The nature of everything is illusory and ephemeral.
Those with dualistic perception regard suffering as happiness,
like they who lick the honey from a razor’s edge.
How pitiful are they who cling strongly to concrete reality:
Turn your attention within, my heart friends.
Nyoshul Khen Ripoche
We say that the sun is behind the clouds,
but actually it is not the sun but the city from which we view it that is behind the clouds.
If we realized that the sun is never behind the clouds,
we might have a different attitude toward the whole thing.
Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control.
We can love and care for others but we cannot possess our children, lovers, family, or friends.
We can assist them, pray for them, and wish them well, yet in the end their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our wishes.
When we sit and practice,
we begin to see what is known as the transparency and impermanence of time and space.
We begin to realize how much we are dwelling on our little things.
And we also realize we cannot catch any of it and build a house on it.
We cannot even lay the foundation.
The whole thing keeps shifting under our feet, under our seat.
The rug is being pulled out from under us completely,
simply from that experience of working with ourselves.
Nobody is pulling it, but we find that the rug moves constantly.
So we begin to feel that we are moving.
In the midst of clouds of impermanence and illusion,
dances the lightning of life.
Can you say you won’t die tomorrow?
Practice the Dharma.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche