Buddha Nature

“When we fly in an airplane above the clouds, we realize that the sun is always shining even when it is cloudy or rainy below. In the same way, when we cease to hold on to our identity, our ego, we begin to see that the nonexistence of ego is a powerful, indestructible state of being. We realize that, like the sun, it is a continuous situation which does not wax or wane. That state of being is called buddha nature.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

The Option Is Always Available

“No matter how trapped we may feel by anxiety, depression, or guilt, there is always another option available to us, and one that doesn’t ask us to stop being who and what we are. The trick is knowing where to look, how to look, and we can find peace of mind in the midst of raging emotions, profound insight in the midst of complete confusion, and seeds of compassion in our darkest moments, even when we feel completely lost and alone.”

~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Impossible To Grasp

“In essence, the mind is what is aware of everything – it is a clarity that perceives all external objects and events. But if you try to find it, it turns out to be as impossible to grasp and as elusive as a rainbow – the more you run after it, the farther away it appears to recede; the more you look at it, the less you can find. This is the empty aspect of the mind. Clarity and emptiness are inseparably united in the true nature of mind, which is beyond all concepts of existence and nonexistence.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

When We Are Able

“How to know we have attained enlightenment? When we are able to care for others as much as we now care of ourselves, and ignore ourselves to the same extent that we now ignore others.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Phenomena Are Unreliable

“Phenomena or experiences – they are like mist; they will fade away. A practitioner who spends time practicing in seclusion is certain to witness many kinds of phenomena and has many different experiences, but the phenomena or experiences are as unreliable as rainbows – if you run after them, you will be deceived. When true realization dawns in one’s mind, it is like the king of mountains, Mount Meru, which no wind can shake.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Experience Is Empty

“The relationship between emptiness and experience isn’t so simple or rather it’s so simple that it’s easy to miss.”

~ Mingyur Rinpoche

What To Give Up

“In Buddhism, we speak of what is to be given up and what is to be taken up. The thing most difficult for us to give up, even if we try very hard, is our ego-fixation, this grasping on to ‘me’ and ‘mine.’ Most parents are guiding their children in the wrong direction if they encourage their self-centeredness.”

~ 17th Karmapa

It Has To Be Eradicated

“To believe that life’s problems are fixable if we fight for them, that there is something about samsara still worth fighting for, makes it impossible to nurture a wholehearted devotion to practice the dharma. The only view truly helpful for a dharma practitioner is that samsara cannot be fixed, that cyclic existence has to be eradicated if we want to end the sufferings of samsara.”

~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

The Dictatorship of ‘Me’

“We want to free the world from dictatorship, but many ordinary people including ourselves are functioning exactly like dictators in our own lives. We would like to possess our world, and we act in such a way that whatever we see around us has to be completely in accord with our preferences. We try everything to maintain the security of ‘me,’ of ‘myself’ – which is egohood. Through meditation, we have means to free ourselves from the dictatorship of egohood.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Capable of Dealing With Reality

“Spirituality is simply a means of arousing one’s spirit. Through it you begin to have greater contact with reality. You are not afraid of discovering what reality is about, and you are willing to explore your individual energy. You actually choose to work with the essence of your existence, which could be called goodness. An interest in spirituality doesn’t mean that you have a black hole in your existence which you are trying to cover over with some sort of religious patchwork. It simply means that you are capable of dealing with reality.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Hostility Is A Deluded Form of Perception

“It is crucial to develop compassion, particularly for those who dislike you. It might be difficult at first, but you will never attain enlightenment as long as you continue to feel ill-will toward them. To feel hostility toward enemies and affection toward friends is nothing but a deluded form of perception. If you train your mind to recognize everything as insubstantial like a dream, hostility toward enemies will lose its meaning entirely.”

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

The Spirit of Fearless Warrior

“If we narrow our mind down to for or against something, if we freeze our attitude into accepting things we like and rejecting things we dislike, we’re setting ourselves up for stress. Instead, we could go forward with curiosity, wondering where this experiment will lead. This kind of open-ended inquisitiveness captures the spirit of fearless warrior.”

~ Pema Chödron