Buddhist Quotes

Always recognize the dreamlike qualities of life and reduce attachment and aversion. Practice good-heartedness toward all beings. Be loving and compassionate, no matter what others do to you. What they will do will not matter so much when you see it as a dream. The trick is to have positive intention during the dream. This is the essential point. This is true spirituality.

~ Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche 

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  • TIBETAN PROVERBS

    Don’t flaunt what you have, it will only disturb others.

    I am not frightened by a wise one; I am frightened by a foolish one.

    The eyes and the stomach can never be full; it is better that one sets one’s limit for seeing or eating.

  • Appreciate and rejoice, without any expectation. It doesn’t matter if people are unkind to you, it doesn’t matter if people betray you, it doesn’t matter if people don’t even say ‘thank you’ to you; by appreciating everything around you, from happy experiences to sad, your life will become meaningful, full of understanding, joy, strength and fearlessness. ~GYALWANG DRUKPA RINPOCHE 

  • Do not despair, Ānanda.
    Do not lament, Ānanda.
    In the future,
    I will manifest as virtuous spiritual friends
    And act for your own and others’ benefit.

    ***MAHAPARINIRVANA SUTRA

  • Subconsciously we are lured by the expectation that we will reach a stage where we don’t have to fix anything ever again. One day we will reach “happily ever after.” We are convinced of the notion of “resolution.” It’s as if everything that we’ve experienced up until now, our whole lives to this moment, was a dress rehearsal. We believe our grand performance is yet to come, so we do not live for today.

    – Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

  • Gradually I began to recognize how feeble and transitory the thoughts and emotions that had troubled me for years actually were, and how fixating on small problems had turned them into big ones. Just by sitting quietly and observing how rapidly, and in many ways illogically, my thoughts and emotions came and went, I began to recognize in a direct way that they weren't nearly as solid or real as they appeared to be. And once I began to let go of my belief in the story they seemed to tell, I began to see the 'author' behind them - the infinitely vast, infinitely open awareness that is the nature of mind. ~ Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

  • It is difficult to meet success in the effort to insure one's own spiritual welfare, even without seeking to benefit others. If you seek another's spiritual welfare before attaining your own, it would be like a helplessly drowning man trying to save another man in the same predicament. Therefore, one should not be too anxious and hasty in setting out to save others before one has, oneself, realized Truth in Its fullness. That would be like the blind leading the blind.  ~ Milarepa

  • 1. Don’t wish for perfect health. In perfect health,
    there is greed and wanting.
    So an ancient once said…
    “Make good medicine from the suffering of sickness.“

    2. Don’t hope for life without problems. An easy life
    results in a judgmental and lazy mind.
    So an ancient once said…
    “Accept the anxieties and difficulties of this life.”


    3. Don’t expect your practice to be clear of obstacles.
    Without hindrances the mind that seeks enlightenment
    may be burnt out.
    So an ancient once said…
    "Attain deliverance in disturbances.”

    —  Zen Master Kyong Ho

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyeongheo

    https://kwanumzen.org/resources-collection/2017/9/15/sayings-of-zen...

    Gyeongheo
    Kyong Ho Seonsa (Korean: 경허선사, Hanja: 鏡虛禪師, 1849—1912) was a famous Korea Sŏn master, and the 75th Patriarch of Korean Sŏn. His original name was Son…
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    ~ Chamtrul Rinpoche

  • This variety of desirous and hateful thoughts
    that strands us in the ocean of cyclic existence
    once realized to be without intrinsic nature,
    makes everything a golden land, child.

    ~ Niguma

    Niguma was a prominent female teacher in Tibetan Buddhism, considered a Dakini. Born in 10th or 11th century.

  • Dropping the mask of self protection...

    When we engage in the practice of discovering space, we should develop the feeling of opening ourselves out completely to the entire universe. We should open ourselves with absolute simplicity and nakedness of mind. This is the powerful and ordinary practice of dropping the mask of self-protection.

    – Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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