Quote Archives: Dudjom Rinpoche

Our minds and the Dharma go different ways ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

Nowadays we all boast that we are Dharma practitioners, but we have not severed our attachment to the things of this life, we have not turned our minds away from cyclic existence, we have not relinquished even the smallest of our desires — for friends and relations, entourage, servants, food and clothes, pleasant conversation, and […]

The truth of the path ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

While the causal condition for the path is the Buddha-nature, the dominant condition is the sublime teacher, because the path comes about through practicing his or her teachings, and realization of the ground as it is depends on the teacher. The actual practice of the path depends on the individual; the path itself is virtue […]

Keep a middle course ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

Be constant amid the ebb and flow of happiness and suffering. Be friendly and even with others. Unguarded, intemperate chatter will put you in their power; excessive silence may leave them unclear as to what you mean. So keep a middle course: don’t swagger with self-confidence, but don’t be a doormat either. Don’t run after […]

Seeing naked awareness ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

Rest at ease within the uncontrived nature of mind. By looking, nothing is seen; Seeing nothing is actually to see naked awareness: That itself is Buddha Kuntu Zangpo. Dudjom Rinpoche

View, meditation, conduct and result ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

The realization that all phenomena of samsara and enlightenment are emptiness inseparable from naked awareness is the view. To release present awareness within the spacious natural state and then to sustain the self-liberation of thoughts without grasping is meditation. All post-meditative activity done harmoniously with the Dharma is the conduct. The complete manifestation of that […]

An Aspiration to The Great Perfection ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

May we gain conviction in the view, wherein samsara and nirvana are the same. May we have consummate skill in meditation, a natural flow unaltered, uncontrived. May we bring our action to perfection, a natural, unintended, spontaneity. May we find the dharmakaya, beyond all gaining and rejection. Dudjom Rinpoche

Attitude of a Dharma practitioner ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

To put it simply, from the moment you enter the sacred Dharma and become a Dharma practitioner, your inner attitude and outer conduct should far surpass those of an ordinary mundane person. As the saying goes: The sign of true learning is a peaceful temperament, And the sign of having meditated is fewer afflictions. If, […]

Accumulation of merit becoming perfectly pure ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

The master Ashvagosha says: All these sources of good that I have accomplished I dedicate as the cause of the state beyond the world, Without thoughts related to cyclic existence, or hopes Of any resulting fame, praise, or happiness, celestial or human. Unless all our meritorious actions are backed by the skillful means of compassion […]

Don’t waste your time ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

Do not allow yourself to become impervious and blasé regarding the Dharma; do not lead yourself astray. Let the profound Dharma sink into your mind. Now that you have obtained this excellent life, so hard to find, now that you have the freedom to practice the teachings, don’t waste your time. Dudjom Rinpoche

The seven sublime riches ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

Cultivate faith and devotion to the Three Jewels and to your teacher. Strive in the ten virtues and combine clear intelligence with extensive learning. Nurture a sense of personal integrity and propriety regarding others. With these seven sublime riches, you will always be happy! Dudjom Rinpoche

The root of Dharma ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

Make every effort on the path, uniting absolute and relative bodhichitta. This distils the essence of all the sutras and the tantras. The subduing of one’s own mind is the root of Dharma. When the mind is controlled, defilements naturally subside. Dudjom Rinpoche

The most profound of all Buddha’s teaching ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

The altruism of bodhichitta is the path of beings of great potential. Therefore train yourself in the deeds of bodhisattvas, and do this on a grand scale! Shoulder the responsibility of freeing all beings from samsara. Of all the eighty-four thousand sections of the Buddha’s teachings, none is more profound than bodhichitta. Dudjom Rinpoche

Be without regret ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

Strive to accomplish the supreme unchanging goal. For life is passing, and there is no certainty about the time of death. Even if you should die tomorrow, you should have confidence and be without regret. Dudjom Rinpoche

Without any distinction whatsoever ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

You should bring into the path all those who have a good or bad connection with you without making any distinction whatsoever, be they faithful persons who serve you or faithless persons who revile or abuse you. Care for them with pure prayers of aspiration. Dudjom Rinpoche

One need after the other ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

If you are not contented with few possessions, as long as one need after another arises, the deceptive demon of your pleasures will enter without much trouble. Dudjom Rinpoche

Suffering for sure ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

Now, one time out of hundreds you have obtained a human form. If you do not do what you can now to avoid rebirth in the lower realms, your place of rebirth might be unknown, but wherever it might be among the six classes of beings, suffering will be its only sure feature. Dudjom Rinpoche

Humorously going on doing things ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

In a sense everything is dreamlike and illusory, but even so, humorously you go on doing things. For example, if you are walking, without unnecessary solemnity or self-consciousness, lightheartedly walk toward the open space of truth. When you sit, be the stronghold of truth. As you eat, feed your negativities and illusions into the belly […]

Signs of Practice ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

Calm and self-control are signs of listening to the Dharma; Few passions, signs of meditation; Harmony with everyone is the sign of a practitioner; Your mind at ease, the sign of accomplishment. Dudjom Rinpoche

No words can describe it ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

No words can describe it No example can point to it Samsara does not make it worse Nirvana does not make it better It has never been born It has never ceased It has never been liberated It has never been deluded It has never existed It has never been nonexistent It has no limits […]

Paying attention to the karmic process ~ Dudjom Rinpoche

Please be careful in the future to pay attention. Karma can be very subtle and tricky. We might think something is no big deal, but it may turn out to have serious consequences, so pay good attention to the karmic process. This is what every practitioner needs to pay attention to — even those with […]