Those who, when hearing about emptiness,
Are inspired with great joy again and again,
So that their eyes moisten with tears,
And the hairs on their body stand on end,
Possess the potential for complete awakening.
They are the proper vessels for these teachings,
To them one should teach the ultimate truth.
A sailor should cross the ocean if he has a boat; a general should defeat the enemy if he has an army; a poor man should milk the ‟cow of plenty” if it is within his reach; a traveler who wants to go to distant lands should pursue his journey if he has an excellent horse.
As for you, who have a precious human life for the moment and have received instructions from a spiritual master, the embodiment of all the buddhas of the three times, think with joy and enthusiasm of traveling the great path of the supreme Dharma and getting ever closer to the ultimate goal: liberation and enlightenment.
There is a right time for everything. Farmers know when the time has come to plow, to sow, or to harvest, and they never fail to do each job when it is necessary. Now that you are in full possession of your faculties, have met a teacher, and have received his instructions, will you let the field of liberation lie uncultivated?
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche