Accepting and loving ourselves

Before we can listen to the higher self within,
we need to learn to accept and love ourselves.

When the heart center opens,
this is the beginning of the path of openness,
compassion, and commitment.

When our hearts are open, no problem is too great. 

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Gesture of Balance

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Gesture of Balance

We are a home of love and compassion

Mind needs a place to rest,
a home in the deepest levels of our being
where it can cultivate and bring forth
its true qualities:
love, compassion, and prajna,
knowledge that encompasses internal and external
and unites all of experience
in a wider field of meaning.

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Teachings from the Heart

Compassion emerges naturally…

The moment we turn the power of observation and inquiry
toward our customary ways of living,
asking how we are using our human heritage of freedom,
we are clearing the ground for growth.

When we cultivate what has positive value,
seeking to contribute to the health of society
and the welfare of all beings,
we are turning the soil.

When we let compassion emerge naturally
in response to the overwhelming suffering of others,
we are planting the seed.

When we respond from the bottom of our hearts
with the resolve to put an end to this suffering,
we are beginning to generate the mind of enlightenment.

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Enlightenment is a Choice

Compassion is like sunlight…

Compassion is open, free, and limitless.

Indescribable and utterly beyond intellectual comprehension,
it responds to any situation spontaneously and without calculation,
yet in a way that enlightens and transforms.

Indeed, compassion may be compared to sunlight,
since it wakens and brings joy to beings;

compassion is also like a rainbow,
its ineffable beauty lifting the hearts of all who see it.

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Hidden Mind of Freedom

Fostering lightness, joy, and compassion…

The density of confusion and pain can be transmuted into contemplation and fullness.

We need simply to relax, allow our breathing to become calm,
and watch our experience mindfully, without judgment.

In this way we learn to foster lightness, joy, and compassion in our lives,
instead of resistance and disappointment.

Over time, we become naturally cheerful and find meaning in whatever we do.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Hidden Mind of Freedom

Inner conviction and confidence

When heart and mind stand for what is worthwhile, they are no longer subject to external pressure. Action that flows from love and appreciation, rather than from fear and anxiety, has a dynamic and long lasting influence on others.

The courage to act arises from caring for a good purpose and from inner conviction and confidence. When appreciation is transformed into action, compassion flows forth as skillful means engaged in the world.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Enlightenment is a Choice