rigpa

Knowledge is as infinite as the stars in the sky. There is no end to all of the subjects that one could study. It is better to immediately get their essence - The unchanging fortress of pure awareness.

-Longchenpa

 

True teachers who do not deceive on the supreme path, are like great ships that rescue beings from the ocean of existence. They are like rain of nectar that covers the flames of karma and defilements. And they are like the sun and moon that dispels the darkness of ignorance.

-Jigme Lingpa

 

Some people say that if there were no neurosis, they could not become good artists. This view of art is the opposite of a sense of peace and coolness. It undermines the possibility of intrinsic beauty. Fundamentally, art is the expression of unconditional beauty, which transcends the ordinary beauty of good and bad.

From that unconditional beauty, which is peaceful and cool, arises the possibility of relaxing, and thereby perceiving the phenomenal world and one’s own senses properly.

-Chögyam Trungpa

 

In a state without thoughts, without distraction, abandon the watcher.

-Padampa Sangye

 

If deep down you continue to believe a tiny corner of samsara could be useful, or that it might even offer the ultimate solution to all your worldly problems, it will be extremely difficult to become a genuine spiritual seeker.

-Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

 

In the nature of the mind devoid of concepts,
while meditating, remain in the equality of non-meditation;
even if you still meditate, remain naturally, without conflict.
Distracted, remain stable in non-distraction;
even if you are still distracted, remain freely, without conflict.
While looking , remain suspended without looking;,
even if you still look , remain fixed, and without conflict.
While projecting [the deity], remain alert without exteriorizing;
even if you still project, remain anchored without conflict.
While concentrating, remain clear without concentration;
even if you are still concentrated, remain collected without conflict.
In effort, remain open without forcing;
even if you are still in effort, remain sober without conflict.
While correcting [the mind-stream], remain lucid without correcting;
even if you still correct, remain pure and without conflict.
While accompishing the practice, remain without the effort of accomplishing;
even if you still accomplish, remain spontaneous and without conflict.
While suppressing (thoughts), remain spontaneous without denying them;
even if you still deny them, remain in the unborn without conflict.
While being limited [by trials], remain alert and without fearfulness;
even if you are still limited, remain luminous and without conflict.
While applying yourself, remain relaxed without effort;
even if you are still in effort, remain in the energy which springs forth, without conflict.
While establishing yourself [in meditation], remain free of any basis and without
settling yourself; even if you are still established, remain vast and without conflict.

-Padmasambhava

 

There is no samsara (suffering) apart from your own thoughts. Samsara is based on thought; samsara is made by thought.

-Nagarjuna

 

There is no such thing as a bad mind. There is only a mind that is untrained, or trained. Every being has the same potential, including you.

-Chamtrul Rinpoche

 

Perhaps the deepest reason why we are afraid of death is because we do not know who we are.

We believe in a personal, unique, and separate identity but if we dare to examine it, we find that this identity depends entirely on an endless collection of things to prop it up: our name, our "biography," our partners, family, home, job, friends, credit cards… It is on their fragile and transient support that we rely for our security. So when they are all taken away, will we have any idea of who we really are?

Without our familiar props, we are faced with just ourselves, a person we do not know, an unnerving stranger with whom we have been living all the time but we never really wanted to meet. Isn't that why we have tried to fill every moment of time with noise and activity, however boring or trivial, to ensure that we are never left in silence with this stranger on our own?

-Sogyal Rinpoche

 

When you look at mind, there is nothing to be seen.
And in this not seeing, you see the essence of mind.

-Machig Labdron

 

Avoid blocking thoughts, as they are like bubbles that burst without having to do anything to them.
They will not be stopped by blocking them.

-Padampa Sangye

 

Samsara is mind turned outwardly, lost in its projections.
Nirvana is mind turned inwardly, recognizing its nature.

-Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

 

Consider the fact that no matter how many planets and stars are reflected in a lake, these reflections are encompassed within the water itself. And that no matter how many universes there are, they are encompassed within a single space. And that no matter how vast and how numerous the sensory appearances of samsara and nirvana may be, they are encompassed within the single nature of mind.

-Machig Labdron

 

When you look at mind, there is nothing to be seen.
And in this not seeing, you see the essence of mind.

-Chamtrul Rinpoche

 

Please never give up. It is the difficult circumstances that can make a great practitioner.

-Dudjom Lingpa

 

That which is changelessly present and aware, equally during thoughts (and experiences) or during the absence of thoughts (and experiences), is rigpa.

-Garab Dorje

 

I take the essential nature as the path — that is my patrilineal Dharma.
I am not bound by the reification of visualizations, recitations, worship, and accomplishment,
for my way is one of nonmeditation, nonworship, and nonaccomplishment.
My own grounding, transcending the intellect, is infinite, with no boundaries,
without antidotes, modifications, alterations, or intellectual imputations, and
uncontaminated by anything to observe, maintain, or investigate.
Having released into openness — unstructured, without fabrication or referential object,
in the yoga of inactivity, transcending good and bad, hope and fear, rejection and acceptance —
there was wide-open clarity, with nothing to do.
In the self-emergent expanse of originally present primordial consciousness,
by transforming into the unmodified nature of loose release,
the knots of dualistic grasping were directly dissolved.
Once saṃsāra and nirvāṇa were purified as the dharmakāya,
the bonds of saṃsāra and nirvāṇa were cut from my heart.

-Düdjom Lingpa