Remain alone and practise the dharma ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/t851w    These days, though, just to find the time to be entirely alone to practise can be extremely problematic, especially for those with families, and so to organise the ideal place would be an unimaginable luxury. So keep it simple and do your best to be completely alone for an hour or two every day.    As Jigme Lingpa said, the greatest merit of all is to be able to remain alone and do nothing but…

Not for Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices

Maintaining a strong grip on the habits ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/ujdb1  Millions of people in this world are interested in some version of meditation, or yoga, or one of the many so-called spiritual activities that are now so widely marketed. A closer look at why people engage in these practices reveals an aim that has little to do with liberation from delusion, and everything do to with their desperation to escape busy, unhappy lives, and heartfelt longing for a…

Maintaining a strong grip on the habits ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/ujdb1 Millions of people in this world are interested in some version of meditation, or yoga, or one of the many so-called spiritual activities that are now so widely marketed. A closer look at why people engage in these practices reveals an aim that has little to do with liberation from delusion, and everything do to with their desperation to escape busy, unhappy lives, and heartfelt longing for a…

Buddha Nature ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/ox28s  You do not wash the cup, you wash the dirt; if you were to wash the cup, it would disappear completely. So, it is the dirt that is washable and has nothing at all to do with the cup.  This example is quite a good illustration of one of the most profound theories of the bodhisattvayana: we all have the potential to become Buddhas because we have Buddha nature. The problem is we have yet to realise it.  – Dzongsar…

Buddha Nature ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/ox28s You do not wash the cup, you wash the dirt; if you were to wash the cup, it would disappear completely. So, it is the dirt that is washable and has nothing at all to do with the cup. This example is quite a good illustration of one of the most profound theories of the bodhisattvayana: we all have the potential to become Buddhas because we have Buddha nature. The problem is we have yet to realise it. – Dzongsar…

The quintessence of the path ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/8mk4k  The quintessence of the path is to have the wisdom that realizes egolessness. Until we have this wisdom, we have not understood the essence of the Buddha’s teaching.  – Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche  source: http://www.lionsroar.com/approaching-the-guru/

Approaching the Guru

A talk on devotion by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, given in 1996 in Boulder, at the commemoration of the death of His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

I don't give a damn ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche http://quotes.justdharma.com/i-dont-give-a-damn/  If we could not be bought by praise or defeated by criticism, we would have incredible strength. We would be extraordinarily free, there would be no more unnecessary hopes and fears, sweat and blood and emotional reactions. We would finally be able to practice "I don't give a damn." Free from chasing after, and avoiding other people's acceptance and rejection, we would be able to appreciate…

If we could not be bought by praise or defeated by criticism, we would have incredible strength. We would be extraordinarily free.

Going beyond the "eight worldly dharmas" ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/civbx  We should really have this aspiration. We should pray that one day we reach a stage where we have enough courage to become just like these eccentric people. Right now, we can only afford to be slightly nonconformist. A little bit of craziness is okay. It’s kind of character building activity. But we are very scared of going beyond that! We would be outcast and all that.     So we should pray…

Going beyond the "eight worldly dharmas" ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/civbx We should really have this aspiration. We should pray that one day we reach a stage where we have enough courage to become just like these eccentric people. Right now, we can only afford to be slightly nonconformist. A little bit of craziness is okay. It’s kind of character building activity. But we are very scared of going beyond that! We would be outcast and all that. So we should pray…

Mindfulness is our practice ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/byetd  I will repeat that mindfulness, in other words ‘awareness,’ is our practice. We are ignorant beings, and as such require constant reminders about the importance of making the effort to land in this awareness. Therefore all our guru’s activities—from when he yawns or coughs, to when he appears or disappears—are his way of reminding us to come back, again and again, to mindfulness. And as long as we are…

Just Dharma Quotes (Buddha Nature ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

Altruism bolsters self-confidence ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/hsgxm  One of the great blights suffered by modern people is a lack of self-esteem or healthy sense of self. It leads some new students to ask if taking on the suffering of others in tonglen practice might cause them to lose confidence in themselves. Quite the opposite is true. The attitude we cultivate as bodhisattvas — of longing to offer the best of everything to others and willingly accept all loss…

A talk on devotion by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, given in 1996 in Boulder, at the commemoration of the death of His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Going beyond Rational and Irrational Devotion ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/1zgm6       There are three types of devotion: rational devotion, irrational devotion, and beyond rational and irrational devotion.     Saraha, the guru of the great Nagarjuna, defined devotion as trust in cause, condition, and effect — trust in the nature, the game, and the play of karma. This type of devotion is rational devotion.    Irrational devotion, though, has no basis in logic. It’s…

A talk on devotion by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, given in 1996 in Boulder, at the commemoration of the death of His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Right intention ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/dn9lh  No matter which dharma practice you engage in, from ngöndro to offering a single candle, always do it with the intention that your practice will benefit all sentient beings. In this context, benefit does not only mean giving practical help, such as offering food or medicine, or feeding people’s emotions, egos and delusions. Here, benefit includes aspiring to be instrumental in the enlightenment of all sentient…

Right intention ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/dn9lh No matter which dharma practice you engage in, from ngöndro to offering a single candle, always do it with the intention that your practice will benefit all sentient beings. In this context, benefit does not only mean giving practical help, such as offering food or medicine, or feeding people’s emotions, egos and delusions. Here, benefit includes aspiring to be instrumental in the enlightenment of all sentient…

Driven by ambitions ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/5f0xn  Driven by the hunger for fame and originality, we are like these monkeys, thinking that we are so clever in discovering things and convincing our fellow humans to see what we see, think what we think, driven by ambition to be the savior, the clever one, the seer of all. We have all kinds of small ambitions, such as impressing a girl, or big ambitions, such as landing on Mars.  – Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche  from…

What Makes You a Buddhist? by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche Once, I was seated on a plane in the middle seat of the middle row on a trans-Atlantic flight, and the sympathetic man sitting next …

Where will they scatter my ashes ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/74ur9  Death has become a consumer product. Most of us do not contemplate the nature of death on a deep level. We don’t acknowledge that our bodies and environment are made up of unstable elements that can fall apart with even the slightest provocation. Of course we know that one day we will die. But most of us, unless we have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, think that we are in the clear for the…

Where will they scatter my ashes ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche http://justdharma.com/s/74ur9 Death has become a consumer product. Most of us do not contemplate the nature of death on a deep level. We don’t acknowledge that our bodies and environment are made up of unstable elements that can fall apart with even the slightest provocation. Of course we know that one day we will die. But most of us, unless we have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, think that we are in the clear for the…

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