Quote Archives: Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

Just like a dream ~ Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

The phenomenal world is just like dream. Phenomena appear solid, but they do not exist in the same way as they appear. There is no solid reality behind them; from the very beginning, they are empty of intrinsic existence. There is nothing but a dynamic stream of ever-changing, interdependent relationships. Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

The ultimate nature of phenomena ~ Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

Buddha-nature is the luminous, ceaseless, and primordial nature of mind. It has not been fabricated or created by various causes and conditions. It does not dwell as a separate entity that truly exists. It did not begin and therefore it cannot cease. It is simply the ultimate nature of phenomena. Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

The union of appearances and emptiness ~ Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

Ultimate reality cannot be apprehended by concepts. We can, however, in an experiential way that transcends the ordinary conceptual mind, achieve a genuine understanding of reality as being the union of appearances and emptiness. Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

Like dreams ~ Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

Appearances, like dreams, are devoid of any intrinsic existence. They come from nothing and leave nothing behind no matter how long they last. How can they appear if they are devoid of intrinsic existence? In fact, they can manifest in infinite ways like a dream or a rainbow that appears only through the combination of […]

Fooled by appearance ~ Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche

If we recognize the unchanging, absolute nature of phenomena, we will also recognize their intangibility. Things appear yet are empty; they are empty yet appear. Emptiness is not the absence of phenomena, and phenomena are not the absence of emptiness. Rather, there is a union of appearance and emptiness. Just having a glimpse of understanding […]