Quote Archives: 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

Emptiness and dependent origination ~ 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

Mind is by its very nature empty, yet appearances arise from it without obstruction. Out of the unobstructed emptiness of mind the whole range of appearances can manifest without limit. On a relative level, phenomena manifest through dependent origination; this is inseparable from the emptiness of mind, which is the ultimate level. Freedom from extremes […]

Yidams ~ 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

Are the many yidams we see in pictures and visualize real? No, they are symbols of the ultimate yidam. The various forms and attributes of the deities point to manifold habits of clinging, grasping, and holding impure appearances in one’s mind. There are so many impure ideas and things one thinks are real. Each yidam […]

Mind’s true nature ~ 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

Our present state of mistaken apprehension does not accord with the mind’s true nature, which is ever and already perfect and pure. Mistaken experiences depend upon mind’s fundamental pattern that identifies the apprehending subject as “the self.” The self is not inherently existent, although we erroneously cling to the belief that it is. Since we […]

How things appear ~ 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

How things appear is my being; how things arise is my reality; there is no phenomenon that is not me in the whole universe. 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche