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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.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Why exactly are we so frightened of death that we avoid looking at it altogether? Somewhere, deep down, we know we cannot avoid facing death forever. We know, in Milarepa’s words: “This thing called ‘corpse’ we dread so much is living with us here and now.””
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “The spiritual journey is one of continuous learning and purification. When you know this, you become humble.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Saints and mystics throughout history have adorned their realisations with different names and given them different faces and interpretations, but what they are all fundamentally experiencing is the essential nature of the mind.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Theories are like patches on a coat, one day they just wear off.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Don’t you notice that there are particular moments when you are naturally inspired to introspection? Work with them gently, for these are the moments when you can go through a powerful experience, and your whole worldview can change quickly.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “This world can seem marvellously convincing until death collapses the illusion and evicts us from our hiding place. What will happen to us then if we have no clue of any deeper reality?”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “What the world needs more than anything are Bodhisattvas of peace, lawyers, politicians, teachers working tirelessly for the enlightenment of themselves and others.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Generally we waste our lives, distracted from our true selves, in endless activity. Meditation is the way to bring us back to ourselves, where we can really experience and taste our full being.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “That goodness is what survives death, a fundamental goodness that is in each and every one of us. The whole of our life is a teaching of how to uncover that strong goodness, and a training toward realizing it.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “The masters say if you create an auspicious condition in your body and your environment then meditation and realization will automatically arise.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “More important than finding the teacher is finding and following the truth of the teaching...”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Real devotion is an unbroken receptivity to the truth.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Why, if we are as pragmatic as we claim, don’t we begin to ask ourselves seriously: Where does our real future lie?”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Nothing could be further from the truth. But in a world dedicated to distraction, silence and stillness terrify us; we protect ourselves from them with noise and frantic busyness. Looking into the nature of our mind is the last thing we would dare to do. Sometimes I think we don’t want to.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Sometimes I think the greatest achievement of modern culture its its brilliant selling of samsara and its barren distractions. Modern society seems to me a celebration of all the things that lead away from the truth, make truth hard to live for, and discourage people from even believing that it exists.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Taking impermanence truly to heart is to be slowly freed from the idea of grasping, from our flawed and destructive view of permanence, from the false passion for security on which we have built everything.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Yet is our deepest desire is truly to live and go on living, why do we blindly insist that death is the end? Why not at least try and explore the possibility that there may be a life after?”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “This dying forces you to look into yourself. And in this, compassion is the only way. Love is the only way.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “And when you talk about realization, accomplishment for that matter enlightenment is that when you realize the fundamental essence of your mind.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Do not mistake understanding for realization, and do not mistake realization for liberation.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Tibetan thangka paintings and derive strength from their beauty.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Whatever you do, don’t shut off your pain. Accept your pain and remain vulnerable. However desperate you become, don’t shut off your pain because it is in fact trying to hand you a precious gift – the chance of discovery through spiritual practice, what lies behind sorrow. And don’t we know and only far too well, that protection from pain doesn’t work. And when we try and defend ourselves from suffering, we only suffer more and don’t learn what we can from experience.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Our society promotes cleverness instead of wisdom, and celebrates the most superficial, harsh, and least useful aspects of our intelligence.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “There is only one law in the universe that never changes – that all things change, and that all things are impermanent.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “The nature of everything is illusory and ephemeral, Those with dualistic perception regard suffering as happiness, Like they who lick the honey from a razor’s edge. How pitiful they who cling strongly to concrete reality: Turn your attention within, my heart friends.5.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “A real miracle, he said, was if someone could liberate just one negative emotion. More.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “When I came to the West, I realized there was much hunger for spiritual teachings, but no environment for spirituality.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “How often attachment is mistaken for love! Even when the relationship is a good one, love is spoiled by attachment, with its insecurity, possessiveness, and pride; and then when love is gone, all you have left to show for it are the “souvenirs” of love, the scars of attachment.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “I often think of the words of the great Buddhist master Padmasambhava: “Those who believe they have plenty of time get ready only at the time of death. Then they are ravaged by regret. But isn’t it far too late?” What more chilling commentary on the modern world could there be than most people die unprepared for death, as they have lived, unprepared for life?”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Don’t get too excited. In the end, it’s neither good nor bad.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “As Stephen Levine says: “When your fear touches someone’s pain it becomes pity; when your love touches someone’s pain, it becomes compassion.”4.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “And being a buddha is not being some omnipotent spiritual superman, but becoming at last a true human being.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “The purpose of reflecting on death is to make a real change in the depths of your heart, and to come to learn how to avoid the “hole in the sidewalk,” and how to “walk down another street.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “There are so many ways of making the approach to meditation as joyful as possible. You can find the music that most exalts you and use it to open your heart and mind. You can collect pieces of poetry, or quotations of lines of teachings that over the years have moved you, and keep them always at hand to elevate your spirit.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “We are acting as if we were the last generation on the planet. Without a radical change in heart, in mind, in vision, the earth will end up like Venus, charred and dead.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Whatever you find yourself thinking, let that thought rise and settle, without any constraint. Don’t grasp at it, feed it, or indulge it; don’t cling to it and don’t try to solidify it. Neither follow thoughts nor invite them; be like the ocean looking at its own waves, or the sky gazing down on the clouds that pass through it.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Life and death are in the mind, and nowhere else.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Rely on the message of the teacher, not on his personality; Rely.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “The secret is not to “think” about thoughts, but to allow them to flow through the mind, while keeping your mind free of afterthoughts.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “The Western poet Rainer Maria Rilke has said that our deepest fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasure.12.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “We need to make a very clear distinction between what is in our ego’s self-interest and what is in our ultimate interest; it is from mistaking one for the other that all our suffering comes.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Knowing that I cannot escape it, I see no point in worrying about.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “But, in fact, impermanence is like some of the people we meet in life – difficult and disturbing at first, but on deeper acquaintance far friendlier and less unnerving than we could have imagined.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “As long as you cultivate stillness, you may enjoy peace, but whenever your mind is a little bit disturbed, deluded thoughts will set in again.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Just look at your mind for a few minutes. You will see that it is like a flea, constantly hopping to and fro. You will see that thoughts arise without any reason, without any connection. Swept along by the chaos of every moment, we are the victims of the fickleness of our mind.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Buddha said: “Do not overlook negative actions merely because they are small; however small a spark may be, it can burn down a haystack as big as a mountain.” Similarly he said: “Do not overlook tiny good actions, thinking they are of no benefit; even tiny drops of water in the end will fill a huge vessel.”
Sogyal Rinpoche Quote: “Sometimes even when the cell door is flung open, the prisoner chooses not to escape.”
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