The true bodhisattva spirit grows out of this personal sense of freedom. You discover that you don’t feel so needy anymore. You don’t crave another refueling – with shamatha or with other people’s love and attention – because you know within yourself how to be free, how to be confident. With this sense of security and freedom, you begin to direct your attention to the needs of others. The compassion expands. This is my point about inner simplicity as the basis for living fearlessly in a complex world.
This principle of fearless simplicity involves training in the two accumulations as a unity and experiencing the fruition of such training. We have found a true, effective remedy for ego-clinging, negative emotions, the twofold ignorance, and adversity. We have persevered in the two accumulations, and we have grown confident in liberation. We are now open and spacious, and from within that sense of fearless simplicity, we can accomadate all phenomena. We can naturally care for others unpretentiously; no one is a threat any longer.
from the book Fearless Simplicity: The Dzogchen Way of Living Freely in a Complex World
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Further quotes from the book Fearless Simplicity:
- Acknowledging illusion
- True compassion and devotion
- Importance of a calm mind
- Just let it go and relax
- Finally very free and easy
- Set your buttocks down and train
- True freedom
- Expanding compassion