Thursday, December 31, 2020

Spontaneity - 048

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Analysis of the concept of “spontaneity”

Spontaneous manifestations, functionalities and qualities -- inseparable from the Ground -- Very preliminary analysis, do not post --


Note: What is “spontaneous”? The Ground, Fruition, and Enlightened Unconditioned Activities / Functionalities / Qualities of a Buddha (ex. spontaneous pure activities for the benefits all all sentient being; responding openly and spontaneously in the present moment; pure direct perception like reflections on a stainless mirror; spontaneous unconditioned non-conceptual non-dualistic actions without any di-vision between the three spheres; actions without any grasping / attachment / slavery / ignorance / conditioning / karma.

  • In samsara, everything is said to be conditioned, caused / produced, co-dependent, dependent on the self-conditioning / karmic cycle / the cycle of the three spheres. Everything is manifestation of delusion.

  • In nirvana: With the direct wisdom of awareness of the true nature of the Ground / Reality, everything is purified / transcended / transmuted. All entities are seen as already, primordially, equal / non-dual, pure, perfect, divine. All relations / actions are also seen as already, primordially, equal / non-dual, pure, perfect, divine.

  • And all personal activities become “spontaneous enlightened activities”; all personal relations / functionalities / qualities are realised to have been always present from the beginning, primordial, spontaneously present within the basis / Ground, inseparable -- like the rays with the sun. ex. Rigpa, pure primordial self-arising self-knowing awareness; creativity; immeasurable loving-kindness, compassion, joy / bliss, equanimity; the five wisdom; ...

So, “spontaneous” means spontaneously present, unproduced, unconditioned, untainted, free from all conditioning or karma, inseparable from the source or Ground or Buddha-nature or Genuine-Emptiness.

So, are the pure manifestations of the Ground dependently co-arisen or spontaneous?
Is there still some minimal order or total chaos? Is there absolute freewill in a Buddha?

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Quotes

All-encompassing spontaneity ~ Saraha (hidden spontaneity / freedom -- meaning already present, inseparable with the source)

Though the house-lamps have been lit,

The blind live on in the dark.

Though spontaneity is all-encompassing and close,

To the deluded it remains always far away.

-- Saraha

from the book Royal Song of Saraha: Study in the History of Buddhist Thought

https://quotes.justdharma.com/all-encompassing-spontaneity/ 


(i.e. Here, 'spontaneity'  means not created / caused / produced / controlled through intention & effort, self-arisen, unobstructed, free from all of limits / conditioning / karma.
‘All-encompassing / all-pervasive / vast’ means that this covers everything in both samsara & nirvana (subject, relation / action, object).
‘Close’ means easily available. 

So, ‘spontaneity’ is a synonym for ‘the primordial mind -- pure/empty & spontaneously present / dependently co-arisen & relatively functional -- and its spontaneous displays, wisdoms and noble qualities’; or for spontaneous enlightened activities; natural, unintended, creative spontaneity; or for ‘the Ground / the true nature of Reality / Buddha-nature / Dharmata / Genuine-emptiness / U2T’. So, purity & spontaneity covers everything; we just need to realise it.


And what is spontaneous / unconditioned / uncaused / unproduced / unhindered / free from all conditioning / karma: direct perception; awakening / enlightenment; the self-arisen Ground / Mind / Buddha-nature / Genuine-Emptiness / Dharmata / Dharmakaya / U2T, the basis of everything is both samsara & nirvana; Mind’s natural displays, wisdoms & qualities; Buddha’s compassion activities; all dharmas -- body / physical, speech / conceptual, mind / mental fabrications -- subject, relation / action, object … It means the true nature of all dharmas is beyond all description / conceptualisation, discrimination / duality, causality / production, form / matter-energy, space & time.)


(i.e. Here, '๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†'  means not created / caused / produced / controlled through intention & effort, self-arisen, unobstructed, free from all of limits / conditioning / karma. So, here, spontaneity is synonymous with Nirvana.


‘๐—”๐—น๐—น-๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด / ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น-๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ / ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜’ means that this covers everything in both samsara & nirvana (subject, relation / action, object). 


‘๐—–๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ’ means easily available. 


๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ / unconditioned / uncaused / unproduced / unhindered / free from all conditioning / karma: 

-- direct non-conceptual non-dualistic perception / realisation / abiding; 

-- awakening / enlightenment; 

-- the self-arisen Ground / Primordial Mind / Buddha-nature / Genuine-Emptiness / Dharmata / Dharmakaya / U2T, the basis of everything is both samsara & nirvana; 

-- Mind’s natural displays, wisdoms & qualities; 

-- Buddha’s compassionate activities of the body, speech & mind; 

-- the compassionate energy (U2T) of the Ground;

-- all dharmas / appearances -- body / physical, speech / conceptual, mind / mental fabrications -- subject, relation / action, object … 


It means the true nature of all dharmas is ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ all description / conceptualisation, discrimination / duality, ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† / ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป, form / matter-energy, space & time; 

๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€, ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€ & ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ฒ; 

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- not different / separate / multiple / dual, not identical / united / one / non-dual, not both together, not neither;

- not inherently existent, not completely non-existent, not both together, not neither; 

- not permanent / continuous / eternal, not impermanent / discontinuous / annihilated, not both together, not neither;

- not purely objective / physical / body, not purely subjective / mental / mind, not purely relational / process / conceptual / speech, not two or three of them together, not none of them;

- not dependent / caused / produced / functional, not independent / uncaused/SPONTANEOUS/ unproduced / non-functional, not both together, not neither;

- not other-caused / other-arisen, not self-caused / self-arisen / SPONTANEOUS, not both together, not neither;

- not empty, not non-empty, not both together, not neither;

- not dependently co-arisen / interdependent (1st truth), not empty of inherent existence (2nd truth), not both truths together, not neither truth;

- not good / pure / perfect / equal / divine, not bad / impure / imperfect / unequal / ordinary, not both together, not neither;

- not conventional / relative / false, not absolute / universal / true, not both together, not neither;

- not this/that, not non-this/non-that, not both together, not neither.)

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Timeless spontaneity ~ Longchenpa (spontaneous / self-arising / primordial Ground / basis / pure mind -- meaning not produced)

Timeless spontaneity, forever present, is created by no-one; it is the pure mind that like a wish-fulfilling gem is the origin of all our samsara and nirvana.

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-- Longchenpa

from the book Natural Perfection: Longchenpa's Radical Dzogchen

https://quotes.justdharma.com/timeless-spontaneity/ 

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Simply natural qualities of your mind ~ Mingyur Rinpoche (spontaneously existing natural functionalities / qualities like: mental experience, bliss, clarity, and non-conceptuality)

Avoid becoming attached to positive experience if it was peaceful. As with every mental experience, bliss, clarity, and non-conceptuality spontaneously come and go. You didn’t create them, you didn’t cause them, and you can’t control them. They are simply natural qualities of your mind.

-- Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness

https://quotes.justdharma.com/simply-natural-qualities-of-your-mind-mingyur-rinpoche/ 

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HAKUIN

“From the sea of effortlessness, let your great uncaused compassion shine forth.”
"Not knowing how near the truth is, we seek it far away."
“If you want to get at the pristine truth of egolessness, you must once and for all let go your hold and fall over the precipice!”

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Essence of mind ~ Mipham Rinpoche (spontaneously present / unconditioned Ground / pure awareness / Rigpa, with the three qualities of the Ground)

What we call “essence of mind” is the actual face of unconditioned pure awareness, which is recognised through receiving the guru’s blessings and instructions. If you wonder what this is like, it is empty in essence, beyond conceptual reference; it is cognisant by nature, spontaneously present; and it is all-pervasive and unobstructed in its compassionate energy. This is the rigpa in which the three kayas are inseparable.

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-- Mipham Rinpoche

from the book Beyond the Ordinary Mind: Dzogchen, Rimรฉ, and the Path of Perfect Wisdom

https://quotes.justdharma.com/essence-of-mind-mipham-rinpoche/ 

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Mind’s ultimate nature ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche (This Ground / nature of mind -- emptiness endowed with vividness -- is spontaneously present)

Mind’s ultimate nature, emptiness endowed with vividness,

I was told is the real Buddha.

Recognizing this should help me

Not to be stuck with thoughts of hierarchy.

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Mind’s ultimate nature, its emptiness aspect,

I was told is the real Dharma.

Recognizing this should help me

Not to be stuck with thoughts of political correctness.

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Mind’s ultimate nature, its vivid aspect,

I was told is the real Sangha.

Recognizing this should help me

Not to be stuck with thoughts of equal rights.

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One cannot disassociate emptiness from vividness.

This inseparability I was told is the Guru.

Recognizing this should help me

Not to be stuck with depending on chauvinist lamas.

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This nature of mind has never been stained by duality,

This stainlessness I was told is the deity.

Recognizing this should help me

Not to be stuck with the categories of “gender” or “culture.”

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This nature of mind is spontaneously present.

That spontaneity I was told is the dakini aspect.

Recognizing this should help me

Not to be stuck with fear of being sued.

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-- Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

https://quotes.justdharma.com/minds-ultimate-nature/ 

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Possessing the view of realization ~ Padmasambhava (spontaneously present from the beginning / self-arising / primordial / untainted / uncreated / unmoving / unchanging / unceasing Ground / basis / non-dual free pure Mind -- meaning not produced -- like the sun)

“Mind” is discovered to be without something outside or inside. It does not have someone that looks; it is not the act of looking. It is experienced as a great original wakefulness without center or edge, an immense all-pervasiveness that is primordially empty and free. This original wakefulness is intrinsic and self-existing. It is not made right now, but is present within yourself from the very beginning. Decide firmly that the view is to recognize just that! To “possess confidence” in this means to realize that 

like space, mind is spontaneously present from the beginning. 

Like the sun, it is free from any basis for the darkness of ignorance. 

Like a lotus flower, it is untainted by faults. 

Like gold, it doesn’t alter its own nature. 

Like the ocean, it is unmoving

Like a river, it is unceasing

Like Mount Sumeru, it is utterly unchanging.

Once you realize that this is how it is [and stabilize it], that is called “possessing the view of realization.”

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-- Padmasambhava

from the book Advice from the Lotus-Born

https://quotes.justdharma.com/possessing-the-view-of-realization-padmasambhava/ 

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Dharmadhatu ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (Primordially pure and spontaneous Ground / dharmakaya / Buddha-nature)

It is space, ungraspable as a thing.

It is a spotless precious clear crystal.

It is the glow of the lamp of self-luminous mind.

It is inexpressible, the experience of a mute.

It is unobscured, transparent wisdom,

The luminous dharmakaya, sugatagarbha,

Primordially pure and spontaneous.

It cannot be shown through analogy by anyone,

And it cannot be expressed in words.

It is the dharmadhatu, which overwhelms mind’s inspection.

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-- Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

from the book Cloudless Sky

https://quotes.justdharma.com/dharmadhatu/ 

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The Song of Natural Awareness ~ 17th Karmapa (Primordially pure and spontaneous Ground / expanse of all phenomena)

Om Swasti Jayentu.

Primordially pure, the expanse of all phenomena is great bliss.

All signs of elaboration stilled, it is spontaneously present.

In that glad realm, where the joyous ambrosia of the three vehicles is found.

May the sun of naturally arising awareness be victorious.

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-- 17th Karmapa

from the book Music In The Sky: The Life, Art, And Teachings Of The 17Th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-song-of-natural-awareness/ 

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Primordially pure ~ Dudjom Rinpoche (spontaneous manifestations of the source)

From the very beginning, awareness has never been established as being material and having characteristics that can be conceptualized, because its essence is primordially pure, sublime, all-pervasive emptiness. The ocean of realms of phenomena of existence and enlightenment naturally manifest as the display of unobstructed emptiness, like the sun and its rays. Therefore, awareness is neither partial nor a completely empty void because its nature is the supreme spontaneous presence of wisdom and noble qualities.

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-- Dudjom Rinpoche

from the book Wisdom Nectar: Dudjom Rinpoche's Heart Advice

https://quotes.justdharma.com/primordially-pure-dudjom-rinpoche/ 

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The profound significance of being ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (spontaneous manifestations / radiation from the source)

We should learn to see everyday life as mandala – the luminous fringes of experience, which radiate spontaneously from the empty nature of our being. The aspects of our mandala are the day-to-day objects of our life experience moving in the dance or play of the universe. By this symbolism the inner teacher reveals the profound and ultimate significance of being.

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-- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-profound-significance-of-being/ 

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As the Dharma takes birth in your mindstream ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (spontaneously existing natural functionalities / qualities are spontaneously present in non-dual awareness / the Ground)

The teachings of the Dharma have great power, but unless you practice them properly that power will remain merely as a potential which is never expressed. If one has a tool and does not use it, not much will be accomplished. An unused tool is not particularly beneficial in itself. But if you truly put the teachings into practice, as the Dharma takes birth in and grows in your mindstream, all your faults will naturally diminish and all your positive qualities will spontaneously blossom, just as the sun, as it rises higher in the morning, gradually spreads increasing light throughout the world.

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-- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book The Heart of Compassion: The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva

https://quotes.justdharma.com/as-the-dharma-takes-birth-in-your-mindstream/ 

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Awareness is like the light of the new moon ~ Jigme Lingpa (spontaneously existing natural functionalities / qualities like: the five primordial wisdoms are spontaneously present in non-dual awareness / the Ground)

Awareness does not engage with objects of the ordinary mind. It is “self-cognizing primordial wisdom.” This can be illustrated by the “light” of the new moon: a profoundly indwelling luminosity, which does not radiate outward. Therefore, despite the fact that the five primordial wisdoms are spontaneously present in awareness, the latter is without thoughts related to sense objects. By contrast, even when it is still, the ordinary mind nevertheless “moves” and follows after different objects. It is like the light of the moon on the fifteenth of the month, which radiates outward and engulfs everything.

