Quotes II P 37

The Power of Goodness

Instead of focusing on your limits and shortcomings, see if you can make it your practice always to turn to the good.

When you are tired or frustrated, say to yourself, “I dedicate my action to the joy of others. I know that I have limits, but still I dedicate all my actions to their welfare, knowing that this has merit.”

From time to time, encourage yourself to do more than you think possible.

Remind yourself that you can work toward the good, can accumulate merit and power to act for the sake of all beings.

Your influence can ripple out in all directions, and you can make a difference in reality.

Annals Book 5

Quotes P 107

Thinking that “there is always time” we put things off to the future.

We would never be so casual about loaning our money, especially if we know we would never get it back.

We do not have enough time to spare. 

Skillful Means

To lure us away

Sustaining our faith and trust is one of the most important parts of developing a spiritual life.

Anyone can sustain an interest for a short period of time or even for a year or two, but the more complex and conflicting the world becomes, the more difficult it is to survive spiritually—to survive internally—because everything seems to lure us away from meditation and inner calm, from our sense of inner strength and wisdom.  

Tibetan Mediation

Quotes II P 111

As soon as we use language and words to create concepts, we automatically dull and concretize the present; we then have no chance to experience that moment directly.

There is no way we can go ‘beyond’ anything with words.

This does not mean that words have no value, but only that there is no way we can experience the present moment directly if we rely on words, intellectual concepts, or attempts to focus our attention in certain ways.

Gesture of Balance

American Freedom

In 1968 Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche came to America.

He arrived as a refugee with no homeland and just a few dollars in his pocket, knowing very little English and not much about American culture and history.

He chose America because of its long tradition of freedom, for America embraces the important freedoms of religion, speech, and assembly.

Here he could do his important humanitarian work.

Within the opportunities provided in America, he could teach a more fundamental freedom — the freedom of the mind, which offers complete and perfect liberation from suffering.

In Old Tibet, a long line of realized masters kept the knowledge of this inner freedom alive and sustained it for over twelve hundred years.

Rinpoche brought this rich tradition to the West.

Over the past 50 years he has worked to preserve, protect, support, and pass on this precious body of knowledge.

He has planted the roots, helped them to grow by finding new cultural forms and new languages suited to this time and place.

He has reached new minds with unsurpassed dedication and devotion.

A lifetime of work for the sake of all of us and for those yet unborn.

Refuge in our hearts

Once we clearly recognize that our expectations lead only to disappointment and frustration, constant grasping no longer binds us, and we become more open to our experiences.

We can find satisfaction anywhere—a simple walk may give more pleasure than any other entertainment.

But until we open our hearts, there is little inspiration, inner light, or warmth to sustain us, for we constantly undermine ourselves.

Ultimately no one can really help us unless we take the first step, listen to ourselves, encourage ourselves, and give ourselves confidence by taking refuge in our hearts.

Once our hearts are open, all existence appears naturally beautiful and harmonious.

This is not just another fantasy—it is possible to see and feel this way, and this is the essence of the spiritual teachings.

The heart reveals all knowledge to us.

Why the heart and not the mind? Because our egos control our heads, and our hearts are much more free. 

Tibetan Mediation 

Quotes P 31

We can think deeply toward a mind that engages the world without falling into negativity and depression.

Why not do so?

Haven’t we had enough of “business as usual”?

Aren’t we tired of seeing what is wrong in the world and having no way to address it?

There is no profit in fighting, killing, and putting others down: that is not the way to happiness and well-being.

We need to learn to respond to our circumstances with wisdom and with all the knowledge we can muster.

We need to make this human mind great again.

Dimensions of Mind

Three Pillars

The three pillars of spiritual practice are relaxation, meditation, and concentration.

Each pillar has skillful methods for transforming the quality of our lives, energizing body and mind, dissolving obstacles to understanding, and awakening the full capacities of human being.

Joy of Being