Quote Archives: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Within buddha nature ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Just as the whole world, with its mountains, continents, and everything else, exists within infinite space, so too do all phenomena appear within the buddha nature. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Conditioned by our positive and negative actions ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

What we must realize is that at the moment of death we are plucked from this life like a hair drawn from a piece of butter, leaving everything behind, including this body we have held so dear. Death is not like a fire that simply goes out, or like water that vanishes when it lands […]

True compassion ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

In each of our countless lives in beginningless samsara, we must have had parents. In fact, we have taken birth so often that, at one time or another, every single sentient being must have been our mother or father. When we think of all these beings who have been our parents wandering helplessly for so […]

Like the events in a dream ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

The various activities of ordinary life follow one after another like the waves of the ocean. The rich never feel they have enough money; the powerful never feel they have enough power. Think about it: the best way to satisfy all your desires and complete all your projects is to abandon them. A realized being […]

The right moment is now ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

If the thought of practicing the Dharma occurs to you, do not hesitate for a moment. Do not just put it off until tomorrow. The right moment is now. The farmer does not wait for frost to harden the ground before sowing his fields. He does it when the soil is moist. As soon as […]

Clinging to the body ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

We cling to the entity of a body that even a tiny prick from a thorn makes us miserable. When there is warm sunshine outside, we feel comfortable and the body is pleased. We are constantly preoccupied with the comfort and attractiveness of our body and treat it like the most precious thing. Clinging to […]

Start that very day ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Your fields need to be worked, or your business needs to be attended to, or your search for a suitable partner may be your main concern — I can only guess at the things you spend your time on. But remember, the more your life is taken up by such concerns, the more you run […]

Protecting ourselves from future suffering ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

If we do practice the dharma now, so as to protect ourselves from future suffering, then when we die, although we will still have to face suffering, if we have no regrets, are confident in our practice and in the dharma, and put our trust in the Three Jewels, we can be confident that we […]

Two great sources of fear in samsara ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

There are two great sources of fear in samsara, the moment of birth and the moment of death. The suffering and fear experienced at these two times have to be faced completely alone; there is no one who can really help us. The only thing that can help alleviate those sufferings is the practice of […]

Stillness and movement ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

The mind has, in general, two aspects, stillness and movement. Sometimes, the mind is quiet and free from thoughts, like a calm pool; this is stillness. Eventually, thoughts are bound to arise in it; this is movement. In truth, however, although in a sense there is a movement of thoughts within the stillness, there is […]

Two types of friends ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

An unsuitable friend is one who is fond of distractions, totally immersed in ordinary worldly activities, and who does not care in the least about achieving liberation — a friend who has no interest or faith in the Three Jewels. The more time you spend with such a person, the more the three poisons will […]

The most profound spiritual practice ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Enlightenment, inherent though it is in the mind, seems so difficult to unveil. But if you develop fervent devotion and fuse the guru’s enlightened nature with your ordinary mind, enlightenment can be realized. Truly, to meditate on the benevolent teacher is a spiritual practice more profound than any other. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Put on the armor of diligence ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

A meditator incapable of diligence, like a king without bodyguards, is an easy target for his enemies, laziness and the negative emotions. The battle of liberation is about to be lost. Put on the armor of diligence without delay, and do battle with indolence. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Always be sustained by cheerfulness ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

On account of the strength of their Mind Training, the Kadampa Masters were always able to look on the bright side of things no matter what happened to them. Even if they contracted leprosy they would continue to be cheerful, happy in the knowledge that leprosy brings a painless death. Of course, leprosy is one […]

The even state of all-pervading peace ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Once one has realized the nature of things, one no longer hopes to attain Buddhahood, neither is one apprehensive that one might not obtain it. One simply remains in the even state of all-pervading peace in which all notions of subject and object have been freed in their own sphere. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Eating tasty but poisonous plants ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

We may enjoy some kind of temporary happiness in samsara, close inspection reveals that we have often achieved this happiness at the expense of others, or even through harming others, by cheating, stealing, and the like. In behaving like this, although we experience a fleeting happiness, at the same time we are creating causes for […]

Devotion is the fare on our journey toward enlightenment ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

The spiritual master is like the earth, never giving way beneath our feet. The spiritual master leads us to enlightenment without disappointing us. Borne by the air, a plane can take us quickly to where we could never go on foot. Borne by our devotion, the blessings of the teacher bring us swiftly to realization. […]

The master’s guidance ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Traveling on paths that pass through regions infested by bandits is a fearful experience fraught with dangers. The spiritual path, too, leads through difficult and dangerous defiles, and anyone making the arduous journey toward enlightenment must expect to encounter some formidable obstacles, especially desire, anger, confusion, pride, and jealousy. You may manage to avoid the […]

Dwell in the simplicity of the present moment ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

No one is more agitated and anxious than the person who thinks money is everything. “How am I going to make my fortune? Then, how am I going to hold on to it?” He lives in constant fear of thieves, competitors, and catastrophes. When he ends up losing his wealth, he feels as if his […]

All Dharma has a single goal ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

The Buddha gave eighty-four thousand different teachings, all of them designed to subdue ego-clinging. This was the only reason why he set them forth. If they do not act as an antidote for our attachment to self then all practice is in vainas was the case with the Buddha’s cousin Devadatta. He knew as many […]