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-- Jigme Lingpa

from the book Treasury of Precious Qualities: Book Two: Vajrayana and the Great Perfection

https://quotes.justdharma.com/awareness-is-like-the-light-of-the-new-moon-jigme-lingpa/ 

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Positive Attachment ~ 14th Dalai Lama (spontaneously existing natural functionalities / qualities like: immeasurable loving-kindness & compassion will arise spontaneously in the person who realizes emptiness -- meaning they are inseparable with the Ground)

If your engagement with others is tainted by strong attachment, craving, aversion, anger, and so forth, then that form of grasping is undesirable. But on the other hand, when you are interacting with other living beings and become aware of their needs or suffering or pain, then you need to fully engage with that and be compassionate. So there can be positive attachment in this sense of active engagement.

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Buddhist masters have long used the term attachment to describe the quality of compassion for others. For example, a verse from Haribhadra’s Clear Meaning Commentary refers to compassion that is attached to other living beings. And as we have seen, Nagarjuna teaches that attachment for other living beings (loving-kindness & compassion) will arise spontaneously in the person who realizes emptiness.

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-- 14th Dalai Lama

from the book From Here to Enlightenment: An Intro

https://quotes.justdharma.com/positive-attachment-14th-dalai-lama/ 

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Compassion ~ Chรถgyam Trungpa (spontaneously existing natural functionalities / qualities like: immeasurable loving-kindness, compassion, joy)

Compassion has nothing to do with achievement at all. It is spacious and very generous. When a person develops real compassion, he is uncertain whether he is being generous to others or to himself because compassion is environmental generosity, without direction, without “for me” and without “for them”. It is filled with joy, spontaneously existing joy, constant joy in the sense of trust, in the sense that joy contains tremendous wealth, richness.

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-- Chรถgyam Trungpa

from the book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

https://quotes.justdharma.com/compassion-chogyam-trungpa/ 

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Without hope for anything ~ 14th Dalai Lama (spontaneous qualities like: immeasurable compassion)

Real compassion is without attachment. Pay attention to this point, which goes against our habitual ways of thinking. It’s not this or that particular case that stirs our pity. We don’t give our compassion to such and such a person by choice. We give it spontaneously, entirely, without hoping for anything in exchange.

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-- 14th Dalai Lama

from the book Violence and Compassion: Dialogues on Life Today

https://quotes.justdharma.com/without-hope-for-anything/ 

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Being in the middle of nowhere ~ Pema Chรถdron (spontaneous qualities like: immeasurable compassion)

The challenge is to stay in the middle rather than to buy into struggle and complaint. The challenge is to let it soften us rather than make us more rigid and afraid. Becoming intimate with the queasy feeling of being in the middle of nowhere only makes our hearts more tender. When we are brave enough to stay in the middle, compassion arises spontaneously.

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-- Pema Chรถdron

from the book The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

https://quotes.justdharma.com/middle-nowhere-pema-chodron/ 

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Mind as it is at that moment ~ Mingyur Rinpoche (spontaneously existing natural functionalities / qualities like: bliss, clarity, or non-conceptuality)

Each flash of bliss, clarity, or non-conceptuality is a spontaneous experience of the mind as it is at that particular moment.

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-- Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness

https://quotes.justdharma.com/mind-as-it-is-at-that-moment/ 

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Losing your ability to respond openly ~ Mingyur Rinpoche (spontaneously existing natural functionalities / qualities like: ability to respond openly and spontaneously to the present moment)

If you chase after thoughts and emotions, if you let them lead you, they begin to define you, and you lose your ability to respond openly and spontaneously in the present moment. On the other hand, if you attempt to block your thoughts, your mind can become quite tight and small.

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-- Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness

https://quotes.justdharma.com/loosing-your-ability-to-respond-openly/ 

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Mind’s innate qualities ~ Mingyur Rinpoche (spontaneously existing natural functionalities / qualities like: mind’s innate qualities)

When your mind is poised naturally between relaxation and alertness, its innate qualities spontaneously emerge.

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-- Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness

https://quotes.justdharma.com/minds-innate-qualities-mingyur-rinpoche/ 

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Unmistaken view ~ Thrangu Rinpoche (spontaneously existing natural functionalities / qualities like: 

When a view is unmistaken, the training in that will be unmistaken as well. And our conduct, our acting upon that view, will be equally unmistaken. When we train in the correct view of Mahamudra, the disturbing emotions and other flaws present within our stream of being will automatically subside. In addition, the good qualities present, the intrinsic qualities of original wakefulness – like loving-kindness and compassion – will spontaneously increase. All this is possible only when the training is unmistaken, and unmistaken training is possible only when the view is unmistaken.

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-- Thrangu Rinpoche

from the book Songs of Naropa: Commentaries on Songs of Realization

https://quotes.justdharma.com/unmistaken-view-thrangu-rinpoche/ 

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An Adamantine Song on the Ever-Present ~ Longchenpa (Spontaneous Ground & Fruition)

To experience the ocean of essence,

resembling the sphere of unchanging space:

free of center and perimeter,

pervading the expanse.

Enlightened mind transcends cognitions!

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Rootless and baseless are appearance

and void, in the self-arisen rikpa

of every perception.

Vivid is the sense of non-cessation:

luminous, the absence of object perception.

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Within the voidness free of class distinction

all appearances dissolve, for their ground is lost;

The rikpa of liberation is spread evenly.

Subject and object are both void,

for their roots are lost.

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The essence of self-arisen wisdom

and all duality are cleansed like the sky;

subjects and objects arise as free from bounds,

as naked dharmakaya!

This is the Great Perfection, free of cognition!

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The self-arisen ground primordially pure,

the ultraversed path supremely swift,

the unsought fruit spontaneously savored,

such is the Great Perfection,

in the radiant dharmakaya.

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This primordial sphere of pervasive essence

is the Great Perfection of samsara

and nirvana; this song of transcending –

beyond cause and effect, beyond all endeavor,

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-- Longchenpa

from the book Songs of Spiritual Experience: Tibetan Buddhist Poems of Insight and Awakening

https://quotes.justdharma.com/an-adamantine-song-on-the-ever-present-longchenpa/ 

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Mirror-like attitude ~ 14th Dalai Lama (stainless unconditioned spontaneous actions -- like direct perception)

It is quite difficult to have an experience of Dzogchen, but once you do have that experience, it can be extremely beneficial in dealing with your day to day life, your job, and your career. This is because that kind of experience will give you the ability to prevent yourself from being overwhelmed by circumstances, good or bad. You will not fall into extreme states of mind: you will not get over-excited or depressed. Your attitude toward circumstances and events will be as if you were someone observing the mind, without being drawn away by circumstances.

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For example, when you see a reflection of a form in a mirror, the reflection appears within the mirror but it is not projected from within. In the same way, when you confront the situations of life, or deal with others, your attitude too will be mirror-like. Also, when a reflection appears in the mirror, the mirror does not have to go after the object that is reflected: it simply reflects, spontaneously, on the surface. The same with you: since there is no attachment or agitation at having these ‘reflections’ in your mind, you will feel tremendous ease and relief. You are not preoccupied by what arises in the mind, nor does it cause you any distress. You are free from conceptuality or any form of objectifying. And so it really does help you, in allowing you to be free from being caught up in the play of emotions like hatred, attachment, and the like.

