Quote Archives: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

No modification ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

When you travel in an airplane, you can see all sorts of landscapes below — lakes, mountains, lush forests, deserts, cold and warm places. Likewise, during meditation, experiences of all kinds pass before your mind’s eye. At that time, the most important thing is to avoid any kind of clinging. Don’t proudly think that these […]

Like two expressions on the same face ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Samsara and nirvana are like two expressions on the same face, one dark and sullen, the other light and smiling. But, whatever the expression, we are not talking about a different face. It is not degraded when smeared with the dirt of samsara, neither is it improved when the dirt of samsara is washed off. […]

Free from the extreme of existence and that of nonexistence ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

This empty nature, the lack of intrinsic existence in phenomena, does not imply a blank naught in which there is nothing at all, as we find in the view of the nihilists. According to relative truth, all phenomena arise as a result of the interdependent conjunction of causes and conditions. This enables us to explain […]

The three aspects of diligence ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Diligence has three aspects. The first, called armor-like diligence, is to develop a joyous courage and fortitude which you wear like armor against discouragement. The second is diligence in action, which is to set about accumulating merit through the practice of the six paramitas without delay or procrastination. The third is diligence that cannot be […]

The shadow of our actions ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

We were born alone and we will die alone. Yet even while alone we still have our shadow with us; and alone after death, our consciousness will still have with it the shadow of our actions, good and bad. By the time we are just about to enter the bardo, the intermediate state between death […]

The spear of mindfulness ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Alas for people in this age of residues! The mind’s wholesome core of truth has withered, and people live deceitfully, So their thoughts are warped, their speech is twisted, They cunningly mislead others—who can trust them? In the golden age, the age of perfection, there was no need for sunlight or moonlight, for beings radiated […]