Life on the practical level does not contain any subtle philosophy or subtle mystical experience. It just is. If we are able to see that isness, so to speak, then there is a sense of realization. We experience sudden enlightenment. Without a sense of hopelessness, there is no way to give birth to sudden enlightenment. Only giving up our projects brings about the ultimate, definite, positive state of being, which is the realization that we are already enlightened beings here and now.
– Chögyam Trungpa
from the book “Crazy Wisdom”
The literal meaning of guru yoga is ‘union with the teacher´s nature’. To blend your mind with the teacher’s mind is the most profound of all practices, and the shortest path of realization. It is the life force of the path and the one practice that includes all others. It was through relying on a spiritual teacher that all the bodhisattvas of the past generated the mind of enlightenment and reached perfection.
– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
from the book “The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones”
Trying to find a Buddha or enlightenment is like trying to grab space. Space has a name but no form. It’s not something you can pick up or put down. And you certainly can’t grab it. Beyond this mind you’ll never see a Buddha. The Buddha is a product of your mind. Why look for a Buddha beyond this mind?
July 19, 2018
There is a simple way to become awakened:
if you refrain from unwholesome actions,
are not attached to birth and death,
and are compassionate toward all sentient beings,
respectful to seniors and kind to juniors,
not discarding nor desiring anything,
with no designing thoughts or worries,
you will become a Buddha. Do not seek anything else.