The Trick


“Always recognize the dreamlike qualities of life and reduce attachment and aversion. Practice good-heartedness toward all beings. Be loving and compassionate, no matter what others do to you. What they will do will not matter so much when you see it as a dream. The trick is to have positive intention during the dream. This is the essential point. This is true spirituality.”  ~Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche (source)




“It’s all a dream we dreamed, one afternoon long ago…”  ~Robert Hunter


Keep On Truckin’

“After you have practiced for a while, you will realize that it is not possible to make rapid, extraordinary progress. Even though you try very hard, the progress you make is always little by little. It is not like going out in a shower in which you know when you get wet. In a fog, you do not know you are getting wet, but as you keep walking you get wet little by little. If your mind has ideas of progress, you may say, ‘Oh, this pace is terrible!’ But actually it is not. When you get wet in a fog it is very difficult to dry yourself. So there is no need to worry about progress.”  ~Shunryu Suzuki (source)


“Our emotions propel us through extremes, from elation to depression, from good experiences to bad, from happiness to sadness: a constant swinging back and forth. Emotionality is the by-product of hope and fear, attachment and aversion. We have hope because we are attached to something we want. We have fear because we are averse to something we don’t want. As we follow our emotions, reacting to our experiences, we create karma: a perpetual motion that inevitably determines our future. We need to stop the extreme swings of the emotional pendulum so that we can find a place of centeredness.” ~Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche  (source)

What do we really trust?

“We talk about blind faith in religion, but actual blind faith exists in our everyday world. What do we really trust? We trust our senses, our perceptions, our culture, our thoughts ― completely, one-pointedly, and blindly. We trust these more than we trust religion.

“The idea of having blind faith in religion is totally a myth. The real blind faith exists in our worldly existence. We trust anything that is within the range of experiences of our mind, whether they are perceptual or conceptual.”  ~Ponlop Rinpoche (source)

Nothing Unchanging

“If our body really belonged to us, it would obey our commands. If we say, ‘Don’t get old,’ or ‘I forbid you to get sick’ does it obey us?  No!  It takes no notice.  We only rent this ‘house,’ not own it.  If we think it does belong to us, we will suffer when we have to leave it.  But in reality, there is no such thing as a permanent self, nothing unchanging or solid that we can hold on to.”  ~Ajahn Chah (source)

That Unending Back-And-Forth

“That’s one of the good things about the path. You’re never committing yourself to suffering forever. You can always say, ‘I’m out of here.’ This is not a question of irresponsibility. You’re taking your contribution to the troubles of the world and you’re removing it. That’s a choice that each person has to make for him or herself alone. We’re the ones who choose to get involved, so we’re the ones who have to choose to say, ‘I’m out of contributing to that particular problem. I’m out of that unending back-and-forth. I want to focus on the real problems, the real causes of stress and suffering in life.'” ~Thanissaro Bhikkhu

At first I thought the translator may have taken a few liberties, but it turns out Thanissaro Bhikkhu is an American baby-boomer.  😀