Training the Mind ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

The quintessence of the path is to have the wisdom that realizes egolessness. Until we have this wisdom, we have not understood the essence of the Buddha’s teaching. In order to achieve this wisdom, first we have to make our mind malleable, workable—in the sense of being in control of our own mind. As Shantideva […]

The futility of ordinary pursuits ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Why would you invest all that energy on those plans for the future if you were not somehow blindly convinced that you are still sure to be here in this world for a long time to come? The great practitioners of the past described themselves as “yogis with the thought of impermanence implanted firmly in […]

Aspiration for the time of death ~ Longchenpa

When my time has come and impermanence and death have caught up with me, When the breath ceases, and the body and mind go their separate ways, May I not experience delusion, attachment, and clinging, But remain in the natural state of ultimate reality. Longchenpa

The greatest offering to the Buddhas ~ Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

A moment of genuine contemplation of impermanence is the greatest offering among all offerings to the Buddhas. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Achieving union ~ Longchenpa

Below rocky cliffs, a vivid sense of impermanence and disenchantment dawns, clear and inspired, helping us to achieve the union of calm abiding and penetrating insight. Longchenpa

Working with the present situation ~ Chögyam Trungpa

The Buddhist tradition teaches the truth of impermanence, or the transitory nature of things. The past is gone and the future has not yet happened, so we work with what is here – the present situation. This actually helps us not to categorize or theorize. A fresh, living situation is taking place all the time, […]

Death is certain ~ Khunu Rinpoche

Death is certain, but when it will arrive is not. One thing that’s for sure is that we are not going to live for one hundred years. One hundred years from now, pretty much everybody alive today will be dead. It is very important to remember impermanence. The Kadampa geshes used to remember impermanence all […]

Everybody is the guest of everybody ~ Chögyam Trungpa

In inviting sentient beings as guests, the bodhisattva, the practitioner in the mahayana, has a constant sense of the impermanence of the relationship — the guest is going to leave. So we view this as an opportune time, and there is constant appreciation. Our guests come. We entertain them and relate with them. Afterward, the […]

Transparency of time and space ~ Chögyam Trungpa

When we practice meditation, we begin to realize what is known as the transparency and impermanence of time and space. We realize how much we are dwelling on our little things and that we cannot catch any of it and build a house on it. We cannot even lay the foundation. The whole thing keeps […]

Opposite direction to dharma ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

However beneficial a practice appears to be, however politically correct or exciting, if it does not contradict your habit of grasping at permanence, or looks harmless but insidiously encourages you to forget the truth of impermanence and the illusory nature of phenomena, it will inevitably take you in the opposite direction to dharma. Dzongsar Khyentse […]

Distractions ~ Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

What is keeping me away from what I want to do as a practitioner? We must ask ourselves this question. Great practitioners of the past would not have the distractions that we have, however noble these aims of ours seem, because those practitioners took impermanence so deeply to heart. So we must address honestly all […]

Samsara ~ Naropa

The mind, deluded by the appearance of samsara, Sees the faults of others with the senses. It is darkened by the prison of samsara; It is made intolerable by the fire of samsara; It is caught in the spider web of samsara; It is stuck in samsara as the bee is in nectar; It is […]

The fruit of ultimate perfection ~ Ling Rinpoche

You should try to meditate regularly on death and impermanence and thus become a spiritual practitioner of initial scope. Then you should develop the meditations on the unsatisfactory nature of samsara and the three higher trainings [ethics, concentration and wisdom] and thus become a practitioner of medium scope. Finally, you should give birth to love, […]

Commitment to pure Dharma practice ~ Kalu Rinpoche

By understanding death and impermanence, the suffering of samsara and the karmic process, you spontaneously discover a commitment to pure Dharma practice. Kalu Rinpoche

Embracing the groundlessness of our situation ~ Pema Chödron

It’s not impermanence per se, or even knowing we’re going to die, that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught. Rather, it’s our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty of our situation. Our discomfort arises from all of our efforts to put ground under our feet, to realize our dream of constant okayness. When […]

Unmistaken signs of accomplishment ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

There are signs of accomplishment, such as having good health and long life or becoming famous and influential, but these belong to the superficial type of accomplishment. The true, unmistaken signs of accomplishment as established by the masters of the lineage, are to possess compassion, devotion and an acute sense of impermanence. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Corrosion begins as soon as creation begins ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Wishing for “happily ever after” is nothing more than a desire for permanence in disguise. Fabricating concepts such as “eternal love,” “everlasting happiness,” and “salvation” generates more evidence of impermanence. Our intention and the result are at odds. We intend to establish ourselves and our world, but we forget that the corrosion begins as soon […]

Relationships ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Personal relationships are the most volatile and perfect examples of assembled phenomena and impermanence. Some couples believe that they can manage their relationship ‘until death do us part’ by reading books or consulting with a relationship doctor. Knowing that men are from Mars and women are from Venus provides the key to only a few […]

A principle of harmony ~ Pema Chödron

Impermanence is a principle of harmony. When we don’t struggle against it, we are in harmony with reality. Pema Chödron

Experiences and Merit ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

How we interpret information and our experiences of the world depends entirely on how much merit we have accumulated. For example, what does the word impermanent mean? On the grossest possible level, those who have very little merit believe that ‘ impermanent’ means decay and death, or the changing seasons. Once we start to accumulate […]