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Working with the world requires some kind of practical intelligence. We cannot just be “love-and-light” bodhisattvas. If we do not work intelligently with sentient beings, quite possibly our help will become addictive rather than beneficial. People will become addicted to our help…sometimes it is best for us to be direct and cutting. The bodhisattva’s approach is to help others to help themselves.

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Taking the bodhisattva vow is an expression of settling down and making ourselves at home in this world. We are not concerned that somebody is going to attack us or destroy us. We are constantly exposing ourselves for the benefit of sentient beings. In fact, we are even giving up our ambition to attain enlightenment in favour of relieving the suffering and difficulties of people…Bodhisattvas and great tathagatas in the past have taken this step, and we too can do so. It is simply up to us…

- Chögyam Trungpa
By taking the bodhisattva vow, we actually present ourselves as the property of sentient beings: depending on the situation, we are willing to be a highway, a boat, a floor, or a house. We allow other sentient beings to use us in whatever way they choose. As the earth sustains the atmosphere and outer space accommodates the stars, galaxies, and all the rest, we are willing to carry the burdens of the world. We are inspired by the physical example of the universe. We offer ourselves as wind, fire, air, earth, and water—all the elements.
- Chögyam Trungpa
Inspired by this instinct, we are willing to feel empty and deprived and confused. But something comes out of our willingness to feel that way, which is that we can help somebody else at the same time.
- Chögyam Trungpa
Do not be afraid of a small beginning, great things come afterwards. Be courageous. Do not try to lead your brethren, but serve them. The brutal mania for leading has sunk many a great ship in the waters of life. Take care especially of that, i.e. be unselfish even unto death, and work.
- Vivekananda
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
- Thorin Oakenshield (via lazyyogi)
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Nonreaction to the ego in others is one of the most effective ways not only of going beyond ego in yourself but also of dissolving the collective human ego.
- Eckhart Tolle (via lazyyogi)
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garywonghc:

Don’t do anything whatsoever with the mind – Abide in an authentic, natural state.…
Don’t do anything whatsoever with the mind - Abide in an authentic, natural state. One’s own mind, unwavering, is reality. The key is to meditate like this without wavering; experience the Great [reality] beyond extremes. In a pellucid ocean, bubbles arise and dissolve again. Just so, thoughts are no different from ultimate reality. So don’t find fault; remain at ease. Whatever arises, whatever occurs, don’t grasp - release it on the spot. Appearances, sounds, and objects are one’s own mind; there’s nothing except mind. Mind is beyond the extremes of birth and death. The nature of mind, awareness, uses the objects of the five senses, but does not wander from reality. In the state of cosmic equilibrium there is nothing to abandon or practice; no meditation or post-meditation period.
— Niguma
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garywonghc:

Don’t do anything whatsoever with the mind – Abide in an authentic, natural state.…

Don’t do anything whatsoever with the mind - Abide in an authentic, natural state. One’s own mind, unwavering, is reality. The key is to meditate like this without wavering; experience the Great [reality] beyond extremes. In a pellucid ocean, bubbles arise and dissolve again. Just so, thoughts are no different from ultimate reality. So don’t find fault; remain at ease. Whatever arises, whatever occurs, don’t grasp - release it on the spot. Appearances, sounds, and objects are one’s own mind; there’s nothing except mind. Mind is beyond the extremes of birth and death. The nature of mind, awareness, uses the objects of the five senses, but does not wander from reality. In the state of cosmic equilibrium there is nothing to abandon or practice; no meditation or post-meditation period.

— Niguma