The vajrayana journey is short and concentrated, but this does not mean that we bypass the hinayana and mahayana. We never really abandon the previous yanas, but we constantly go back and forth.
We keep trying to understand ourselves by realizing the gentleness of shamatha, the wakefulness of vipashyana, the reasonableness of lojong, and the greater warriorship of the bodhisattva path. Beyond that, we have to be willing to surrender ourselves into the state of intoxication of vajrayana.
But we cannot make ourselves intoxicated; it will only happen spontaneously. So working with the basic approaches of the three yanas takes place spontaneously and always.
Chögyam Trungpa – The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness – Shambhala Publications
Ordinary enjoyments are pleasurable in the beginning, but as time goes on, they become an increasing source of torment, If you wrap a strip of wet leather around your wrist, it is fine at first, but as the leather dries and shrinks, it tightens painfully. What a relief it is to cut it away with a knife!
Once you have understood the union of emptiness and the dependent arising of phenomena, you will see clearly how deluded and deceiving the ways of the world really are, and, like an old man forced to play children’s games, you will find them very tiresome. When you realised the utter foolishness of spending your life attached to friends and scheming to subdue your enemies and competitors, you will find it tedious.
Once you have been struck by the pointlessness of letting yourself be forever influenced and conditioned by your habitual tendencies, you will become sick of it… That will inspire you to strive towards liberation – and by striving for it, you will attain it. Samsara will never just disappear on its own. You have to want to get rid of it actively yourself.
~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche