我們需要明白以佛陀作為皈依對象的真正意義，當然我們可以依釋迦牟尼佛作爲對象- 或任何我們認為是神性的形像，這純粹只是一個參考，沒有別的。就好像其他概念一樣 – 它只不過是一種象徵，就好像自己本質的反映。
We need to realise that the idea of taking refuge in the Buddha – of course as a reference point we can think of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni – any form of what we think is a divinity, is simply a pure reference, nothing more. It’s just like any other concept – it is nothing more than a symbol, like a reflection of one’s own genuine qualities.
Karmapa on equality:
The Buddhist theory is that the idea of equality can only come from seeing that there is no need for a great emphasis on a single self, but instead to see that all appearances are there due to causes and conditions, and due to dependencies. There is no particular self that stands out greater or better than the rest. When we focus, when we meditate, we can see this, both logically and from our experience.
可能要將注意力集中在某些善行或好的事情上是困難的，又或者要修習布施或忍辱並非容易。可能會有很多障礙。但是經常修習禪定，身心會變得很靈活、有能力，無論你想專注於什麼，你都可以專注上 – 無論你想要運用什麼，你都能夠輕易地運用上。
It may be difficult to tell the mind to focus on something meritorious or something good, or to practice generosity or apply patience – it is not always easy. There can be many disturbances. But when meditation is applied often and regularly, then both the body and the mind become so flexible, so able, that whatever you try to concentrate on, you will be able to concentrate on – and whatever you try to apply, you will be able to apply without any difficulty.