CONSTANTLY CREATING NEGATIVE KARMA

Some people pretend to themselves that they don't have any negative karma and they are not creating any new negative karma either.... Once we investigate the deluded state of mind, we understand that all evil deeds are done by the mind and that this deluded state of mind is constantly busy making new negative karma. Unless we are in a state of 'rigpa' [the awakened state], in which the three poisons are purified, any normal mind is continually engaging in one of the three poisons and is therefore constantly creating z negative karma. There is no point in denying that.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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WE ARE SO IGNORANT

Although we are responsible for what we sow, we forget that we've planted these seeds and either give credit to or blame people or things outside of us when they ripen...In the moment, we have a thought , we speak or act. But we lose sight of the fact that each thought, word, and action will produce a result. When the fruit finally ripens, we think,"Why did this happen to me? I've done nothing to deserve this."

~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

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WE WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES

The mind is like a fertile field - all sorts of things can grow there. When we plant a seed - an act, a statement, or a though - it will eventually produce a fruit, which will ripen and fall to the ground and perpetuate more of the same. Moment by moment, we plant potent seeds of causation with our body, speech, and mind. When the right conditions come together for our karma to ripen, we will have to deal with the consequences of what we have planted.

~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

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WHY WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE ORIGIN OF SUFFERING

The first Noble Truth makes it clear that there is suffering. Once we know what suffering is, we must eliminate that suffering. It is not a question of eliminating the suffering itself but of eliminating the causes of suffering. Once we remove the causes of suffering, then automatically the effect, which is suffering, is no longer present. This is why, to eliminate this suffering, we must become aware of the second Noble Truth, the Truth of Universal Origination.

~ Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

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OUR WORLD IS RELENTLESSLY
IMPERMANENT

Change is continuous. Day by day, one season slips into the next. Day turns into night and night to day. Buildings don't suddenly grow old; rather, second by second, from the moment they're constructed, they begin to deteriorate....Think of beings inhabiting this universe. How many people born a hundred years ago are still alive?...
We see the play of impermanence in our relationships as well. How many of our family members, friends, people in our hometown, have died? How many have moved away, disappearing from our lives forever? ... At one time we felt happy just being near a person we loved. Just to hold that person's hand made us feel wonderful. Now maybe we can't stand him, don't want to know anything about him. Whatever comes together must fall apart, whatever once fathered must separate, whatever was born must die. Continual change, relentless change, is constant in our world.

~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

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THE TRUTH OF SUFFERING

The First Noble Truth is the full understanding of suffering. Of course, in an obvious way, people are aware of suffering and know when they have unpleasant sensations such as hunger, cold, or sickness. But the first Noble Truth includes awareness of all the ramifications of suffering because it encompasses the very nature of suffering. This includes knowledge of the subtle and the obvious aspects of suffering. The obvious aspect of suffering is immediate pain or difficulty in the moment. Subtle suffering is more difficult to recognize because it begins with happiness. But by its very nature this happiness must change because it can't go on forever. Because it must change into suffering, this subtle suffering is the impermanence of pleasure....The Buddha taught the Truth of suffering because everything that takes place on a worldly level is a form of suffering... The first Truth is that one should be aware of the nature of suffering.

~ Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

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HUMAN RELATIONSHiPS ARE UNRELiABLE AND DIFFICULT

Human relationships - however they are serving us, however we hold them to be wonderful, cherish able relationships, providing a wonderful source of strength and guidance and held in such high regard - are always like walking on eggshells. They are always like being in a place where there are many thorn bushes, where there are so many dangers , where we constantly have to be paranoid and careful.

~ Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

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WE EXPERIENCE DUKKHA - PAIN - ALL THE TIME

We are driven here and there with so much energy. Wether we eat, sleep, work, play, whatever we do, life contains 'dukkha' - dissatisfaction, pain. If we enjoy pleasure, we are afraid to lose it; we strive for more and more pleasure or try to contain it. If we suffer in pain, we want to escape it. We experience dissatisfaction all the time. All activities contain dissatisfaction or pain continuously.

~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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