Quote Archives: Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

An Instruction on the Great Perfection ~ Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

I prostrate at the feet of the noble guru! Child, you who are a suitable vessel and take the Three Supreme Ones as refuge, listen! Your faith and intelligence are supremely stable, You have renunciation, and are disillusioned and compassionate. For the likes of you, the qualities of the path Will go on increasing like […]

Watch the illusory spectacle ~ Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Oh son, watch the illusory spectacle! All birth and death is projected by delusion, not existing in reality. I am beyond coming and going. Let your fixation on distinction embrace the expanse! Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Settle and relax in natural ease ~ Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Let your body settle, without moving about or fidgeting. Let your speech settle, following the flow of the breath. Let your mind settle, without pursuing thoughts or ideas. Spaciously, from deep within, settle and relax in natural ease. Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

The dharmakāya’s very own face – Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Pure awareness of the unborn dharmakāya Is not created by cause or condition, but is naturally occurring. Vividly alert, fresh and nakedly clear, Unstained by thoughts of perceiver or perceived, Unspoiled by presumptive understanding— In this natural experience of concentration, remain. ‘Remain’, however, is but an expression — In reality, there is no one that […]

From one joy to the next ~ Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

There’s no end to the activity and delusions of saṃsāra: The more you do, the more they go on increasing, Animosity and attachment strengthen all the while, Creating the causes for your own downfall. Turn your mind, therefore, towards the Dharma. If you can integrate the Dharma physically, verbally and mentally, You have set out […]

This excellent support ~ Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

This excellent support, a human form with its freedoms and advantages, Is so difficult to obtain; but now that we have actually gained one, Let us strive to make it meaningful and realize its full potential, Without squandering the opportunity and letting it go to waste. Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

The root of all dharmas ~ Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

The root of all dharmas is one’s own mind: Convincing when unexamined, ingenious in its deception; Yet, when investigated, without basis or origin; In essence, free of coming, staying or going. All the phenomena of saṃsāra and nirvāṇa Are but pure or impure projections of one’s own mind. In reality, neither saṃsāra nor nirvāṇa exists. […]

With a wicked mind ~ Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Right now, you might consider yourself young, But, with a wicked mind intent upon your own wellbeing, The daylight of your life will soon succumb to shadows. Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Despite your wishes ~ Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

The bloom of a handsome youthful body withers with age. Despite your wishes, you’ll experience the pain of disease, And, with a final rasping cough, you’ll pass away. Even now, the time for this draws near. Son, Lodrö, think about it well! Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

May I lead all beings to happiness ~ Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

For however long I have left to live, May I be devoted to the Dharma from the very core of my being, And may whatever I do, say or think, Be directed only to beings’ good, Never entangled in selfish desires! May I set out upon the path to liberation, And, mounting the steed of […]

A unique opportunity ~ Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Now, with these freedoms and advantages, you have a support for practice — a unique opportunity! Rather than squander such an invaluable moment, Why not strive to accomplish the goal of lasting happiness? Consider! Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Careless one ~ Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Careless one! Put your hands to your heart and think: These plans for the future, based upon a denial of death, Undermine the real purpose of this and future lives, And the enemy, Yama, will only catch you in his noose — think hard! Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

You think you’re improving ~ Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Although you’ve met many authentic masters, And received a few teachings on sūtra and tantra, Your character remains as tough and rigid as stone, Yet still you think you’re improving — how gullible you must be! Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö