Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
“Start to look at and relate to everything and everyone around you as if you were seeing them for the last time.”
“Most of the time we are trying to make the good things last, or we are thinking about replacing them with something even better in the future, or we are sunk in the past, reminiscing about happier times. Ironically, we never truly appreciated the experience for which we are nostalgic because we were too busy clinging to our hopes and fears at the time.”
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
“Some people spend all their energy, and even risk their lives to achieve fame. Fame and notoriety are both no more than an empty echo. Your reputation is an alluring mirage that can easily lead you astray. Discard it without a second thought, like the snot you blow from your nose.”
“Thoughts manifest themselves within emptiness and are reabsorbed into it like a face appears and disappears in a mirror; the face has never been in the mirror, and when it ceases to be reflected in it, it has not really ceased to exist. The mirror itself has never changed.
So, before departing on the spiritual path, we remain in the so-called “impure” state of samsara, which is, in appearance, governed by ignorance.
When we commit ourselves to that path, we cross a state where ignorance and wisdom are mixed. At the end, at the moment of Enlightenment, only pure wisdom exists. But all the way along this spiritual journey, although there is an appearance of transformation, the nature of the mind has never changed: it was not corrupted on entry onto the path, and it was not improved at the time of realisation.”
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
“It is important to see that the main point of any spiritual practice is to step out of the bureaucracy of ego. This means stepping out of ego’s constant desire for a higher, more spiritual, more transcendental version of knowledge, religion, virtue, judgment, comfort, or whatever it is that the particular ego is seeking”.
“Fear can be conquered. You can be free from fear, if you realize that fear is not the ogre. You can step on fear, and therefore you can attain what is known as fearlessness. But that requires that, when you see fear, you smile.”
“With nothing to hope for and nothing to fear, fearlessness is achieved.”
“The attainment of enlightenment from the ego’s point of view is extreme death, the death of self, the death of me and mine, the death of the watcher. It is the ultimate and final disappointment. Treading the spiritual path is painful. It is a constant unmasking, peeling off of layer after layer of masks. It involves insult after insult.”
“When people say they are bored, often they mean that they don’t want to experience the sense of emptiness, which is also an expression of openness and vulnerability. So they pick up the newspaper or read anything else that’s lying around the room—even reading what it says on a cereal box to keep themselves entertained. The search for entertainment to baby-sit your boredom soon becomes legitimized as laziness. Such laziness actually involves a lot of exertion. You have to constantly crank things up to occupy yourself, overcoming your boredom by indulging in laziness….The remedy to that approach is renunciation….For the warrior, renunciation is giving away, or not indulging in, pleasure for entertainment’s sake. We are going to kick out any preoccupations provided by the miscellaneous babysitters in the phenomenal world.”
“Awareness does not mean beware, be careful, ward off danger, you might step into a puddle, so beware. That is not the kind of awareness we are talking about. We are talking about unconditional presence which is not expected to be there all the time. In fact, in order to be completely aware, you have to disown the experience of awareness. It cannot be regarded as yours—it is just there and you do not try to hold it. Then, somehow, a general clarity takes place. So awareness is a glimpse rather than a continuous state. If you hold onto awareness, it becomes self-consciousness rather than awareness. Awareness has to be unmanufactured; it has to be a natural state.”
“Compassion has nothing to do with achievement at all. It is spacious and very generous. When a person develops real compassion, he is uncertain whether he is being generous to others or to himself because compassion is environmental generosity, without direction, without ” for me” and without ” for them”. It is filled with joy, spontaneously existing joy, constant joy in the sense of trust, in the sense that joy contains tremendous wealth, richness.”
“To the conventional way of thinking, compassion simply means being kind and warm… You would expect the practitioner of this type of compassion to be extremely kind and gentle; he would not harm a flea. If you need another mask, if you need another blanket to warm yourself, he will provide it. But true compassion is ruthless, from the ego’s point of view, because it does not consider ego’s drive to maintain itself. It is “crazy wisdom”. It is totally wise, but it is crazy as well, because it does not relate to ego’s literal and simple minded attempts to secure its own comfort… The sudden energy of ruthless compassion severs us from our comforts and securities. If we were never able to experience this kind of shock, we would not be able to grow.”
“If the warrior does not feel alone and sad, then he or she can be corrupted very easily. In fact, such a person may not be a warrior at all. To be a good warrior, one has to feel sad and lonely, but rich and resourceful at the same time. This makes the warrior sensitive to every aspect of phenomena: to sights, smells, sounds, and feelings. In that sense, the warrior is also an artist, appreciating whatever goes on in the world. Everything is extremely vivid. The rustling of your armor or the sound of rain drops falling on your coat is very loud. The fluttering of occasional butterflies around you is almost an insult, because you are so sensitive.”
