Individuality

“But we don’t have to avoid our individuality. Individuality sometimes comes out of ego, like wanting to be an emperor or a billionaire. But individuality can also come from personal inspiration. It depends on the level of one’s journey, on how far you have been able to shed your ego. We all have our own style and our own particular nature. We can’t avoid it. The enlightened expression of yourself is in accord with your inherent nature.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Relaxing The Mind

“Whether you care to communicate with it or not, the magical wisdom of reality is always there. By relaxing the mind, you can reconnect with that original ground, which is completely pure and simple. You might think that something extraordinary will happen to you when you discover magic. Something extra-ordinary does happen. You simply find yourself in the realm of utter reality, complete and thorough reality.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Change


“Whatever makes you happy at this moment is bound to change. Change is the only constant reality of life.”

~ Mingyur Rinpoche


There Is No Ideal State


“There is no such thing as an ideal state of meditation. Awareness allows us to witness the mental processes, and to see the fundamental expression of the mind as it is, including our thoughts. The meditator may find many thoughts recur during the meditative state. These thoughts could be seen as waves on the ocean, or clouds in the sky. When they aren’t armed or heavy-handed anymore, they have a transparent quality – an evenness, where nobody is trying to fight against anything.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa


Meditation Is Indispensable

“If all you do is listen to the masters and think about what they say from time to time, it is not enough to tame your mind. To tame the mind, we must meditate. The primary factor for taming our mind is whether or not we meditate. There is absolutely no way around it.”

~ 17th Karmapa

Unhelpful Approach

“We cannot say that the phenomenal world we live in – the traffic jams and the pollution and the inflation – is bad and devilish. If we condemn the world by putting it into conceptual packages – such approach does not work. Because it means we are fighting with our own reality, instead of working with it.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

A Small World

“The world we live in is getting smaller and people’s personal actions have tremendous impact.”

~ 17th Karmapa

“Let the world tickle your heart, your raw and tender heart. True fearlessness is the product of tenderness. You are willing to let your guard down, to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world. You are willing to share your heart with others.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Change Is Constant

“In our delusion, we see things as being self-existing. But in actuality, phenomena are devoid of any true substantial existence. Everything is impermanent. We want to believe that our friends, relations and possessions will all endure, but by nature they are bound to change. It is therefore senseless to be so preoccupied with them.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Acceptance

“The difference between religious beliefs are relatively superficial. Although the lineages and texts differ, in essence Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, and the other religions share many similarities. This is easy to see when we consider their ethical values and their emphasis on the awakening of human beings’ highest potential.

“Whether or not we think the tenets of other religions are true is not the point. The point is that if we care about others’ happiness, we can be pleased that their religion is serving to bring them some happiness. If their religion or spiritual path is contributing to their well-being, that is what really matters.”

~ 17th Karmapa

Emotions

“Emotions come from frustration, in the sense that we might not be able to fulfill what we want. We discover our possible failure as something pathetic, and we develop our tentacles or sharpen our claws to the extreme. The emotion is our way of competing with our projection. That is the mechanism of emotion. Only we forget that the projections have been our own manufactures all along.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Inner Softness

“Nothing can be manufactured from outside of you. If someone falls in love with you, it doesn’t help if you aren’t in love with that person. The softness has to come from you rather than someone else adding it in. You have to be in a state of softness to the situation; any outside factor can only act as a reminder.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Prepare Yourself For Death

“Even in times of peace, a nation remains ready to respond to war. In the same way, you must stay on the alert, and prepare yourself for death by practicing the Dharma. Like an eternal harvest, it will keep you supplied with provisions for the life to come and will be the very basis of your future wellbeing.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche