Quote Archives: Padmasambhava

Seven types of corruption ~ Padmasambhava

Master Padma said: When practicing the Dharma there are seven types of corruption. The lady asked: What are they? The master said: if your faith is small while your intelligence is great, you become corrupted by considering yourself a teacher. If you have many listeners while your self-regard is high, you become corrupted by considering […]

Advice ~ Padmasambhava

Master Padma said: Whatever actions you engage in, do not do anything non-dharmic that fails to become the accumulation of merit and wisdom. Do not desire anything other than omniscient Buddhahood and benefiting sentient beings. Do not be attached to anything. Attachment itself is the root of bondage. Do not criticize other teachings and do […]

Renunciation ~ Padmasambhava

Transcendent renunciation is developed by meditating on the preciousness of human life in terms of the ocean of evolutionary possibilities, the immediacy of death, the inexorability of evolutionary causality, and the sufferings of the ignorance-driven, involuntary life cycle. Renunciation automatically occurs when you come face-to-face with your real existential situation, and so develop a genuine […]

Practicing the true Dharma ~ Padmasambhava

Do like this if you want to practice the true Dharma! Keep your master’s oral instructions in mind. Don’t conceptualize your experience, as it just makes you attached or angry. Day and night, look into your mind. If your stream of mind contains any nonvirtue, renounce it from the core of your heart and pursue […]

Mingle the practice with your own being ~ Padmasambhava

Don’t mistake mere words to be the meaning of the teachings. Mingle the practice with your own being and attain liberation from samsara right now. Padmasambhava

Within the expanse of empty mind ~ Padmasambhava

Within the sky-like empty mind, habitual tendencies and disturbing emotions are just like clouds and mist. When they appear, they appear within the expanse of empty mind. When they remain, they remain within the expanse of empty mind. And when they dissolve, they dissolve in that same expanse of empty mind. Padmasambhava

Outer, inner, and secret practise ~ Padmasambhava

Outwardly, practise according to the sutras, Be meticulous about cause and effect, and what you adopt or avoid. Inwardly, practise according to the unsurpassable secret mantra, It is important to combine generation and completion. Secretly, practise according to the great secret Atiyoga, And gain liberation in a body of light within a single lifetime. Padmasambhava

Path of enlightenment ~ Padmasambhava

When you realize that all that appears and exists to be your mind, there is no path of enlightenment apart from that. Padmasambhava

View and conduct ~ Padmasambhava

In the direction of the view, if conduct gets lost, the view goes to the tarnished state of Mara. In the direction of conduct, if the view is lost, having become entangled by the hopes and fears of materialism and ideology, real liberation will never come and there is no way you can reach the […]

Possessing the view of realization ~ Padmasambhava

“Mind” is discovered to be without something outside or inside. It does not have someone that looks; it is not the act of looking. It is experienced as a great original wakefulness without center or edge, an immense all-pervasiveness that is primordially empty and free. This original wakefulness is intrinsic and self-existing. It is not […]

Before it is too late ~ Padmasambhava

However industrious you may be, There is no end to worldly activities; But if you practice the Dharma You will swiftly conclude everything. However nice they may seem, Samsaric affairs always end in disaster; But the fruits of practicing the Dharma Will never deteriorate. Since beginningless time you have collected and encouraged Karma, negative emotions, […]

Mind Essence ~ Padmasambhava

Where the past has ceased and the future has not yet arisen, In the unimpeded state of present wakefulness, Rest in the manner of mind looking into mind. No matter what thoughts may arise at this time, They are all the display of the single mind essence. As the nature of space is unchanging, You […]

Your natural face ~ Padmasambhava

Look into the awakened mind of your own awareness! It has neither form nor color, neither center nor edge. At first, it has no origin but is empty. Next, it has no dwelling place but is empty. At the end, it has no destination but is empty. This emptiness is not made of anything and […]

Over and over again ~ Padmasambhava

All beings have lived and died and been reborn countless times. Over and over again they have experienced the indescribable Clear Light. But because they are obscured by the darkness of ignorance, they wander endlessly in a limitless samsara. Padmasambhava

Observance of karma ~ Padmasambhava

My realization is higher than the sky, But my observance of karma is finer than grains of flour. Padmasambhava

Very grievous fault of not understanding your own mind ~ Padmasambhava

Even though that which is usually called “mind” is widely esteemed and much discussed, still it is not understood or it is wrongly understood or it is understood in a one-sided manner only. Since it is not understood correctly, just as it is in itself, there comes into existence inconceivable numbers of philosophical ideas and […]

Generosity ~ Padmasambhava

To be generous doesn’t merely mean to give with bias and partiality; it means to be profoundly free from attachment to anything whatsoever. Padmasambhava

This life passes quickly ~ Padmasambhava

This life passes as quickly as autumn clouds; Family and friends are like passers-by in a market; The demon of death approaches like twilight’s shadows; What the future holds is like a translucent fish in cloudy waters; Life’s experiences are like last night’s dreams; The pleasures of the senses, like an imaginary party. Meaningless activities […]

Hermit ~ Padmasambhava

To be a hermit doesn’t just mean to live in the deep forest; it means that one’s mind is free from dualistic constructs. Padmasambhava

Present in yourself ~ Padmasambhava

This awakened mind of awareness is not made out of any material substance; it is self-existing and inherent in yourself. This is the nature of things that is easy to realize because it is not to be sought for elsewhere. This is the nature of mind that does not consist of a concrete perceiver and […]