Quote Archives: Tenzin Palmo

The big taboo is death ~ Tenzin Palmo

Our culture finds this question of losing very difficult. It’s very good about getting. Our consumer culture, especially nowadays, is all about getting, getting, getting. We throw away those things which were fashionable yesterday but are no longer fashionable today to get something new. We don’t have that attitude, though, toward our own bodies or […]

Just mental states ~ Tenzin Palmo

We practice being able to stand back to see the thoughts, memories, feelings, and emotions as merely thoughts, memories, and feelings, as merely mental states, and not something solid or real. “Me” and “mine” are just mental states. Tenzin Palmo

Right here and now ~ Tenzin Palmo

What do people think spiritual development is? It’s not lights and trumpets. It’s very simple. It’s right here and now. People have this idea that Enlightenment and realization is something in the distance – a very fantastic and magnificent happening which will transform everything once and for always. But it’s not like that at all. […]

Identification with our thoughts and feelings ~ Tenzin Palmo

When we are angry, when we are excited, when we are depressed, when we are elated, we are completely submerged in and identified with those thoughts and feelings. This is why we suffer. We suffer because we are completely identified with our thoughts and feelings and we think this is me. This is who I […]

Being quite happy with a question mark ~ Tenzin Palmo

There have been times when my whole spiritual life was one great big question mark. But instead of suppressing the questions, I brought up the things I questioned and examined them one by one. When I came out the other end, I realized that it simply didn’t matter. We can be quite happy with a […]

No connection with that particular doctrine ~ Tenzin Palmo

If we come across certain things that we find difficult to accept even after careful investigation, that doesn’t mean the whole Dharma has to be thrown overboard. Even now, after all these years, I still find certain things in the Tibetan Dharma which I’m not sure about at all. I used to go to my […]

As messed up as ever ~ Tenzin Palmo

Once I’ve sorted myself out and really figured out who I am the I’ll be alright.” But years down the line people are still as messed up as ever. The problem is we’re identifying ourselves with the wrong thing. Identifying ourselves with the ‘I’ we solidify ourselves, but it’s also why people feel so lonely […]

It’s like a dance ~ Tenzin Palmo

It’s like a dance. And we have to give each being space to dance their dance. Everything is dancing; even the molecules inside the cells are dancing. But we make our lives so heavy. We have these incredibly heavy burdens we carry with us like rocks in a big rucksack. We think that carrying this […]

The big spider in the middle of the web ~ Tenzin Palmo

So the whole Buddhist path on one level can be a way of understanding how to loosen and eventually drop our desperate grasping at this sense of me. Right there at the center of the universe and definitely the big spider in the middle of the web that we are all weaving. Which we imagine […]

Cut off from the present moment ~ Tenzin Palmo

Our society is very result-oriented, that’s why we are so competitive. That’s why we are always stressed, because we are always looking at something in the distance. If you are always looking at the top of the mountain you are climbing, you cannot be aware of the grass and flowers growing at your feet. We […]

Going beyond our prisons ~ Tenzin Palmo

Everything which we see and everyone we relate to, we relate to from this tight box of our very limited judgements, prejudices, ideas, conceptions. It’s like we’re in a very small prison cell, dungeon really. And so we begin to start a new kind of direction in our lives … but the important thing is […]

Relating to the guru ~ Tenzin Palmo

Sometimes, even if the lama is sitting in front of you, you can feel there’s a thousand miles between you; likewise, you can be a thousand miles away and feel that the guru is right there sitting in your heart. Tenzin Palmo

We never actually perceive what is there ~ Tenzin Palmo

We never actually perceive what is there, only what is related back to us through our senses. The reality perceived by a fly, with its very differently structured eye and antennae, is very different from the reality we perceive, but it is equally valid from the fly’s point of view. We don’t see things better […]

Just a movie ~ Tenzin Palmo

This endless film show is being played in our mind – moment to moment mind states – and that is projected out in front of us as our external reality. Now as long as we are fascinated by the movie in front of us, then we believe it and we become deeply involved in what […]

Legs and eyes ~ Tenzin Palmo

The other paramitas (generosity;ethics;patience;joyous effort and concentration) are the legs and wisdom is the eyes. And if we are trying to get to the goal, we’ve got the legs, but we can’t see where we are going but if we only have eyes and no legs, we also are not going to get very far. […]

Beginning to develop awareness ~ Tenzin Palmo

As we begin to develop awareness of the mind, the mind itself appears to divide into two. A new aspect of the mind arises. This is referred to variously as the witness, the seer, the knower, or the observer. It witnesses without judgment and without comment. Along with the arrival of the witness, a space […]

A container for our spiritual cultivation ~ Tenzin Palmo

These basic rules of conduct: not killing, not stealing, being very careful and responsible in our sexual conduct, having ethical speech and not destroying our minds through drugs and alcohol – these are eternal rules of conduct… it’s like a cup: if we want to pour in the elixir of the dharma, we have to […]

Aspiration to go beyond samsara ~ Tenzin Palmo

Most people feel cozy enough in samsara. They do not really have the genuine aspiration to go beyond samsara; they just want samsara to be a little bit better. It is quite interesting that “samsara” became the name of a perfume. And it is like that. It seduces us into thinking that it is okay: […]

Everything depends on the mind ~ Tenzin Palmo

Samsara is not the planet, the planet is perfectly in sync, it’s the minds of the beings that inhabit the planet that makes it samsara or nirvana. When you enter nirvana you don’t suddenly disappear you’re still living on the same planet but the planet itself has transformed because the mind has transformed. It all […]

As the dharma takes over ~ Tenzin Palmo

If we are serious about becoming the masters of our minds and emotions, instead of the slaves of our minds and emotions, if we are really serious about leading a life which will be of benefit for ourselves and others, we have to become selective. We cannot do everything in this lifetime. We cannot spend […]