Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche quotes

  • Do not encumber your mind with useless thoughts. What good does it do to brood on the past or anticipate the future? Remain in the simplicity of the present moment.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Buddhism #Past #Simplicity

  • Once you overcome the hatred within your mind, you will discover that in the world outside, there is no longer any such thing as even a single enemy.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Hatred #Mind #Enemy

  • When a rainbow appears vividly in the sky, you can see its beautiful colors, yet you could not wear as clothing or put it on as an ornament. It arises through the conjunction of various factors, but there is nothing about it that can be grasped. Likewise, thoughts that arise in the mind have no tangible existence or intrinsic solidity. There is no logical reason why thoughts, which have no substance, should have so much power over you, nor is there any reason why you should become their slave.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Beautiful #Color #Sky

  • Meditation could be said to be the Art of Simplicity: simply sitting, simply breathing and simply being.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Art #Breathing #Simplicity

  • Sentient beings, self and others, enemies and dear ones-all are made by thoughts. It is like seeing a rope and mistaking it for a snake. When we think that the rope is a snake, we are scared, but once we see that we are looking at a rope, our fear dissipates. We have been deluded by our thoughts. Likewise, mentally fabricating self and others, we generate attachment and aversion.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Buddhist #Thinking #Attachment

  • Like a robe wears out over time and turns to rags, life wears out from day to day, from second to second.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Buddhism #Suffering #Rags

  • It is our mind, and that alone, that chains us or sets us free.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Mind #Chains

  • Spending your time with true spiritual friends will fill you with love for all beings and help you to see how negative attachment and hatred are. Being with such friends, and following their example, will naturally imbue you with their good qualities, just as all the birds flying around a golden mountain are bathed in its golden radiance.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Spiritual #Attachment #Hatred

  • Day by day, be content with whatever you have and satisfied with whatever happens. Everything else will then fall naturally into place.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Fall #Satisfied

  • If we allow our thoughts to arise and dissolve by themselves, they will pass through our mind as a bird flies through the sky, without leaving a trace.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Sky #Bird #Leaving

  • Life is fragile, like the dew hanging delicately on the grass, crystal drops that will be carried away on the first morning breeze.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Morning #Buddhism #Suffering

  • To wish happiness for others, even for those who want to do us harm, is the source of consummate happiness.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Freedom #Inspire #Wish

  • To expect happiness without giving up negative action is like holding your hand in a fire and hoping not to be burned. Of course, no one actually wants to suffer, to be sick, to be cold or hungry - but as long as we continue to indulge in wrong doing we will never put an end to suffering. Likewise, we will never achieve happiness, except through positive deeds, words, and thoughts. Positive action is something we have to cultivate ourselves; it can be neither bought nor stolen, and no one ever stumbles on it just by chance.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Giving Up #Fire #Hands

  • May the suffering of all beings be pacified.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Suffering #May

  • To feel overflowing love and almost unbearable compassion for all living creatures is the best way to fulfil the wishes of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Even if for the moment you cannot actually help a sentient being in an external way, meditate on love and compassion constantly over the months and years until compassion is knit inseparably into the very fabric of your mind.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Compassion #Years #Mind

  • Obstacles can arise from good as well as bad circumstances, but they should never deter or overpower you. Be like the earth, which supports all living creatures indiscriminately, without distinguishing good from bad. The earth is simply there. Your practice should be strengthened by the difficult situations you encounter, just as a bonfire in a strong wind is not blown out, but blazes even brighter.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Strong #Wind #Practice

  • Never forget how swiftly this life will be over, like a flash of summer lightning or the wave of a hand. Now that you have the opportunity to practice dharma, do not waste a single moment on anything else.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Summer #Single Mom #Opportunity

  • Love and nonattachment are the basis of true generosity.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Generosity #Bases

  • We live under threat from painful emotions: anger, desire, pride, jealousy and so on. Therefore we should always be ready to counter these with the appropriate antidote. True practitioners may be recognized by their unfailing mindfulness.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Pride #Desire #Mindfulness

  • When sunlight falls on a crystal, lights of all colors of the rainbow appear; yet they have no substance that you can grasp. Likewise, all thoughts in their infinite variety are utterly without substance.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Fall #Light #Color

  • The towns and countryside that the traveller sees through a train window do not slow down the train, nor does the train affect them. Neither disturbs the other. This is how you should see the thoughts that pass through your mind when you meditate.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Mind #Doe #Towns

  • ..The past is only an unreliable memory held in the present. The future is only a projection of our present conceptions. The present itself vanishes as soon as we try to grasp it. So why bother with attempting to establish an illusion of solid ground?..
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Memories #Past #Trying

  • Simply allow your thoughts and experiences to come and go, without ever grasping at them.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Grasping #Comes And Goes

  • Your practice should be strengthened by the difficult situations you encounter, just as a bonfire in a strong wind is not blown out, but blazes even brighter.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Strong #Practice #Wind

  • Examine the nature of hatred; you will find that it is no more than a thought. When you see it as it is, it will dissolve like a cloud in the sky.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Clouds #Sky #Hatred

  • Once you have the View, although the delusory perceptions of samsara may arise in your mind, you will be like the sky; when a rainbow appears in front of it, it’s not particularly flattered, and when the clouds appear, it’s not particularly disappointed either. There is a deep sense of contentment. You chuckle from inside as you see the facade of samsara and nirvana; the View will keep you constantly amused, with a little inner smile bubbling away all the time.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Clouds #Views #Sky

  • A beautiful country is a dream-like illusion. It is senseless to cling to it. Unless the inner forces of negative emotions are conquered, strife with outer enemies will never end.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Beautiful #Dream #Country

  • To go beyond samsara and nirvana, we will need the two wings of emptiness and compassion. From now on, let us use these two wings to fly fearlessly into the sky of the life to come.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Compassion #Sky #Wings

  • Devotion is the essence of the path, and if we have in mind nothing but the guru and feel nothing but fervent devotion, whatever occurs is perceived as his blessing. If we simply practice with this constantly present devotion, this is prayer itself. When all thoughts are imbued with devotion to the guru, there is a natural confidence that this will take care of whatever may happen. All forms are the guru, all sounds are prayer, and all gross and subtle thoughts arise as devotion. Everything is spontaneously liberated in the absolute nature, like knots untied in the sky.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Prayer #Blessing #Essence

  • ...with the power of compassion there is nothing that cannot be accomplished.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Freedom #Compassion #Inspire

  • There is no logical reason why thoughts, which have no substance, should have so much power over you, nor is there any reason why you should become their slave
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Over You #Substance #Slave

  • On the day that you were born, you began to die. Do not waste a single moment more!
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Single Mom #Buddhism #Suffering

  • If one were truly aware of the value of human life, to waste it blithely on distractions and the pursuit of vulgar ambitions would be the height of confusion.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Ambition #Buddhism #Confusion

  • If you vanquish ego-clinging today, tonight you will be enlightened.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Freedom #Ego #Inspire

  • When death finally comes you will welcome it like an old friend, being aware of how dreamlike and impermanent the pheneomenal world really is.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Death #Old Friends #World

  • Even if death were to fall upon you today like lightning, you must be ready to die without sadness and regret, without any residue of clinging for what is left behind. Remaining in the recognition of the absolute view, you should leave this life like an eagle soaring up into the blue sky.
    -- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

    #Death #Regret #Fall