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Kindly Bent to Ease Us, Trilogy of Finding Comfort and Ease ངལ་གསོ་སྐོར་གསུམ་

By Longchenpa

In this deep and meaningful summary of Buddhist thought, Longchenpa blends philosophy and experience describing them like water and wetness and showing how they create a practical path to the attainment of enlightenment. Traditionally it's said that Padmasambhava pointed toward the door and Longchenpa opened it.

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Set out on the path to peace by being alert and mindful to the misery of chasing after the fame, fortune, pleasure, and power goals of a belief in a separate self. Quickly conquer this fictitious being and enjoy the feast of life's true meaning.”

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“Authentic presence may have a dream-like quality but it is not dreaming or tied to any purpose but founded on the recognition of reality developing from acceptance and appreciation.”

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“Creative imagination resolves duality into unity and spontaneity, illuminates the ultimate meaning of life, and establishes meaningful being in the now.”

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“Dismiss thoughts that prize so much what is really only food for worms, fire, vultures, and jackals.”

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“Enlightenment sets the mind free and is like returning home from an alien world, like a mother and child huddling together, like a light gathered and beamed onto its source.”

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“It is Being itself that becomes the real teacher as we learn by encountering ourselves in and through others.”

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“Learning is not merely the memorizing of isolated facts but rather a perennial search for values relevant to existence.”

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Themes: Education

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“Like a dream, our actions seem to not be very meaningful or important; but, they bring about all the variety of happiness and suffering.”

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“Love may turn into an inordinate clinging to the love object, compassion can turn into sentimentality and a feeling of helplessness, joy can turn into a feeling of elation and over-excitement that gets lost in unrealistic goals, but equanimity brings us back to solid ground. It’s still vulnerable to apathy but this is countered by love completing the cycle.”

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“Progress on the Path is a reconstitution of our belief in a fictitious self, a transformation of ego being into real, authentic being.”

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“Recognizing the irrelevance of mass propaganda, realization becomes a world-shattering experience as we uproot ego, the familiar fades away, and we lose it's comforting normality.”

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“The meaning of life is not discovered by thinking but by living the very life of meaning with its images, symbols, and concepts.”

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“The most important thing in life is to learn how to live in a way that makes life worth living.”

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Themes: Meaningfulness

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“The root of confused and harmful activity arise from the loss of awareness.”

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“The thought of death prevents us from losing ourselves in the illusions that constantly surround us, brings us back to our true selves, and reminds us of the importance of this very moment.”

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Themes: Illusion

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“The wise are like others in that they are leaders in the world. They are unlike other in that they go beyond the world.”

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“Through kindness you become loveable, through compassion a benefit to others, through joy distinguished, and through equanimity untroubled.”

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