“Your shoulders, arms, neck and ribs can either be a restrictive cage for your heart or an undulating, comforting protector.”
“When we take refuge in the Buddha, we mean the qualities of the Buddha that are inherent within us. We are taking refuge in our own intrinsic enlightenment.”
Ani Pachen survived twenty-one years in Chinese prisons. Now she campaigns for Tibetan freedom, a living symbol of her people’s indomitable spirit.
From “The Innermost Essence” by the great Dzogchen teacher Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798) and translated by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
In American politics, an enterprise too often characterized by adultery, dyed hair and spin doctors, Jerry Brown remains a maverick original.
“Compassion is not a path that is taken because it leads somewhere else. Everything that we encounter, all that we experience, is this path.”
The American writer Thoreau and the Japanese poet Ryokan were quiet men who taught outside of any school, inspiring those who seek the authentic life.
After years of spiritual practice, Jack Kornfield found he had emotional and relationship issues still unaddressed. Since then, he has become a pioneer in joining Buddhist meditation with Western psychology.
“It is one of the perverse virtues of advanced civilization to have transcended repair and renewal.”