The general effect of Mind Training is to free the practitioner from hope and fear. We should practise the exchange of happiness and suffering without expecting any reward. We should not hope, for example, that because of our practice many non—human beings will gather round, obeying us and displaying miracles, and that people, prompted by them, will also serve us, bringing us wealth and inﬂuence.
We should rid ourselves of all selﬁsh ideas and ulterior motives, such as working for others but with the wish for our own individual liberation or rebirth in a pure realm.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
from the book Enlightened Courage: An Explanation of the Seven-Point Mind Training
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