Quote Archives: Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Modern Buddhadharma ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

The British have this very romantic idea about ancient culture and wisdom, which is reflected in their academia. If an Englishman wants to study Buddhism, he begins by examining the root texts in original Pali or Sanskrit, and he studies the code of conduct Buddha prescribed for Indians twenty-five hundred years ago, and he feels […]

The very essence of the Spiritual journey ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

To follow a Guru, you have to navigate so much. You have to wrestle with your instincts, go against your character and habits. You should realize that navigation through struggle is the very essence of the Spiritual journey: crossing mountains, valleys, rivers, and deserts in search of the answer. This is the Voyage that you […]

Controlled by circumstances ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

To find out whether or not you are controlled by circumstances and situations, there are myriad things you can do, such as skip lunch. If you are a man, wear a bra and walk around in public. If you are a woman, go to a fancy party in your bedroom slippers. If you are married, […]

Spiritual practice is like riding a bicycle ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Spiritual practice is a bit like riding a bicycle. Once you have learnt how to cycle there is no need to go over the theory behind how the gears work or the best height for your saddle every time you go for a ride. All you have to do is get on your bike and […]

Gurus Don’t Fish for Devotion ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Most Vajrayana students are convinced they have boundless devotion for their guru, but in reality what they feel is more like admiration, in the same way they might admire a political candidate whose ethical and moral standing reassures them. Not only is that not devotion, it’s actually quite dangerous. If the politician ignores you or […]

Devotion is supreme ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Listening, contemplating, studying, and analyzing are common methods for seekers of truth, but in the end, the real understanding of emptiness can arise only when the mind is free of reference points, cultural hang-ups, values, the burden of logic, dialectics, reason, speculation, rationalism, and hypotheses. This is called devotion. Of all possible superior faculties, devotion […]

The quest for a guru ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Before embarking on your search for a guru, your intentions should be clear. As with everything, motivation is of utmost importance. Why would you even want to have a guru? At the very least, the quest for a guru should be fueled by a revulsion of worldly life. If not revulsion, then at least some […]