Quote Archives: Mingyur Rinpoche

Only with recognition ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Everyone has dimensions to their mind that are luminous, spacious, and empty. The issue is whether we recognize these aspects or not. Liberation arises only with recognition, not just from having these natural qualities. Mingyur Rinpoche

The masks that hide our true selves ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

On some gut level, below the thinking mind, we know there is more to our being than the masks that hide our true selves. Mingyur Rinpoche

Fundamentally pure and good ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

In parting, I would like to give you one small piece of advice to keep in your heart. You may have heard me say this before, but it is the key point of the entire path, so it bears repeating: All that we are looking for in life — all the happiness, contentment, and peace […]

Meditative awareness ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

When our perception shifts to meditative or steady awareness, it is no longer narrowed by memory and expectation; whatever we see, touch, taste, smell or hear has greater clarity and sharpness, and enlivens our interactions. Mingyur Rinpoche

Anywhere, anytime ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Because awareness is as present in our lives as the air we breathe, we can access it anywhere, anytime. Mingyur Rinpoche

The best part of all ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

But, the best part of all is that no matter how long you meditate, or what technique you use, every technique of Buddhist meditation, ultimately, generates compassion, whether we’re aware of it or not. Whenever you look at your mind, you can’t help but recognize your similarity to those around you. When you see your […]

Transmission ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

The Guru or teacher is of utmost importance because of the interdependent connection between teacher and disciple. The Buddha who lived thousands of years ago cannot guide us to our own Buddhahood as effectively and expediently as the Guru. The living teacher embodies the wisdom of the practice lineage and functions like a lit lamp […]

Awareness is always present ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

One of the first qualities of buddhanature that my teachers introduced me to was awareness. Awareness is like a thread that runs through every experience we have. Our thoughts and emotions are constantly changing. Our reactions and perceptions come and go. Yet despite these changes, awareness is always present. It is wide open and accommodating […]

Bringing an end to suffering ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

To bring an end to suffering, we need to cut through dualistic habits of perception and the illusions that hold them in place — not by fighting or suppressing them, but by embracing and exploring them. Mingyur Rinpoche

It’s how we relate to emotions ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Empty minds, empty bodies, empty emotions, but not nothingness. The waves that surface in the form of emotions, desires, and aversions are also empty, and their force is also empty. Yet the empty force of the empty wave has the empty power to knock over a mind that is also essentially empty but does not […]

Recognition of subtle shifts in mental behavior ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

The most important aspect of karma relates to the state of our mind. At some point, whether we meditate or not, we learn that certain activities disturb the mind. When we apply awareness to cause and effect, we cultivate recognition of subtle shifts in mental behavior, and we become more sensitive to how an agitated […]

The teachings of the Buddha ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

What are the main teachings of the Buddha? The teaching is that one should pacify one’s mind. So one should generate inner peace in one’s mind. Buddha taught three different gradual paths to help us realise inner peace within our minds. They are Hinayana, Mahayana and the Secret Vajrayana. This is all the different of […]

Nothing endures but change ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Nothing endures but change, and accepting this has the potential to transform the dread of dying into joyful living. Mingyur Rinpoche

Accepting whatever happens ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

If you can accept whatever happens – good, bad, or indifferent – that is the best practice. Mingyur Rinpoche

Awareness contains impermanence ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Awareness contains impermanence, not the other way around. But they have this in common: Our liberation comes from recognition. Mingyur Rinpoche

Diligence ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Just as a waterproof covering protects against rain, diligence protects against all the circumstances and conditions that tempt us to give up on ourselves. Especially in meditation practice, diligence is required, not only to go beyond physical discomforts, but to work with the fear and resistance that arise in the face of letting go of […]

Stretching a bit further ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

To encourage curiosity and flexibility, it’s important to discover our limits, and then stretch a bit further. Mingyur Rinpoche

Ego-grasping death comes before life ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

In the conventional view, life comes before death. In the wisdom view, ego-grasping death comes before life. Mingyur Rinpoche

Recognition ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

Awareness is the natural, innate, knowing quality of mind that is with us all the time. We cannot function without awareness; we would have no experience of anything without awareness. However, we do not always recognize it. In fact, most of the time we don’t. Meditation teaches us to recognize the awareness that we already […]

Being diligent ~ Mingyur Rinpoche

We think we’re being diligent by sitting down to meditate for hours at a stretch. But real diligence doesn’t mean focusing yourself beyond your natural limits; it means simply trying to do your best, rather than focusing on the result of what you’re trying to accomplish. It means finding a comfortable middle ground between being […]