The External World

A king’s robe or an old blanket can keep you warm.
A gold throne or the bare ground can be your seat.
A grand palace or a mud hut can be your shelter.
A jewelled plate or a wooden pot can hold your food.
The external world does not destroy your inner peace,
But your attachment and aversion will.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

Dualistic grasping

Big Buddha near Hong Kong

For as long as there is the dualistic grasping of ‘self’ and ‘other’ it is impossible to get rid of all of the external problems that cause us to suffer. But when there is no more dualistic grasping, it’s as if they have disappeared. As the great master Shantideva said:

“Where would I find enough leather to cover the entire surface of the world? But with leather on my feet, it’s as if the whole world has been covered.”

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

Present Moment…

“Do not encumber your mind with useless thoughts. What good is it to brood over the past and fret about the future? Dwell in the simplicity of the present moment. Live in harmony with the dharma. Make it the heart of your life and experience. Be the master of your own destiny.”
~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Accepting the Pain of Relationships…

Mindfulness can transform all our personal relationships—but only if we are willing to feel the inevitable pain that relationships entail. When we turn away from our distress, we inevitably abandon our loved ones as well as ourselves. But when we mindfully and compassionately incline toward whatever is arising within us, we can be truly present and alive for ourselves and others. ~ Christopher K. Germer, “Getting Along”

Clarity…

‎”Clarity and emptiness are inseparably united in the true nature of mind, which is beyond all concepts of existence and non-existence.”
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

 

His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche - making ...

His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche – making the perfection mudra and gaze like Padmasambhava, Seattle Sakya Lhakang 1976, Washington State, USA (Photo credit: Wonderlane)

 

 

If we are practicing meditation and there is no change in our life…

If we are practicing meditation and there is no change in our life, there is something wrong with our practice system.
If we are practicing Dharma and thinking for this life, we are not Dharma practitioner at all.
If we are helping others with a motivation of benefiting only oneself, we are not practicing Bodhicitta at all.
If we are changing for better by doing dharma practice, we are on right path.

~ Gala Rinpoche