Right now, you may be experiencing all sorts of happiness and pleasure; but this won’t last, so do not become attached to it. In this life you are bound to experience all sorts of difficulties, sickness, and other troubles; it is important to see in them the truth of the teachings.
Whenever we experience pain or pleasure, misery or contentment, it is due to our actions in past lives. If you are now healthy, famous, or rich, it is because of meritorious actions you performed in the past. If you suffer from illness, obstacles, or trouble some circumstances, that is the result of your past negative actions. But whatever circumstances you find yourself in, you can purify your mind; when in pain, you can pray from the core of your heart that your suffering may be a substitute for the suffering of others, so that all their pain and suffering will be exhausted forever. The more you suffer, the more you can practice taking on the suffering of all beings.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
from the book The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones
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- Following the view
- At the time of death
- The only way to obtain lasting happiness
- The gift of the Dharma
- No greater virtue
- The intention to benefit others
- Mastery of the mind
- A lump of earth
- Remember death
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- This is very shortsighted
- Mind filled with faith
- The spear of mindfulness
- Three turnings of the wheel of Dharma
- Mind is king
- Look constantly into the mirror of your mind