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Liberation

When the wind blows, the grasses bend

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“The ultimate Way is simple and easy, yet profoundly deep. From the beginning it does not set up steps. Penetrate directly through to freedom and make it so that there is not the slightest obstruction at any time, twenty-four hours a day, with the realization pervading in all directions.

Then your heart will be clear, comprehending the present and the past. Picking up a blade of grass, you can use it for the body of Buddha; taking the body of the Buddha, you can use it as a blade of grass. From the first there is no superiority or inferiority, no grasping or rejection.

When your insight penetrates freely and its application is clear, then even in the middle of complexity and complication, you yourself can move freely without sticking or lingering anywhere. Thus, without setting up any rigid views or maintaining any state, respond freely: “when the wind blows, the grasses bend.”

~Yuan-wu (1063-1135)
“The Five Houses of Zen”

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Going beyond our prisons

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Everything which we see and everyone we relate to, we relate to from this tight box of our very limited judgements, prejudices, ideas, conceptions. It’s like we’re in a very small prison cell, dungeon really. And so we begin to start a new kind of direction in our lives … but the important thing is not to end up going from one prison cell into another prison cell. Even if the new prison cell has nice decoration on the wall and burns incense. It’s still a prison cell. And always the question is how to go beyond the prison, how to get out, how to be liberated.

– Tenzin Palmo


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Health is the greatest gift, a liberated mind the greatest bliss

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Pointlessness

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Image result for wheel of samsaraOnce you have been struck by the pointlessness of letting yourself be forever influenced and conditioned by your habitual tendencies, you will become sick of it… That will inspire you to strive towards liberation, and by striving for it, you will attain it.

Samsara will never just disappear on its own. You must want to get rid of it actively yourself.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche


The practitioner of self-liberation

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The practitioner of self-liberation is like an ordinary person as far as the way in which the thoughts of pleasure and pain, hope and fear, manifest themselves as creative energy. However, the ordinary person, taking these really seriously and judging them as acceptable or rejecting them, continues to get caught up in situations and becomes conditioned by attachment and aversion.

Not doing this, a practitioner, when such thoughts arise, experiences freedom: initially, by recognizing the thought for what it is, it is freed just like meeting a previous acquaintance; then it is freed in and of itself, like a snake shedding its skin; and finally, thought is freed in being unable to be of benefit or harm, like a thief entering an empty house.

– Patrul Rinpoche

quoted in the book “You Are the Eyes of the World”


Never stop thinking about how to gain liberation

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It is not enough to wish from time to time that you could be free of samsara. That idea must pervade your stream of thinking, day and night. A prisoner locked in jail thinks all the time about different ways of getting free—how he might climb over the walls, ask powerful people to intervene, or raise money to bribe someone. So, too, seeing the suffering and imperfection of samsara, never stop thinking about how to gain liberation, with a deep feeling of renunciation.
– Dilgo Khyentse Rinpochefrom the book “The Heart of Compassion: The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva”


Joy and happiness arise from letting go

“Buddhism teaches that joy and happiness arise from letting go. Please sit down and take an inventory of your life. There are things you’ve been hanging on to that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. Find the courage to let them go.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

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All Aims

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518dc4d28a72ee53290e079bb2da4f2fFrom generosity comes wealth;

happiness from ethical conduct.

From patience comes beauty;

splendor from joyous effort.

Through concentration comes peace;

from wisdom comes liberation.

Compassion accomplishes all aims.

—Nagarjuna, Precious Garland


The great treasure

The root of all happiness is the mind; the root of all suffering is the mind. The root of all afflictions and the root of all faith, devotion, love and compassion come down to the mind. If we know the nature of our mind, we can make use of the great treasure and eventually gain perfect happiness and the ultimate result of liberation and omniscience.

– Thrangu Rinpoche


All

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Oct 2, 2017

22089708_845528662272900_3670614330712754409_nAll living beings —whether born from eggs,

from the womb, from division, or spontaneously;

whether they have form or do not have form;

whether they are aware or unaware,

whether they are not aware or not unaware—

eventually, I will lead all living beings to the final Nirvana,

the true ending of the cycle of birth and death.

And when all these living beings, in their unfathomable,

infinite number, have all been liberated,

in truth, not even a single being has actually been liberated.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Diamond Sutra


In order to really be

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You are what you want to become

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You are what you want to become.
Why search anymore? You are a wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible.
There is nothing that is not you.
The kingdom of God, the Pure Land, nirvana, happiness, and liberation are all you.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh.


To meet someone who really hurts you, is to meet a rare and precious treasure

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This Is Liberation

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wpid-taranatha-e5a49ae7bd97e982a3e4bb96e5a4a7e5b888-5-jpgLiberation is not a place, another realm, or a destination.

It is an uprooting of the emotional afflictions in my mind,

so that they never arise in the future

and are purified within the expanse of suchness.

 

“Once the seeds are scorched, the fruit cannot arise.”

The final result of the exhaustion of the afflictive emotions

of the three realms of cyclic existence

is simply stainless awareness . This is liberation.

―Jetsun Taranatha


Not A Place, A Realm, Or Destination

Source: Not A Place, A Realm, Or Destination | Great Middle Way

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wpid-taranatha-e5a49ae7bd97e982a3e4bb96e5a4a7e5b888-5-jpgLiberation is not a place, another realm, or a destination.

It is an uprooting of the emotional afflictions in my mind,

so that they never arise in the future

and are purified within the expanse of suchness.

 

“Once the seeds are scorched, the fruit cannot arise.”

The final result of the exhaustion of the afflictive emotions

of the three realms of cyclic existence

is simply stainless awareness . That is liberation.

―Jetsun Taranatha


Total Liberation

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13606823_1526413817497218_3927451888388488305_nOnce infinite loving kindness has been developed,

frequently practiced, firmly established, expanded,

made a vehicle, a foundation, and brought to full perfection,

then it will be impossible for ill-will to take possession of and obsess the mind,

for infinite loving kindness is the release from all ill-will!

 

Once great compassion has been developed,

frequently practiced, firmly established, expanded,

made a vehicle, a foundation, and brought to full perfection,

then it will be impossible for cruelty to take possession of and obsess the mind,

for great compassion is the release from all cruelty!

 

Once rejoicing in the happiness of others has been developed,

frequently practiced, firmly established, expanded,

made a vehicle, a foundation, and brought to full perfection,

then it will be impossible for discontent to take possession of and obsess the mind,

for rejoicing in the happiness of others is the release from all discontent!

 

Once serene, still, and imperturbable equanimity has been developed,

frequently practiced, firmly established, expanded,

made a vehicle, a foundation, and brought to full perfection,

then it will be impossible for greed and lust to take possession of and obsess the mind,

for imperturbable equanimity is the deliverance from all attachment!

 —Buddha Shakyamuni


From Ignorance to Liberation

Source: From Ignorance to Liberation | Great Middle Way

1393142983915Appearances arise from afflictions and karma.

Karma originates from the mind.

The mind is constituted by latent tendencies.

Freedom from latent tendencies is bliss.

This blissful mind is peaceful.

A peaceful mind will not be ignorant.

Not to be ignorant is the realization of true reality.

The realization of true reality is the attainment of liberation.

—Acharya Nāgārjuna