However capable and skillful an individual may be, left alone, he or she will not survive. When we are sick or very young or very old, we must depend on the support of others. There is no significant division between us and other people, because our basic natures are the same. If we wish to ensure everyone’s peace and happiness we need to cultivate a healthy respect for the diversity of our peoples and cultures, founded on an understanding of this fundamental sameness of all human beings.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Though shifting appearances ceaselessly rise,
Just be unattached as a child at play.
Though seeming joys, troubles, friends, enemies rise,
All thoughts free themselves like the waves of the sea.
What a wealth of thoughts - passion, aggression, praise, blame,
Just look at their essence, the naked clear void.
To walk, sit, eat, lie down and all you can do,
Just empty forms shining in clear light's expanse.
Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche
Respect and develop pure perception and devotion toward those who are practicing Dharma as the noble sangha. If you see faults in others, think that they’re the reflections of your own delusions. If you see good qualities in others, meditate on rejoicing over them. Disclose and expel your own faults. Generate virtuous qualities and act with astonishing perseverance.
Maitreya said that to hear the Dharma is to open the door to liberation, and many students imagine that study in the form of hearing and contemplating the Dharma will suffice as a Dharma practice.
It's true that for those on the threshold of spiritual practice, to listen to and to read Dharma is extremely rewarding – and an activity that should not be entirely abandoned by more seasoned Dharma practitioners – but words are abstractions that rely wholly on centuries-old assumptions, making the language we are forced to use obscure and vague.
Ultimately, merely to hear and think about dharma is not enough; we must also practice it. So, hearing, contemplating and meditating on Dharma are all vital to our spiritual path, with meditation lying at its very core.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche