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

An Appreciation of Things

“A work of art is all about a sense of delight. It is an appreciation of things as they are, which produces an enormous spark. Something happens – clicks – and poet writes poems, painter paints pictures, musician makes music.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Become A Bridge

“Because you have joy and celebration in your practice, it does not feel like a burden to you. You are willing to become a rock or a bridge or a highway. You are willing to serve any worthy cause that might help, so that others could use you as a working basis for their enjoyment of sanity.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

It Is In Your Mind

“If your mind is expansive and unfettered, you will find yourself in a more accommodating world, a place that’s endlessly interesting and alive. That quality isn’t inherent in the place but in your state of mind.”

~ Pema Chödron

It Is A Palace

“You can appreciate your life, even if it is an imperfect situation. Perhaps your apartment is run down and your furniture is old. You do not have to live in a palace. You can relax and let go wherever you are. Wherever you are, it is a palace.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Cultivating Karmic Connection

“To really understand the nature of the mind, even if your master has introduced you to it, you still need to constantly work on that with faith, belief, devotion and longing supplications. Once you have cultivated a karmic connection with the master, even though the words are the same, the effect is different.”

~ 17th Karmapa

A Fresh Start


“We can start a new life every morning and live our whole life in a single day. Every moment counts. Every action counts. Conditions are constantly shifting, we can change the course of our future in any moment – what seemed impossible earlier can suddenly become possible.”

~ 17th Karmapa


Appreciation

“Meditation is almost, we could say, aesthetic appreciation. It means awareness of your own body, awareness of things around you, awareness of the world’s various colors, awareness of people’s different styles. There’s room for everything that comes up. Everything is treated reverently, respectfully. Nothing is regarded as rubbish. Even the garbage heap is a work of art. Things have their own place. This is meditation in the broader sense. Both the relevant and the irrelevant are appreciated, so you don’t have to economize on your time and energy. Because of that, everything becomes an object of meditation. You take tremendous interest in people’s different approaches, the different physical situations of objects around you, and the different emotional states within yourself. For a bodhisattva, the whole thing is constantly meaningful and workable.

Aesthetic appreciation does not mean looking for beauty alone. It means looking at things with space around them. When things are seen with space around them, they have their own pictorial quality, so to speak. Things are seen in perspective rather than as representing demands or expectations. So a bodhisattva makes a wonderful audience for the theatre of life and death. This is meditation. Meanwhile, the bodhisattva takes part in the play, so the whole thing does not become merely a matter of impersonal observation.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Blessing

“Try to bring all your experience into the context of blessing. If you can train your mind this way, you will have no obstacles in life. When your situation is easy and pleasant, see it as blessing, without attachment. When you are going through suffering, see that as blessing too. If you fall ill, recognize that illness is blessing, that pain purifies you of harmful past karmas. Keep in mind that many other beings are suffering in the same way as you are, and pray that your pain may liberate them all from suffering. In this way, illness can teach us compassion.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Always There Is Blue Sky

“The enlightened state is like when we fly in an airplane and rise above the clouds, we begin to realize that upstairs there is a blue sky all the time. We realize that the sun is always shining, even when it is cloudy and rainy down below. There is blue sky all the time, and that blue sky is free from clouds.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa