"The sun of real happiness shines in your life when you start to cherish others."
-- Lama Zopa Rinpoche --
"Wherever there is Sangha, there I am." -- The Buddha --
"... The qualities of the Dharma are inconceivable ..." -- Buddha Shakyamuni, Heart Sutra --
“For as long as space abides,
And for as long as sentient beings remain,
For that long I shall also remain
And eliminate the sufferings of the infinite sentient beings.”
-- Shantideva --
Your up and down emotions are like clouds in the sky; beyond them, the real, basic human nature is clear and pure.
Be as careful as you can. Our minds are funny. Sometimes we are skeptical of things that are really worthwhile and completely accepting of things that we should avoid. Try to avoid extremes and follow the middle way, checking with wisdom wherever you go.
If you have compassion in your everyday life, you collect the most extensive merit and purify much negative karma in a very short time. Many lifetimes, many eons of negative karma get purified. That helps you realize emptiness.