Quote Archives: Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

The unity of empty and cognizance ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Didn’t the Buddha say that the mind in itself has no form, no sound, no smell, no taste, no texture, no dharmas? Here,dharma means mental object. He did not call it empty or void, he called it emptiness. This ‘-ness’ means the same as ‘ta’ in the word dharmata, or tathata. This word ‘ta’ refers […]

Ignorance ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

There are two kinds of ignorance: coemergent and conceptual ignorance. In the moment after seeing our essence, it almost immediately slips away. We get distracted and we start to think of something. Coemergent ignorance is simply to forget. Conceptual ignorance comes in the moment after forgetting, forming thought after thought. As one thought follows after […]

Already like that from the beginning ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

According to the Dzogchen teachings, the state of primordial enlightenment has never been confused. The basic state of buddhas is like pure gold that is not covered by any dirt. Dirt is the example for the confused thinking that temporarily takes place. If the gold always remains pure, there is no cleaning to be done […]

Openness ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Complete openness, ‘Zangtal’ in Tibetan, means not attached to anything, not fixating on anything. This is precisely the opposite of an ordinary person’s frame of mind clinging to and fixating on everything. The openness of Rigpa, the openness of a yogi, does not fixate on anything: it does not hold on to anything. We need […]

Like a blazing fire ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

The precious relative bodhichitta is compassion and the precious ultimate bodhichitta is emptiness. With compassion and emptiness, enlightenment is unavoidable. All the sutras, tantras, scriptures and oral instructions are contained within this. It is not all right to say, ‘I don’t need devotion, I don’t need compassion for beings, just meditation is sufficient.’ With compassion […]

The three kayas ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Within the dharmakaya which pervades like space, The sambhogakaya is distinctly manifest like the light of the sun, And the nirmanakaya accomplishes the welfare of beings like a rainbow. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Recognizing rigpa no matter what occurs ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

To prepare for the bardo state, it is very important to always keep in mind that, “Whatever I experience right now, whatever happens, is unreal, illusory.” Such training will make it much easier to remember in the bardo states. The most crucial point, however, is to resolve on and rest in the state of rigpa, […]

Temporary stains ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

When pure gold is covered by dirt it is not obvious that it is gold, even though this dirt is temporary. But once it is removed we realize that the gold is gold. In the same way, when our confusion is purified, the wisdom which is our basic wakefulness is made manifest. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Still be seduced by appearances ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

It is not enough to strive for the higher teachings and ignore the real substance of the Dharma, which is a change in attitude. unless we can change our hearts at a deep and profound level, the samsaric traits of our personality will all remain and we will still be seduced by appearances. As long […]

It is only your mind that experiences ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

The essential practice is about nothing other than realizing the nature of your mind. It is only your mind that experiences. There is nothing other in this world that can experience. The five outer and inner elements, comprising the world and your body, don’t experience anything. Neither do the five sense organs. Thus, it is […]

Motivation to achieve enlightenment ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Please understand that all sentient beings, all our past parents, want nothing but happiness. Unfortunately, through their negative actions they only create the causes for further pain and suffering. Take this to heart and consider all our parents, wandering blindly and endlessly through painful samsaric states. When we truly take this to heart, out of […]

It is only your mind which experiences ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

The essential practise is about nothing other than realizing your mind. It is only your mind which experiences; there is nothing other in this world that can experience. The five outer and inner elements, comprising the world and your body, don’t experience anything. Neither do the five sense organs. Thus, it’s this mind that we […]

The two obscurations ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

We continue in samsaric existence as long as we are covered by the emotional obscurations and the cognitive obscurations. These two obscurations are precisely what hinder us from attaining the state of omniscient buddhahood. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Obscurations and negative karma ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Sentient beings fixate on thoughts, the true Yogi does not. Sentient beings’ thought are like carving on stones; whatever is thought stays, leaving a trace. Whatever the mental act, a trace remains. This is why we must accept that there is karma, there are disturbing emotions and there are habitual patterns. But, on the other […]

Growing familiar with mind essence ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

You need to simply allow the moment of uncontrived naturalness. Instead of meditating upon it, meaning focusing upon it, simply allow it to naturally be. As you train like that-and the words for training and meditating sound the same in Tibetan, so to play on that word-it is more a matter of familiarization than meditation. […]

The essence of mind ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

The essence of mind that is primordially empty and rootless is unlike holding the idea of emptiness in mind, and it is not the same as the sustained attempt to feel empty. Neither of these helps very much. By growing used to this natural, original emptiness again and again, we become accustomed to it. Then […]

Direct experience ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

We awaken to enlightenment by recognizing and fully realizing the primordially pure essence already present as our nature. That’s how to be an awakened buddha. Even though the enlightened state is actually already present, imagining or forming a thought-construct of enlightenment doesn’t make you enlightened. It’s the same as when you are really hungry and […]

The single sphere of dharmakaya ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Without any duality of perceiver and per­ceived, there is no way a normal thought can survive; it vanishes. The phrase ‘single sphere of dharmakaya’ refers simply to this original wakefulness. It is called single or sole, meaning not a duality, whereas the normal thinking mind is dualistic, and is never called single. If this holding […]

Samsara and Nirvana ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Samsara is mind turned outwardly, lost in its projections. Nirvana is mind turned inwardly, recognizing its nature. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche