We often think the only way to create happiness is to try to control the outer circumstances of our lives, to try to fix what seems wrong or to get rid of everything that bothers us. But the real problem lies in our reaction to those circumstances. What we have to change is the mind and the way it experiences reality.
Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
from the book Gates to Buddhist Practice: Essential Teachings of a Tibetan Master
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