The Seven Branches of Practice

“The seven branches of practice serve as antidotes: prostration is the antidote to pride; offering is the antidote to meanness, poverty, greed, and attachment; confession is the antidote to anger; rejoicing is the antidote to envy and jealousy; requesting the turning of the Wheel of Dharma is the antidote to ignorance; requesting the buddhas to remain is the antidote to wrong views; and dedication is the antidote to uncertainty.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

People Slowly Change

“It is necessary to work patiently with others, all the time. If you have patience, people slowly change. You do have some effect on them, if you are radiating your sanity. They will begin to take notice. Although of course they don’t want to let anybody know; they say, ‘Nothing has changed. I have the same problems.’ But be patient. Something has changed – if you take your time, it works!”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Constant Sunrise Happens

“Whatever you are doing, see it as an extension of your sitting practice. Maintain a general sense of mindfulness and awareness, refraining from too much unnecessary activity. You could look at yourself and smile. You could be awake and aware and meanwhile, on the spot. Constant sunrise happens – you reflect that yourself. You always look awake and aware of what you are doing. You respect yourself and you respect the sacredness of your whole being, your whole existence. When you have that kind of self-respect, you don’t spill your tea or put your shoes on the wrong feet. You appreciate the weather, your coffee, your clothes, your shower. There is a tremendous sense that for the first time you have become a real human being, and you can actually appreciate everything around you. That appreciation comes from being aware.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa