See and Realize ~ Ryokan

See and realize that this world is not permanent. Neither late nor early flowers will remain.


Two Truths ~ Nagarjuna

The Buddha’s teaching of the Dharma
is based on two truths:
a truth of worldly convention
and an ultimate truth.

Those who do not understand
the distinction drawn between these two truths
do not understand
the Buddha’s profound truth.

Without a foundation in the conventional truth
the significance of the ultimate cannot be taught.
Without understanding the significance of the ultimate,
liberation is not achieved.


Unlocking the Treasury of Altruism ~ Longchenpa

Unless we make pure prayers of aspiration with unceasing compassion and bodhicitta, in the knowledge that there is not a single being among the three realms or the six classes who has not been our mother or father in the past, we will not unlock the treasury of altruism.


Of Single Essence ~ Sengcan

If the eye never sleeps,
all dreams will naturally cease.
If the mind makes no discriminations,
the ten thousand things
are as they are, of single essence.


No Preferences ~ Sengcan

The Great Way is not difficult
for those who have no preferences.
When love and hate are both absent
everything becomes clear and undisguised.
Make the smallest distinction, however,
and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.


Misrepresentation of the Tathagata ~ Buddha

There are these two who misrepresent the Tathagata. Which two? He who represents a Sutta of indirect meaning as a Sutta of direct meaning and he who represents a Sutta of direct meaning as a Sutta of indirect meaning.


Deep and Difficult to Understand ~ Nagarjuna

By a misperception of emptiness
A person of little intelligence is destroyed.
Like a snake incorrectly seized
Or like a spell incorrectly cast.

For that reason — that the Dharma is
Deep and difficult to understand and to learn —
The Buddha’s mind despaired of
Being able to teach it.