Let It Not Be A Problem

“Let your experience pass through like stars in the vast sky of your mind. Nothing has to be too big a problem.”

~ Pema Chödron

Accept Yourself

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. And through accepting yourself you can learn to accept others.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

All Habits Can Be Broken

“We find some thought difficult to control not because it is natural, but because it has been reinforced by unchecked habituation for too long. This is important to recognize, because even though old habits may be tough to break, all habits can be broken.”

~ 17th Karmapa

Dealing With What’s Right Here

“We may set the bar for ourselves as high as working for the benefit of all sentient beings, but it doesn’t mean we are going to accomplish it all at once. It’s more a matter of dealing with what’s directly in front of you, in terms of the happiness and suffering that you – and the people you are connected with – are going through.”

~ 17th Karmapa

Life Is A Process

“If you regard yourself as a person on the spiritual path, then whatever you do is part of the path, an expression of the path. The renunciation of ego, the nonattachment to happiness, and the acceptance of pain – all of that brings us into the reality of dealing with things directly and thoroughly. The daily living situation becomes the teaching; life becomes a constant learning process.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Insight and Love

“Insight brings love, and love is not possible without insight, understanding. If you do not understand, you cannot love. This insight is direct understanding, not just a few notions or ideas. In meditation, we allow ourselves to be shined on by the light of that insight.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Stop Feeding

“When you relate to thoughts obsessively, you are actually feeding them because thoughts need your attention to survive. Once you learn to see them as simple phenomena, you have the power not to feed them energy anymore.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Just Live It

“In meditation, life exposes itself to you, so you find yourself in the middle of a living situation. The point is to just do it and live it.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Integration

“Whatever shakes you should be incorporated into your practice, right away, without delay.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

The Beauty In Totality

“Out of that joy, we begin to experience, visually, the beauty of the blue sky; the beauty of a red rose; the beauty of a white chrysanthemum; the beauty of chattering brooks; the beauty of the openness of the ocean, where sky and land meet; the beauty of sweet and sour; the beauty of music, high pitches and low; the beauty of experiencing warm or cool air; the beauty of eating a meal or drinking water; the beauty of learning when we feel that we are not learned enough — when we feel that we don’t have enough wisdom or vocabulary.

I don’t want to paint a pleasure-oriented picture alone. There is also the beauty of feeling too hot or humid on a summer day; the beauty of being too cold in the middle of winter; the beauty of discomfort as well as the beauty of pain … You might ask why we speak of beauty. The answer is that beauty here means fullness, totality — total experience. Our life is completely full even though we might be completely bored. Boredom creates aloneness and sadness, which are also beautiful. Beauty in this sense is the total experience of things as they are. It is totally realistic. It means that we can’t cheat ourselves — or anybody else, for that matter.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Potential

“Once you commit yourself to meditation, you’ll inevitably start to see changes in your day-to-day experience. Things that used to trouble you gradually lose their power to upset you. You’ll become intuitively wiser, more relaxed, and more openhearted. You’ll begin to recognize obstacles as opportunities for further growth.”

~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Open The Door

“The student needs to have faith and longing. Once faith and longing have come together, I don’t think the student will have any difficulty finding a genuine, authentic teacher. All the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are ready at all day and night to help sentient beings. They’re all ready and waiting. If you have both faith and longing, then they’ll come rushing toward you to help you. You just have to open that door of faith and devotion.”

~ 17th Karmapa