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-- 14th Dalai Lama

from the book Dzogchen: The Heart Essence Of The Great Perfection

https://quotes.justdharma.com/mirror-like-attitude/ 

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Absolute bodhicitta ~ Mingyur Rinpoche (all sentient beings are spontaneously recognized as perfect manifestation of buddha nature)

Absolute bodhicitta is the direct insight into the nature of mind. Within absolute bodhicitta, or the absolutely awakened mind, there is no distinction between subject and object, self and other; all sentient beings are spontaneously recognized as perfect manifestation of buddha nature.

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-- Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness

https://quotes.justdharma.com/absolute-bodhicitta/ 

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The spontaneous wisdom of the heart ~ Mingyur Rinpoche (spontaneous / self-arising / primordial  compassion / wisdom -- meaning already present, inseparable with the source)

Compassion is the spontaneous wisdom of the heart. It’s always with us. It always has been, and always will be. When it arises in us, we’ve simply learned to see how strong and safe we really are.

-- Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness

https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-spontaneous-wisdom-of-the-heart/ 

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Naturalness ~ 17th Karmapa (spontaneous / natural reactions)

Infants and young children naturally and spontaneously reveal what they feel. They are not held back by inhibitions or enmeshed in habits of deception. One effect of babies’ naturalness is that people feel affection towards them, and this kindness that others show them is necessary for their survival. We find small children adorable and loveable, and we are therefore willing to take care of their needs. People stop to admire them and want to caress and hold them. If they cry, we want to discover why so we can give them whatever they lack. When humans are very young, we are naturally open and straightforward. If a small child sees another playing at something, he or she might walk straight up and join the other in the play. Children unselfconsciously wave at people in passing trains or cars. They do not doubt others’ intentions or seek to deceive them.

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-- 17th Karmapa

from the book Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society

https://quotes.justdharma.com/naturalness-17th-karmapa/ 

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A state of total presence ~ Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
The state beyond all obstacles ~ Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche (spontaneous manifestation of the wisdom of enlightenment, without limits -- just like the infinite rays of the sun -- meaning inseparable with the source)

Enlightenment, or Nirvana, is nothing other than the state beyond all obstacles, in the same way that from the peak of a very high mountain one always sees the sun. Nirvana is not a paradise or some special place of happiness, but is in fact the condition beyond all dualistic concepts, including those of happiness and suffering. 

When all our obstacles have been overcome, and we find ourselves in a state of total presence, the wisdom of enlightenment manifests spontaneously without limits, just like the infinite rays of the sun. The clouds have dissolved, and the sun is finally free to shine once again.

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-- Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

from the book Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State

https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-state-beyond-all-obstacles-namkhai-norbu-rinpoche/ 

https://quotes.justdharma.com/a-state-of-total-presence-namkhai-norbu-rinpoche/ 

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Three yanas ~ Khandro Rinpoche (spontaneous fruition: liberation and compassion)

Practice on the path of hinayana — or sutrayana as it’s called nowadays — is based on self-discipline. Through awareness, discipline, and the ability to discern what is useful and what is harmful, we abandon useless and harmful activities. We could say that the hinayana path of practice is about morality, or self-discipline.

Practice on the Mahayana path, the “path of transformation,” not only keeps us from harming others, it allows us to develop the potential for helping them. Having developed self-discipline, we can expand a disciplined attitude towards the world and begin to involve others on our path. In this way, we can tap into qualities that might actually be helpful and allow us to be of some use to others. Such practices are referred to as the Mahayana path.

Practice on the vajrayana path, the “path of transcendence,” is about training the mind in such a way that transcendence arises. It is training the mind by knowing the nature of mind; and it is knowing the nature of mind by developing awareness of what the mind is. Simply put, the vajrayana trains in awareness of the true nature, such that all falsity collapses. When the true nature is revealed, the ability to transcend our constant attachment to “self” spontaneously arises — thus allowing genuine compassion to spontaneously pervade. This is the vajrayana path of practice.

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-- Khandro Rinpoche

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Natural Perfection ~ Longchenpa (spontaneous / self-arising / primordial natural perfection & joyful creativity)

Ho! The atiyoga of natural perfection! Dzogchen Ati!

The Great Perfection, in its unbiased inclusivity,

actualizes the meaning of self-sprung awareness;

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as the lion overawes all other beasts with his roar,

so the language of Great Perfection commands the gradual approaches;

speaking a tongue of its own, it engenders its own ultimate meaning.

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The land of natural perfection is free of buddhas and sentient beings;

the ground of natural perfection is free of good and bad;

the path of natural perfection has no length;

the fruition of natural perfection can neither be avoided nor attained;

the body of natural perfection is neither existent nor nonexistent;

the speech of natural perfection is neither sacred nor profane;

and the mind of natural perfection has no substance nor attribute.

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The space of natural perfection cannot be consumed nor voided;

the status of natural perfection is neither high nor low;

the praxis of natural perfection is neither developed nor neglected;

the potency of natural perfection is neither fulfilled nor frustrated;

the display of natural perfection is neither manifest nor latent;

the actuality of natural perfection is neither cultivated nor ignored;

and the gnosis of natural perfection is neither visible nor invisible.

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The hidden awareness of natural perfection is everywhere,

its parameters beyond indication,

its actuality incommunicable;

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the sovereign view of natural perfection is the here-and-now,

naturally present without speech or books,

irrespective of conceptual clarity or dullness,

but as spontaneous joyful creativity

its reality is nothing at all.

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-- Longchenpa

https://quotes.justdharma.com/natural-perfection-longchenpa/ 

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An Aspiration to The Great Perfection ~ Dudjom Rinpoche (spontaneous / natural / unintended actions)

May we gain conviction in the view,

wherein samsara and nirvana are the same (in Union).

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May we have consummate skill in meditation,

a natural flow unaltered, uncontrived.

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May we bring our action to perfection,

a natural, unintended, spontaneity.

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May we find the dharmakaya,

beyond all gaining and rejection.

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-- Dudjom Rinpoche

from the book Counsels from My Heart

https://quotes.justdharma.com/an-aspiration-to-the-great-perfection-dudjom-rinpoche/ 

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Eliminating the illusory notion of a self ~ Thrangu Rinpoche (spontaneous compassionate activities of a Buddha)

Because we cling to this notion of a self, we continue to aggrandize this self and work for its benefit. By eliminating the illusory notion of a self, directionless working for all sentient beings occurs spontaneously as in the activities of a Buddha.

