Quote Archives: Mingyur Rinpoche

Taking refuge ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Taking refuge doesn’t protect us from problems in the world. It doesn’t shield us from war, famine, illness, accidents, and other difficulties. Rather, it provides tools to transform obstacles into opportunities. We learn how to relate to difficulties in a new way, and this protects us from confusion and despair. Traffic jams do not disappear, […]

Beyond habitual patterns ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

When we are not constricted by habitual patterns that define how we see ourselves and how we behave in the world, we create access to those qualities of mind that are vast, that are not contingent on circumstances or concepts, and that are always present. Mingyur Rinpoche

The right thing to do ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Loving-kindness and compassion shine through the shutters in those moments when we spontaneously give aid or comfort to someone, not out of self-interest or thinking we might get something in return, but just because it seems the right thing to do. Mingyur Rinpoche

Stay with what is ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Do not run away from these unpleasant feelings. Do not manipulate them into pleasant feelings. Stay with what is, with whatever arises. Mingyur Rinpoche

Oh, this is how my mind works ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

When you are trained as Buddhist, you don’t think of Buddhism as a religion. You think of it as a type of science, a method of exploring your own experience through techniques that enable you to examine your actions and reactions in a non-judgmental way, with the view toward recognizing, “Oh, this is how my […]

Change yourself ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

People everywhere try so hard to make the world better. Their intentions are admirable, yet they seek to change everything but themselves. To make yourself a better person is to make the world a better place. Mingyur Rinpoche

Vast and intimate ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

As a drop of water placed in the ocean becomes indistinct, boundless, unrecognizable, and yet still exists, so my mind merged with space. It was no longer a matter of me seeing trees, as I had become trees. Me and trees were one. Trees were not the object of awareness; they manifested awareness. Stars were […]

Recognizing the inherent potential of your mind ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

At its heart, Buddhism is very practical. It’s about doing things that foster serenity, happiness, and confidence, and avoid things that provoke anxiety, hopelessness, and fear. The essence of Buddhist practice is not so much an effort at changing your thoughts or your behavior so that you can become a better person, but in realizing […]

Within each one of us ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Temples and stupas — buildings that house sacred relics — reflect the heart and mind of the Buddha. Respecting outside forms of Buddha nourishes our own innate wisdom. Yet the true buddha, the awakened essence of mind, exists within each one of us. Mingyur Rinpoche

The source of what we like or do not like ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

It can be very difficult to accept that the source of what we like or do not like arises in our mind. When we get our heads stuck in the clouds – pretty clouds, ugly clouds – we cannot see that they are impermanent, that they have a life of their own, and that they […]

No greater inspiration ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

There is no greater inspiration, no greater courage, than the intention to lead all beings to the perfect freedom and complete well-being of recognizing their true nature. Whether you accomplish this intention isn’t important. The intention alone has such power that as you work with it, your mind will become stronger; your mental afflictions will […]

Facing suffering ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

The avoidance of our inner demons — our fears of change and death, our rage and jealousy — only imbues these adversaries with greater power. The more we run away, the less chance we have of escaping. We must face suffering, move into it; only then can we become free from it. Mingyur Rinpoche

Spacious awareness ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

My training had introduced me to the spacious awareness of my natural mind. We compare this awareness to open skies and oceans — references meant to invoke immeasurable vastness, even though awareness is more immeasurable than skies and oceans combined. Once we learn to recognize the ever-present quality of awareness, to let go of the […]

Only with recognition ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Everyone has dimensions to their mind that are luminous, spacious, and empty. The issue is whether we recognize these aspects or not. Liberation arises only with recognition, not just from having these natural qualities. Mingyur Rinpoche

The masks that hide our true selves ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

On some gut level, below the thinking mind, we know there is more to our being than the masks that hide our true selves. Mingyur Rinpoche

Fundamentally pure and good ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

In parting, I would like to give you one small piece of advice to keep in your heart. You may have heard me say this before, but it is the key point of the entire path, so it bears repeating: All that we are looking for in life — all the happiness, contentment, and peace […]

Meditative awareness ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

When our perception shifts to meditative or steady awareness, it is no longer narrowed by memory and expectation; whatever we see, touch, taste, smell or hear has greater clarity and sharpness, and enlivens our interactions. Mingyur Rinpoche

Anywhere, anytime ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Because awareness is as present in our lives as the air we breathe, we can access it anywhere, anytime. Mingyur Rinpoche

The best part of all ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

But, the best part of all is that no matter how long you meditate, or what technique you use, every technique of Buddhist meditation, ultimately, generates compassion, whether we’re aware of it or not. Whenever you look at your mind, you can’t help but recognize your similarity to those around you. When you see your […]

Transmission ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

The Guru or teacher is of utmost importance because of the interdependent connection between teacher and disciple. The Buddha who lived thousands of years ago cannot guide us to our own Buddhahood as effectively and expediently as the Guru. The living teacher embodies the wisdom of the practice lineage and functions like a lit lamp […]