I don’t like happiness, I like suffering:
If I am happy, the five poisons increase.
If I suffer, my past bad karma is exhausted.
I don’t value high positions, I like low ones.
If I am important, my pride and jealousy increase;
If I am lowly, I relax and my spiritual practice grows.
The lowest place is the seat of the saints of the past.
quoted in the book The Heart of Compassion: The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva
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Further quotes from the book The Heart of Compassion:
- Phenomena adorn emptiness, but never corrupt it
- Just projections of the mind
- Protecting ourselves from future suffering
- The only thing that is really worth doing
- The three aspects of diligence
- The magnifying glass of your faith and devotion
- Accepting short-term sufferings
- Cutting through subtler misconceptions
- Practice day and night
- No greater obstacle to Dharma practice
- No more than an empty echo
- Before it is too late
- Never stop thinking about how to gain liberation
- The importance of relative bodhicitta
- The children of the buddhas
- Giving and taking
- Seeing clearly how deceiving the ways of the world are
- The best opportunity to put the teachings into practice
- Neither discouragement nor pride