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-- Thrangu Rinpoche

from the book The Open Door to Emptiness

https://quotes.justdharma.com/eliminating-the-illusory-notion-of-a-self-thrangu-rinpoche/ 

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At all times and in every situation ~ Longchenpa (spontaneously accomplishing the benefit of yourself and others)

In short, at all times and in every situation, make sure that whatever you do turns into the sacred dharma and dedicate every virtuous action toward enlightenment. By doing so, you will fulfill your guru’s wishes and be of service to the Buddha’s dharma; you will repay your parents’ kindness and spontaneously accomplish the benefit of yourself and others. Please keep this in your heart.

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-- Longchenpa

Mirror to Reflect the Most Essential: The Final Instruction on the Ultimate Meaning

from the book Quintessential Dzogchen: Confusion Dawns as Wisdom

https://quotes.justdharma.com/at-all-times-and-in-every-situation-longchenpa/ 

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Undistracted presence of mind ~ Longchenpa (vast spontaneous self-knowing, free, uncontrived, free of fabrication)

Within the vastness of spontaneous self-knowing, let be freely, uncontrived and free of fabrication. Whatever thoughts arise, be sure to recognize your nature so that they all dissolve as the play of dharmata. Even though you practice in such a way that there is not even as much as a hair tip of a concrete reference point to cultivate by meditating, do not stray into ordinary deluded diffusion, even for a single moment. Instead, make sure that every aspect of your daily activities is embraced by an undistracted presence of mind. Whatever occurs and whatever you experience, strengthen your conviction that they are all insubstantial and magical illusions, so that you can experience this in the bardo as well.

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-- Longchenpa

Mirror to Reflect the Most Essential: The Final Instruction on the Ultimate Meaning

from the book Quintessential Dzogchen: Confusion Dawns as Wisdom

https://quotes.justdharma.com/undistracted-presence-of-mind-longchenpa/ 

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The display of your own intrinsic nature ~ Longchenpa (self-knowing rigpa arises spontaneously, free of all grasping)

In the expanse in which self-knowing rigpa arises spontaneously, free of all grasping, rest and relax, without contrivance or fabrication. Whatever thoughts arise, recognizing their essence, allow them all to be liberated as the display of your own intrinsic nature.

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-- Longchenpa

A Mirror Revealing the Crucial Points: Advice on the Ultimate Meaning

https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-display-of-your-own-intrinsic-nature-longchenpa/ 

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View, meditation, conduct and fruit ~ Longchenpa (spontaneously present fruition)

As your true view, look into the changeless, empty cognizance.

As your true meditation, let your mind nature be as it is.

As your true conduct, let the delusion of dualistic fixation collapse.

As your true fruition, don’t seek the result that is spontaneously present.

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-- Longchenpa

from the book The Life of Longchenpa: The Omniscient Dharma King of the Vast Expanse

https://quotes.justdharma.com/view-meditationconduct-and-fruit-longchenpa/ 

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Knowing of one that frees all ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche (spontaneous accomplishment beyond effort)

Emptiness is the `knowing of one that frees all.’

Emptiness is the supreme king of medicines.

Emptiness is the nectar of immortality.

Emptiness is spontaneous accomplishment beyond effort.

Emptiness is enlightenment without exertion.

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-- Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

https://quotes.justdharma.com/knowing-of-one-that-frees-all-nyoshul-khen-rinpoche/ 

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Homage to Glorious Samantabhadra, the All-Good ~ Longchenpa (bowing to the spontaneous …)

To timeless buddhahood, basic total presence,

To unchanging spontaneity, the spacious vajra-heart,

To the nature of mind – natural perfection,

Constantly, simply being, we bow down.

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-- Longchenpa

from the book Natural Perfection: Longchenpa's Radical Dzogchen

https://quotes.justdharma.com/homage-to-glorious-samantabhadra-the-all-good/ 

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Free ~ Mipham Rinpoche (spontaneously resting in the genuine nature)

If we are not trapped in the mire of mental constructs,

The manifestation of awareness is directly seen,

Free from constructs.

Without tying knots in the air with the rope of speculation,

May we be skilled in spontaneously resting in the genuine nature.

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-- Mipham Rinpoche

quoted in the book Quintessential Dzogchen: Confusion Dawns as Wisdom

https://quotes.justdharma.com/free-mipham-rinpoche/ 

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A profound wish ~ Mingyur Rinpoche (spontaneously moved …)

When we recognize that others experience pain and unhappiness because they don’t recognize their real nature, we’re spontaneously moved by a profound wish for them to experience the same sense of peace and clarity that we’ve begun to know.

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-- Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness

https://quotes.justdharma.com/a-profound-wish/ 

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Commitment to pure Dharma practice ~ Kalu Rinpoche (spontaneous commitment to the dharma)

By understanding death and impermanence, the suffering of samsara and the karmic process, you spontaneously discover a commitment to pure Dharma practice.

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-- Kalu Rinpoche

from the book The Dharma: That Illuminates All Beings Impartially Like the Light of the Sun and the Moon

https://quotes.justdharma.com/commitment-to-pure-dharma-practice/ 

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When ego breaks down ~ Chรถgyam Trungpa (spontaneous meditative state)

Ignorance is the binding factor in the development of ego, but it also has a subtle relationship with the basic intelligence of buddha nature. Ignorance is not solid but is based on sparks or flashes of ignorance operating on some ground. Between two sparks of ignorance is the ground of intelligence on which this process of ignorance is operating. Sometimes, ignorance forgets for a moment to maintain itself, so that the awakened state comes through. So a meditative state of mind occurs spontaneously when, occasionally, the efficiency of ego’s administration breaks down.

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-- Chรถgyam Trungpa

from the book Glimpses of Abhidharma

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Temporary stains ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

When pure gold is covered by dirt it is not obvious that it is gold, even though this dirt is temporary. But once it is removed we realize that the gold is gold. In the same way, when our confusion is purified, the wisdom which is our basic wakefulness is made manifest.

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-- Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

from the book Repeating the Words of the Buddha

https://quotes.justdharma.com/temporary-stains-tulku-urgyen-rinpoche/ 

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Manifestations of the body of the Buddha ~ Dogen Zenji

Handle even a single leaf of green in such a way that it manifests the body of the Buddha. This in turn allows the Buddha to manifest through the leaf.

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-- Dogen Zenji

quoted in the book Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master's Lessons in Living a Life That Matters

https://quotes.justdharma.com/manifestations-of-the-body-of-the-buddha/ 

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You are a wonderful manifestation ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

You are what you want to become. Why search anymore? You are a wonderful manifestation. The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible. There is nothing that is not you. The kingdom of God, the Pure Land, nirvana, happiness and liberation are all you.

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-- Thich Nhat Hanh

from the book No Death, No Fear: Comforting Wisdom for Life

https://quotes.justdharma.com/you-are-a-wonderful-manifestation-thich-nhat-hanh/ 

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Re-awakened ~ 14th Dalai Lama

Rigpa awareness, or Samantabhadra, is a primordially enlightened state, a quality of buddhahood that we all possess from beginningless time. However, this primordial quality of buddhahood is obscured by adventitious mental factors, our afflictions and other thought processes. Through practice, this primordial quality of buddhahood manifests. That is why, when all of the adventitious stains are cleansed, one is said to become re-awakened or re-enlightened.

