Thoughts in themselves are self-liberating ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

“When we recognize a thought, that recognition alone will not liberate it. It is not that we should not recognize it; it must be recognized. But then when recognizing it, without grasping at the thought, the basis from which it arises – the unaltered natural state of mind pointed out by our teacher – should also be recognized.

When we look at that recognition, the strength of the thought is broken, and the recognition of the intrinsic nature becomes stronger. Then no reaction can be produced. Once we cease producing a reaction, since thoughts in themselves are self-arising and self-liberating, we will find the source of that liberation.

Being taken in by a thought is like being afraid of a man wearing a lion’s mask. But if we know that the nature of thoughts is emptiness, like realizing that it is only a man [woman] wearing a mask, the strength of the thought will be broken and we will naturally relax.”

~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Oral Instructions on ‘Three Words That Strike The Vital Point’ – on Action – Collected Works, Vol III pg 651 – Shambhala

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Spiritual development cannot be ignored ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

People don’t believe in rest. They are so afraid of delaying anything, and they always have to rush. This automatically seeds extreme nervousness, frustration and fear, so when they age, they are more unhappy and depressed. They can no longer deal with the material world in the same way because their physical energy is decaying, yet reminiscence of their youth continues in their minds.

It is very difficult to help them through substance, and their misery cannot be cured easily because of their lack of spiritual development. So, spiritual development cannot be ignored, in order to always have a positive life until attaining enlightenment.

~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

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“Ordinary Mind” in Mahamudra

The Mahamudra path begins with developing a clear conceptual understanding of mind’s ultimate nature. Laying that ground of knowledge is very important. On the basis of that understanding, or view, we begin our actual journey.

From the Mahamudra point of view, the nature of our mind is completely enlightened right from the beginning, and it is known as ordinary mind. In this context, “ordinary” does not refer to mundane consciousness – a mind that is totally caught up in this world of samsara.

Ordinary mind refers to mind that is not fabricated in any way. It is the natural or fundamental state of our mind, totally free from all conceptual elaborations. It is the best part of mind. When we experience this ordinary mind, we experience buddha mind.

It does not matter how our mind is manifesting. Whether our thoughts and emotions are positive, negative, or neutral – that mind, in its essence, is totally free from all dualistic fixations.

~ Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Quoted from an article in Lions Roar: “Pointing Out Ordinary Mind”
By Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
August 15, 2018

Shared by Erik Jensen🙏

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Recognising the true nature of mind

Samsara is mind turned outwardly, lost in its own projection.
Nirvana is mind turned inwardly recognising its nature.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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For The Simple Meditator ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

For this type of person, the main point of the Buddha’s teaching involves nothing more than understanding the difference between recognizing and not recognizing mind-essence.

Not recognizing is samsara, while recognizing is nirvana or liberation.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Quintessential Dzogchen 💎🌹

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[Liberation of mind is freedom from the two extremes…]

In the King of Samadhi Sutra, the Buddha said:
Existence and non-existence are extremes,
Purity and impurity are extremes as well,
Thus, having relinquished both extremes,
The wise do not dwell even in the middle.

Nagarjuna wrote:
To say “it is” – is a conception of permanence,
To say “it is not” – is a view of nihilism,
Therefore the learned should dwell
In neither existence nor non-existence.

The connection between compassion and wisdom

The connection between compassion and wisdom goes deep. In fact, they are like identical twins. Each mirror the other. And each enrich the other.

On a deeper level they share the same meaning.

The deepest level of suffering is the all-pervasive conditioned suffering of taking things, including ourselves, to exist on their own, from their own side, independent of the mind. This is a grave error filled with myriad contradictions.

Wisdom that counteracts this error is the wisdom realizing emptiness. Realizing emptiness then destroys the deepest level of suffering. This is the same meaning of compassion, the wish and action to destroy all levels of suffering. Emaho!

~ Barry Kerzin

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It’s not the appearance that binds you ~ Tilopa

It’s not the appearance that binds you. It’s the attachment to the appearance that binds you.

