Quote Archives: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Putting others in the center ~ Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

The practice of putting others in the center is not simply a crusade to do “good.” It is a practice based on the understanding that our own happiness is inextricably linked with the happiness of others. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Not Bound ~ Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

The notion of enlightenment means, “not bound”. Not bound to what? Not bound to one’s own mind in ordinary ways; not bound in confusion to all the suffering that one’s mind has produced and is experiencing. So the notion of enlightenment is not something outside of one’s own mind. We cannot imagine achieving enlightenment, let […]

Rejoice in Others’ Happiness ~ Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

To rejoice in others’ happiness without any preferences of our own shows that we understand that the longing for happiness is the same for all beings. We can rejoice in their temporal happiness, which has come from their accumulation of merit. When we recognize the quality of happiness in others—when we see someone genuinely smile […]

Just an expression of mind’s basic nature ~ Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

When disturbing thoughts and emotions arise, your only choice is to let them unfold naturally. Don’t try to control or indulge them. Giving them importance only makes them more “real.” Instead, shift your attitude a bit. You will see that this disturbed and anxious mind is just an expression of mind’s basic nature – which […]

Everything is workable for all of us ~ Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Sentient beings possess varying degrees of maturity, but we all possess the same potential. From this point of view, everything is workable for all of us. We are not talking here about having great meditation experiences; we are talking about working with everyday experience within relative awareness, using our spiritual traning and meditation practice as […]

The greatest offering to the Buddhas ~ Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

A moment of genuine contemplation of impermanence is the greatest offering among all offerings to the Buddhas. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Softening our heart ~ Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

This heart of ours is very difficult to soften. But we’d all most probably like our heart to be more soft and compassionate. The way it can ever soften is to be able to put ourselves in others shoes, in the shoes of the person we see suffering, for example. Then go through what they […]