Since all habit belongs to either the deluded panic of samsara or the noble path of enlightenment, it is best to develop the positive habit of the path of enlightenment that always creates the positive energy of love and faith, until we attain the selfless appearance of the buddhas. - Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, "Continuous Mind"
Simply by turning on the light, you can instantly destroy the darkness. Likewise, even a rather simple analysis of ego-clinging and afflictive emotions can make them collapse. By suppression we may temporarily subdue our afflictive emotions, but only an investigation of their true nature will completely eradicate them.
—Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, “An Investigation of the Mind”
In painting, as in any art, we can escape the prison of our minds and connect with what transcends ordinary perceptions. And just as a body of water stays still while a wave-form moves through it, consciousness remains stable despite the constant motion and flow of our thoughts.
—Fredericka Foster, “Spotlight On: Fredericka Foster”
This mind that we identify as the self, which we could call ego-mind, controls everything we do. Yet it can't actually be found—which is somewhat spooky, as if a ghost were managing our home. The house seems to be empty, but all the housework has been done. The bed has been made, our shoes have been polished, the tea has been poured, and the breakfast has been cooked.
When you are road tripping to Santa Fe, one is obligated to pay homage to Georgia O'Keefe, when one finds a picture of Georgia O'Keefe on a Knucklehead (1944 photo), one is then obligated to post it in front of the Kiva style fireplace, in one's room.