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

Let It Not Be A Problem

“Let your experience pass through like stars in the vast sky of your mind. Nothing has to be too big a problem.”

~ Pema Chödron

Accept Yourself

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. And through accepting yourself you can learn to accept others.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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

All Habits Can Be Broken

“We find some thought difficult to control not because it is natural, but because it has been reinforced by unchecked habituation for too long. This is important to recognize, because even though old habits may be tough to break, all habits can be broken.”

~ 17th Karmapa

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

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

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

Dealing With What’s Right Here

“We may set the bar for ourselves as high as working for the benefit of all sentient beings, but it doesn’t mean we are going to accomplish it all at once. It’s more a matter of dealing with what’s directly in front of you, in terms of the happiness and suffering that you – and the people you are connected with – are going through.”

~ 17th Karmapa

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