Light must come from inside. You cannot ask the darkness to leave; you must turn on the light.— Sogyal Rinpoche
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We must never forget that it is through our actions, words, and thoughts that we have a choice.
The most essential thing in life is to establish an unafraid, heartfelt communication with others.
When we finally know we are dying, and all other sentient beings are dying with us, we start to have a burning, almost heartbreaking sense of the fragility and preciousness of each moment and each being, and from this can grow a deep, clear, limitless compassion for all beings.
Give yourself a break. Just enjoy the day, your normal existence. Just sit. Just be.
Western laziness consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so that there is no time at all to confront the real issues.
To be a spiritual warrior means to develop a special kind of courage, one that is innately intelligent, gentle, and fearless. Spiritual warriors can still be frightened, but even so they are courageous enough to taste suffering, to relate clearly to their fundamental fear, and to draw out without evasion the lessons from difficulties.
The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this life. For it is only through meditation that you can undertake the journey to discover your true nature, and so find the stability and confidence you will need to live, and die, well; Meditation is the road to enlightenment.
The key to finding a happy balance in modern lives is simplicity.
Normally we do not like to think about death.
We would rather think about life. Why reflect on death? When you start preparing for death you soon realize that you must look into your life now... and come to face the truth of your self. Death is like a mirror in which the true meaning of life is reflected.
Sit, then, as if you were a mountain, with all the unshakeable, steadfast majesty of a mountain. A mountain is completely natural and at ease with itself, however strong the winds that try to bother it, however thick the dark clouds that swirl around its peak. Sitting like a mountain, let your mind rise and fly and soar
Just as the ocean has waves or the sun has rays, so the minds's own radiance is its thoughts and emotions.
So often we want happiness, but the very way we pursue it is so clumsy and unskillful that it brings only more sorrow. Usually we assume we must grasp in order to have that something that will ensure our happiness. [...] Learning to live is learning to let go.
What we have to learn, in both meditation and in life, is to be free of attachment to the good experiences, and free of aversion to the negative ones.
True spirituality is to be aware that if we are interdependent with everything and everyone else, even our smallest, least significant thought, word and action have real consequences throughout the universe.
The spiritual journey is one of continuous learning and purification.
When you know this, you become humble.
The whole of meditation practice can be essentialized into these 3 crucial points: Bring your mind home. Release. And relax!
Death is like a mirror in which the true meaning of life is reflected.
Generally we waste our lives, distracted from our true selves, in endless activity. Meditation is the way to bring us back to ourselves, where we can really experience and taste our full being.
Samsara is the mind turned outwardly, lost in its projections.
Nirvana is the mind turned inwardly, recognizing its true nature.
There is no armor like perseverance.
Learning to live is learning to let go.
The point is not how long you meditate;
the point is whether the practice actually brings you to a certain state of mindfulness and presence, where you are a little open and able to connect with your heart essence. And five minutes of wakeful sitting practice is of far greater value than twenty minutes of dozing!
The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime.
Two people have been living in you all your life.
One is the ego, garrulous, demanding, hysterical, calculating - the other is the hidden spiritual being, whose still voice of wisdom you have only rarely heard or attended to - you have uncovered in yourself your own wise guide.
The masters say if you create an auspicious condition in your body and your environment then meditation and realization will automatically arise.
Our task is to strike a balance, to find a middle way, to learn not to overextend ourselves with extraneous activities and preoccupations, but to simplify our lives more and more. The key to finding a happy balance in modern life is simplicity.
Once an old woman came to Buddha and asked him how to meditate.
He told her to remain aware of every movement of her hands as she drew the water from the well, knowing that if she did, she would soon find herself in that state of alert and spacious calm that is meditation.
In this complex world, the best way to survive is to be genuine.
Just because we go through a difficult situation, it doesn’t mean that the future is predetermined. The future is very much in our hands, in our actions.
Our lives are lived in intense and anxious struggle, in a swirl of speed and aggression, in competing, grasping, possessing and achieving, forever burdening ourselves with extraneous activities and preoccupations.
It is important to remember always that the principle of egolessness does not mean that there was an ego in the first place, and the Buddhists did away with it. On the contrary, it means there was never any ego at all to begin with. To realize that is called "egolessness.
There is only one way of attaining liberation and of obtaining the omniscience of enlightenment: following an authentic spiritual master.
Real devotion is an unbroken receptivity to the truth
Above all, be at ease, be as natural and spacious as possible.
Slip quietly out of the noose of your habitual anxious self, release all grasping, and relax into your true nature.
Real devotion is an unbroken receptivity to the truth.
Real devotion is rooted in an awed and reverent gratitude, but one that is lucid, grounded, and intelligent.
When one past thought has ceased and a future thought has not yet risen, in that gap, in between, isn't there a consciousness of the present moment; fresh, virgin, unaltered by even a hair's breadth of a concept, a luminous, naked awareness? Well, that's what naturally peaceful awareness is.
Living with the immediacy of death helps you sort out your priorities in life.
It helps you to live a less trivial life.
Sitting like a mountain let your mind rise and fly and soar.
When you realize the nature of mind, layers of confusion peel away.
You don't actually "become" a buddha, you simply cease, slowly, to be deluded. And being a buddha is not being some omnipotent spiritual superman, but becoming at last a true human being.
...we and all sentient beings fundamentally have the buddha nature as our innermost essence. . . .
Why exactly are we so frightened of death that we avoid looking at it altogether? Somewhere, deep down, we know we cannot avoid facing death forever. We know, in Milarepa's words: "This thing called 'corpse' we dread so much is living with us here and now."
The absolute truth cannot be realized within the domain of the ordinary mind, and the path beyond the ordinary mind is the path of the heart.
Don't you notice that there are particular moments when you are naturally inspired to introspection? Work with them gently, for these are the moments when you can go through a powerful experience, and your whole worldview can change quickly.
Tertön Sogyal, the Tibetan Mystic, said that he was not really impressed by someone who could turn the floor into the ceiling or fire into water. A real miracle, he said, was if someone could liberate just one negative emotion.
And when you talk about realization, accomplishment for that matter enlightenment is that when you realize the fundamental essence of your mind.
What is born will die, What has been gathered will be dispersed, What has been accumulated will be exhausted, What has been built up will collapse, And what has been high will be brought low.
At every moment in our lives we need compassion, but what more urgent moment could there be than when we are dying? What more wonderful and consoling gift could you give to dying people than the knowledge that they are being prayed for, and that you are taking on their suffering and purifying their negative karma through your practice for them?
The definition of mantra is "that which protects the mind.
" That which protects the mind from negativity, or that which protects you from your own mind, is called mantra.
Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha.
Saints and mystics throughout history have adorned their realisations with different names and given them different faces and interpretations, but what they are all fundamentally experiencing is the essential nature of the mind.