– 14th Dalai Lama
from the book “Kindness, Clarity, and Insight”
ISBN: 978-1559394031 – http://amzn.to/19LxGc1
On March 17, 1959, the Dalai Lama, then 23, disguised himself as a soldier and slipped through the crowds outside the palace he’d never see again. He embarked on a perilous journey to asylum, crossing the Himalayas with a retinue of soldiers and cabinet members.
The world is a totality in itself. It has its own muscles, its own brain, its own limbs, and its own circulation. We are not talking about the totality of the world in the sense that everything should be good and perfect and fantastic, and nobody should acknowledge anything bad. We are talking about reality, in which good is made out of bad and bad is made out of good. Therefore, the world can exist in its own good/bad level, its self-existing level of dark and light, black and white, constantly. Whatever is there, favorable or unfavorable, is workable: it is the universe.
– Chögyam Trungpa
from the book “Journey Without Goal: The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddha”
ISBN: 978-1570627576 – http://amzn.to/157lwXm
This sacred substance [the nature of everything] we have to, and should, respect, appreciate, uphold and cherish it as it is. I will give a simple example, when you feel shaky, kind of not certain and become confused, then face a mountain and look at the mountain. Mountains do not move. And when you feel so small and so incapable, so inferior, then look at the sky. Your mind is as limitless as sky. You are limitless. You have no limitation. You are not inferior or incapable, that has no space. Space is limitless. Mind is like space, in fact mind is space. That is why some of you could be born here and have come from billions of light years away, because for mind, it covers everything, it is all-pervading. Therefore, you can die billions of light years away and be born here in a split second. It does not take millions of light years to get here.
– Tai Situ Rinpoche
from the book “Nectar of Dharma: The Sacred Advice, Volume Two”
ISBN: 978-1877294426 – http://amzn.to/13h99q3
In meditation practice, finally, we are exposed. We hoped that we wouldn’t have to go through the embarrassment of exposing ourselves; we hoped to bypass that particular area and become enlightened. You might talk about how bad you used to be. It’s okay to talk about that because it’s in the past; you are already a better person. The practice of meditation is the complete opposite of this. It’s not about getting a certain state of being at all. Meditation practice is a way of making friends with ourselves. Whether we are worthy or unworthy, that’s not the point. It’s developing a friendly attitude to ourselves, accepting the hidden neurosis coming through.
– Chögyam Trungpa
from the book “The Collected Works of Chogyam Trungpa, Volume 3”