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
The most wonderful Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche quotes that will transform you to a better person
Meditation could be said to be the Art of Simplicity: simply sitting, simply breathing and simply being.
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.
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.
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
On the day that you were born, you began to die. Do not waste a single moment more!
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.
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?
Life is fragile, like the dew hanging delicately on the grass, crystal drops that will be carried away on the first morning breeze.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love and nonattachment are the basis of true generosity.
If you vanquish ego-clinging today, tonight you will be enlightened.
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.
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.
It is our mind, and that alone, that chains us or sets us free.
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.
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.
To meet someone who really hurts you is to meet a rare and precious treasure.
Hold that person in high esteem, and make full use of the opportunity to eradicate your defects and make progress on the path. If you cannot yet feel love and compassion for those who treat you badly, it is a sign that your mind has not been fully transformed and that you need to keep working on it with increased application.
To wish happiness for others, even for those who want to do us harm, is the source of consummate happiness.
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.
Simply allow your thoughts and experiences to come and go, without ever grasping at them.
It’s never too early or too late to benefit beings.
Day by day, be content with whatever you have and satisfied with whatever happens. Everything else will then fall naturally into place.
May the suffering of all beings be pacified.
Instead of allowing ourselves to be led and trapped by our feelings, we should let them disappear as soon as they form, like letters drawn on water with a finger.
Like a robe wears out over time and turns to rags, life wears out from day to day, from second to second.
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.
When death finally comes you will welcome it like an old friend, being aware of how dreamlike and impermanent the pheneomenal world really is.
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.
...with the power of compassion there is nothing that cannot be accomplished.
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.
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.