Quote Archives: Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Purification of the mind ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Leave the mind in the natural condition, just as it is. Then being a monk and wearing monk’s robes is good, being a Buddhist yogi and wearing white robes is also good, and not wearing any robes at all, the mind is still pure in the natural condition. The most important thing in Dharma is […]

Benefiting the mind ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

The point is that Dharma is intended to benefit the mind, so whatever one does in Dharma is likewise intended to benefit the mind. If a particular practice is beneficial to the mind, then it is positive. Therefore, if practices such as doing prostrations and setting up an altar and making offerings and repeating the […]

Continuity of mind ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

If we believe in the continuity of mind, then love inconspicuously connects us to the ones we love with continuous positive energy, so that even tangible separations between people who love each other do not reduce the intangible power of love. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

My grandfather of mindfulness ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

My grandfather of mindfulness must watch constantly after this spoiled child of deluded mind to save him from disaster. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Reflections ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

The Buddha is omniscient: his mind is like the sky. He does not show anything: what appears is a reflection. If sentient beings have direction, it is reflected. If sentient beings have a time, it is reflected. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

In the crystal mirror theater of awareness mind ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

In the crystal mirror theater of awareness mind the supreme artist performs his magical displays, but rare is the clear insight audience capable of viewing this wisdom. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Playing ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Fish play in the water. Birds play in the sky. Ordinary beings play on the earth. Sublime beings play in display. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Limited meditation ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

If we really want to be sublime meditators, we should not set a time period for our meditation, as it is the modern meditator’s style. We should not count the hours or minutes because limited time makes limited meditation. Our ordering, limited gross and subtle elements’ mind cannot release itself into the sublime, limitless, secret […]

Just Dharma Drama ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

We may pretend to be Buddhists, but if we do not have a wisdom point of view and the compassion that the Buddha Shakyamuni revealed again and again, then whatever Dharma acts we perform are just Dharma drama for the nihilist audience to senselessly gossip about during intermission. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Being a disciple without being one ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

I would like to be a disciple without being one, without hope of learning. I would like to find through my good karma, auspicious dreams, searching, or through friends, an intelligent and expert, powerful wisdom teacher to show me the truly correct path until the final result. It does not matter if he teaches in […]

Our version of reality ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

We may say we can only believe in what can be experienced or proven, but actually we believe selectively in what can be experienced or proven as long as it is compatible with our other conceptions. We accept and use intangible abstractions of intangible times, places, and circumstances to support what we think is tangibly […]

Continuous love ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

If we believe that mind is continuous, our love for others becomes continuous. If we recognize this continuity, we do not trust temporary, tangible circumstances or take them too seriously. Since it is tiring to switch between changing uncertainties, which are inherently impermanent and unimportant, we become less easily influenced by any circumstance. This creates […]

Unclear intention ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

If your intention is not clear, if you aren’t really weary of samsara, then going on retreat is just another game. Even if you stayed for your whole life, you would just be wasting time and you would not learn anything. Many animals spend their lives in caves or in the ground like groundhogs, just […]

Beyond hopefulness and hopelessness ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Suffering in hopefulness is the eternalist. Suffering in hopelessness is the nihilist. Beyond both hopefulness and hopelessness is the Buddhist. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Entirely spiritual ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Some people think that Buddhism is a philosophy and not a religion; but Buddhism is neither a nihilist philosophy nor an eternalist religion. This is a complete deviation whose source is material judgment, made by people who try to find out about Buddhism but merely focus on its objective, material aspects out of their own […]

Better without a typewriter ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

I would like to be an expert writer with unblocked mind profoundly expressing all the words I want to say clearly and deeply. But I’m afraid that when one has paper, there is no ink, and when there is ink, there is no paper. When one has both paper and ink, there are no words. […]

Sublime beings ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

Sublime beings can appear in the inexpressible qualities of the Buddha which are beyond the habit of substantial reality’s form. If we only accept the existence of what can be accommodated within our ordinary delusion, it is impossible to have faith in enlightenment, which is the infalliable, pure phenomena of any Buddha and is beyond […]

Wisdom mind ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

I bow to my own wisdom mind which is my best wisdom teacher, the source of all visible and invisible qualities. Sentient beings are always in time and place. If sentient beings are in time, my wisdom teacher dances magically in time. If sentient beings are in place, my wisdom teacher dances magically in place. […]

Belief and faith ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

The ideas presented in some favorite Western Dharma books, such as ‘Buddhism without Beliefs’ and ‘The Faith To Doubt’, are in disagreement with Buddhist views about belief and faith. These ideas do not exist in any kind of Buddhism, and they are unbelievably dangerous because they prevent faith and spirituality with ideas that are one-sidedly […]

Unconditioned purity ~ Thinley Norbu Rinpoche

The unconditioned, natural state of buddhas and its immeasurable phenomena are always equally pure. Therefore, all buddhas are never in transitional states because they are always abiding in indivisible, vajra-wisdom buddhafields. Sentient beings have the same unconditioned purity as buddhas, but through not recognizing the even purity of the reflections of mirrorlike mind, they moved […]