Chögyam Trungpa

Meditation is somewhat designed to experience life as it is. Meditating isn’t particularly a big deal. So you shouldn’t make a big deal about what happens in your meditation. It is part of your daily existence. You wouldn’t make a big deal about having had breakfast or that you had brushed your teeth.

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David Guy

Being free of fear is not a matter of never feeling it, but of not being flattened when we do. We can feel it and know it is a natural phenomenon, also an impermanent one, which will have its say and be gone.

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Andrew Olendzki

Changing ourselves involves learning how to develop those states, behaviors, and dispositions that are healthy, while allowing the unhealthy ones to atrophy from neglect… Generosity, kindness, and wisdom can save us from ourselves.

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Ellen Agler

Sympathetic joy is a heartfelt gratification that accompanies the awareness of another’s well-being. It’s a joy entirely devoid of expectations. Instead, it carries one of life’s greatest pleasures: celebrating the happiness of others.

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Bhikkhu Bodhi

The force needed to empower wisdom is compassion. Both wisdom and compassion shift our sense of identity away from ourselves toward the wider human, biotic, and cosmic community to which we belong.

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Enlightenment is always grounded in our own direct experience of mind and its activities, no matter what they may be. When we trust our creative energy, we encounter a supreme kind of enjoyment—an amazement at the natural unfolding of life beyond our ordinary way of looking at things.

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Chögyam Trungpa

In terms of the future being open space, there is no security in the future—or in the present, either. There’s no security, and there’s no entrapment. It is a free situation. The negative and the positive aspects coexist all the time. Death and birth are happening all the time.

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Brad Warner

Our practice exposes us to the underlying reality of the universe. And that underlying reality is not just dead matter interacting at random. There is order and beauty and truth. And our universe is fully alive. We ourselves are expressions of that life, order, beauty, and truth.

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Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

The taste of freedom that pervades the Buddha’s teaching is the taste of spiritual freedom, which from the Buddhist perspective means freedom from suffering. In the process leading to deliverance from suffering, meditation is the means of generating the inner awakening required for liberation.

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Andrew Olendzki

When the tug of sense desire and aversion has been quieted, when restlessness and sluggishness have been balanced out, and when doubts are put aside for a time, the mind is able to attend to experience more openly and with much greater freedom.

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