Quote Archives: Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

The deluded power of habit ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

If we are attracted to objects which affect us, we must remember that it is not external reality which affects us, but only our previous habit of the reality of those objects reflecting back to us. As long as we have dualistic mind, we always think objects affect each other, but these effects are only […]

Dharma Centers and Monastries ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Rigzin Jigme Lingpa said, “If you really aren’t weary of samsara, monasteries and centers become just like a big house. If you really want to have pure practice, then you’d better not go from a small house to a big house.” Whenever there are monasteries or centers, there are also Lamas, directors, and systems. If […]

The Importance of Meditation ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Whatever teachings one takes, it is very important to meditate on them. This will enable one to develop great qualities in Dharma. Without meditation, no matter how much teaching one hears, no matter how much teaching one writes down, no matter how much teaching one records on tape, one will never be able to develop […]

Clear light ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

At the time of the meditation of tranquil stillness and true seeing, although this meditation is not the basic nature of clarity and emptiness just as it is, it is the arising of an aspect of experience that is similar, like the way the form of the sky appears in water. This is called an […]

Purification of the mind ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Leave the mind in the natural condition, just as it is. Then being a monk and wearing monk’s robes is good, being a Buddhist yogi and wearing white robes is also good, and not wearing any robes at all, the mind is still pure in the natural condition. The most important thing in Dharma is […]

Benefiting the mind ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

The point is that Dharma is intended to benefit the mind, so whatever one does in Dharma is likewise intended to benefit the mind. If a particular practice is beneficial to the mind, then it is positive. Therefore, if practices such as doing prostrations and setting up an altar and making offerings and repeating the […]

Continuity of mind ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

If we believe in the continuity of mind, then love inconspicuously connects us to the ones we love with continuous positive energy, so that even tangible separations between people who love each other do not reduce the intangible power of love. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

My grandfather of mindfulness ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

My grandfather of mindfulness must watch constantly after this spoiled child of deluded mind to save him from disaster. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Reflections ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

The Buddha is omniscient: his mind is like the sky. He does not show anything: what appears is a reflection. If sentient beings have direction, it is reflected. If sentient beings have a time, it is reflected. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

In the crystal mirror theater of awareness mind ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

In the crystal mirror theater of awareness mind the supreme artist performs his magical displays, but rare is the clear insight audience capable of viewing this wisdom. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Playing ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Fish play in the water. Birds play in the sky. Ordinary beings play on the earth. Sublime beings play in display. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Limited meditation ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

If we really want to be sublime meditators, we should not set a time period for our meditation, as it is the modern meditator’s style. We should not count the hours or minutes because limited time makes limited meditation. Our ordering, limited gross and subtle elements’ mind cannot release itself into the sublime, limitless, secret […]

Just Dharma Drama ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

We may pretend to be Buddhists, but if we do not have a wisdom point of view and the compassion that the Buddha Shakyamuni revealed again and again, then whatever Dharma acts we perform are just Dharma drama for the nihilist audience to senselessly gossip about during intermission. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Being a disciple without being one ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

I would like to be a disciple without being one, without hope of learning. I would like to find through my good karma, auspicious dreams, searching, or through friends, an intelligent and expert, powerful wisdom teacher to show me the truly correct path until the final result. It does not matter if he teaches in […]

Our version of reality ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

We may say we can only believe in what can be experienced or proven, but actually we believe selectively in what can be experienced or proven as long as it is compatible with our other conceptions. We accept and use intangible abstractions of intangible times, places, and circumstances to support what we think is tangibly […]

Continuous love ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

If we believe that mind is continuous, our love for others becomes continuous. If we recognize this continuity, we do not trust temporary, tangible circumstances or take them too seriously. Since it is tiring to switch between changing uncertainties, which are inherently impermanent and unimportant, we become less easily influenced by any circumstance. This creates […]

Unclear intention ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

If your intention is not clear, if you aren’t really weary of samsara, then going on retreat is just another game. Even if you stayed for your whole life, you would just be wasting time and you would not learn anything. Many animals spend their lives in caves or in the ground like groundhogs, just […]

Beyond hopefulness and hopelessness ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Suffering in hopefulness is the eternalist. Suffering in hopelessness is the nihilist. Beyond both hopefulness and hopelessness is the Buddhist. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Entirely spiritual ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Some people think that Buddhism is a philosophy and not a religion; but Buddhism is neither a nihilist philosophy nor an eternalist religion. This is a complete deviation whose source is material judgment, made by people who try to find out about Buddhism but merely focus on its objective, material aspects out of their own […]

Better without a typewriter ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

I would like to be an expert writer with unblocked mind profoundly expressing all the words I want to say clearly and deeply. But I’m afraid that when one has paper, there is no ink, and when there is ink, there is no paper. When one has both paper and ink, there are no words. […]