Quote Archives: Kalu Rinpoche

Necessity of some intellectual basis ~ Kalu Rinpoche

Whether we follow the scholastic or meditative approach really depends on our inclination, but regardless of how extensive or specialized our interest may be, some intellectual basis is certainly necessary. It is said that someone who tries to meditate without a conceptual understanding of what he or she is doing is like a blind person […]

Determination to be free of samsara ~ Kalu Rinpoche

Be ever mindful of the shortcomings of desire’s rewards, and know that all the phenomena of the cycle of existence are never still, like the ripples on a pond, and that these manifestations of delusion, which are no things in themselves, are like magic and dreams. When you have the determination to be free of […]

Start at home ~ Kalu Rinpoche

If we can practice bodhicitta, develop patience, and pacify all disharmony in our own home, then we have prepared the way leading to the development of limitless bodhicitta. If, on the other hand, we cannot maintain patience and harmony in our own home with our own family, then it is very unlikely that we will […]

The basic problem ~ Kalu Rinpoche

The basic problem is that one believes that everything is real, and thus everything is treated as such. Kalu Rinpoche

Expressing emotions ~ Kalu Rinpoche

In the current general cultural milieu of the Western world, expression of desire allows emotions to be actively encouraged, actively stimulated, and over-blown, all within the contextual appreciation of this as something healthy. If one has a desire, one is encouraged to fulfill it. If one has an emotion, one is encouraged to stimulate it, […]

Spacious meditation ~ Kalu Rinpoche

In real meditation, a bare state of awareness is necessary, so that the meditation has a spacious quality, a clarity and transparency of experience. Kalu Rinpoche

A shift in attention ~ Kalu Rinpoche

Regardless of the emotion being experienced — be it desire, anger, pride, jealousy, envy, greed, or whatever — what is really going on is a shift in attention.  The mind is expressing itself in a different way. Nothing implicitly requires one to presume that this emotion has any reality in and of itself… It is just […]