Quote Archives: Bokar Rinpoche

Fully conscious of the present situation ~ Bokar Rinpoche

Mental calming implies as much clarity as possible, allied with a deep feeling of freedom. When we contemplate the sea during the day we can see stones and seaweed deep down through the clear water. Our meditation should have the same clarity, which allows us to be fully conscious of the present situation. Bokar Rinpoche

True devotion ~ Bokar Rinpoche

When we pray to the lama, we imagine his body, his face, his familiar expression facing us, and we think it’s him. But truly, neither his body nor the expression of his face are quite the lama. The lama is his mind and its own specific qualities. When the lama dies, some people may experience great sadness. The thought […]

From a meditation point of view ~ Bokar Rinpoche

We generally think that happiness and suffering come from external circumstances… From the Buddhist point of view, as well as that of meditation, happiness and suffering do not fundamentally depend on external circumstances, but on the mind itself. A positive mental attitude engenders happiness; a negative attitude produces suffering. Bokar Rinpoche

The electricity of spiritual practice ~ Bokar Rinpoche

Bodhicitta is the electricity of spiritual practice. If it is cut, nothing works anymore. Animated with bodhicitta, all ordinary activity, all works in the world become a path to awakening. Bokar Rinpoche

Source of fear ~ Bokar Rinpoche

Fear appears from a false vision of reality. Bokar Rinpoche

Caught up in thoughts relating to the past, present and future ~ Bokar Rinpoche

Our minds are usually caught up in thoughts relating to the past, present and future. When one ceases to follow such thoughts and lets one’s mind settle in a natural state, as it is, without movement or distraction, this is called meditation. Bokar Rinpoche

Renunciation ~ Bokar Rinpoche

Understanding that everything is impermanent, that happiness is transformed into suffering, and that all phenomena are lacking reality in themselves and are only projections of our mind, will permit us to counteract the first hindrance to meditation, that is, our attachment to this world. Bokar Rinpoche