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-- 14th Dalai Lama

from the book Meditation on the Nature of Mind

https://quotes.justdharma.com/re-awakened-14th-dalai-lama/ 

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Natural Perfection ~ Longchenpa

Ho! The atiyoga of natural perfection! Dzogchen Ati!

The Great Perfection, in its unbiased inclusivity,

actualizes the meaning of self-sprung awareness;

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as the lion overawes all other beasts with his roar,

so the language of Great Perfection commands the gradual approaches;

speaking a tongue of its own, it engenders its own ultimate meaning.

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The land of natural perfection is free of buddhas and sentient beings;

the ground of natural perfection is free of good and bad;

the path of natural perfection has no length;

the fruition of natural perfection can neither be avoided nor attained;

the body of natural perfection is neither existent nor nonexistent;

the speech of natural perfection is neither sacred nor profane;

and the mind of natural perfection has no substance nor attribute.

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The space of natural perfection cannot be consumed nor voided;

the status of natural perfection is neither high nor low;

the praxis of natural perfection is neither developed nor neglected;

the potency of natural perfection is neither fulfilled nor frustrated;

the display of natural perfection is neither manifest nor latent;

the actuality of natural perfection is neither cultivated nor ignored;

and the gnosis of natural perfection is neither visible nor invisible.

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The hidden awareness of natural perfection is everywhere,

its parameters beyond indication,

its actuality incommunicable;

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the sovereign view of natural perfection is the here-and-now,

naturally present without speech or books,

irrespective of conceptual clarity or dullness,

but as spontaneous joyful creativity

its reality is nothing at all.

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-- Longchenpa

from the book Natural Perfection: Longchenpa's Radical Dzogchen

https://quotes.justdharma.com/natural-perfection-longchenpa/ 

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No longer inhibited by ego ~ Bhante Gunaratana

A liberated person will indeed be generous and benevolent, but not because she has been conditioned to be so. She will be so purely as a manifestation of her own basic nature, which is no longer inhibited by ego.

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-- Bhante Gunaratana

from the book Mindfulness in Plain English

https://quotes.justdharma.com/no-longer-inhibited-by-ego-bhante-gunaratana/ 

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Letting be ~ Chรถgyam Trungpa

The method that the Buddha discovered is meditation. He discovered that struggling to find answers did not work. It was only when there were gaps in his struggle that insights came to him. He began to realize that there was a sane, awake quality within him that manifested itself only in the absence of struggle. So the practice of meditation involves “letting be.”

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-- Chรถgyam Trungpa

from the book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

https://quotes.justdharma.com/letting-be-chogyam-trungpa/ 

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Accumulation of merit becoming perfectly pure ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

The master Ashvagosha says:

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All these sources of good that I have accomplished

I dedicate as the cause of the state beyond the world,

Without thoughts related to cyclic existence, or hopes

Of any resulting fame, praise, or happiness, celestial or human.

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Unless all our meritorious actions are backed by the skillful means of compassion and the wisdom of emptiness, they will merely become causes of cyclic existence resulting in cyclic existence. So it is extremely important that our actions be exclusively backed by the wisdom that realizes the profound meaning.

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As we find in The Way of the Bodhisattva,

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When something and its nonexistence

Both are absent from before the mind,

No other option does the latter have:

It comes to perfect rest, from concepts free.

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When we do not have in mind any characterizing thoughts, nor even think of emptiness, which is absence of characteristics, but remain, without remaining, in the state of emptiness — the ultimate nature that transcends both things with characteristics and the mental image of absence of characteristics — the accumulation of merit becomes perfectly pure, as indicated in Introduction to the Middle Way:

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Giving, void of giver, gift, receiver,

Is called a perfection that transcends the world.

The object to which you are offering the Buddhafield, the things you are

offering, and you yourself, the offerer, are from the beginning devoid of real

existence or characteristics, so rest in evenness in the natural state completely free of elaboration, without any concept of subject, object, and action.

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Offering in this way, as an unceasing manifestation of the merely illusory appearance aspect of interdependent arising, will become an unsurpassable source of good, in which generosity and the other transcendent perfections are performed with the eye of wisdom and the two accumulations are united.

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-- Dudjom Rinpoche

from the book A Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom: Complete Instructions on the Preliminary Practices

https://quotes.justdharma.com/accumulation-of-merit-becoming-perfectly-pure-dudjom-rinpoche/ 

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The mandala of our life ~ Pema Chรถdron

Each person’s life is like a mandala – a vast, limitless circle. We stand in the center of our own circle, and everything we see, hear and think forms the mandala of our life. We enter a room, and the room is our mandala. We get on the subway, and the subway car is our mandala, down to the teenager checking messages on her iPhone and the homeless man slumped in the corner. We go for a hike in the mountains, and everything as far as we can see is our mandala: the clouds, the trees, the snow on the peeks, even the rattlesnake coiled in the corner. We’re lying in a hospital bed, and the hospital is our mandala. We don’t set it up, we don’t get to choose what or who shows up in it. It is, As Chogyam Trungpa said, “the mandala that is never arranged but is always complete.” And we embrace it just as it is.

Everything that shows up in your mandala is a vehicle for your awakening. From this point of view, awakening is right at your fingertips continually. There’s not a drop of rain or a pile of dog poop that appears in your life that isn’t the manifestation of enlightened energy, that isn’t a doorway to sacred world. But it’s up to you whether your life is a mandala of neurosis or a mandala of sanity.”

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-- Pema Chรถdron

from the book Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change

https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-mandala-of-our-life-pema-chodron/ 

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Emptiness and dependent origination ~ 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche ***

Mind is by its very nature empty, yet appearances arise from it without obstruction. Out of the unobstructed emptiness of mind the whole range of appearances can manifest without limit. On a relative level, phenomena manifest through dependent origination; this is inseparable from the emptiness of mind, which is the ultimate level. Freedom from extremes is realizing that emptiness and dependent origination are one and do not contradict each other. Confusion lies neither in the appearance of things, nor in the fact that they are manifested by mind, but in one’s own misunderstanding of the emptiness and luminosity of mind.

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-- 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

from the book Cloudless Sky

https://quotes.justdharma.com/emptiness-and-dependent-origination/ 

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Determination to be free of samsara ~ Kalu Rinpoche ***

Be ever mindful of the shortcomings of desire’s rewards, and know that all the phenomena of the cycle of existence are never still, like the ripples on a pond, and that these manifestations of delusion, which are no things in themselves, are like magic and dreams. When you have the determination to be free of samsara and are content with your material situation, you will be able to sit quietly with your mind happy and at ease.

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-- Kalu Rinpoche

from the book Writings Of Kalu Rinpoche

https://quotes.justdharma.com/determination-to-be-free-of-samsara/ 

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The Six Vajra Verses ~ Garab Dorje

The nature of phenomena is non-dual,

but each one, in its own state,

is beyond the limits of the mind.

There is no concept that can define

the condition of “what is”

but vision nevertheless manifests:

all is good.

