"Merely meditating on deities or reciting mantras is not the way to carry out effective practice, and you should not do things this way. The lamrim is the basis of an effective practice; and within this, the practice of Bodhichitta is mandatory. If, lacking bodhichitta, you spend your entire life on some empty mountain, whatever other meditations you do will be merely perfunctory, and you will not get a whit closer to buddhahood." - Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand by Trijang Rinpoche. http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Liberation-in-Palm-Your-Hand/book--PZgWtWoHkGJPIU9aB047A/page1.html Thank you Alexis for sharing this quote this morning.