Quote Archives: Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

The essence of mind ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

The essence of mind that is primordially empty and rootless is unlike holding the idea of emptiness in mind, and it is not the same as the sustained attempt to feel empty. Neither of these helps very much. By growing used to this natural, original emptiness again and again, we become accustomed to it. Then […]

Direct experience ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

We awaken to enlightenment by recognizing and fully realizing the primordially pure essence already present as our nature. That’s how to be an awakened buddha. Even though the enlightened state is actually already present, imagining or forming a thought-construct of enlightenment doesn’t make you enlightened. It’s the same as when you are really hungry and […]

The single sphere of dharmakaya ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Without any duality of perceiver and per­ceived, there is no way a normal thought can survive; it vanishes. The phrase ‘single sphere of dharmakaya’ refers simply to this original wakefulness. It is called single or sole, meaning not a duality, whereas the normal thinking mind is dualistic, and is never called single. If this holding […]

Samsara and Nirvana ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Samsara is mind turned outwardly, lost in its projections. Nirvana is mind turned inwardly, recognizing its nature. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

What actually takes place ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

An appearance can only exist if there is a mind that beholds it. The ‘beholding’ of that appearance is nothing other than experience; that is what actually takes place. All the elements are vividly distinguished as long as the mind fixates on them. Yet they are nothing but a mere presence, an appearance. When the […]

Empty cognizance ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Try to imagine what it’s like when this moment of empty cognizance suffused with awareness starts to last for a full hour, unbroken. The very first moment of empty cognizance already has the potential for full omniscience, as well as the potential for compassion and loving kindness – the potential ability to protect and help […]

Doubting the commonly accepted version of reality ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Ordinary people do not question the commonly accepted version of reality. They conform to the standard values of subduing enemies and cherishing friends and family. Materialism, ambition and mundane achievements are the worldly hallmarks of success. We experience the phenomenal world and our minds as solid and truly existent. Very few people doubt these assertions […]