As we decide how we change,
we are responsible
for who we change into.
Despite my limited experience, I am convinced that with regular training, it is quite possible to transform one’s mind in a positive way, cultivating thoughts, attitudes, and tendencies that are beneficial to oneself and others, and reducing those that are harmful.
What we call ‘mind’ is a very curious phenomenon. Sometimes it is rigid and resistant to any change, but it can also become very flexible provided we make constant efforts to transform it and become convinced, by reflection, that this change is not only possible but necessary. For that it is not enough to make wishes or prayers. There has to be reasoning based on experience. And we cannot expect this transformation to happen overnight because our old habits resist any kind of quick solution.
– The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
On The Path To Enlightenment: Heart Advice From The Great Tibetan Masters
Compiled By Matthieu Ricard