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Tibetan Buddhism

Methods to tame your own mind

All the teachings of the victorious ones, all the different kinds of teachings given by the Buddha – if we condense them into one point, it is that they are the methods to tame your own mind. They bring peace to a mind that is not peaceful. They clear away the confusion, or bewilderment, in your own mind.

– Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche

from the book “Creation and Completion: Essential Points of Tantric Meditation”

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Contemplation of Death

It is crucial to be mindful of death – to contemplate that you will not remain long in this life. If you are not aware of death, you will fail to take advantage of this special human life that you have already attained. It is meaningful since, based on it, important effects can be accomplished.

Analysis of death is not for the sake of becoming fearful but to appreciate this precious lifetime during which you can perform many important practices. Rather than being frightened, you need to reflect that when death comes, you will lose this good opportunity for practice. In this way contemplation of death will bring more energy to your practice.

– 14th Dalai Lama

from the book “Advice on Dying: And Living a Better Life”

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Don’t depend on death to liberate you

Image may contain: 1 person, text that says '"Don't depend death to liberate you from your imperfections. are exactly same after death as you were before. Nothing changes; you only give the body. you thief a or cheater before death, don't become an merely by dying. If such were possible, then us all go jump the ocean now become angels at once! Whatever you have made of yourself thus far, so be hereafter. And when you reincarnate, you will bring that same nature with you. To change, you have to make the effort. This is the place do it." ~PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA'

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The signs of progress

What are the signs of progress in our practice? What can we expect? Should we wait for a signal from the guru — or an award? According to Karma Chagme Rinpoche, we will have no experiences, no special dreams, no pure visions. The “king of all signs,” also known as the “sign of no-sign,” which was highly prized by the Kagyupa masters of the past, is when renunciation mind, sadness and devotion blaze in your mind. The signs to be cherished most include an escalating appetite for dharma practice; noticing the futility of everything you do; ever-increasing conflicts as a result of old habits; and while you may still have the urge to party with your friends, to be plagued by the unwelcome sense that the whole thing is a useless waste of time. Therefore do not constantly aim to finish the practice. Instead, try to accept that your spiritual journey will never end. Your journey began with the wish that you, personally, bring all sentient beings to enlightenment, so until that wish is fulfilled, your activities as a bodhisattva will never cease.

– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book “Not for Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices”

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Samsara is not a Pleasure Park

As long as we are in samsara, whatever our lifestyle in the world, it is only suffering. Before we enter that lifestyle, we see samsara as a beautiful park, a pleasant park, but once we are involved in that lifestyle, we experience so many problems.

– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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This life passes quickly

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– Padmasambhava

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Samsara

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Judging others

Unless one is omniscient or at least enjoys some degree of clairvoyance, no one can judge others. One can see how others appear and how they are behaving, but not who they are or why they are behaving in a particular manner. For example, enlightened ones such as buddhas, bodhisattvas, and sages appear in peaceful forms and wrathful forms, but all their activities will be for serving others with love. This is why the fully enlightened Buddha said, “Apart from myself and those like me, no one can judge another person.”

– Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

from the book “Incarnation: The History and Mysticism of the Tulku Tradition of Tibet”


Masterpieces are irrelevant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panoramic awareness in everyday life 

In addition to the sitting form of meditation, there is the meditation practice in everyday life of panoramic awareness. This particular kind of practice is connected with identifying with the activities one is involved in. This awareness practice could apply to artwork or any other activity. It requires confidence. Any kind of activity that requires discipline also requires confidence. You cannot have discipline without confidence; otherwise it becomes a sort of torturing process. If you have confidence in what you are doing, then you have real communication with the things you are using, with the material you are using. Working that way, a person is not concerned with producing masterpieces. He is just involved with the things that he is doing. Somehow the idea of a masterpiece is irrelevant.

– Chögyam Trungpa

from the book “Ocean of Dharma: The Everyday Wisdom of Chogyam Trungpa”

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 Time is always moving on, nothing can stop it

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 Time is always moving on; nothing can stop it. We can’t change the past, but we can shape the future. The more compassionate you are, the more you will find inner peace.