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Quotes from Buddhist masters of the Kagyu Tradition.
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Being Focused on Our Goals ~ Tai Situ Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/7pxyd So as a meditator, as a practitioner, somehow, even if you have a family, even if you have a job, even if you have a business, and even if you have lots of plans for your life, that is alright, you are not a hundred percent yogi, but you are a yogi in the making, so stop and minimize anything that will make you get lost and wander. That way your time and energy, everything will be efficient and will be focused…

Just appearances ~ Thrangu Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/jyyeg 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. – Thrangu…

A Festival of the Field for Gathering Merit ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/45kc2 Om tara tuttare ture soha. Ah ho, The essential nature of simplicity is the ground's ever pure expanse. When set the enchanting music of a clear and radiant knowing, naturally present. And matured by the jeweled rain of joy descending as the union of the three kayas, The soveriegn one, the ultimate lama, arises remembered in the center of my heart. The enlightened activity of your three gates…

Hope and fear package deal ~ Ponlop Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/anj35 Whenever we put hope in something, we get fear: it's a package deal whether we like it or not! – Ponlop Rinpoche source: https://twitter.com/ponlop

Our true nature and condition ~ Pema Chödron http://justdharma.com/s/yt3dg The Buddha said that we are never separated from enlightenment. Even at the times we feel most stuck, we are never alienated from the awakened state. This is a revolutionary assertion. Even ordinary people like us with hangups and confusion have this mind of enlightenment called bodhicitta. The openness and warmth of bodhicitta is in fact our true nature and condition. – Pema Chödron from the book "The Places That…

Constant unmasking ~ Chögyam Trungpa http://justdharma.com/s/s264h The attainment of enlightenment from ego's point of view is extreme death, the death of self, the death of me and mine, the death of the watcher. It is the ultimate and final disappointment. Treading the spiritual path is painful. It is a constant unmasking, peeling off of layer after layer of masks. It involves insult after insult. – Chögyam Trungpa from the book "The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation" ISBN…

Dream like bondage ~ Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/hmkva "Self-liberation" is like being bound in iron chains in a dream. If you do not know you are dreaming, your bondage appears to be real, you think it is real, and your experience seems to confirm that it is real. But if you know you are dreaming, you know that the iron chains do not truly exist, and so you are not really bound by them. The bondage does not truly exist. In the dream, nothing needs to come along and set…

A single ultimate view ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye http://justdharma.com/s/3epbx The noble ones share a single ultimate view, But arrogant ones bend that to their own interests. Those who show all the teachings of the Buddha as without contradiction can be considered learned people, But who would be foolish enough to think that those who cause discord are holders of the dharma? – Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye source: http://info-buddhism.com/Rime_Movement-Ringu_Tulku.html

Impermanence ~ Mingyur Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/0eokf At first, we may react to the truth of our precious impermanent body by grasping even more tightly to it. When we understand the big gap between what we want and how things actually work, we may feel resigned to begrudgingly accept that everything - including our own body and those of our loved ones - changes, dissolves, and dies. But impermanence isn't just defined by decay, rot, and disintegration. Impermanence allows us to…

Intention ~ 17th Karmapa http://justdharma.com/s/q0gfn Even within buddhism, there are various descriptions of this, but in the mahayana tradition it [is] taught that the main criterion for an action being virtuous or non-virtuous is whether one’s intention is or is not virtuous. If you hold the motivation in your mind to be of benefit to others and that they may come to enjoy temporary and ultimate happiness and well-being, whatever actions of body, speech, and mind you may perform, they…