Even if we were to study quite a lot and become very learned, if we only know the theories but don't assimilate them through reflection and actual practice itself, it would be like dying of thirst on the shores of a great body of fresh water. Wouldn't it be a complete waste to die like that?
Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche
Without the complete determination to be free from circling,
There is no way to pacify attachment seeking pleasurable effects in the ocean of circling.
Also, by craving for cyclic existence, embodied beings are continuously bound.
Therefore, at the very beginning seek the determination to be free.
Sravakas and arhats can't fulfill all the purposes of limited sentient beings. The only one who can do this is a Buddha, and so this is what we must do in order truly to help them. We need to become Buddhas ourselves.
How do we do this? By following the Dharma. In India, there were the highly accomplished mahasiddhas, we have the life stories of eighty of them, but really there are countless numbers of them. They achieve enlightenment in their very lifetimes. In Tibet, there is the example of Milarepa, and many other great masters from the Kagyu, Nyingma, Sakya, and Gelug schools.
Once we achieve the state of a Buddha, our Dharma efforts come to an end. The work we do in the Dharma is very difficult in the beginning, but it gets easier and easier, and we become happier and happier as we progress. We finish our Dharma work in a state of complete happiness.
Tsenzhab Serkong Rinpoche
In ordinary life, we are under the power of disturbing emotions such as self-importance, anger, and desire. We have no control over these emotions, so they torment us and we suffer. We are their slaves, which is unpleasant.
The purpose of the Dharma is to reverse that situation and to help us master the disturbing emotions - self-cherishing, pride, desire, anger and hatred - that enslave us. Being a master is much better than being a slave. Do not lose sight of this essential point: The aim of the Dharma is to get rid of disturbing emotions, and this is the only way to attain true happiness.
Everyone wants what is best for him or her; nobody wants to be hurt or unhappy. If you want to be kind to yourself, practice the Dharma and free yourself from the inner sufferings and their causes.
Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche