Nothing, absolutely nothing arises without causes and conditions.
Whether it’s external phenomena, no matter how small or subtle it may be – or whether it's any mental state that any being experiences – everything, absolutely everything that has ever existed, or has yet to exist, will have arisen out of causes and conditions.
Similarly, the moment when the causes and conditions of your own enlightenment are present, you will become a buddha. In other words, the moment when your two accumulations of merit and wisdom are complete, buddhahood will naturally arise as the result – and nothing, absolutely nothing can stop this process.
Our basic nature is in no way different from that of a buddha. It’s like pure space, which, whether it is obscured by clouds or is a cloudless and clear sky, remains the same in its basic, essential nature.
But if you pretend that your nature is already enlightened and don’t progress along the path of removing the obscurations, then your enlightened nature doesn’t become realized.
Therefore, we must truly consider what is actual, what the facts are. Do we have obscurations or not? If you see that there still are obscurations, there is no way to avoid having to remove them by gathering the two accumulations.
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Never think that you will be able to settle your life down by practicing the dharma. The dharma is not therapy. In fact, it is just the opposite.
The purpose of the dharma is to really stir up your life. It is meant to turn your life upside down. If that is what you asked for, why complain?
If it is not turning your life upside down, on the other hand, the dharma is not working. That kind of dharma is just another one of these New Age methods; the dharma should really disturb you.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Our problem is that inside us there’s a mind going, “Impossible, impossible, impossible. I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.” We have to banish that mind from this solar system.
Anything is possible; everything is possible. Sometimes you feel that your dreams are impossible, but they’re not.
Human beings have great potential; they can do anything.
The power of the mind is incredible, limitless.