~ Tilopa

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Get out of the construction business! ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Stop building bridges across the raging waters of samsaric existence, attempting to reach the “far shore,” nirvana.

Better to simply relax, at ease and carefree, in total naturalness, and just go with the primordial flow, however it occurs and happens.

And remember this: whether or not you go with the flow, it always goes with you.

~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

*** from the book “Natural Great Perfection: Dzogchen Teachings And Vajra Songs”

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Just look within (presence as discipline) ~ Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

In ordinary situations, you can catch yourself, and just be awake. Just look! Don’t reconnect with your stitchery all over again.

Occasional gaps are nice and fresh. Each moment of openness is an opportunity. If you sneeze, try to be awake after you sneeze. Don’t just grab a tissue right away, but allow yourself a little gap, a little space, which has a kind of spark and delight in it. It is the starting point of mindfulness.

According to the Buddha, when you are being mindful, walking is mindful, talking is mindful, breathing is mindful, feeling is mindful, hearing is mindful, sensation is mindful. Mindfulness is not regarded as a tax on your sense perceptions. You don’t need to work harder to feel more than you usually feel, or to hear more than you usually hear. Rather, mindfulness is extra bliss.

I am not trying to make a sales pitch for mindfulness, but it is somewhat joyful. You realize that you could be so uplifted by being mindful. You begin to feel very good that you could rise beyond your regular, ordinary struggles, which don’t require awareness, but give you tremendous pain, misery, and mindlessness.

~ Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The Path of Individual Liberation – Shambhala Publications

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The power of oneness ~ HH the Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

The power of oneness, that is to say unity, begins as an internal experience. It comes from the mind’s way of thinking or discerning.

~ HH the Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

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Just Practice ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

“The life of great practitioners repeatedly demonstrates that to maintain Dharma practice one does not have to renounce the world. Nor is it necessary to renounce the Dharma to remain involved in the activities of the world. It is possible to integrate both things into one life.

Gradually, new priorities and a necessary balance appear. In my life I have witnessed four people reach the rainbow body at the time of death; they did not live in monasteries, but lived with their families.

When I was twenty-two, I saw a man reach the rainbow body, and most people didn’t even know he was doing spiritual practice.

There is no need for any external display to succeed in the spiritual path. It is not the body that we alter to become enlightened, it is the mind.

You can embrace a hermit’s lifestyle, abandon your preoccupation with food, clothing, wealth, friends, family, home, and move to a mountain by devoting yourself entirely to meditation. This is a perfectly valid mode.

In Vajrayana, however, there is another way. Your outer life continues in the usual way.
You do not leave your home, renounce anything, but never depart from virtue, never depart from Dharma, the intention to bring benefits, or wisdom.”

~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

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Is your practice going right or wrong…?

“If your meditation and your afflictions stay in two different places,
– then your practice is going wrong.

If your meditation can dispel your afflictions,
– then you are doing the right practice.”

~ Khenpo Munsel to Garchen Rinpoche while in Chinese Communist prison

From: “The Lama of Many Lifetimes. Touching the Living Heart of Garchen Rinpoche”
Book Two – Perfection of Liberation (1958 – 1980)
By Sue-Sue Tâm Bào Dàn

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Inner awareness

Go back and take care of yourself.
Your body needs you, your feelings need you,
your perceptions need you.

Your wounded child in you needs you.
Your suffering needs you to acknowledge it.
Go home and be there for all these things.

Practice mindful walking and mindful breathing.
Do everything in mindfulness so you can really be there,
so you can love. [impartial, immeasurable love/ not limited]

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Love is the center of human life ~ HH Dalai Lama

Without love, our society is in a very difficult state; in the future, we will face tremendous problems. Love is the center of human life.

~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

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A compassionate-based society.

Inner being ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

People should learn how to just be there,
doing nothing… [connecting within, allowing – inner awareness to open]
It’s not so easy to just be.
If you can be happy, relaxed and smiling when you’re not doing something,
you’re quite strong.
Doing nothing brings about a quality of being, which is very important.
So doing nothing is actually something.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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The mind is a TV with many channels ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The mind is a TV with many channels. On one channel all you see are problems, problems, problems. But if you turn to another channel, you will see everything as empty. On some other channel you’ll see only fighting and killing. There are many different programs!

