Study, reflect, and recite prayers….every day

HH Dilgo Khyentse looking at Christopher Wilki...

HH Dilgo Khyentse looking at Christopher Wilkinson taking his photo, Sakya Ward St Center Seattle Washington USA in 1976 (Photo credit: Wonderlane)

‎”Every day, remind yourself that if you do not study and reflect upon the teachings, meditate, and recite prayers and mantras, at the moment of death you will be helpless. Death is certain. If you wait for the moment of death to begin your practice, it will be too late.”

-Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

If you cannot free yourself from being obsessed…

Dilgo Khjence rinpoche

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‎”If you cannot free yourself from being obsessed by your body, your attachment and negative emotions can only increase. Consider your body as an illusion, a form in a dream. Give whatever care is needed to keep it in good health, and devote all your attention to your spiritual practice.”

– Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Boundless joy is the joy …

HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche at Sakya Ward St Ce...

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Boundless joy is the joy you should feel when you see gifted and learned beings who are happy, famous or influential. Instead of feeling uneasy and envious of their good fortune, rejoice sincerely, thinking, “May they continue to be happy and enjoy even more happiness!” Pray too that they may use their wealth and power to help others, to serve the Dharma and the Sangha, making offerings, building monasteries, propagating the teachings and performing other worthwhile deeds. Rejoice and make a wish: “May they never lost all their happiness and privileges. May their happiness increase more and more, and may they use it to benefit others and to further the teachings.”

Pray that your mind may be filled with boundless equanimity, loving-kindness, compassion and joy–as boundless as a Bodhisattva‘s. If you do so, genuine bodhichitta will certainly grow within you.

The reason these four qualities are boundless, or immeasurable, is that their object–the totality of sentient beings–is boundless; their benefit–the welfare of all beings–is boundless; and also their fruit–the qualities of enlightenment–is boundless. They are immeasurable like the sky, and they are the true root of enlightenment.(p.49)

–from The Excellent Path to Enlightenment, by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche