Once we commit a negative action, unless it is purified we will experience its consequences. We can’t shrink the responsibility or try to make the karma disappear by justifying it. It doesn’t work that way. Whoever commits an act will infallibly experience its results, whether positive or negative. Every movement of our thought, words, and deeds is like a stitch in the fabric of our coming reality. Latent in our present experience are oceans of karma from countless past lifetimes, which under the proper conditions will come to fruition. In order to find liberation from samsara, we must work at the causal level, not the level of results, the pleasure and pain that are the consequences of our behavior. To do so, we need to purify our earlier mistakes and change the mind that plants the seeds of suffering, purify the mental poisons that perpetuate endless karma.
~Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
If the root of a tree is medicine, then the fruit will be medicinal. If the root is poison, there will be no doubt about the fruit. Meritorious and unmeritorious qualities follow upon ones attitude and intention; they are not derived from physical practices in themselves.
I pay homage continuously to those residing on (bodhisattva) grounds who possess the pure and stable minds seeing to the other (shore), who are like an ocean of the profound way of the dharma – to those unsurpassable residers who possess superior aspiration, who meditate in completion (on emptiness) and who take it to heart well.
At no time throughout the beginningless succession of lifetimes has there ever been an actual birth. There has only been the appearance of birth. There has never been actual death, only the transformation of appearances like the shift from the dream state to the waking state . . . throughout the beginningless succession of lifetimes there has never been any actual experience of transition or going from one state to another, or any actual experience of being located in some other place. This is analogous to the images in a dream.
Keep in mind the many beings who are suffering in the same way as you are, and pray that your suffering may absorb theirs and that they may be liberated from all suffering. In this way, illness can teach us compassion.
~Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
You don’t have to do anything with your mind, just let it naturally rest in its essential nature. Your own mind, unagitated, is reality. Meditate on this without distraction. Know the Truth beyond all opposites. Thoughts are like bubbles that form and dissolve in clear water. Thoughts are not distinct from the absolute reality, so relax; there is no need to be critical. Whatever arises, whatever occurs, simply don’t cling to it, but immediately let it go. What you see, hear, and touch is your own mind. There is nothing but mind. Mind transcends birth and death. The essence of mind is pure consciousness that never leaves reality, even though it experiences the things of the senses. In the equanimity of the Absolute, there is nothing to renounce or attain.
Look into the awakened mind of your own awareness! It has neither form nor color, neither center nor edge. At first, it has no origin but is empty. Next, it has no dwelling place but is empty. At the end, it has no destination but is empty. This emptiness is not made of anything and is clear and cognizant. When you see this and recognize it, you know your natural face. You understand the nature of things. You have then seen the nature of mind, resolved the basic state of reality and cut through doubts about topics of knowledge. This awakened mind of awareness is not made out of any material substance; it is self-existing and inherent in yourself. This is the nature of things that is easy to realize because it is not to be sought for elsewhere. This is the nature of mind that does not consist of a concrete perceiver and something perceived to fixate on. It defies the limitations of permanence and annihilation. In it there is no thing to awaken; the awakened state of enlightenment is your own awareness that is naturally awake. In it there is no thing that goes to the hells; awareness is naturally pure. In it there is no practice to carry out; its nature is naturally cognizant. This great view of the natural state is present in yourself: resolve that it is not to be sought for elsewhere.
~ Guru Rinpoche
Ordinary people do not question the commonly accepted version of reality. They conform to the standard values of subduing enemies and cherishing friends and family. Materialism, ambition and mundane achievements are the worldly hallmarks of success. We experience the phenomenal world and our minds as solid and truly existent. Very few people doubt these assertions and question their solidity. Yet, the process of disbelief is the first step on the spiritual path.
~Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Motivated by the wish to free all beings, continually, I shall take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, till the essence of enlightenment is reached. With wisdom and with heartfelt love, diligently, for the sake of sentient beings, I shall place myself before the buddhas, and generate the perfect mind of bodhicitta.
~Shakya Shri Bhadra