Quote Archives: Longchenpa

Heart Advice ~ Longchenpa

So stay right here, you lucky people, let go and be happy in the natural state. Let your complicated life and everyday confusion alone and out of quietude, doing nothing, watch the nature of mind. This piece of advice is from the bottom of my heart: fully engage in contemplation and understanding is born; cherish […]

Indications of excellent and poor gurus ~ Longchenpa

Six things are taught to be indications of excellent gurus: If those who rely on gurus are inspired and turn toward the dharma, this is an indication that, through spiritual accomplishment, these gurus have amassed clouds of blessings. If gurus encourage students to practice and their students in turn display many positive qualities, this is […]

At all times and in every situation ~ Longchenpa

In short, at all times and in every situation, make sure that whatever you do turns into the sacred dharma and dedicate every virtuous action toward enlightenment. By doing so, you will fulfill your guru’s wishes and be of service to the Buddha’s dharma; you will repay your parents’ kindness and spontaneously accomplish the benefit […]

Undistracted presence of mind ~ Longchenpa

Within the vastness of spontaneous self-knowing, let be freely, uncontrived and free of fabrication. Whatever thoughts arise, be sure to recognize your nature so that they all dissolve as the play of dharmata. Even though you practice in such a way that there is not even as much as a hair tip of a concrete […]

Unless you mingle your mind with the dharma ~ Longchenpa

In short, unless you mingle your mind with the dharma, it is pointless to merely sport a spiritual veneer. Keep to the bare necessities for sustaining your life and warding off the bitter cold; reflect on the fact that nothing else is really needed. Practice guru yoga and supplicate one-pointedly. Direct every spiritual practice you […]

Being in harmony with the dharma ~ Longchenpa

The categories of teachings are endless. The entrance doors to the vehicles are innumerable. The words to be explained are extensive. Even if you succeed in memorizing millions of volumes of dharma scriptures, unless you are able to practice the essential meaning, you can never be sure that they will help you at the moment […]

Pursue the lasting goal ~ Longchenpa

At present we have achieved the perfect human body of freedoms and riches. We have met the precious teachings of the greater vehicle. We now have the independence to genuinely apply the sacred dharma, so do not squander your life on pointless things. Instead, pursue the lasting goal. Longchenpa