Quote Archives: Shabkar

Empty, luminous, beyond clinging ~ Shabkar

The root of all that exists, Samsara and nirvana, is one’s own mind. Primordially, mind is emptiness. Merge into the sky-like absolute expanse, Empty, luminous, beyond clinging. Outside, inside; eyes open or closed, Day, night; asleep or awake: No difference. During practice, after practice, Mind, appearances: Blend them. Continuously, without wavering, Merge completely with this […]

No particular ~ Shabkar

My native land is all lands, In no particular direction. My monastery is the solitary mountains, In no particular place. My family is all the beings of the six realms. Shabkar

Song of Compassion ~ Shabkar

Avalokiteshvara, mighty Great Treasure of Compassion, From my heart I invoke your blessing. By this blessing, may compassion be born in my mind And the minds of all beings under the sky. If a man has compassion, he is Buddha; Without compassion, he is a Lord of Death. With compassion, the root of Dharma is […]

The very essence of all Dharma ~ Shabkar

If someone has compassion, he is a Buddha; Without compassion, he is a Lord of Death. With compassion, the root of Dharma is planted, Without compassion, the root of Dharma is rotten. One with compassion is kind even when angry, One without compassion will kill even as he smiles. For one with compassion, even his […]

A Song of Joy ~ Shabkar

All appearances are vast openness, Blissful and utterly free. With a free, happy mind I sing this song of joy. When one looks toward one’s own mind – The root of all phenomena – There is nothing but vivid emptiness, Nothing concrete there to be taken as real. It is present and transparent, utter openness, […]

The guru’s presence ~ Shabkar

As I see the rising sun spreading radiance all around, The authentic guru’s wisdom and compassion Come to mind. Then he tenderly looked after me; Now that time is gone. Thinking and thinking of him, The guru’s presence fills my mind. Shabkar

You who have a precious human life ~ Shabkar

A sailor should cross the ocean if he has a boat; a general should defeat the enemy if he has an army; a poor man should milk the ‟cow of plenty” if it is within his reach; a traveler who wants to go to distant lands should pursue his journey if he has an excellent […]

Teachers on the path ~ Shabkar

In the beginning I took the teacher as the teacher, In the middle I took the scriptures as the teacher, In the end I took my own mind as the teacher. Shabkar