We ordinary beings see love as a limited commodity; it’s a fixed pie and we feel we only have a limited amount. “If I give some to you, I can’t give as much to others. And if I give it to everybody else, I can’t give it to you.” That kind of love has strings and conditions attached. It’s a narrow and limited understanding of what love means; it’s not the kind of love Tara has. A Buddhas love remains constant. It is shared with everyone, no matter how they treat that Buddha. Tara’s love and compassion do not depend upon whether other people like her or not, whether others praise her or not, whether they go along with her ideas or not.
Meditation is a balancing act between attention and relaxation.
Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
Our perceptions and thinking process are very limited. We see our world as something huge, and we think it is permanent and stable, indestructible like a diamond, immovable like a great mountain. But in fact this way of thinking is only our concepts about it.
14th Dalai Lama
We often add to our pain and suffering by being overly sensitive, over-reacting to minor things, and sometimes taking things too personally.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
It may sound as if you must have devotion in order to have an understanding of the view, that devotion ignites the practice of the Dharma. But as you become more seasoned in practicing the Dharma, especially the Vajrayana, the gap between devotion and the goal of the devotion becomes very small. As you become more skilled in practicing, you will see that devotion is the awareness of impermanence, devotion is the renunciation mind, devotion is the compassion for all sentient beings, devotion is none other than the experience of dependent arising. Most important, the moment there is devotion, you have the view, and there is awareness of shunyata.
Whenever I wish to move,
Or to speak,
First I shall examine my mind,
And firmly act in a suitable way.
Whenever my mind becomes attached,
I shall not act, nor shall I speak.
I shall remain like a piece of wood.
Because we cling to this notion of a self, we continue to aggrandize this self and work for its benefit. By eliminating the illusory notion of a self, directionless working for all sentient beings occurs spontaneously as in the activities of a Buddha.