“The point of fear is to frighten you. If you become part of the fear completely, right in it, then fear has no one to frighten. So it’s a question of absolutely getting into the heart of the matter.”
“The fickleness of thoughts occurs continuously in our state of mind. There is the birth of a thought and the death of a thought, a gap or space, and then another birth and death. This happens all the time, every two thousandth of a second or so. The moment when this gap occurs is the ultimate state. It is the origin, and it is where birth and death are dissolved.”
“In the practice of meditation, all thoughts are the same: pious thoughts, very beautiful thoughts, religious thoughts, calm thoughts – they are all still thoughts. You do not try to cultivate calm thoughts and suppress so-called neurotic thoughts. This is an interesting point. When we speak of treading the path of the dharma, which is the Fourth Noble Truth, it does not mean that we become religious, calm, good. Trying to be calm, trying to be good, is also an aspect of striving, of neuroticism….
Religiously inclined thoughts are the watcher, the judge, and confused, worldly thoughts are the actor, the doer. For instance if you meditate, you might experience ordinary domestic thoughts and at the same time there is a watcher saying “You shouldn’t do this, you shouldn’t do that, but you should come back to meditate.
These pious thoughts are still thoughts and should not be cultivated.”
“Die to the past every moment, and let the light of your presence shine away the heavy time-bound self you thought of as “you”.
“Every thought is a judgment. As long as you know this, it is fine.”
“If you were conscious, that is to say totally present in the Now, all negativity would dissolve almost instantly. It could not survive in your presence. It can only survive in your absence.”
“Complaining as well as fault finding and reactivity strengthen the ego’s sense of boundary and separateness on which its survival depends.”
“Let go of thought, become still and alert and don’t try to understand or explain.”
“Give up defining yourself — to yourself or to others…. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem. Whenever you interact with people, don’t be there primarily as a function or a role, but as the field of conscious Presence.”
“The greatest difficulty is the mental resistance to things that arise, and the underlying assumption that they should not.”
“Somebody says something to you that is rude or designed to hurt. Instead of going into unconscious reaction and negativity, such as attack, defense, or withdrawal, you let it pass right through you. Offer no resistance. It is as if there is nobody there to get hurt anymore. That is forgiveness. In this way, you become invulnerable.”
“In a state without thoughts, without distraction, abandon the watcher.”
“‘I am Brahman’ is only a thought. Who says it? Brahman itself does not say so. What need is there for him to say it? Nor can the real ‘I’ say so. For ‘I’ always abides as Brahman. So it is only a thought. Whose thought is it? All thoughts come from the unreal ‘I’, that is ‘I’ thought. Remain without thinking. So long as there is thought there will be fear.”
Lisa Transcendence Brown
“Every person you come into contact with is your higher self”
“Imagine a mountain of solid rock six miles long, six miles wide, and six miles high. Once every hundred years a crow flies by with a silk scarf in its beak, just barely caressing the top of the mountain with it. The length of time it would take to wear away that mountain is how Buddha described the journey to enlightenment. That’s the game of incarnations. In the vastness of time any one incarnation is like the blink of an eye in relation to a seventy-year life span. Every time you blink, that’s like another incarnation. Every thought form is like a lifetime. A realized being is so completely in the present moment that every time a thought appears, there is creation, preservation, and destruction of the entire universe.”
“A mind filled with love can be likened to the sky with a variety of clouds moving through it — some light and fluffy, others ominous and threatening. no matter the situation, the sky is not affected by the clouds. it is free.”
“If we continue to meditate on the Buddhist path we will eventually have all kinds of experiences that we may never have had before, such as bliss, clarity, nonconceptuality, and clairvoyance. But we must understand that they are only a byproduct of our meditation, and that they are not the ultimate goal. If we become attached to these experiences they will only distract us from the path and we will not progress towards Buddhahood.”
“Die to every minute so that the mind is made fresh, young, so there is incarnation not in a next life, but the next minute.”
“Beauty is where ‘you’ are not. The essence of beauty is the absence of the self.”
“The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.”
“If you have no relationship with nature, you have no relationship with humanity.”
“Love is a state of being, in that state, the ‘me’, with its identifications, anxieties, and possessions is absent. Love cannot be, as long as the activities of the self, of the ‘me’, whether conscious or unconscious, continue to exist.”
“Truth has no tradition. It cannot be handed down.”
“To be in fear, you have to imagine things that have not happened. To not be in fear, you don’t have to do anything”
“All atmospheric conditions as weather, come and go without leaving any trace in the empty sky in which they appeared; yet the atmospheric conditions can never exist independent from the sky.”