To attain the enlightened state of a Buddha does not mean that we have to add something or create something that has never existed before. We also do not have to do something once it is attained. The moment that we remove all of the obscurations that cover our primordial nature, all of the enlightened qualities of a Buddha just naturally, spontaneously and effortlessly arise.
Although we are responsible for what we sow, we forget that we’ve planted these seeds and either give credit to or blame people or things outside of us when they ripen… In the moment, we have a thought, we speak or act. But we lose sight of the fact that each thought, word, and action will produce a result. When the fruit finally ripens, we think, “Why did this happen to me? I’ve done nothing to deserve this!"
Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
Compared to a state of mind that is occupied by nervous, restless thoughts, it is much better to be in focused, relaxed state of peaceful attention. The benefits of this can be seen immediately: the very moment mind is simply focused on one object, the waves of disturbing thoughts and emotions are absent. Spending a session meditating in this way is like taking a break. It becomes a time of peace and calm, of begins to stray away, when we are unable to keep object in mind, we get distracted, and the feeling of being at ease also disappears. Then we remember the object of attention and continue as before, and the feeing of being at peace reoccurs.
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
By thinking of all sentient beings as more precious than a wish-fulfilling jewel for accomplishing the highest aim, I will always hold them dear. Whenever I’m in the company of others, I will regard myself as the lowest among all, and from the depths of my heart cherish others as supreme. In my every action, I will watch my mind, and the moment destructive emotions arise, I will confront them strongly and avert them, since they will hurt both me and others. Whenever I see ill-natured people, or those overwhelmed by heavy misdeeds or suffering, I will cherish them as something rare, as though I’d found a priceless treasure. Whenever someone out of envy does me wrong by attacking or belittling me, I will take defeat upon myself, and give the victory to others. Even when someone I have helped, or in whom I have placed great hopes mistreats me very unjustly, I will view that person as a true spiritual teacher. In brief, directly or indirectly, I will offer help and happiness to all my mothers, and secretly take upon myself all their hurt and suffering. I will learn to keep all these practises untainted by thoughts of the eight worldly concerns. May I recognise all things as like illusions, and, without attachment, gain freedom from bondage.
Geshe Langri Tangpa