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Helping another ~ 14th Dalai Lama http://justdharma.com/s/6xnj2 If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another. If you wish to know that you are safe, cause another to know that they are safe. If you wish to better understand seemingly incomprehensible things, help another to better understand. If you wish to heal your own sadness or anger, seek to heal the sadness or anger of another. – 14th Dalai Lama quoted in the book "Forgiveness: Breaking the Chain of Hate" ISBN…

Cutting through conditioned existence ~ Lama Tsongkhapa http://justdharma.com/s/41bjn If you lack the wisdom that realizes the nature of things, Although you might grow accustomed to renunciation and bodhicitta, You will be incapable of cutting through conditioned existence at its root, Exert yourself, therefore, in the methods for realizing interdependence. – Lama Tsongkhapa source: http://www.lotsawahouse.org/tibetan-masters/tsongkhapa/three-principal-aspects

Approaching others with the thought of compassion ~ 14th Dalai Lama http://justdharma.com/s/gjmiq People often expect the other person to respond first in a positive way, instead of taking the initiative to create that possibility. I feel that's wrong; it can act as a barrier that just promotes a feeling of isolation from others. To overcome feelings of isolation and loneliness, your underlying attitude makes a tremendous difference - approaching others with the thought of compassion in…

Making right decisions made easy ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/iirrj When you are not clear about the purpose of your life, you are never clear when it comes to making decisions that affect your life. You always hesitate and are always in danger of making the wrong decision. When your only purpose for living is the benefit of others, it is very easy to make the right decision. It is easy because you are very clear about why you are alive. – Lama Zopa Rinpoche from the book…

The very foundation of courage ~ Ribur Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/2elhu If you put enough energy into practicing tonglen (taking and giving), that practice will become the very foundation of courage. Courageous compassion will increase so very much on the basis of such practice! – Ribur Rinpoche source: https://www.facebook.com/GuhyasamajaCenter/posts/243633489100546

The fruit of ultimate perfection ~ Ling Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/mxwz7 You should try to meditate regularly on death and impermanence and thus become a spiritual practitioner of initial scope. Then you should develop the meditations on the unsatisfactory nature of samsara and the three higher trainings [ethics, concentration and wisdom] and thus become a practitioner of medium scope. Finally, you should give birth to love, compassion, universal responsibility and bodhicitta and thus…

The pure motivation of bodhicitta ~ Lama Tsongkhapa http://justdharma.com/s/fq3d6 If renunciation is not embraced By the pure motivation of bodhicitta, It will not become a cause for the perfect bliss of unsurpassed awakening, So the wise should generate supreme bodhicitta. Beings are swept along by the powerful current of the four rivers, Tightly bound by the chains of their karma, so difficult to undo, Ensnared within the iron trap of their self-grasping, And enshrouded in the…

The dark clouds of ego ~ Lama Yeshe http://justdharma.com/s/42bix When a strong wind blows, the clouds vanish and blue sky appears. Similarly, when the powerful wisdom that understand the nature of the mind arises, the dark clouds of ego disappear. – Lama Yeshe from the book "Becoming Your Own Therapist: An Introduction to the Buddhist Way of Thought" ISBN: 978-1891868139…

Learning to open our hearts ~ 14th Dalai Lama http://justdharma.com/s/nswqj Recognizing our shared humanity and our biological nature as beings whose happiness is dependent on others, we learn to open our hearts, and in so doing we gain a sense of purpose and a sense of connection with those around us. – 14th Dalai Lama from the book "Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World" ISBN: 978-0771046032…

Following self-cherishing thoughts ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/xw1d2 If you follow self-cherishing thoughts, those thoughts become your identity. Then anger, pride, the jealous mind - all this negative emotional stuff arises. When you let go of the I and cherish others, negative emotional thoughts do not arise. That's very clear. Anger does not arise at those you cherish. – Lama Zopa Rinpoche source: http://www.lamayeshe.com/advice/compassion-quotes