WAKING THE MIND (3)


Continual inner peace, happiness and tranquility ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

When our mind is totally aware there’s no I on these aggregates, then whether somebody praises us or puts us down, it doesn’t affect us, it doesn’t bring our life up or down. There’s continual inner peace, happiness and tranquility. We don’t suffer due to the external conditions, we don’t create negative karma by delusions arising and we don’t create the cause of suffering.

– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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Benefits of Offering to Buddha ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

“Offering one tiny flower to a statue or picture of Buddha receives immeasurable, limitless, merit,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised. “All the paths to happiness result from that. With just one grain of rice or one tiny flower, you can enter the path and achieve total enlightenment — the completion of all good qualities.

“After achieving enlightenment, you can liberate so many sentient beings from so much suffering and samsara and bring them to enlightenment. This is the result of offering one tiny flower. Each offering has all this benefit — like putting money in the bank. One dollar equals one billion trillion dollars in interest. This is an amazing benefit. It is important to remember this every day and offer as much as possible. If you see a beautiful flower, you visualize offering it to the guru and Buddha. The result and benefit is incredible. You can offer every single flower in a garden — the merit received is mind-blowing.

“This is how you use your precious human life, which is extremely rare and hard to find. Every time you see an object, use it to become closer to liberation and enlightenment. Many times each day, use your precious human rebirth to bring you closer and closer to liberation and enlightenment and thus to enlighten all sentient beings.”

Read more advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche on making offerings, on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

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Through devotion to the authentic dharma

“If we engage in the practice of refuge but we don’t have the arising of authentic love, it will bring very little benefit.

Whenever we even think about our spiritual guide we should have the arising of so much love and devotion that tears come to our eyes. [in the heart of our mind]

Whenever we have this kind of strong authentic devotion it is considered a sign of heat, heat generated in the mind that is powerful enough to melt the ice of this mind that is fixed through the habits of negative emotions.

Thus we should meditate on loving-kindness, devotion, and compassion again and again until this sign of tears arises. In Dzogchen teachings it is said that to have this kind of authentic arising of devotion, so much so that one begins to cry, at that moment one can catch a glimpse into the true nature of the mind.

We should make effort then to practice compassion until we actually reach the point of tears.” [Melts the hard shell of self-grasping/ self-cherishing mind].

~ Garchen Rinpoche 

From: “Quotes From The Precious One”

Compilation in 2013 by Drikung Dharma Surya Center

https://drikungdharmasurya.org/…/quotes-from-precious-one/

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Relating to our own basic nature & expressing its full potentiality

The yidam is the expression
of one’s own basic nature,
visualized as a divine form
– in order to relate with it,
and express its full potentiality.

~ Chögyam Trungpa,

The Tibetan Book of the Dead:
The Great Liberation through Hearing in the Bardo

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Purification of mind practices ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

“When we take our first steps on the path, we are not yet capable of helping others.

To accomplish the good of others, we must first perfect ourselves, by purifying and transforming our minds.

This is the aim of what we call the preliminary practices, which establish the foundations of all spiritual progress.

You may feel like dispensing with these foundations in order to practice teachings that you think are more profound, but if you do so, you are building a palace on the surface of a frozen lake.”

~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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NEVER GIVE UP ~ H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

No matter what is going on
Never give up
Develop the heart –
Too much energy in your country
Is spent developing the mind –
Instead of the heart
Be compassionate
Not just to your friends
But to everyone
Be compassionate
Work for peace
In your heart and in the world
Work for peace
And I say again
Never give up
No matter what is going on around you
Never give up.

~H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

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The true nature of reality: empty, luminous, clarity (awareness itself)

This real I who is seeking enlightenment is empty.
This real action of seeking enlightenment is empty.
This enlightenment that I am seeking is empty.
The sentient beings for whom I am seeking enlightenment are empty.

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Words of Wisdom (continued)

Once in a while, stop, close your eyes, go within yourself, and try to find the Cosmic center which is the pure source of life!

When you open them again, you will feel soothed …

Opening and closing our eyes, we could not even count how many times a day we do these movements, but we do them unconsciously and that is why we do not derive any benefit from them!

So, now here is an exercise that will benefit you greatly if you learn to put your consciousness into it …

Close your eyes slowly and keep them closed for a while …

Then open them again, slowly, and study the changes taking place within you …

Little by little, you will come to understand how this alternation of opening and closing of the eyes has its correspondence in the psychic life: to open the eyes is to go towards the outside world, animation, action; to close them is to come back to the center of your being, which is peace and silence.

When you have managed to touch this center within you, you will feel currents flowing which will bring you balance, harmony, light.

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Come home

Did you ever sit quietly with your back straight, not moving, cherishing the beauty of silence? Silence is golden. It quiets our mind, speech, and behavior. It centers us. We tend towards being out of balance, running here and there with our feet, and our mind. Pause, relax, be silent. Train the mind to slow down. So much of our environment is fast paced, breeding constant distraction. Come home. Be silent. Be focused. Be centered. I am off to Ladakh. Emaho!

– Barry Kerzin

Source: Dr. Barry Kerzin

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Be where you are

be where you are;
otherwise you will miss your life.

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Introduction to Mahamudra (continued)

Part 20

The Guru is the Dharmakaya , the deity is the Sambhogakaya and the deity’s mind is also inseparable from the guru’s mind. Then there is also the appearance of Nirmanakaya, the actual form of the Guru. The Guru’s body represents the Sangha, his speech represents the dharma and his mind represents the Buddha. If you understand this then whatever practice and blessings your Guru possesses, the power of that will arise within your own mind through the power of your own devotion to the Guru.

Milarepa also said that disciples should possess faith and compassion. Even though a disciple must possess the qualities of compassion, he [she] really must have great devotion to the Guru. Your love will also increase as your devotion increases. When both love and devotion increases, you see the nature of mind.

This feeling can often arise when you think about the suffering of a sentient being or someone that you love very much. For example someone that you love very much who is far away calls you on the phone, you might start to cry. So there is a special feeling and it is similar to the devotion that you feel to a Guru. When such a strong feeling arises you may see the nature of your mind on an experiential level. How your own mind is inseparable from the mind of the Guru.

~ Garchen Rinpoche

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In the tranquil embrace of calmness

In the tranquil embrace of calmness, allow yourself to absorb the present moment with mindful awareness. Release the burdens of the past and the worries of the future, and immerse yourself fully in the serenity of now.

Let peace permeate your being, like gentle ripples in a still pond, soothing your mind and nurturing your spirit. In this state of calm and mindfulness, you will discover the transformative power of presence, as each breath becomes a reminder to embrace the beauty that surrounds you.

~ GCDR

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Like the path of a bird across the sky

OM MUNI MUNI MAHAMUNI SHAKYAMUNIYE SVAHA 🌷’His sphere of action is wide open, gathering nothing, storing nothing, Like the path of a bird across the sky the Arhat’s way is hard to trace. Clear and undisturbed like a deep lake such a being is not bound to the world.‘

(from the Dhammapada )

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The Guidance of a Qualified Teacher ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

To progress, we need the constant guidance of a qualified teacher. As we report to them the progress of our meditation and describe our experiences, he may say, “You should relax more,” or on the contrary, “Be more vigilant.” It is important at this time to rely upon a teacher’s instructions. When the great Gampopa had many spiritual experiences, he explained them to Jetsun Milarepa and was thus able to avoid deviations and continue to progress.

Once you’ve been introduced to this nature of the mind, you should achieve stability and confidence in recognizing it, so that the mind remains in that state of simplicity without wavering.

If we allow water to remain still without agitating it, it becomes limpid and transparent; but if we stir it up with a stick, mud rises and the water becomes turbid. Likewise, leave the mind in a state of natural clarity, without interference, so that awareness remains calm and clear .

~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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Buddha mind ~ Guru Padmasambhava

“Gain certainty in the fact that since the very beginning your own mind is the awakened state of buddhahood. Gain certainty in the fact that all phenomena are the magical display of your mind. Gain certainty in the fact that the fruition is present in yourself and is not to be sought elsewhere.

Gain certainty in the fact that your master is the buddha in person. Gain certainty in the fact that the nature of view and meditation is the realization of the buddhas. To gain such confidence you must PRACTICE!”

~ Guru Padmasambhava

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Buddha nature ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

If you do not give up and let go of what binds you to samsara, you will never be free. You must understand that you already have everything that you need.

Your buddha nature is already whole. Your buddha nature is already pure. There is nothing to obtain. You just have to give up and let go what is covering it, and you will be free.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

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Happy 78th birthday Your Holiness, Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang

Many more years of spreading your wisdom and love!
Happy 78th birthday Your Holiness.

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His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, the 37th throne holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage anKyabgond 7th reincarnation of the Chetsang Rinpoche in a manifestation of Chenresig (Avalokiteshvara).



If we want there to be peace in the world ~ Pema Chodron

If we want there to be peace in the world,
we have to be brave enough to soften
what is rigid in our hearts, to find the soft spot
and stay with it. We have to have that kind of courage
and to take that kind of responsibility.
That’s the true practice of peace”.

~ Pema Chodron

Practicing Peace in Times of War

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Universal teacher

When the great universal teacher Shakyamuni Buddha first spoke about the Dharma in the noble land of India, he taught the four noble truths: the truths of suffering, the cause of suffering, the cessation of suffering and the path to the cessation of suffering.

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Exploring Rebirth Through Awareness and Letting Go

Mingyur Rinpoche was nurtured in a culture where concepts like reincarnation and rebirth were commonplace. However, such terminology may not resonate with many.

He speaks with a conviction of experiencing rebirth, suggesting that acceptance of this idea could make the process of letting go less daunting. In the absence of this belief, letting go can seem akin to physical death, devoid of the assurance of rebirth.

Mingyur Rinpoche offers insight into the concept of awareness. To him, this mental recognition is perpetual, never ceasing. Belief in this might make the concept of letting go more approachable.

For Mingyur Rinpoche, understanding death and the process of dying has facilitated his ability to abandon his past self. He associates a static mindset with death and believes that avoiding these realities results in clinging to this rigid mindset.

To him, understanding death and dying enables one to live a more vibrant and meaningful life.

A conversation with Helen Tworkov and Mingyur Rinpoche.

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The wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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The merit of maintaining mindfulness ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

The great masters have pointed out, that to maintain mindfulness for as long as it takes to drink a cup of tea accumulates more merit than years of practising generosity, discipline and ascetism.

~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book “Not for Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices”

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To realise the perfect view ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

To realize the perfect view is to be totally free from the five poisons, the emotions which keep us enslaved in samsara. As the five poisons disappear, the five corresponding wisdoms are revealed. How does samsara come about? As we perceive everything around us with our five senses, all sorts of feelings of attraction and repugnance arise in our minds, and it is from these feelings that samsara arises.

The simple perception of things, in itself, is not what causes us to wander in samsara; it is rather our reaction to these perceptions and the interpretations we place on them that keep the wheel of samsara turning. Now, the extraordinary feature of the Mantrayana is that, instead of perpetuating samsara in this way, we can cultivate the perception of all phenomena as the pure display of wisdom.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones, Shambhala Publications.

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Waking up from the cocoon of your habitual patterns ~ Pema Chodron

“One of my favorite subjects of contemplation is this question: “Since death is certain, but the time of death is uncertain, what is the most important thing?” You know you will die, but you really don’t know how long you have to wake up from the cocoon of your habitual patterns. You don’t know how much time you have left to fulfill the potential of your precious human birth. Given this, what is the most important thing?

Every day of your life, every morning of your life, you could ask yourself, “As I go into this day, what is the most important thing? What is the best use of this day?” At my age, it’s kind of scary when I go to bed at night and I look back at the day, and it seems like it passed in the snap of a finger. That was a whole day? What did I do with it? Did I move any closer to being more compassionate, loving, and caring—to being fully awake? Is my mind more open? What did I actually do?

I feel how little time there is and how important it is how we spend our time. What is the best use of each day of our lives? In one very short day, each of us could become more sane, more compassionate, more tender, more in touch with the dream-like quality of reality. Or we could bury all these qualities more deeply and get more in touch with solid mind, retreating more into our own cocoon. “

~ Pema Chodron  

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