Quote Archives: Atisha

Compassion ~ Atisha

To be kind to those who have come from afar, to those who have been ill for a long time, or to our parents in their old age, is equivalent to meditating on emptiness of which compassion is the very essence. Atisha

living beings and Victorious Ones alike ~ Atisha

The qualities of Buddhahood are gained Through living beings and Victorious Ones alike, Why then do we respect the Victorious Ones And not living beings in the same way? Atisha

Hidden Faults ~ Atisha

The best spiritual friend is one who attacks yours hidden faults. The best instructions are the ones that hit those faults. The best friends are mindfulness and vigilance. The best incentives are enemies, obstacles, and sufferings of illness. The best method is not to fabricate anything. Atisha

The guru’s advice ~ Atisha

Even if you can recite the whole Tripitaka by heart, even if you know the entire Dharma, if you don’t have the guru’s advice, there will be a gap between you and the Dharma when you practice. Atisha

Things that cause grasping ~ Atisha

One should live with few possessions And dwell with one’s back turned To the things that cause grasping. Be as a wanderer in foreign lands Taking food as it is found Like the birds in migration. Atisha

Checking speech and mind ~ Atisha

Among others, keep a check on your speech; When alone, keep a check on your mind. Atisha

The greatest medicine ~ Atisha

The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything. Atisha