It is very important to remember that life appears to you according to your interpretation, according to your channel. If you change to the tantric channel, you can see everything as pure: yourself as Buddha and the place as a mandala. And there’s another channel where everything looks hopeless.

It is actually very good to understand this, because you then know that the mind-channel you want is in your hands. How you want your life to be—full of problems or full of happiness—is completely in your hands. It all depends on what you do with your mind.

Everything—samsara or liberation, hell or enlightenment—depends on what you do with your mind. And even in everyday life, everything—harmony or disharmony, happiness or unhappiness—has to do with the channel you choose.

So, we have incredible freedom. Not only because the nature of mind is pure in the sense of being clear and knowing and not being one with delusions, but especially because at this time we have received a perfect human rebirth, which gives us every opportunity to develop our mind.

We can cease all faults and sufferings and achieve the highest happiness, the complete peace of mind of full enlightenment. We have all these opportunities. By having this perfect human rebirth and developing our mind in the graduated path to enlightenment, in method and wisdom, we can also free every sentient being from all suffering and obscurations and lead them to enlightenment, the greatest peace of mind.

It is extremely important not to waste our life. As much as possible, we should apply all our effort so that we don’t have any regret later when we die.

~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

in 𝗧𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝗗𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲

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The Preciousness of Compassion ~ Garchen Rinpoche

“Through Bodhichitta you will realize that there is no self. Self-grasping will be destroyed, for when you think of others you do not think about yourself. Ultimately ‘self’ and ‘other’ are but thoughts. When we understand that we are not separate from others, we begin to fathom the preciousness of compassion, of Bodhichitta.”

“If you receive empowerment, it’s about bodhicitta. If you receive teachings, it’s about bodhicitta. If you practice teachings, it’s about bodhicitta. Everything comes down to bodhicitta. The essence of practice is about bodhicitta. When you sit down to do your practice, what you practice is bodhicitta.”

~ Garchen Rinpoche

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Introduction to Mahamudra ~ Garchen Rinpoche

Part 12

So these Gurus who introduce us to the nature of things are like the light which clears away the darkness.

We prostrate to the Guru because even though the Guru’s qualities are equal to the Buddha, the Guru’s kindness exceeds the kindness of the Buddha or us, because the Guru is the one who introduces us to the Buddha’s enlightened intent. If the Guru did not introduce us to that, then we would not be able to understand it.

Then it says, “With the intention to benefit others, I shall write an introduction – to the clear revelation of the mode of existence by innate co-emergent primordial awareness, in conformity with sutras and tantras and as taught by the Guru.”

Innate refers to the space-like nature of the mind – that is in an uninterrupted state. Innate also means co-emergent, to be together with the state of Mahamudra.

It also says, “I’m going to introduce these teachings given by the masters of sutras and tantras; and the masters of the practice lineage of blessings”.

In brief, this term innate refers to – the unceasing and uninterrupted space-like nature of the mind, that is together with primordial awareness. So, the author says, ‘This is what I’m going to introduce you to.”

~ Garchen Rinpoche

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The moment there is devotion ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

It may sound as if you must have devotion first in order to have an understanding of the view, that devotion ignites the practice of the Dharma. But as you become more seasoned in practicing the Dharma, especially the Vajrayana, the gap between devotion and the goal of the devotion becomes very small.

As you become more skilled in practicing, you will see that devotion is the awareness of impermanence, devotion is the renunciation mind, devotion is compassion for all sentient beings, devotion is none other than the experience of dependent arising. Most important, the moment there is devotion, you have the view, and there is the awareness of shunyata.

~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book The Guru Drinks Bourbon?

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Vajra Pride ~ Garchen Rinpoche

Mind is like mirror, so it can become anything, anything can be reflected. The mirror itself lacks any form, it’s completely empty, so the mirror like wisdom quality of your mind is that anything can appear in it, any deity can appear within it, and there’s no different for any of these deities. The reason we visualize the deities is because it’s antidote of thinking of “I” or “Me”, and if you always have deity in your mind, it purifies the ordinary karmic imprints of the body.

It’s said that the practicing of the visualization of the generation stage is to turn back the ordinary perception of one’s body, and that’s turned back by merely thinking of the deity. When you think of the deity, you’ll simply forget that I am this body, then when you forget about that, and that’s not in your mind, then all these imprints won’t be in your mind. It’s just because we keep reinforcing them all the time, looking at our bodies and thinking that’s me, that’s me, and we do that becuase of the feelings that arise, the 6 sense powers, and due to these sense powers, the sense doors, we think that’s me, that’s my body, and in this way we continue to accumulate karmic imprints.

* Conversely, if deity is always in your mind, even if you enjoy the 5 sense pleasures, no karmic imprints are being created in your mind because you’re the deity that moment, so you’re not creating karmic imprints, being non dual with the deity.

~ His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche 💎🌹

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The non-attached liberation of wisdom appearance ~ Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

When the gross senses, joining with the gross habit of many lives, are drawn to a desirable object such as a beautiful song, if we do not transform them, they become deceiving enemies fooling us with the delusion of sadness or excitement. If we do transform them, they become truly undeceiving friends because they are the non-attached liberation of wisdom appearance.

Whenever the senses move toward objects, we must immediately turn our minds to awareness which is never deluded and, inhaling pure wisdom elements, be inseparable with deity and rest in stainless spaciousness.

Whatever we see, we think it is seen through the eyes, but actually it is seen through the power of unobstructed, stainless awareness mind.

Whatever we hear, we think it is heard through the ears, but actually it is heard through the power of unobstructed, stainless awareness mind.

Whatever we smell, we think it is smelled through the nose, but actually it is smelled through the power of unobstructed, stainless awareness mind.

Whatever we taste, we think it is tasted through the tongue, but actually it is tasted through the power of unobstructed, stainless awareness mind.

Whatever we feel, we think it is felt through touch, but actually it is felt through the power of unobstructed, stainless awareness mind.

Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
White Sail – Shambhala Publications

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Recollection of death ~ Ajahn Jayasaro

It’s hard to appreciate life without the recollection of death.

It’s hard to use time wisely without the recollection of death.

It’s hard to abandon indulgence in sensual pleasures without the recollection of death.

It’s hard to prioritize wisely without the recollection of death.

It’s hard to forgive others without the recollection of death.

It’s hard to maintain a consistent dhamma practice without the recollection of death.

𝐒𝐨 𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐮𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭:

Every single person ever born has already either died or will die in the years ahead. I, too, am surely going to die.

My life is slipping away, little by little, without the slightest pause, like sand in a timer.

My death may come at any time. I could die today. I have absolutely no guarantees that I will see tomorrow. Or even my next inhalation.

So many illnesses could cause my death. This body is so fragile. Death is never far away.

Wealth, power, fame, respect and love – no worldly achievement can prevent my coming death.

Only dhamma practice can be a refuge to me in the face of my inevitable death.

Only by realizing liberation through practice of the Eightfold Path may I transcend death, and experience the Deathless.

~ Ajahn Jayasaro

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The arising of wisdom

Since all phenomena are naturally pure,
Meditate on the emptiness of self-existence.

Fully endowed with bodhicitta,
Meditate on the concept of great compassion.

Since the nature is unseeable luminosity,
Meditate on not being attached to anything at all.

Mind is the cause for the arising of wisdom.
Do not search for the Buddha elsewhere.

~ From the Mahāyāna Sutra, the Noble Wisdom of Passing

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I am used to seeing the merits of a person ~ HH Dalai Lama

I am used to seeing the merits of a person,

Thinking like this makes me feel close to each other easily.

~ The Dalai Lama’s “Magic Words”

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Training the mind

If you neglect to protect your mind,
you can neither close the door to suffering
nor open the door to happiness.

~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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Living the daily life with bodhicitta motivation ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche


The whole thing, so many practices, all come down to live the daily life with bodhicitta motivation to put all the effort in that whatever you do. This way your life doesn’t get wasted and it becomes full of joy and happiness, with no regrets later, especially when you die and you can die with a smile outside and a smile in the heart.

– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Thanks to: Gems of Wisdom

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The Preciousness of Compassion ~ Garchen Rinpoche

“Through Bodhichitta you will realize that there is no self. Self-grasping will be destroyed, for when you think of others you do not think about yourself. Ultimately ‘self’ and ‘other’ are but thoughts. When we understand that we are not separate from others, we begin to fathom the preciousness of compassion, of Bodhichitta.”

“If you receive empowerment, it’s about bodhicitta. If you receive teachings, it’s about bodhicitta. If you practice teachings, it’s about bodhicitta. Everything comes down to bodhicitta. The essence of practice is about bodhicitta. When you sit down to do your practice, what you practice is bodhicitta.”

~ Garchen Rinpoche

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Introduction to Mahamudra ~ Garchen Rinpoche

Part 10.

The Buddha had said all sentient beings are actually Buddhas. They are only obscured by adventitious stains . So this concept of “I” is an adventitious stain. We think that everything is “mine”; this is “my cup” and so on. This empty nature of the “I” is the Chag in Chag Gya and the ‘Gya’ is the vastness of the mind which is realized when you see that there is no self.

Co-emergent or innate is a hidden state that no one has recognized. It is a nature that is innate to us. Those who see the nature of the mind see co-emergent Mahamudra. Then the name says it is an ornament which is luminosity of the primordial awareness that dispels the darkness of ignorance. It is said if you see it you are a Buddha, not seeing it you are a sentient being wandering in samsara.

When one recognizes that no self exists , then the darkness of ignorance is cleared away. Believing that there is a self is like finding oneself in darkness. While we are in a state of darkness, there is a belief in the existence of a self. And the mind is referred to as the consciousness which we are all familiar with. We call it the consciousness for as long as we have not recognized the nature of the mind.

~ Garchen Rinpoche

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Tara Teachings

Part 4

The ice [ignorance of the true nature of reality/ obscuration as a result of self-grasping/ self-clinging], ultimately is also nothing else but water. So all of this is the relative truth and not the ultimate truth. But temporarily on a relative level, it is true that virtue leads to happiness and non-virtue leads to suffering. Once suffering is experienced, that karma is gone and doesn’t exist again. There is still Buddha nature and it has never changed.

Buddha nature is beyond birth and death so that is the ultimate truth. It is the pure nature of the mind. When you realize the nature of the mind you realize the ultimate truth and that is really the ultimate refuge. So that’s the meaning of “I take refuge in wisdom, the heart essence of the Buddha.”

From now onwards in all lifetimes that is the refuge within yourself. You are your own true refuge. Then next it says on the card “I take refuge in love and compassion – the heart essence of the dharma.” Lord Jigten Sumgon said that the 84,000 dharma teachings have the root in bodhicitta [awakening mind that turns to the dharma, away from suffering (self-clinging) – it is the altruistic mind. That is really the mind of love and compassion.

~ Garchen Rinpoche

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Sign of realising Mahamudra ~ H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

The most important sign of realizing Mahamudra is Compassion.
The more there is Compassion in the Mind,
The more it enhances itself, and that is the
Sign of the arising of Mahamudra-Realization.

~ His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche

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Wholesome undertakings ~ 17th Karmapa

Your own interests and your own life will be balanced only when they include both the well-being of yourself and others. Any wholesome undertaking necessarily includes a desire to benefit others. If an undertaking is egocentric and full of self-cherishing, then that balance will be extremely difficult to find and maintain.

~ 17th Karmapa Rinpoche

We must recognize that without taming oneself, one cannot possibly tame others.

~ 17th Karmapa

Even if you are sitting in the same place as the Lama without focus and devotion, you won’t receive many blessings.

~ 17th Karmapa

True peace cannot be achieved by force or by merely invoking the word “peace.” It can only be attained by training the mind and learning to cultivate inner peace. Peace is a calm and gentle state of mind.

~ 17th Karmapa

Although each of us has our own personality, our circle of friends can influence and change us. So it is important to rely on friends who have intelligence and integrity.

~ 17th Karmapa

༈ བླ་མ་མ་བརྗེད་རྟག་ཏུ་གསོལ་བ་ཐོབ།།

Do not forget the Lama, Pray to him

at all times.


Do not be carried away by thoughts,

watch the nature of mind.


Do not forget death, Persist in Dharma.


Do not forget sentient beings,

With compassion dedicate your merit to


Just as a drop of water that falls into the great ocean will never disappear until the ocean itself runs dry, Merit totally dedicated to enlightenment will never disappear until enlightenment is reached.

In the field of good prayers

Sow the seed of kind heart

The bud of bodhicitta mind will grow

And the fruit of enlightenment you will gain


Praying for the excellent health of the Lama


Praying for his supreme long life as well.


Praying for the ever- flourishing expansion of miraculous activity.


Grant blessing that I may never be separated from the lama!

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The Three Jewels ~ HH Drubwang Penor Rinpoche

If sentient beings could connect with the blessings and compassion of the Three Jewels, they would be led on the path to liberation and no one would be left in samsara, but beings are bound by their karma.
[Karma: actions of body, speech and mind].

The Three Jewels can’t just toss us from samsara into enlightenment like throwing a stone. Attaining enlightenment depends on our karma, which is why the Buddha stressed the importance of understanding cause and effect.

The Buddha did not teach just because he was a great scholar; he taught with limitless loving-kindness and compassion to make a connection with beings in order to lead them on the path to enlightenment.

The sole purpose of the Dharma is to purify the karmic obscurations of beings and lead them to liberation.

An Ocean of Blessings: Heart Teachings of Drubwang Penor Rinpoche

Publisher: ‎ Snow Lion (November 7, 2017)

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Perfection of Patience (continued)

Part 18

Buddha now appears to us to benefit sentient beings. So to our perception Buddhas appears, but from the perspective of the Buddha himself, the Buddha has realized that all sentient beings and all phenomena are illusory by nature. No real existing sentient beings appears to the Buddha. Buddha doesn’t really go out to benefit sentient beings but he remains in a space-like state.

While he remains unmoved from this space-like state, Buddha still appears to benefit sentient beings through the dharma. So again to summarize the practice of dharma, what do we need? We need to possess patience and if we possess patience then we are able to protect love. Then we are able to refrain engaging in the ten non-virtuous actions.

If we are unable to cultivate patience then we will naturally engage in the ten non-virtuous actions. We will not understand that a result will mature from these actions in future lifetimes. Then we will continue to accumulate karma upon karma and this is why we now find ourselves in this samsaric world.

~ Garchen Rinpoche

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Introduction to Mahamudra (continued) ~ Garchen Rinpoche

Karma (action): cause and effect

Part 14

Then it says “generate a strong sense of renunciation by contemplating death and impermanence. Completely abandon short-sightedness and think those who are born in the past have died , those who are taking birth are destined to die , those who are now alive will die. I too may die today or tomorrow leaving everything behind. Nothing being of any use.

Then meditate on compassion for all suffering sentient beings by reflecting on how they not recognizing themselves, not realizing that their mind is the truth body Dharmakaya, grasp at “I” that does not exist; grasp at self that does not exist.” Sentient beings who do not know that a self does not actually exists grasp at self and therefore are bound to experience suffering.

It is most important to understand karma, death and impermanence. Mainly we encounter difficulties because we pay no attention to karma. It is also said that if one has not developed true certainty in karma, cause and effect then it’s just a lie if one talks about profound emptiness. So we do need to understand the subtle workings of karma, cause and effect.

~ Garchen Rinpoche

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Practice holy Dharma ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

If we want to fly to California we have to start by getting out of bed. We can’t step into the airplane from our bedroom—we need to get up, get dressed, get into a taxi and go to the airport.

In the same way, if we really want to practice holy Dharma, the very first step is to renounce this life, to renounce the attachment seeking the happiness of this life.

~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

in 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗣𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗗𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗮

(Posted by Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, Facebook, 24 June 2023)

[*Replace attachment to seeking happiness of this life (which is self-clinging/ delusion based) with study and practice of recognising the nature of true reality – making continued sustained effort that way, in service of others].

Now that you have obtained this precious human body ~ HH Penor Rinpoche

“Now that you have obtained this precious human body that is so hard to find, try to make it meaningful by truly taking advantage of this rare opportunity.

Worldly activities such as attaining high status, accumulating property and wealth, and so forth really have no benefit whatsoever, so please don’t waste this precious opportunity. We may command a retinue of thousands of attendants and soldiers, but at the time of death we have to go alone, and at that time the only thing that can help is our own Dharma practice.

So, from now on, don’t get carried away by your thoughts and negative emotions but control and reduce them, supplicate the Three Jewels, and diligently apply yourself to your practice. I assure you that if you truly concentrate on your Dharma practice, it is possible to reach the highest levels of realization in this very lifetime, so you really don’t need to wander in samsara anymore.

But sadly, we humans tend to look at the world upside down and neglect what’s most important, while perceiving trivial matters as the main purpose in life”.

Excerpt From
An Ocean of Blessings
Penor Rinpoche

(Posted by The Words of My Perfect Teacher, Facebook, 10 June 2023)

A great yogi ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

Just as a great mountain will remain still in a storm, a great yogi will remain peaceful in the world, no matter what is going on around them.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

(Posted by Chamtrul Rinpoche, Facebook, 9 June 2023)

Meditation practice ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Meditation is about keeping the mind clear; thinking deeply about reality. It’s about thinking about our emotions, asking ourselves “Why do I feel angry?” and coming to understand the advantages and sound basis of positive emotions like warmheartedness. I’ve faced difficulties in my life, but the peace of mind I’ve gained from mind-training has helped me cope.

~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

(Posted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama teachings, Facebook, June 15 2023)

Nonviolence ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche


The Buddhist practice of nonviolence is not merely submissiveness with a smile or meek thoughtfulness.

The fundamental cause of violence is when one is fixated on an extreme idea, such as justice or morality. This fixation usually stems from a habit of buying into dualistic views, such as bad and good, ugly and beautiful, moral and immoral.

One’s inflexible self-righteousness takes up all the space that would allow empathy for others. Sanity is lost.

Understanding that all these views or values are compounded and impermanent, as is the person who holds them, violence is averted.

When you have no ego, no clinging to the self, there is never a reason to be violent.

When one understands that one’s enemies are held under a powerful influence of their own ignorance and aggression, that they are trapped by their habits, it is easier to forgive them for their irritating behavior and actions.

Similarly, if someone from the insane asylum insults you, there is no point in getting angry. When we transcend believing in the extremes of dualistic phenomena, we have transcended the causes of violence.

– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book “What Makes You Not a Buddhist”

(Posted by Learn from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Gems of Wisdom Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Facebook, June 14 2023)

Emotion ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Emotion is just a movement of the mind that does not recognize itself. Being in the power of three emotional poisons, we wander through space. Thought is the basis of negative emotions. You have to realize that the nature of mind is empty perception. This statement is equally true for anger, passion, jealousy, pride, stupidity, greed and ignorance.

Empty awareness is […] what we need to turn any of these five or six disturbing emotions into. Indivisible empty cognition is already the essence of emotion. For ordinary creatures deprived of awareness, the expression of the essence manifests itself in the form of five emotional poisons.

Awareness of the essence really becomes the cause of the disappearance of disturbing emotions. The root of samsara is the unbridled involvement in the three emotional poisons.

~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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To know the emotion ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

To “know” the emotion is to understand that, as it has no root, there is and never has been an emotion. Some people talk about emotion, particularly the negative emotions, as if they were some kind of hideous, demonic force that willfully invades your being, but they are not like that at all.

When you feel angry, just watch your anger. Not the cause of the anger or its result, just the emotion of anger. As you stare at your anger, you will discover there is nothing you can point to and say, “That is my anger.” And the understanding that there is absolutely nothing there is what is called the “dawn of wisdom.”

~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

(Posted by Learn from Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche/ Wisdom Masters, Facebook, 20 June 2023)

This life is like a dream ~ Garchen Rinpoche

The first step to eliminate suffering is to give up clinging to this life. From the day we are born to our mothers, until the day we die, this entire life is like last night’s dream. After we have died, we awaken in the Bardo – the intermediate state after death. Then this entire lifetime will seem just like a dream; the human world will become a fading memory. It is like waking up from a dream.

At this point, if we have failed to eliminate self-grasping, frightening appearances will manifest – compared to which, this human world appears as a pure land. Milarepa knew what would happen if he failed to purify self-grasping, and thus he had the courage to dedicate his entire life to practice, undaunted by hardship. Thus, whenever you encounter difficulty, consider: “this life is like a dream, before too long it will come to an end, and when it comes to an end, I must be prepared.”

~ Garchen Rinpoche

From: http://www.rigdzindharma.org/

(Posted by Garchen Dharma Institute, Facebook, Facebook, June 19 2023)

The reason to practice Dharma ~ Khenchen Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche

The reason to practice Dharma is to face, to tame, and to remove the afflictions. This is the mission and goal of Buddhists. To measure whether a Buddhist is “good” or “bad”, is not to see who can recite more mantras, or who has accumulated more merits, or is not to see who is wealthier, healthier, or having smooth progress at work. However, it is rather to see how much of the afflictions have been diminished.

~ Khenchen Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche

(Posted by hhjigmephuntsok, Instagram, June 19 2023)

This body of leisure ~ Lama Tsongkhapa

More precious than a wish-fulfilling jewel,
Is found but once. Though difficult to obtain again,
It finishes as quickly as lightning in the sky.
Having reflected in this way, realize that all worldly activities
Are like winnowed chaff,
I, a yogi, practiced like this.
You who desire liberation, should do likewise.

~ Lama Tsongkhapa

from “Songs of Experience”

(Posted by Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, Facebook, June 21 2023)

King of Noble Prayers Teaching ~ Garchen Rinpoche

Part 1

Tashi delek to all my friends on the livestream and also all of you who are here today. Thank you all for coming and I am offering you this milk of immeasurable love that comes from the Buddha’s begging bowl. It is indeed an ocean of immeasurable loving kindness. And such an ocean of loving kindness can pervade all sentient beings in the three realms of samsara because they all possess Buddha nature.

This is the bowl that was created by the Buddha out of immeasurable loving kindness. Such loving kindness pervades all beings so tashi delek to all of you. So today dharma friends we are going to speak about the King of Aspiration Prayers for Excellent conduct. This is a prayer that is practiced throughout all the different Buddhist lineages. Everyone considers this King of Aspiration Prayers as most precious and a very important practice.

To put it in simple terms, for people like myself who do not have much learning how can we understand this ‘Excellent Conduct’? For example we can think of the different people in a country who engages in excellent conduct. There are some people who are quite famous for their excellent conduct, and when we hear their name we remember what they have done and we like them. Or even on a smaller scale, animals sometimes also display excellent conduct towards each other.

~ Garchen Rinpoche

(Posted by Garchen Dharma Institute, Facebook, June 21 2023)

Never underestimate the importance of blessings ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

Never underestimate the importance of blessings. They uplift, clarify, and brighten your mind’s energy, resulting in your mind becoming more powerful, and your practice becoming more fruitful.

You do not have to run around searching for blessings. Just how the sun shines on to this world without ever discriminating, the compassionate wisdom energy of all of the buddhas pervades everything. No matter where you are, no matter what you do, this energy is always there, it is always with you. You are never alone.

But just as you need to open your eyes to experience the light of the sun, you have to open your mind with unshakable devotion to experience the blessings of the energy of the buddhas. The more that your mind opens, the greater the blessings that will energize your mind and power your practice all of the way to your enlightenment.

Just fill your mind with devotion, and your mind will just open up to their energy, and then the blessings will just naturally arise. Remember, the greater your devotion, the greater the blessings.

~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

(Posted by Chamtrul Rinpoche, Facebook, June 22 2023)