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Taking upon myself all beings’ harmful actions ~ Gyelse Tokme Zangpo

Even though I may be destitute and despised by all,
Beset with terrible illness and plagued by evil spirits,
Still to take upon myself all beings’ ills and harmful actions,
Without ever losing heart — this is the practice of all the bodhisattvas.

– Gyelse Tokme Zangpo

The Thirty-Seven Practices of All the Bodhisattvas


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Walk and touch peace every moment ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Walk and touch peace every moment.
Walk and touch happiness every moment.
Each step brings a fresh breeze.
Each step makes a flower bloom.
Kiss the earth with your feet.
Bring the earth your love and happiness.
The earth will be safe
When we feel safe in ourselves.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

from the book "Call Me by My True Names: The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh"
ISBN: 978-1888375169 -

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Genuine love ~ Mother Teresa

Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

– Mother Teresa

quoted in the book "Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing"
ISBN: 978-0977339105 -

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Compassion ~ Chögyam Trungpa

Compassion has nothing to do with achievement at all. It is spacious and very generous. When a person develops real compassion, he is uncertain whether he is being generous to others or to himself because compassion is environmental generosity, without direction, without "for me" and without "for them". It is filled with joy, spontaneously existing joy, constant joy in the sense of trust, in the sense that joy contains tremendous wealth, richness.

– Chögyam Trungpa

from the book "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism"
ISBN: 978-1590306390 -

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The quickest way to full enlightenment ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Strong compassion is the foundation that causes you to achieve full enlightenment most quickly. If you want to achieve full enlightenment in order to liberate all sentient beings from suffering and bring them to full enlightenment, the quickest way is to generate strong compassion.

– Lama Zopa Rinpoche


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Let one see one’s own act ~ Buddha

Let none find fault with others; let none see the omissions and commissions of others. But let one see one’s own acts, done and undone.

– Buddha

Dhammapada, verse 50


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Opportunity ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

The opportunity to experience yourself differently is always available.

– Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book "The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness"
ISBN: 978-0307347312 -

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What is in the mind of a Buddhist ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

So, what makes you a Buddhist? You may not have been born in a Buddhist country or to a Buddhist family, you may not wear robes or shave your head, you may eat meat and idolize Eminem and Paris Hilton. That doesn’t mean you cannot be a Buddhist. In order to be a Buddhist, you must accept that all compounded phenomena are impermanent, all emotions are pain, all things have no inherent existence, and enlightenment is beyond concepts.

It’s not necessary to be constantly and endlessly mindful of these four truths. But they must reside in your mind. You don’t walk around persistently remembering your own name, but when someone asks your name, you remember it instantly. There is no doubt. Anyone who accepts these four seals, even independently of Buddha’s teachings, even never having heard the name Shakyamuni Buddha, can be considered to be on the same path as he.

– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book "What Makes You Not a Buddhist"
ISBN: 978-1590305706 -

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Spacious meditation ~ Kalu Rinpoche

In real meditation, a bare state of awareness is necessary, so that the meditation has a spacious quality, a clarity and transparency of experience.

– Kalu Rinpoche

from the book "Gently Whispered: Oral Teachings by the Very Venerable Kalu Rinpoche"
ISBN: 978-0882681535 -

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Just putting on appearances ~ 17th Karmapa

Sometimes when we practice dharma we think that we need to show some sort of external or physical sign of it. We pay a lot of attention to the rituals and these actions of our body and speech. This is practicing dharma when we're focusing outside. But instead what we need to do is turn our attention inwards. We need to see whether what we're doing is functioning as an antidote to the afflictions or not. We need to see whether we are taming our mind or not. We need to see whether our mind is improving, getting kinder, or not. If we don't look at it in this way then there's no benefit to doing these actions – we think that we are trying to do the dharma, but actually we are just making a show with our body and speech. We are putting on appearances, and that's all we really take an interest in. And the moment that happens, this becomes spiritual materialism.

– 17th Karmapa


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