You might not think your practice has selfish motivations, says Bardor Tulku, but if you take a close look, you may be surprised by what you find.
No one has ever achieved buddhahood through selfishness. If it were possible to achieve buddhahood through a selfish motivation, then we would certainly have achieved it because we are all masters at selfishness. And yet it appears that we have not done so. All buddhas have achieved buddhahood through altruism; all sentient beings remain sentient beings because of selfishness. What does our selfishness consist of? It consists of “i want”: i want pleasure, i want wealth, i want security, and so forth.