Quote Archives: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Suffering is the dance of what is ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Adverse conditions are spiritual friends. Devils and demons are emanations of the victorious ones. Illness is the broom for evil and obscurations. Suffering is the dance of what is. Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Futile life ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

We will be separated from our closest friends. Others will enjoy the wealth we as misers kept. Even our body we hold so dear will be left behind. And our consciousness will wander without direction in the bardos of samsara. Lama, think of us, behold us swiftly with compassion. Bless us that we realize the […]

Look right at your mind ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

If you follow any thought or emotion, major or minor, and let your mind wander outward, your work is in error and you’re no different from an ordinary person. Turn your emotion right in and look right at your mind. When you look at it, nothing is seen. Relax completely, let everything go, and rest […]

Synopsis of all teachings ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Mind itself and the true nature of objects have no reality whatsoever and are beyond intellect and inexpressible. This one point could well be the synopsis of all teachings. Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Ever-present Buddha-Nature ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Getting butter from milk is only possible because milk already contains cream. No one ever made butter by churning water. The prospector looks for gold in rocks and not in wood chips. Likewise, the quest for perfect enlightenment only makes sense because buddha-nature is already present in every being. Without that nature, all efforts would […]

Reducing a god to a demon ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

If, as you meditate on mind training, your personality becomes stiff with pride and arrogance, its as though you have reduced a god to a demon; dharma has become non-dharma. The more you meditate on mind training and dharma, the more supple your personality should become. Act as the lowest servant to everyone. Jamgon Kongtrul […]

Learn not to cling ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Since all virtuous thoughts and actions motivated by clinging to a concrete reality or to a self-cherishing attitude are like poisonous food, give them up. Learn not to cling, but to know the phantomlike nature of experience. Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye