Quote Archives: Tilopa

The wheels of merit and wisdom ~ Tilopa

My son Naropa, for phenomena that come from interdependence, Until you realize all these are unborn, You must not separate From the wheels of merit and wisdom. Tilopa

Hey! ~ Tilopa

Hey! This is self-knowing primordial wisdom. It is beyond articulation and it is not an experienced object of the mind. It is nothing that can be demonstrated by me, Tilopa. Know it by letting your own self-awareness indicate itself. Tilopa

Yogi’s mind ~ Tilopa

At first a yogi feels his mind Is tumbling like a waterfall; In mid-course, like the Ganges It flows on slow and gentle; In the end, it is a great Vast ocean, where the Lights Of Son and Mother merge in one. Tilopa

No hope no fear ~ Tilopa

If you are beyond all grasping at an object and at a subject, that is the monarch of all views. If there is no distraction, it is the monarch of all meditations. If there is no effort, it is the monarch among all conducts. When there is no hope and no fear, that is the […]

Examine yourself ~ Tilopa

Lo! This is self-awareness! It surpasses all avenues of speech and thought. I, Tilopa, have nothing to reveal. You should know it yourself through inward examination. Tilopa

The truth which is natural to awareness ~ Tilopa

Obsessive use of meditative disciplines or perennial study of scripture and philosophy will never bring forth this wonderful realization, this truth which is natural to awareness, because the mind that desperately desires to reach another realm or level of experience inadvertently ignores the basic light that constitutes all experience. Tilopa

Samsara ~ Tilopa

Samsara is to see fault in others. Tilopa

No roots, no home ~ Tilopa

The clouds that wander through the sky have no roots, no home, Nor do the distinctive thoughts floating through the mind. Once the self-mind is seen, Discrimination stops. Tilopa

At ease ~ Tilopa

Like the state of space, the mind transcends thought. Set it at ease in its own nature, without rejecting it or maintaining it. When the mind is without objective content, it is Mahamudra. Through familiarisation with that, supreme enlightenment is achieved. Tilopa

Like space ~ Tilopa

Is space anywhere supported? Upon what does it rest? Like space, mahamudra is dependent upon nothing; Relax and settle in the continuum of unalloyed purity, And, your bonds loosening, release is certain. Tilopa

Like sesame oil ~ Tilopa

Sesame oil is the essence. Although the ignorant know that it is in the sesame seed, they do not understand the way of cause, effect and becoming, and therefore are not able to extract the essence, the sesame oil. Although innate coemergent wisdom abides in the heart of all beings, if it is not shown […]

Fettered by craving ~ Tilopa

Child, it is not by appearances that you are fettered but by craving. Tilopa

Mind without projection ~ Tilopa

Stop all physical activity: sit naturally at ease. Do not talk or speak: let sound be empty, like an echo. Do not think about anything: look at experience beyond thought. Your body has no core, hollow like bamboo. Your mind goes beyond thought, open like space. Let go of control and rest right there. Mind […]

Beholding mind’s true nature ~ Tilopa

Gazing intently into the empty sky, vision ceases; Likewise, when mind gazes into mind itself, The train of discursive and conceptual thought ends And supreme enlightenment is gained. Like the morning mist that dissolves into thin air, Going nowhere but ceasing to be, Waves of conceptualization, all the mind’s creation, dissolve, When you behold your […]

Adhere to a master ~ Tilopa

The fool in his ignorance, disdaining mahamudra, Knows nothing but struggle in the flood of samsara. Have compassion for those who suffer constant anxiety! Sick of unrelenting pain and desiring release, adhere to a master, For when his blessing touches your heart, the mind is liberated. Tilopa

Six Words of Advice ~ Tilopa

Let go of what has passed. Let go of what may come. Let go of what is happening now. Don’t try to figure anything out. Don’t try to make anything happen. Relax, right now, and rest. Tilopa

Free of all effort ~ Tilopa

If you sit, sit in the middle of the sky. If you sleep, sleep on the point of a spear. If you look, look upon the center of the sun. I Tilopa, who saw the ultimate, am the one who is free of all effort. Tilopa

Appearances ~ Tilopa

Oh my Son! Appearances of phenomena do not bind you to samsara, but attachment to them does. So, Naropa, cut off attachment. Tilopa