In ordinary life, we are under the power of disturbing emotions such as self-importance, anger, and desire. We have no control over these emotions, so they torment us and we suffer. We are their slaves, which is unpleasant.
The purpose of the Dharma is to reverse that situation and to help us master the disturbing emotions – self-cherishing, pride, desire, anger and hatred – that enslave us. Being a master is much better than being a slave. Do not lose sight of this essential point: The aim of the Dharma is to get rid of disturbing emotions, and this is the only way to attain true happiness.
Everyone wants what is best for him or her; nobody wants to be hurt or unhappy. If you want to be kind to yourself, practice the Dharma and free yourself from the inner sufferings and their causes.
~ Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche