Quote Archives: Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Stopping the extreme swings of the emotional pendulum ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Our emotions propel us through extremes, from elation to depression, from good experiences to bad, from happiness to sadness: a constant swinging back and forth. Emotionality is the by-product of hope and fear, attachment and aversion. We have hope because we are attached to something we want. We have fear because we are averse to […]

Exploring the connections of my karma ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

I have no wings, but still I fly in the sky; I have no magical power, yet like magic I journey throughout realms of illusory display, here and there, in nine directions, exploring the connections of my karma. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Acceptance of what we have ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Young people think their lives will last a long time; old people think life will end soon. But we can’t assume these things. Our life comes with a built-in expiration date. There are many strong and healthy people who die young, while many of the old and sick and feeble live on and on. Not […]

Reacting with anger ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

When someone insults us, we usually dwell on it, asking ourselves, ‘Why did he say that to me?’ and on and on. It’s as if someone shoots an arrow at us, but it falls short. Focusing on the problem is like picking up the arrow and repeatedly stabbing ourselves with it, saying, ‘He hurt me […]

See it as a dream ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Always recognize the dreamlike qualities of life and reduce attachment and aversion. Practice good-heartedness toward all beings. Be loving and compassionate, no matter what others do to you. What they will do will not matter so much when you see it as a dream. The trick is to have positive intention during the dream. This […]

No overnight change ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Desire and attachment won’t change overnight, but desire becomes less ordinary as we redirect our worldly yearning toward the aspiration to become enlightened for the benefit of others. At the same time, we don’t abandon the ordinary objects of our desires – relationships, wealth, fame – but our attachment to them lessens as we contemplate […]

Reducing self-importance ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Now we are afflicted by “me-my-mine-itis,” a condition caused by ignorance. Our self-centeredness and self-important thinking have become very strong habits. In order to change them, we need to refocus. Instead of concerning ourselves with “I” all the time, we must redirect our attention to “you” or “them” or “others.” Reducing self-importance lessens the attachment […]

Trying to control outer circumstances ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

We often think the only way to create happiness is to try to control the outer circumstances of our lives, to try to fix what seems wrong or to get rid of everything that bothers us. But the real problem lies in our reaction to those circumstances. What we have to change is the mind […]

Understanding how delusion arises ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

To understand how delusion arises, practice watching your mind. Begin by simply letting it relax. Without thinking of the past or the future, without feeling hope or fear about this thing or that, let it rest comfortably, open and natural. In this space of the mind, there is no problem, no suffering. Then something catches […]

Because we don’t recognize our essential nature ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Because we don’t recognize our essential nature — we don’t realize that although appearances arise unceasingly, nothing is really there — we invest with solidity and reality the seeming truth of self, other, and actions between self and others. This intellectual obscuration gives rise to attachment and aversion, followed by actions and reactions that create […]

Meeting the needs of others ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

A bodhisattva is someone who has taken on the sole task of meeting the needs of others, no matter how difficult that might be. His self-centeredness has been reduced to the point where wisdom, love, and compassion arise naturally, benefiting any situation. Motivated only by concern for others, he would offer his own life without […]

A dream unfolding ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Time is very precious. Do not wait until you are dying to understand your spiritual nature. If you do it now, you will discover resources of kindness and compassion you didn’t know you had. It is from this mind of intrinsic wisdom and compassion that you can truly benefit others…. Moment by moment, we should […]

Simply discovering what is already there ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

To know the true nature of our experience, and to maintain that knowing, is the means of attaining enlightenment. Enlightenment is not anything new. It’s not something we create or bring into existence. Enlightenment means simply discovering within us what is already there. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Praying ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Praying is not about asking; it’s about listening… It is just opening your eyes to see what was there all along. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Be grateful for each day you share ~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Don’t burden others with your expectations. Understanding their limitations can inspire compassion instead of disappointment, ensuring beneficial and workable relationships. Remember that you have only a short time together. Be grateful for each day you share. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche