Quote Archives: Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Crush the eggshell of the mind ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Crush the eggshell of the mind and unfold your wings in the open sky. Destroy the hut of duality and inhabit the expansive mansion of pure awareness. There are no other enemies or obstacles to overcome and vanquish. Ignorance – dualistic thinking – is the great demon obstructing your path. Slay it right now and […]

The three things that really tire us ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

We exhaust ourselves in three ways: We create fabrications like mental concepts. We exert a lot of effort. We create many objects or targets in our minds. These are the three things that really tire us. It is like an insect caught in a spider’s web: the more agitated it becomes, the more tangled it […]

To end suffering ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

To end suffering – not only by relieving its symptoms but by eradicating its root cause – is precisely the aim of the Buddha’s teaching. We must first realize that the true cause of suffering is not outside, but inside. That is why true spiritual practice consists of working on one’s own mind. The mind […]

Buddha Nature ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Buddha-nature is pure, undefiled, unelaborated, unconditioned, transcending all concepts. It is not an object of dualistic thought and intellectual knowledge. It is, however, open to gnosis, intuition, the nondual apperception of intrinsic awareness itself, prior to or upstream of consciousness. Adventitious obscurations temporarily veil and, like clouds, obscure this pristine, sky-like, luminous fundamental nature or […]

Until meditation experiences are destroyed without trace ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

As Jigme Lingpa says in our text, “Merging your mind with the guru’s mind, let awareness be free and unbound.” Rest in meditative equipoise, completely relaxed and without holding on to anything or modifying anything. From the depth of your heart, it is important to persevere unremittingly in this (snying la rdo rus gtug), until […]

Get out of the construction business ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Get out of the construction business! 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 […]

Our concepts about our world ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Our perceptions and thinking process are very limited. We see our world as something huge, and we think it is permanent and stable, indestructible like a diamond, immovable like a great mountain. But in fact this way of thinking is only our concepts about it. Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

The very root of Dharma ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

To work on the mind is a very vast subject; in fact it is the subject of the entire Buddha Dharma. In essence the main reason the mind generates it’s confusing passions and intense emotions is the strong clinging to I, me, and mine. Because of that clinging, we suffer when do not obtain all […]

Knowing of one that frees all ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Emptiness is the `knowing of one that frees all.’ Emptiness is the supreme king of medicines. Emptiness is the nectar of immortality. Emptiness is spontaneous accomplishment beyond effort. Emptiness is enlightenment without exertion. Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Look ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Look outward at the appearing objects, And like the water in a mirage, They are more delusive than delusion. Unreal like dreams and illusions, They resemble reflected moon and rainbows. Look inward at your own mind! It seems quite exciting, when not examined. But when examined, there is nothing to it. Appearing without being, it […]

Effortless compassion ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

An effortless compassion can arise for all beings who have not realized their true nature. So limitless is it that if tears could express it, you would cry without end. Not only compassion, but tremendous skillful means can be born when you realize the nature of mind. Also you are naturally liberated from all suffering […]

The mind of the Victorious Ones ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Profound and tranquil, free from complexity, Uncompounded luminous clarity, Beyond the mind of conceptual ideas; This is the depth of the mind of the Victorious Ones. In this there is not a thing to be removed, Nor anything that needs to be added. It is merely the immaculate Looking naturally at itself. Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Mindfulness: The Mirror of the Mind ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Homage to naturally arising, king-like mindfulness! I am the mirror of mindfulness, Clearly revealing carefulness and mindfulness. Look, my vajra friends! Seeing me, mindfulness is supported. Pray now to the Three Jewels, Inseparable from the Lama-Guru! Undistractedly, look into the essence of mind! Mindfulness is the root of the Dharma, Mindfulness is the path’s main […]

The illusory nature of everything ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

The nature of everything is illusory and ephemeral, Those with dualistic perception regard suffering as happiness, Like they who lick the honey from a razor’s edge. How pitiful they who cling strongly to concrete reality: Turn your attention within, my heart friends. Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Illusion looking at illusion ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Everything has the nature of being empty. When the empty looks at the empty, Who is there to look at something empty? What is the use of many classifications, Such as ‘being empty’ and ‘not empty’ As it is illusion looking at illusion, And delusion watching delusion? Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Secret yogis ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Even in this world, and even now, there are said to be many hidden yogis or discreet yogis, called bepay naljor in Tibetan. It means those realized ones who are not generally recognized as great spiritual sages or saints, but have deeply tasted the fruit of enlightenment, and are living it. Perhaps they are anonymously doing their […]

Rest in natural great peace ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Rest in natural great peace, this exhausted mind, Beaten helpless by karma and neurotic thought, Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves In the infinite ocean of samsara. Rest in natural great peace. Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

The whole point of the dharma ~ Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

When the root of duality – dualistic clinging, dualistic perceptions, deluded perceptions – is severed, all the leaves, the branches, and even the tree trunk of samsara and nirvana naturally wither on their own and topple in their own time. Then this great spreading tree of samsara and nirvana, of duality, of worldliness, of conditioned […]