Composure


“To work for others, you first have to develop composure. If you have no basic stability, when you try to help others, they will not benefit from your help. If you have no mainstay but try to prevent someone from falling out of a window, you will both go out the window together. To prevent that, you have to stay inside so that you can pull them back. In order to do this, training in mindfulness and developing stability is absolutely necessary.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa


Purity


“Keep your perception pure, and consider all that appears to be infinite purity. Then everything will be an illustration of the teachings.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche


Dare Not Be Enlightened


“People might find sanity too spacious and irritating. We would prefer a little claustrophobic insanity, snug and comforting insanity. Getting into that is like crawling back into a marsupial’s pouch. That’s the usual tendency. We fear that acknowledging precision and sanity is too crispy, too cool, too cold. It’s too early to wake up, we’d rather go back to bed. Going back to bed is relating to the mind’s deceptions, which in fact we prefer. We like to get a little bit confused and set up our homes in that. We don’t prefer sanity in fact – that seems to be the problem, rather than that we don’t have it.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

“It is all about cultivating a stable and constant practice where we are neither attached to happiness nor depressed by suffering.”

~ 17th Karmapa