“Perfect buddhahood is born from the thought of benefiting others.”
~Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
”Bodhicitta, the intention to realize enlightenment for the benefit of others, frees you from attachment to yourself, frees you from attachment to others, and frees you from attachment to freedom itself. Genuine compassion is infused with detachment. This is how you cultivate the motivation to enlighten without any hope or expectation.”
- Verses of Refuge and Bodhichitta by Shakyashribhadra
- The Bodhisattva’s Garland of Jewels by Atisha Dipamkara
- Eight Verses of Mind Training by Geshe Langri Thangpa
- Parting from the Four Attachments with commentary by Jetsün Drakpa Gyaltsen
- The Four Dharmas of Gampopa
- How to Transform Sickness and Other Circumstances by Gyalsé Tokmé Zangpo
- A Mirror Revealing the Crucial Points: Advice on the Ultimate Meaning by Longchen Rabjam
- Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Je Tsongkhapa
- A Song of Compassion by Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangrol
- Many Aeons Ago by Patrul Rinpoche
- Aspirations in Accordance with the Dharma by Dodrupchen Jikmé Tenpé Nyima
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
All Meditation must begin with arousing deep compassion. Whatever one does must emerge from an attitude of love and benefitting others.
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