If your path teaches you to act and exert yourself correctly and leads to spiritual realizations such as love, compassion and wisdom then obviously it’s worthwhile.

 Lama Thubten Yeshe

Shakyamuni Buddha

The Fifteen Days of Miracles—from the first day of the Tibetan new year, Losar, (this year on February 10, 2024) until the fifteenth, Chotrul Duchen (this year on February 24, 2024)—commemorate the special time when Guru Shakyamuni Buddha showed miraculous powers.

How should we practice the Dharma? ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

How should we practice the Dharma? The great Kadampa teachers considered the most precious teachings to be the inseparability of voidness and compassion. Over and over again, they cultivated love, compassion, joy, and equanimity – the four limitless thoughts out of which the ability to help others arises effortlessly. Famous for practicing in uncompromising adherence to the teachings, these masters trained themselves first through careful study of the Dharma and then through direct experience in meditation. That is the right way to make progress on the path that leads to the great bliss of ultimate Buddhahood”.

~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones, on the Shortcomings of our Decadent Age, Collected Works Vol II p 259, Shambhala

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You Cannot Watch Your Own Burial ~ Chogyam Trungpa

Since enlightenment is based on dissolving the ego and its expectations, it has been said that you cannot watch your own burial, and you cannot congratulate yourself on becoming the first buddha of the age or the first buddha of New York.

Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment.

~ Chogyam Trungpa

From the book: “The Path of Individual Liberation: The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume One”

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Three Noble Principles ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

In general, as I mentioned at the beginning, any practice or activity that we undertake must be governed by the Three Noble Principles.

The first is to practice not for ourselves alone, but for all sentient beings, and therefore we generate the most precious attitude – that of wishing to guide all beings to the state of enlightenment.

Second, the main part of the practice is to practice one-pointedly as we go through each step of the preliminary practice: the four thoughts, refuge and bodhicitta, the Vajrasattva practice, the mandala offering, and Guru Yoga. Actions performed with the body, recitation of the speech, and concentration of the mind should all be done one-pointedly and without distraction.

While we concentrate on what we are doing with the body, we must not let our speech drift into ordinary conversation. When we recite with our mouth, we must not let our mind wander away from the practice.

The main part of the practice then is to be single-mindedly focused and to be free from any clinging, so that the benefit of our practice will not be carried away by outer circumstances. For more advanced practitioners this second point means to dwell constantly in the realization of the emptiness of all phenomena.

The third Noble Principle is to conclude by dedicating the merit of the practice. Whatever merits we may have accumulated in the past, and may accumulate in the future, we dedicate to all sentient beings so that they may achieve Buddhahood. Our aspiration when we dedicate should have the same expansive and generous attitude as that with which the vast merit of the buddhas and bodhisattvas is dedicated.

~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche – Guru Yoga

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Authentic instruction ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

“When you receive authentic instruction, you should concentrate first on hearing it, then on reflecting on its meaning, and finally, through meditation, making it part of you. As you do so, you will gain the conviction that the instruction you have received is truly undeceiving and become confident of its excellence”.

~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Zurchungpa’s Testament, on Faith, Collected Works, Vol III pg 75, Shambala

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