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Accompanying in the moment of death

To put it simply, what is important when the moment of death comes is that you are helping somebody to create an environment whereby it may be the only moment when they can come to terms with death.
- by Sogyal Rinpoche
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Analytical meditation

Meditation is the mind that concentrates on a virtuous object, and which is the main cause of mental peace. The practice of meditation is a method for acquainting our mind with virtue. The more familiar our mind is with virtue, the calmer and more peaceful it becomes.
- by Kelsang Gyatso
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Shambhala Meditation

Meditation practice begins by sitting down and assuming your seat cross-legged on the ground. You begin to feel that, by simply being on the spot, your life can become workable and even wonderful. You realize that you are capable of sitting like a king or queen on a throne. The regalness of that situation shows you the dignity that comes from being still and simple.
- by Chögyam Trungpa
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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

Various traps that spiritual practitioners fall into are investigated — such as confusing temporary bliss or tranquility with the awakened state of mind, or succumbing to the subtle maneuvers that ego makes to appropriate spiritual techniques and ideas to its own purpose.
- by Chögyam Trungpa
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Divorce

To adopt a virtuous frame of mind, a wholesome attitude, is good; it is regarded as a valid method. Similarly, avoiding a negative attitude or an unwholesome frame of mind is good; it is also re garded as a valid method. But neither of these are enough to be free from samsara.
- by Chögyi Nyima Rinpoche
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No samsara apart from thoughts

The great master Nagarjuna said, “There is no samsara apart from your own thoughts.” Samsara is based on thought; samsara is made by thought. A thought includes attachment and aversion. A thought by its very nature involves an attitude of selecting and excluding. Every thought is hope and fear.
- by Chögyi Nyima Rinpoche
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A spiritual person

n our life, the greatest good we can do is to work for the welfare of infinite sentient beings. Therefore, generate this noble attitude: “I will study the Dharma and apply it in practice to establish all sentient beings in the supreme state of irreversible and unsurpassable enlightenment. To do so, I will learn, reflect and practice meditation.”
- by Chögyi Nyima Rinpoche
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Introductory Teachings

All our various experiences and dreams are simply the magical display of our thoughts. Until our thoughts are cleared away and dissolve, karma and disturbing emotions will not end. It is important to understand that thoughts themselves are karma and disturbing emotions.
- by Chögyi Nyima Rinpoche
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born into a peasant family in a small village in north-eastern Tibet. His Holiness was recognized at the age of two as an incarnation of Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion. He began his education at six and completed his Doctorate of Buddhist Philosophy in 1959.
- by Rajiv Mehrotra
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Choosing a Guru

In our Buddhist tradition, someone becomes a guru only in relation to a disciple. There is no special authority to qualify someone as a spiritual teacher. You are a teacher because you have students.
- by The Dalai Lama
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Compassion attitude vs. selfish attitude

Analytical meditation is one of the key methods to transform the mind and the emotions and it has brought me inner peace and strength. Such a method allows one to also change perceptions and attitudes towards one’s self, others and to immediate problems.
- by The Dalai Lama
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Sitting and guided Meditation

Before we begin our sitting meditation it is essential that we prepare ourselves and the room in which we sit. The room should be clean and very beautiful. And for us is often good to have a period of silence before starting.
- by Thich Nhat Hanh
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The Thirteen Mindfulness Trainings

The Thirteen Mindfulness Trainings form the moral guidelines to develop harmony in any simple community. Every moment of our lives gives us the chance to put them into practice.
- by Thich Nhat Hanh
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The Future of Buddhism

Jamyang Khyentse also saw that the Dharma would come to the West. He told not long before he passed away: ‘From now on, the Buddhadharma will spread further, in the West.’ At any rate, the challenge of our time is to steer a course between the standards of tradition and the perceived demands of a new situation.
- by Sogyal Rinpoche
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Teachings

Our own direct experience with Ayahuasca is our best teacher. However, reading, writing, discussing with others and our own practice are the best means of understanding our own experience clearly and in depth.
- by Thich Nhat Hanh
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