“Aspiration means wishing for goodness: good things for others and good things for ourselves. It is another very powerful form of the practice. For example, wish and pray, “May I be able to actualize Dzogchen realization just as Garab Dorje, Manjushrimitra, Shri Singha, Guru Padmasambhava, Vimalamitra, Jnanasutra, and all the other great Dzogchen masters have done. And through this, may I liberate all sentient beings into their ordinary nature. May I, in the simplest way that I can, directly introduce each and every living being to the understanding of their own inner nature.” This is just one example of an aspiration.
Aspire to accomplish every good thing and pray that this happens by the blessings and power of all the buddhas, bodhisattvas, and arhats. Thinking and wishing this from the core of your heart is known as “aspiration.” This is very important. You should always include this at the beginning of your practice, during your practice, after practice, and throughout the day.”
Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches
The Seven Nails: The Final Testament of the Great Dzogchen Master Shri Singha (pg 23)
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