It is said that there is no greater evil than hatred and no greater virtue than patience. While a single moment of anger destroys countless aeons of merits and leads to unmitigated suffering in the hell realms, patience towards those who harm you and the sincere wish to bring them happiness will bring you swiftly onto the path taken by all the Buddhas.
There is no better way to deal with enemies than to feel great love for them, realizing that in former lives they have been your loving parents. There is no better way to nurture your family and look after others than to practice the Dharma and dedicate to all beings the merit you thereby obtain. There is no better or more bountiful harvest than the one you sow in the soil of your faith and endeavor so that it ripens into the richness of merit and wisdom.
– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
from the book “The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones”
By oneself is evil done; by oneself is one defiled. By oneself is evil left undone; by oneself is one made pure. Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another.
Source: At the Market of Nya Non | Great Middle Way
How pitiful are sentient beings in samsara!
Looking upward to the Path of Liberation,
how can one feel other than sorrow for those who do harm?
How foolish and sad it is to indulge in killing,
when by karma and good fortune one has human form.
How sad it is to do an act that, in the end, will hurt oneself.
How sad it is to build a wicked wall of meat,
made of one’s dying parents flesh?
How sad it is to see meat eaten and blood flowing!
How sad it is to know confusion and delusion fill the minds of men.
How sad it is to find but vice, not love, in people’s hearts.
How sad it is to see that blindness veils all beings
who cherish their vile deeds.
—Milarepa, at the market of Nya Non