Quote Archives: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Your own mind ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

All of saṃsāra and nirvāṇa are your own mind; They don’t arise from anything else in the slightest. Everything, such as joy and suffering, good and bad, High and low, are the conceptual constructs of mind. If your mind is pure, you are buddha: Wherever you reside is a pure realm; Whatever you do is […]

Your own mind ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

All of saṃsāra and nirvāṇa are your own mind; They don’t arise from anything else in the slightest. Everything, such as joy and suffering, good and bad, High and low, are the conceptual constructs of mind. If your mind is pure, you are buddha: Wherever you reside is a pure realm; Whatever you do is […]

Always watch over mind and speech ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Atisha, the protector of the snowland, said: “Among many, examine your speech; When you stay alone, examine your mind.” Briefly he taught these two points. The mind is the root of faults And the mouth is the gateway for these faults to emerge. Thus, always watch over both. Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Suffering is the dance of what is ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Adverse conditions are spiritual friends. Devils and demons are emanations of the victorious ones. Illness is the broom for evil and obscurations. Suffering is the dance of what is. Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Look right at your mind ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

If you follow any thought or emotion, major or minor, and let your mind wander outward, your work is in error and you’re no different from an ordinary person. Turn your emotion right in and look right at your mind. When you look at it, nothing is seen. Relax completely, let everything go, and rest […]

Synopsis of all teachings ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Mind itself and the true nature of objects have no reality whatsoever and are beyond intellect and inexpressible. This one point could well be the synopsis of all teachings. Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Ever-present Buddha-Nature ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Getting butter from milk is only possible because milk already contains cream. No one ever made butter by churning water. The prospector looks for gold in rocks and not in wood chips. Likewise, the quest for perfect enlightenment only makes sense because buddha-nature is already present in every being. Without that nature, all efforts would […]

Reducing a god to a demon ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

If, as you meditate on mind training, your personality becomes stiff with pride and arrogance, its as though you have reduced a god to a demon; dharma has become non-dharma. The more you meditate on mind training and dharma, the more supple your personality should become. Act as the lowest servant to everyone. Jamgon Kongtrul […]

Learn not to cling ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Since all virtuous thoughts and actions motivated by clinging to a concrete reality or to a self-cherishing attitude are like poisonous food, give them up. Learn not to cling, but to know the phantomlike nature of experience. Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

A single ultimate view ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

The noble ones share a single ultimate view, But arrogant ones bend that to their own interests. Those who show all the teachings of the Buddha as without contradiction can be considered learned people, But who would be foolish enough to think that those who cause discord are holders of the dharma? Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro […]

A sectarian person ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Just as a king overpowered by self-interest Is not worthy of being the protector of the kingdom, A sectarian person is not worthy of being a holder of the dharma. Not only that, he is unworthy of upholding even his own tradition. Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Your own impure projections ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Do not discuss the faults of others. Realize that their “faults” are actually your own impure projections. Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Continuing practice into everyday life ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Continue practice into everyday life with a single meditation, always keeping in mind the intention to help others in all activities, eating, dressing, sleeping, walking, or sitting. Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Examining your course of experience ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

You must find freedom from disturbing emotions and ego-clinging by constantly examining and investigating your course of experience. Therefore, turn your attention to an object that gives rise to disturbing emotions. Examine carefully whether they arise or not. If they do arise, apply remedies vigorously. Again, look at ego-clinging to see what it is like. […]

Timeless awareness ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Rely on timeless awareness, which is free of elaboration, without identity, and the very essence of being; do not rely on ordinary consciousness, which is a mind fixated on characteristics and concepts. Timeless awareness entails (a) understanding that the way in which phenomena actually abide is, from the ultimate perspective, free of all limitations imposed […]

All phenomena ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

All phenomena of cyclic existence or transcendence, Included within both appearance and mind, Have no reality whatsoever and (therefore) Arise in any way whatsoever. Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Dharmadhatu ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

It is space, ungraspable as a thing. It is a spotless precious clear crystal. It is the glow of the lamp of self-luminous mind. It is inexpressible, the experience of a mute. It is unobscured, transparent wisdom, The luminous dharmakaya, sugatagarbha, Primordially pure and spontaneous. It cannot be shown through analogy by anyone, And it […]

Three limitless seeds of virtue ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

The three poisons continually arise in connection with three objects. Compulsive attachment arises for objects that are pleasant or useful; aversion arises for objects that are unpleasant or harmful; and stupidity or indifference for other objects. Recognize these poisons as soon as they arise. Then, for example, when attachment arises, think: “May every bit of […]

Simply wasting this human life ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

You might “kill time” walking, moving, sleeping, or sitting: ineffectual acts which are neither wholesome nor harmful, and which mature into neither good nor bad experiences. But since such actions simply waste this human life, instead of throwing your ability away in idle amusements, make a conscious effort to devote your time exclusively to wholesome action. […]