Quote Archives: Patrul Rinpoche

We can’t ignore our reality ~ Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche

Someone who begins to develop an interest in the teachings can tend to distance themselves from the reality of material things, as if the teachings were something completely apart from daily life. Often, at the bottom of all this, there is an attitude of giving up and running away from one’s own problems, with the […]

I like suffering ~ Patrul Rinpoche

I don’t like happiness, I like suffering: If I am happy, the five poisons increase. If I suffer, my past bad karma is exhausted. I don’t value high positions, I like low ones. If I am important, my pride and jealousy increase; If I am lowly, I relax and my spiritual practice grows. The lowest […]

Motivated by ordinary concerns ~ Patrul Rinpoche

What makes an action good or bad? Not how it looks, nor whether it is big or small, but the good or evil motivation behind it. No matter how many teachings you have heard, to be motivated by ordinary concerns — such as a desire for greatness, fame or whatever, is not the way of […]

The Three Defects when listening to the Dharma – Patrul Rinpoche

Not to listen is to be like a pot turned upside down. Not to be able to retain what you hear is to be like a pot with a hole in it. To mix negative emotions with what you hear is to be like a pot with poison in it. The upside-down pot: when you […]

Still practicing ~ Patrul Rinpoche

You know the relative to be a lie, yet still you practise the two accumulations. You realize that in the absolute there is nothing to be meditated on, yet still you practise meditation. You see the relative and absolute as one, yet still you diligently practise. Peerless teacher, at your feet I bow. Patrul Rinpoche

The need to follow a spiritual teacher ~ Patrul Rinpoche

No sutra, tantra, or shastra speaks of any being ever attaining perfect buddhahood without having followed a spiritual teacher. Patrul Rinpoche

Not your business ~ Patrul Rinpoche

Take the example of an old cow, She’s content to sleep in a barn, You have to eat, sleep, and shit — That’s unavoidable — But beyond that is none of your business. Patrul Rinpoche