Quote Archives: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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 […]

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 […]