“There are many different ways to apply and actualize our motivation, including doing good things for others in ways that immediately increase their joy, peace, and happiness. Listening, contemplating, and meditating on the teachings also helps actualize our motivation. This helps reflect these beautiful intentions into our actions of body and speech to benefit, help, and reach out to others. We can do this in very simple ways with our family members, friends, and sangha members—we don’t have to raise up bodhichitta only for strangers we don’t know. We can start right here with our own close ones. This motivation is particularly important to remember and keep in our heart when we are actualizing this most famous, direct, and profound teaching of Dzogchen. This teaching is the heart drop of many millions of wisdom dakinis, and the heart practice of all the buddhas who came, are coming, and will come.
Of course, in practicing, contemplating, and studying the Dzogchen teachings, we should also feel great joy and happiness in doing this together. We are bringing the light of love, compassion, and wisdom to everyone in the most simple and powerful way. This is the foundation of our practice, and from there we move to the main practices of Trekcho and Togal. We have gone through the essential meaning of these teachings, but while we’re practicing them we should also continue to maintain our joy, devotion, courage, and commitment. We should never neglect or become lazy about our beautiful motivation.”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
Supreme Wisdom: Commentary on Yeshe Lama (pgs 357-358)
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