Quote Archives: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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 […]

Three turnings of the wheel of Dharma ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

The three cycles of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings are known as the three turnings of the wheel of Dharma. In the first turning of the wheel, at Vārāṇasī, he taught the Four Noble Truths common to both Hīnayāna and Mahāyāna. In the second, at Rājagṛiha, or Vulture Peak, he expounded the Mahāyāna teachings on absolute truth […]

Simply the mind itself ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

When looking into the nature of mind, don’t expect to gain some exceptionally high or profound realization, or to see anything new. Nor should you hesitate or doubt your ability to meditate. Just trust that the nature of mind is simply the mind itself left in an unaltered state, and do all that you can […]

Trample on anger with realization ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Examine anger itself and you will find that it is nothing but a thought. If that angry thought disappears, it will not lead to an action done in anger, with its negative karmic results. Trample on anger with realization, and it dissolves like a cloud in the sky; and as it dissolves, the notion of […]

Clarity and emptiness ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Clarity and emptiness are inseparably united in the true nature of mind, which is beyond all concepts of existence and non-existence. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

The awakened heart itself ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Why is compassion of foremost importance in the Buddha’s teachings? Because it is the root of all the vastness and profundity of the bodhisattva path. Compassion is the awakened heart itself. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche