Our hearts become our teachers…

The basic teachings of the spiritual path arise from within our hearts.

When our hearts become our teachers and give us confidence,
spiritual nourishment flows through the heart center
and releases healing energies.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
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Taking refuge in our hearts…

We can find satisfaction anywhere
-a simple walk may give more pleasure than any other entertainment.

But until we open our hearts,
there is little inspiration, inner light, or warmth to sustain us,
for we are constantly undermining ourselves.

Ultimately no one can help us very much unless we take the first step,
listen to ourselves, encourage ourselves, and
give ourselves confidence by taking refuge in our hearts.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
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Our hearts are free…

Once our hearts are open,
all existence appears naturally beautiful and harmonious.

This is not just another fantasy –
it is possible to see or feel this way,
and this is the essence of the spiritual teachings.

The heart reveals all knowledge to us.

Why the heart and not the mind?

Because our egos control our heads, and
our hearts are much more free.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
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Compassion is taking responsibility to help others

[We can wish] to be a loving person with a compassionate heart –
the wish to help others, spontaneously, with no reservations.

Then we can sincerely say to ourselves,
“If there is any way I can learn
to increase my compassion or understanding of humanity,
then I wish to receive that teaching –
whatever it is, wherever it exists –
and take the responsibility to use that knowledge to help others.”

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
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Knowledge and understanding within…

Many of us are looking for ways to understand and satisfy ourselves and others.

If what we learn helps us to grow and progress inwardly, this may be true.

But if it does not,
year after year we can find ourselves in the same dull situations,
following the same dull patterns,
wasting our lives.

So, it is important now to closely observe our lives and learn to
benefit from the knowledge
and understanding which is within ourselves.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
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A humble and fearless attitude of openness and generosity

Without compassion,
thoughts and actions are based on
desire for egotistical or selfish gratification.

But genuine compassion,
which is the antidote to ego,
arises from a humble and fearless attitude
of openness and generosity.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Gesture of Balance