Once, In One Sitting

I do not eat in the evening and thus,

am free from illness and affliction

and enjoy health, strength, and ease. […]

I eat my food in one sitting per day.

Doing so, I find that I’m healthy and well,

nimble, strong, and living comfortably.

—Buddha Shakyamuni

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The Measure

Take your entire life as the only measure

for the duration of your practice.

—Dudjom Rinpoche

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Mutuality

Protecting oneself, one protects others;

protecting others, one protects oneself.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, NS 47.19

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Ambrosial Truth

Some may slander, some may abuse; they try to set fire to the heavens with a torch and end by merely tiring themselves out.

I hear their scandal as though it were ambrosial truth; immediately everything melts and I enter the place beyond thought and words.

—Hsuan Chuen

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Trikaya

The Three Buddha Forms (Trikaya) are aspects of your own Buddha Nature.

The Form of Truth, Dharmakaya, manifests your enlightened essence.

The Form of Power, Sambhogakaya, manifests your enlightened qualities.

The Form of Compassion, Nirmanakaya, manifests your enlightened activities. —TN

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Virtue & Clarity

Just as complete darkness that has prevailed for many years can be eliminated by a single lamp, in the same way, the complete darkness of the afflictive emotions that has prevailed for a hundred eons can be eliminated by a single generation of the power of wisdom.

Just as the moon, the sun, or a large precious jewel can dispel all darkness, in the same way, a single virtuous thought endowed with clarity can dispel all the darkness of unknowing.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, The Great Compassion Sutra

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Bossed Around

The less we know about the chattering, muttering voice in our heads that tells us what to do, what to believe, what to buy, which people we should love, and so forth, the more power we grant it to boss us around and convince us that whatever it says is true.

—Mingyur Rinpoche

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Free of Contrivance

The primordial wisdom of emptiness is free of contrivance. It is truly and naturally present within our impure perception and consciousness. When dharmata (intrinsic nature) is covered, obscured consciousness remains as temporary and removable, and the defilements are unreal. Therefore, it is said that ultimate truth is also freed from the two extremes. […]

The nature of primordial wisdom is ever-present and never changes. For that reason, it is not empty of its own nature; it is permanent.

—Taranatha, Great Madhyamaka

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Great Compassion

The compassion of Hearers and Solitary Realizers is compared to skin, the compassion of Bodhisattvas to muscle, and the great compassion of blessed Buddhas to bones and marrow.

Hearer compassion rejoices in Buddha wisdom. Bodhisattva compassion establishes bodhicitta. The great compassion of blessed Buddhas predicts beings to awakening.

The compassion of Hearers relies on love. The compassion of Bodhisattvas relies on bringing beings to maturity. The great compassion of blessed Buddhas relies on bringing them to full maturity.

The compassion of Hearers is discouraged by the effort required. The compassion of Bodhisattvas brings undertakings to completion. The compassion of blessed Buddhas brings success in all undertakings.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, The Great Compassion Sutra

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Undeniable

It is undeniable that generosity yields great wealth.

It is undeniable that discipline leads to rebirth in the upper realms.

It is undeniable that study leads to great insight.

It is undeniable that familiarization (with practice) leads to separation (from ignorance).

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Ratnakuta Sutra: The Universal Gateway

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