Everything has already been accomplished,

and so, having overcome the sickness of effort,

one finds oneself in the self-perfected state:

this is contemplation.

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-- Garab Dorje

from the book Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State

https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-six-vajra-verses-garab-dorje/ 

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Empty cognizance ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Try to imagine what it’s like when this moment of empty cognizance suffused with awareness starts to last for a full hour, unbroken. The very first moment of empty cognizance already has the potential for full omniscience, as well as the potential for compassion and loving kindness – the potential ability to protect and help other beings, as well as to manifest the activity that functions for the welfare of all. All these qualities are present, but not fully manifest. The longer this duration lasts, the more the qualities become visible, actualized. They don’t just appear later on, when realization is fully experienced. When the sun rises in the morning, do we have to wait for it to shine for it to be warm and brilliant? Although the noon sun may be stronger than the dawn sun, all of its qualities are present from the very first moment, though they may not be fully manifested. It’s the same in this training. What is essential is to train in order to attain stability.

Please understand that ‘rangjung yeshe’, self-existing wakefulness, is primordially endowed with all perfect qualities. The qualities of enlightenment are not a fabrication or a product. They are not a new achievement, an unprecedented new discovery, or something that we achieve. They are present from the very beginning. It’s like the unchanging brilliance of the sun shining in the sky. It can be obscured by clouds, but these clouds are neither primordial nor intrinsic to the sky; they are always temporary, momentary. What prevents full realization of our innate nature of self-existing wakefulness is the momentary occurrence of thoughts and fixation. Because this occurrence is momentary, it can be cleared away. It’s very important to understand this.

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-- Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

from the book As It Is, Vol. 1

https://quotes.justdharma.com/empty-cognizance/ 

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The Essential Points of Mahamudra, Dzogchen, and the Middle Way ~ Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche

Hey, hey, lucky students, diligent, faithful and smart,

Take a look at mind’s nature –

simplicity unborn

When reference points and signs dissolve in certainty

Don’t strive, strain, or stop, just relax naturally

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Look nakedly at the inexpressible –

Mind’s basic nature, bliss and emptiness

Relaxed, at ease, fixation-free,

All that binds is free in bliss-emptiness

Within this clear light, the dharmadhatu,

Take a look at the play of unborn mind

Mind’s play manifests as appearance-emptiness

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Pure awareness, from beginningless time,

Naturally present, transcending mind –

Thoughts that this view is best dissolve naturally

When we realize mind’s reality.

Then tigles of light and rainbows can shine

But since we don’t think they’re real, these

dzogchenpas are fine!

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-- Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche

translated by Ari Goldfield

https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-essential-points-of-mahamudra-dzogchen-and-the-middle-way/ 

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The Confusion of Dualism ~ Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

But if, through fundamental misperception of reality, the individual enters into the confusion of dualism, primordial consciousness, which is in fact the source of all manifestation (even of dualistic consciousness and, in fact, of all phenomena), itself becomes obscured. The individual’s deluded mind then mistakes the manifestations of its own pure, innate primordial awareness for an external reality existing separately from itself, which it endlessly, and ultimately unsuccessfully, attempts to manipulate, trying in vain to bring an end to the continual underlying sense of dissatisfaction and unease which is the inevitable experience of the obscuration of pure awareness. The experience of underlying dissatisfaction (or ‘dukha’ in Sanskrit) that unavoidably arises with a deluded mind, continues, no matter how ‘successful’ the individual becomes in dealing with his or her world in materialistic terms, until the individual regains the experience of the primordial state.

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-- Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

from the book The Crystal And The Way Of Light: Sutra, Tantra And Dzogchen

https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-confusion-of-dualism/ 

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The most important aspect of practice ~ Tai Situ Rinpoche

Out of all the aspects of practice then, the most important is meditation, because without meditating one cannot attain buddhahood. It is impossible without meditating. This is because what has to be enlightened is our mind, and our mind has the perfect essence in it, as the embodiment of it, and we have to let it manifest. And how can it manifest if we don’t let it manifest? So meditation is letting it manifest, and in this way, meditation is the most important aspect of practice.

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-- Tai Situ Rinpoche

from the book Mahamudra Teachings

https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-most-important-aspect-of-practice/ 

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Just leave it alone ~ Tai Situ Rinpoche

When we have any kind of lust or attachment, which is very natural for all of us, then instead of looking at it as an enemy and as being terrible, or embracing it as wonderful and desirable, just leave it alone and look at that state of mind, which is very noticeable and very clear because of the lust and the desire.

We all try to see our mind but we cannot. This is a totally inappropriate example but somehow it helps you to understand. If there was a ghost and you had some special ghost-revealing dust-powder, if you threw the powder on the ghost you would see a powder body with two or four arms and maybe no head; scary. So it is like that – we cannot see our mind but when it is manifesting as second or third generation, as attachment or anger, we can see it, no problem.

So instead of looking at the emotion as negative or embracing and going after it, just look at it. Then you are able to see the nature of your mind, which is manifesting negatively in a form of attachment, but in essence it is the ‘kuntog thobpa yeshe’ (wisdom of perfect discernment or wisdom of great joy) or ‘nyampa nyi kyi yeshe’ (wisdom or equanimity) or ‘so sor tog pai yeshe’ (discriminating wisdom). That way it manifests and is how you are able to transform it ultimately. But relatively it is also very good.

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-- Tai Situ Rinpoche

from the book Aspiration of Kuntu Zangpo

https://quotes.justdharma.com/just-leave-it-alone-tai-situ-rinpoche/ 

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The practitioner of self-liberation ~ Patrul Rinpoche

The practitioner of self-liberation is like an ordinary person as far as the way in which the thoughts of pleasure and pain, hope and fear, manifest themselves as creative energy. However, the ordinary person, taking these really seriously and judging them as acceptable or rejecting them, continues to get caught up in situations and becomes conditioned by attachment and aversion.

Not doing this, a practitioner, when such thoughts arise, experiences freedom: initially, by recognizing the thought for what it is, it is freed just like meeting a previous acquaintance; then it is freed in and of itself, like a snake shedding its skin; and finally, thought is freed in being unable to be of benefit or harm, like a thief entering an empty house.

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-- Patrul Rinpoche

quoted in the book You Are the Eyes of the World

https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-practitioner-of-self-liberation/ 

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The Unity of Shamatha and Vipashyana ~ Tsele Natsok Rangdrol

Shamatha is generally held to mean abiding in the state of bliss, clarity, and non-thought after conceptual thinking has naturally subsided. Vipashyana means to see nakedly and vividly the essence of mind that is self-cognizant, objectless, and free from exaggeration and denigration. Put another way, shamatha is said to be the absence of thought activity, and vipashyana is recognizing the essence of thought.

Numerous other such statements exist, but, in actuality, whatever manifests or is experienced does not transcend the inseparability of shamatha and vipashyana. Both stillness and thinking are nothing but the display of the mind alone; to recognize your essence at the time of either stillness or thinking is itself the nature of vipashyana.

Shamatha is not to become involved in solidified clinging to any of the external appearances of the six collections, while vipashyana is the unobstructed manifestation of perception. Thus within perception the unity of shamatha and vipashyana is complete.

Vividly recognizing the essence of a thought as it suddenly occurs is shamatha. Directly liberating it within natural mind, free from concepts, is vipashyana. Thus within conceptual thinking shamatha and vipashyana are also a unity.

Furthermore, looking into the essence without solidly following after a disturbing emotion even when it arises intensely is shamatha. The empty and cognizant nakedness within which the observing awareness and the observed disturbing emotion have no separate existence is vipashyana. Thus the unity of shamatha and vipashyana is complete within disturbing emotions as well.

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-- Tsele Natsok Rangdrol

quoted in the book Jewels of Enlightenment: Wisdom Teachings from the Great Tibetan Masters

https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-unity-of-shamatha-and-vipashyana-tsele-natsok-rangdrol/ 

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Being aware of thoughts as they arise ~ Kalu Rinpoche

When you meditate, do not try to have good thoughts, do not try to keep away bad thoughts, do not try to stop thoughts, and do not try to go after them. Rather, rest in a state of being aware of the thoughts as they arise. This way, when bad thoughts arise, they arise out of the emptiness of mind and fall back into the emptiness of mind. The same is true for good thoughts. This same process of examination can be applied to the many other traps of personality and physiology. For instance, are your emotions of desire and anger coming from the same mind, or from different minds? And, as to the sounds, tastes, sights, smells, and sensory experiences which can be so pleasing or displeasing to you, are these coming from the same mind, or from different minds? When you take the time to thoroughly examine such issues, you will eventually come to conclusions that help formulate later stages of realization. In realizing the inherent emptiness of all reality, you will realize that the essence of the mind (which is also empty) pervades all things; as such, it is the seat of dharmakaya. When you recognize that the clarity of the mind is also its natural state of being, you will realize that clarity as such is the seat of sambhogakaya. For a buddha, who rests in natural liberation in dharmakaya, the clarity of mind, the seat of sambhogakaya, allows knowledge of the three times of past, present, and future. In recognizing that the many thoughts that arise in the mind are essentially unimpeded, you will realize that unimpededness as such is the seat of nirmanakaya. It is wholly because of the unimpededness of pure mind that buddhas manifest in forms of ordinary and supreme incarnations in the nirmanakaya state in order to benefit all sentient beings.

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-- Kalu Rinpoche

from the book Gently Whispered: Oral Teachings by the Very Venerable Kalu Rinpoche

https://quotes.justdharma.com/being-aware-of-thoughts-as-they-arise/ 

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Free ~ Mipham Rinpoche

If we are not trapped in the mire of mental constructs,

The manifestation of awareness is directly seen,

Free from constructs.

Without tying knots in the air with the rope of speculation,

May we be skilled in spontaneously resting in the genuine nature.

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-- Mipham Rinpoche

quoted in the book Quintessential Dzogchen: Confusion Dawns as Wisdom

https://quotes.justdharma.com/free-mipham-rinpoche/ 

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Primordially pure ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

From the very beginning, awareness has never been established as being material and having characteristics that can be conceptualized, because its essence is primordially pure, sublime, all-pervasive emptiness. The ocean of realms of phenomena of existence and enlightenment naturally manifest as the display of unobstructed emptiness, like the sun and its rays. Therefore, awareness is neither partial nor a completely empty void because its nature is the supreme spontaneous presence of wisdom and noble qualities.

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-- Dudjom Rinpoche

https://quotes.justdharma.com/primordially-pure-dudjom-rinpoche/ 

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The four levels of obscurations ~ Kalu Rinpoche

The failure of the mind to recognize its own nature is what is meant by the term “ma-rik-pa,” or ignorance, the first level of obscuration or defilement in the mind. As a result of this ignorance, there arises in the mind the imputation of an “I” and an “other,” something that is other than the mind. This dualistic clinging, something that we have had throughout beginningless time and that never stops, is the second level of obscuration, the obscuration of habits. Based upon this dualistic clinging arise the three root mental afflictions: mental darkness, desire, and aggression. Based upon those three afflictions are the 84,000 various mental afflictions, the third level of obscurations, called the obscuration of mental affliction. Under the influence of this, we perform actions that are obscured in their nature – the fourth level, called the obscuration of actions or karma. These four levels or types of obscurations are the cause for all sentient beings to wander in samsara. If these are removed or cleaned, then the inherent qualities of mind’s nature, which we refer to as wisdom or “yeshe,” will naturally manifest and spread like the rays of the sun. The word in Tibetan for the removal of these obscurations, “sang,” means “cleansing,” and the word for the spreading of the inherent qualities of the mind that occurs as a result of that is “gye,” or “increasing.” “Sang-gye,” these two words together, is the Tibetan word for a Buddha. Therefore what is meant by Buddhahood is the recognition and realization of the complete purity of the mind.

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-- Kalu Rinpoche

https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-four-levels-of-obscurations/ 

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Eclipsed by many different obscurations ~ Kalu Rinpoche

Mind is eclipsed by many different obscurations; if they are removed, mind’s fundamental nature, like the sun shining brightly in a clear, open sky, can manifest all the qualities of wisdom, compassion, and a Buddha’s abilities.

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-- Kalu Rinpoche

from the book Luminous Mind: The Way of the Buddha

https://quotes.justdharma.com/eclipsed-by-many-different-obscurations/ 

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The raw material of our existence ~ Pema Chรถdron

The world we find ourselves in, the person we think we are – these are our working bases. This charnal ground called life is the manifestation of wisdom. This wisdom is the basis of freedom and also the basis of confusion. In every moment of time, we make a choice. Which way do we go? How do we relate to the raw material of our existence?

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-- Pema Chรถdron

from the book When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

https://quotes.justdharma.com/the-raw-material-of-our-existence/ 

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Absolute bodhicitta ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Absolute bodhicitta is the direct insight into the nature of mind. Within absolute bodhicitta, or the absolutely awakened mind, there is no distinction between subject and object, self and other; all sentient beings are spontaneously recognized as perfect manifestation of buddha nature.

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-- Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness

https://quotes.justdharma.com/absolute-bodhicitta/ 

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Unconditional expression ~ Chรถgyam Trungpa

There is such a thing

as unconditional expression

that does not come from self or other.

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It manifests out of nowhere

like mushrooms in a meadow,

like hailstones, like thundershowers.

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-- Chรถgyam Trungpa

from the book True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art

https://quotes.justdharma.com/unconditional-expression/ 

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Competing with the projection ~ Chรถgyam Trungpa

Emotions come from frustration. The meaning of emotion is frustration in the sense that we are or might be unable to fulfill what we want. We discover our possible failure as something pathetic, and so we develop our tentacles or sharpen our claws to the extreme. The emotion is a way of competing with the projection. That is the mechanism of emotion. The whole point is that the projections have been our own manifestations all along.

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-- Chรถgyam Trungpa

from the book The Lion's Roar: An Introduction to Tantra

https://quotes.justdharma.com/competing-with-the-projection-chogyam-trungpa/ 

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