A stone dropped into water will cause a ripple to move outwards in all directions, continuing on long after the stone left the hand.
So too, any action of our body, speech, and mind has the potential to cause a ripple effect within the interconnectedness of all phenomena, continuing on long after the action was carried out or forgotten.
Enhancement practices, for instance, are to develop devotion to the enlightened ones and compassion for sentient beings. Devotion and compassion strengthen the recognition of mind nature. Other
practices also further enhance mind essence; however the Third Karmapa stated the most essential point when he said: "In the moment of love, the empty essence dawns nakedly."
In the moment that either devotion or compassion is felt sincerely, from the core of our heart, there is really nothing to obscure us any longer. The more we train in devotion to all enlightened masters, buddhas and bodhisattvas, the more our progress in recognizing mind essence will be enhanced. In exactly the same way, generating loving kindness and compassion for all beings will also help tremendously to enhance our realization of buddha nature.
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
We are not compelled to meditate by some outside agent, by other people, or by God. Rather, just as we are responsible for our own suffering, so are we solely responsible for our own cure. We have created the situation in which we find ourselves, and it is up to us to create the circumstances for our release.
The problems we face with appearances and all of the suffering we experience as a result of appearances is not because of the appearances themselves but because of our fixation on them. It is our fixation upon appearances which turns appearances into enemies. Because these appearances are just appearances, they are just what appears to us; so if we have no fixation on them, they will not bring any suffering.
What usually happens is that whenever something is seen or heard, we feel that it demands our attention. We fall under the command of the visible form being seen and we feel that we have to get
involved in discriminating what it is. So we stay busy attaching values and defining and pigeon-holing it. If a sound occurs, we immediately think, “I have to listen to that sound.” We get caught up
again and again, trapped in discriminating whether we like the sensation or don't like it; whether we must accept it or reject it. That very process is the creation of karma, right there. That is
what we are trying to step out of right now through meditation training.