Quote Archives: Patrul Rinpoche

May we realize the natural state ~ Patrul Rinpoche

I understand that there is no self, but still have gross concepts of “I.” I have decided to renounce duality, but am beset by hopes and fears. Bless me and all those like me who believe in a self That we may realize the natural state, the absence of self. Patrul Rinpoche

Impermanence is everywhere ~ Patrul Rinpoche

Impermanence is everywhere, yet I still think things will last. I have reached the gates of old age, yet I still pretend I am young. Bless me and misguided beings like me, That we may truly understand impermanence. Patrul Rinpoche

Peerless Teacher, at your feet I bow ~ Patrul Rinpoche

You renounce evil and take up good, as in the teachings on cause and effect. Your action follows the progression of the Vehicles. Through your perfect view, you are free from all clinging. Peerless Teacher, at your feet I bow. Patrul Rinpoche

Advice to Myself ~ Patrul Rinpoche

Stop living a false and empty life. Drop those deceptions of your own mind And endless projects that you don’t need! Don’t make your head spin with the burden Of strings of ideas that never come true And endless distracting activities — They’re just waves on water. Just keep quiet. Patrul Rinpoche

I like suffering ~ Patrul Rinpoche

I don’t like happiness, I like suffering: If I am happy, the five poisons increase. If I suffer, my past bad karma is exhausted. I don’t value high positions, I like low ones. If I am important, my pride and jealousy increase; If I am lowly, I relax and my spiritual practice grows. The lowest […]

Motivated by ordinary concerns ~ Patrul Rinpoche

What makes an action good or bad? Not how it looks, nor whether it is big or small, but the good or evil motivation behind it. No matter how many teachings you have heard, to be motivated by ordinary concerns — such as a desire for greatness, fame or whatever, is not the way of […]

The Three Defects when listening to the Dharma ~ Patrul Rinpoche

Not to listen is to be like a pot turned upside down. Not to be able to retain what you hear is to be like a pot with a hole in it. To mix negative emotions with what you hear is to be like a pot with poison in it. The upside-down pot: when you […]

Still practicing ~ Patrul Rinpoche

You know the relative to be a lie, yet still you practise the two accumulations. You realize that in the absolute there is nothing to be meditated on, yet still you practise meditation. You see the relative and absolute as one, yet still you diligently practise. Peerless teacher, at your feet I bow. Patrul Rinpoche

The need to follow a spiritual teacher ~ Patrul Rinpoche

No sutra, tantra, or shastra speaks of any being ever attaining perfect buddhahood without having followed a spiritual teacher. Patrul Rinpoche

Not your business ~ Patrul Rinpoche

Take the example of an old cow, She’s content to sleep in a barn, You have to eat, sleep, and shit — That’s unavoidable — But beyond that is none of your business. Patrul Rinpoche

Assimilating the teachings properly ~ Patrul Rinpoche

If you have really assimilated the teachings properly, everything you do, say and think should be as soft as stepping on cotton wool, and as mild as tsampa soup laced with butter. Patrul Rinpoche

The indivisibility of the two truths ~ Patrul Rinpoche

Ultimately we need to realize the indivisibility of the two truths, but claiming that the relative refers to existence, while on the absolute level things do not exist, will never qualify as the view of the middle way. When we realize the one genuine nature of the correct relative, the two truths will merge inseparably, […]

You dweller in distraction ~ Patrul Rinpoche

Listen up, old bad-karma Patrul, You dweller-in-distraction. For ages now you’ve been Beguiled, entranced, and fooled by appearances. Are you aware of that? Are you? Right this very instant, when you’re Under the spell of mistaken perception You’ve got to watch out. Don’t let yourself get carried away by this fake and empty life. Your […]

Listening, Reflecting and Meditating ~ Patrul Rinpoche

Listening to the teachings—you’ve already heard hundreds of teachings, But when you haven’t grasped the meaning of even one teaching, What’s the point of more listening? Reflecting on the teachings—even though you’ve listened, If the teachings aren’t coming to mind when needed, What’s the point of more reflection? None. Meditating according to the teachings— If […]

The practitioner of self-liberation ~ Patrul Rinpoche

The practitioner of self-liberation is like an ordinary person as far as the way in which the thoughts of pleasure and pain, hope and fear, manifest themselves as creative energy. However, the ordinary person, taking these really seriously and judging them as acceptable or rejecting them, continues to get caught up in situations and becomes […]

Transforming obstacles into favorable circumstances ~ Patrul Rinpoche

If you make a real effort to take refuge sincerely in the Three Jewels, everything that opposes your practice will be transformed into favorable circumstances and your merit will grow unceasingly. Patrul Rinpoche

Bodhicitta mind ~ Patrul Rinpoche

Once bodhicitta has been aroused in you whatever dharma practices you do will lead to the attainment of perfect enlightenment. Patrul Rinpoche

The eight similes of illusion ~ Patrul Rinpoche

As in a dream, all the external objects perceived with the five senses are not there, but appear through delusion. As in a magic show, things are made to appear by a temporary conjunction of causes, circumstances and connections. As in a visual aberration, things appear to be there, yet there is nothing. As in […]

No Life Guarantee ~ Patrul Rinpoche

Breathing gently, people enjoy their slumber. But between one breath and the next there is no guarantee that death will not slip in. To wake up in good health is an event which truly deserves to be considered miraculous, yet we take it completely for granted. Patrul Rinpoche

Developing love and compassion in everything you do ~ Patrul Rinpoche

Always take the lowest place. Wear simple clothes. Help other beings as much as you can. In everything you do, simply work at developing love and compassion until they have become a fundamental part of you. Patrul Rinpoche