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The Essential Points of Mahamudra, Dzogchen, and the Middle Way ~ Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche
http://justdharma.com/s/ka40c

Hey, hey, lucky students, diligent, faithful and smart,
Take a look at mind's nature -
simplicity unborn
When reference points and signs dissolve in certainty
Don't strive, strain, or stop, just relax naturally

Look nakedly at the inexpressible -
Mind's basic nature, bliss and emptiness
Relaxed, at ease, fixation-free,
All that binds is free in bliss-emptiness
Within this clear light, the dharmadhatu,
Take a look at the play of unborn mind
Mind's play manifests as appearance-emptiness

Pure awareness, from beginningless time,
Naturally present, transcending mind -
Thoughts that this view is best dissolve naturally
When we realize mind's reality.
Then tigles of light and rainbows can shine
But since we don't think they're real, these
dzogchenpas are fine!

– Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche

source: http://bit.ly/1oj38qr

Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche on the web:
http://www.ktgrinpoche.org/


Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche biography:
http://www.ktgrinpoche.org/about/biography-dzogchen-ponlop-rinpoche
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Truth ~ Gyaltsab Rinpoche
http://justdharma.com/s/j4vke

Buddhism is all about truth. Samsara means not knowing the truth and enlightenment means knowing the truth. So, nothing is more important than truth in buddhism.

– Gyaltsab Rinpoche

source: http://bit.ly/1jJWC9e
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The need for dualistic practice ~ Tulku Thondup Rinpoche
http://justdharma.com/s/slgmx

Why do we need dualistic practices, such as generating merit, to reach a state that transcends duality? Because we have to start from where we are. Our mind’s true nature is covered by karmic turbulence caused by our grasping at self and our negative mental habits. “Grasping at a self” refers to the way we grasp at mental objects as truly existing, perceiving them dualistically as subject and object. The aspect of our mind that perceives this way is conceptual mind. Conceptual mind and the true nature of mind are like the surface and depths of the ocean: The surface is choppy with wind-tossed waves; beneath it is still and peaceful.

Most of us can’t glimpse into the depths, our true nature, because our conceptual mind is constantly churning out turbulence. Grasping at self tricks us, like a nightmare, into believing that we are separate from the world and each other. This triggers negative emotions, from craving and anxiety to jealousy and aggression, which spill out into unhealthy words and actions.

Every dualistic perception, every negative thought, feeling, word, and deed, leaves a negative karmic imprint in our conceptual mind that walls us off from our true nature. On the other hand, positive mentalities leave positive karmic imprints that open our mind, loosen grasping at self, and thin out the barriers to our true nature.

As long as we have dualistic concepts and emotions, the world is solid to us. Our suffering is all too real. Circumstances matter. If our surroundings are chaotic, it will be hard to find tranquillity. If we experience peace and joy, however, we will be inspired to generate even more peace and joy. Then whatever we say and do will be the words and deeds of joy and peace. We progressively loosen our grasping at self, and eventually we glimpse the luminous nature of our mind. If we perfect this realization, we uproot grasping at self and become fully awakened.


– Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

source: http://bit.ly/1QlQO41

Tulku Thondup Rinpoche on the web:
http://tulkuthondup.com/
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Meditation is drinking it ~ Taisen Deshimaru
http://justdharma.com/s/1e3mq

If you have a glass full of liquid you can discourse forever on its qualities, discuss whether it is cold, warm, whether it is really and truly composed of H-2-O, or even mineral water, or saki. Meditation is Drinking it!

– Taisen Deshimaru

quoted in the book "Real Magic: Creating Miracles in Everyday Life"
ISBN: 978-0060935825 - http://amzn.to/2bvsXTD
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The key point of the entire path ~ Mingyur Rinpoche
http://justdharma.com/s/n9hdr

You may have heard me say this before, but it is the key point of the entire path, so it bears repeating: All that we are looking for in life — all the happiness, contentment, and peace of mind — is right here in the present moment. Our very own awareness is itself fundamentally pure and good. The only problem is that we get so caught up in the ups and downs of life that we don't take the time to pause and notice what we already have.

– Mingyur Rinpoche

source: http://bit.ly/1n7yYCX

Mingyur Rinpoche on the web:
http://tergar.org


Mingyur Rinpoche biography:
http://tergar.org/about/mingyur-rinpoche/mingyur-rinpoche-bio/
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Nothing comparable ~ Buddha
http://justdharma.com/s/5v1ax

Whatever precious jewel there is in the heavenly worlds, there is nothing comparable to one who is Awakened.


– Buddha



Sutta Nipata

source: http://bit.ly/22ObzYF
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Gaining the riches of a Dharma practitioner ~ Chatral Rinpoche
http://justdharma.com/s/a4zil


Limit yourself to just a few activities and undertake them all with diligence.
Not allowing your mind to become fidgety and restless,
Make yourself comfortable on the seat in your retreat cabin,
This is the surest way to gain the riches of a Dharma practitioner.

You might remain sealed in strict retreat for months or even years,
But if you fail to make any progress in the state of your mind,
Later, when you tell everyone about all that you did over such a long time,
Aren’t you just bragging about all the hardships and deprivation?
And all their praise and acknowledgements will only make you proud.


– Chatral Rinpoche

from the book "Compassionate Action"
ISBN: 978-1559392716 - http://amzn.to/12WUTjt

translated by Adam Pearcey

source: http://bit.ly/14DYYPZ
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Perceiving reality with an unfixated mind ~ Pema Chödron
http://justdharma.com/s/8lkub

Enlightenment — full enlightenment — is perceiving reality with an open, unfixated mind, even in the most difficult circumstances. It’s nothing more than that, actually.

– Pema Chödron

from the book "How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind"
ISBN: 978-1604079333 - http://amzn.to/1swlMw3

Pema Chödron on the web:
http://pemachodronfoundation.org/
http://www.shambhala.com/heartadvice/
http://blog.shambhala.com/category/daily-wisdom/pema-chodron/


Pema Chödron biography:
http://www.gampoabbey.org/pema-bio.php
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A complete path ~ Tsoknyi Rinpoche
http://justdharma.com/s/6r6j5

It doesn’t make sense to grab at the highest teachings and reject the rest. It is the kindness of the buddhas to provide us with a complete path, and the preliminary practices are part of that path. All great teachers of the past have taught the identical message: 'Gather the accumulations, purify the obscurations, and receive the blessings of a qualified master.' In the tradition I represent, the preliminary practices are very, very important. I don’t think that the buddhas and all the past masters have created them just to lead us astray.

– Tsoknyi Rinpoche

source: http://bit.ly/1eEnAd9

Tsoknyi Rinpoche on the web:
http://www.tsoknyirinpoche.org/
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Oneness of all human beings ~ 14th Dalai Lama
http://justdharma.com/s/loqzd

I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect. Practice brings the clear realisation of the oneness of all human beings and the importance of others benefiting by your actions.

– 14th Dalai Lama

from the book "The Dalai Lama"
ISBN: 978-1559390224 - http://amzn.to/14SObeO

14th Dalai Lama on the web:
http://dalailama.com


14th Dalai Lama biography:
http://www.dalailama.com/biography/a-brief-biography
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