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

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

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

Life Is A Process

“If you regard yourself as a person on the spiritual path, then whatever you do is part of the path, an expression of the path. The renunciation of ego, the nonattachment to happiness, and the acceptance of pain – all of that brings us into the reality of dealing with things directly and thoroughly. The daily living situation becomes the teaching; life becomes a constant learning process.”

~ 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

Insight and Love

“Insight brings love, and love is not possible without insight, understanding. If you do not understand, you cannot love. This insight is direct understanding, not just a few notions or ideas. In meditation, we allow ourselves to be shined on by the light of that insight.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

It Is The Universe

“The world is a totality, with its brain, circulation, muscles and limbs. We are not talking about the totality in the sense that everything should be good and perfect and fantastic. We are talking about reality, in which good is made out of bad and bad is made out of good. Therefore, the world can exist in its own good/bad level, its black and white, dark and light. Whatever is there, favorable or unfavorable, is workable: it is the universe.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa

Now Is Everything

“Now is everything. Whatever you do in this very moment is everything: it’s the past, it’s the future, it’s now. So you develop tremendous confidence that what you are doing is honest. Whether we can make absolutely realistic choices or not, it depends on how accurately we are in the now.”

~ Chögyam Trungpa