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Sogyal Rinpoche Quotes

Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Learning to live is learning to let go.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Tomorrow or the next life – which comes first, we never know.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “The key to finding a happy balance in modern life is simplicity.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Samsara is the mind turned outwardly, lost in its projections. Nirvana is the mind turned inwardly, recognizing its true nature.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “We may idealize freedom, but when it comes to our habits, we are completely enslaved.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Light must come from inside. You cannot ask the darkness to leave; you must turn on the light.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Meditation is bringing the mind home.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Death is like a mirror in which the true meaning of life is reflected.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Our problems, all come from nothing; they are all based on a misunderstanding that does not even exist.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Our buddha nature is as good as any buddha’s buddha nature.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “There is no armor like perseverance.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Sitting like a mountain let your mind rise and fly and soar.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “The whole of meditation practice can be essentialized into these 3 crucial points: Bring your mind home. Release. And relax!”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “When you realize the nature of mind, layers of confusion peel away. You don’t actually “become” a buddha, you simply cease, slowly, to be deluded. And being a buddha is not being some omnipotent spiritual superman, but becoming at last a true human being.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Living with the immediacy of death helps you sort out your priorities in life. It helps you to live a less trivial life.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “We must never forget that it is through our actions, words, and thoughts that we have a choice.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “What we have to learn, in both meditation and in life, is to be free of attachment to the good experiences, and free of aversion to the negative ones.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life reveals just the opposite: that letting go is the real path to freedom.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “What is born will die, What has been gathered will be dispersed, What has been accumulated will be exhausted, What has been built up will collapse, And what has been high will be brought low.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “The future is very much in our hands – in our actions.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “If the mind is not contrived, it is spontaneously blissful, just as water, when not agitated, is by nature transparent and clear.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Just as the ocean has waves or the sun has rays, so the minds’s own radiance is its thoughts and emotions.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Above all, be at ease, be as natural and spacious as possible. Slip quietly out of the noose of your habitual anxious self, release all grasping, and relax into your true nature.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “When we finally know we are dying, and all other sentient beings are dying with us, we start to have a burning, almost heartbreaking sense of the fragility and preciousness of each moment and each being, and from this can grow a deep, clear, limitless compassion for all beings.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “The most essential thing in life is to establish an unafraid, heartfelt communication with others.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Let the sky outside awake a sky inside your mind.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness will follow.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “In this complex world, the best way to survive is to be genuine.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “The definition of mantra is “that which protects the mind.” That which protects the mind from negativity, or that which protects you from your own mind, is called mantra.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “The act of meditation is being spacious.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “The absolute truth cannot be realized within the domain of the ordinary mind, and the path beyond the ordinary mind is the path of the heart.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Just because we go through a difficult situation, it doesn’t mean that the future is predetermined. The future is very much in our hands, in our actions.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Just as if you put your finger into water, it will get wet, and if you put it into fire, it will burn, so if you invest your mind in the wisdom mind of the Buddhas, it will transform into their wisdom nature.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “I can’t say it strongly enough; to integrate meditation in action is the whole ground and point and purpose of meditation.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “In the Buddhist approach, life and death are seen as one whole, where death is the beginning of another chapter of life. Death is the mirror in which the entire meaning of life is reflected.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Our task is to strike a balance, to find a middle way, to learn not to overextend ourselves with extraneous activities and preoccupations, but to simplify our lives more and more. The key to finding a happy balance in modern life is simplicity.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “There is only one way of attaining liberation and of obtaining the omniscience of enlightenment: following an authentic spiritual master.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “True spirituality is to be aware that if we are interdependent with everything and everyone else, even our smallest, least significant thought, word and action have real consequences throughout the universe.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “It is compassion, then, that is the best protection; it is also, as the great masters of the past have always known, the source of all healing.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Once an old woman came to Buddha and asked him how to meditate. He told her to remain aware of every movement of her hands as she drew the water from the well, knowing that if she did, she would soon find herself in that state of alert and spacious calm that is meditation.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Everything can be used as an invitation to meditation.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Even though the meditator may leave the meditation, the meditation will not leave the meditator.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “What should we “do” with the mind in meditation? Nothing. Just leave it, simply, as it is.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Real devotion is an unbroken receptivity to the truth. Real devotion is rooted in an awed and reverent gratitude, but one that is lucid, grounded, and intelligent.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Whatever we have done with our lives makes us what we are when we die. And everything, absolutely everything, counts.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Two people have been living in you all your life. One is the ego, garrulous, demanding, hysterical, calculating – the other is the hidden spiritual being, whose still voice of wisdom you have only rarely heard or attended to – you have uncovered in yourself your own wise guide.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Western laziness consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so that there is no time at all to confront the real issues.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “The purpose of meditation is to awaken in us the sky-like nature of mind, and to introduce us to that which we really are, our unchanging pure awareness, which underlies the whole of life and death.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Our lives are lived in intense and anxious struggle, in a swirl of speed and aggression, in competing, grasping, possessing and achieving, forever burdening ourselves with extraneous activities and preoccupations.”
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