• Everything is caused by this dakini principle of energy, including positive aspects of situations as well….Therefore, dealing with this energy is very important in the practice of meditation as well as in life as a whole. One might regard oneself as completely law-abiding and sensible. But equally, there are other energy aspects creeping underneath that. One cannot simply try to be aware and watch oneself, do good, and be sensible; that is, try to be good. But one must also deal with one’s own powerful energy flow, which could manifest as love, hate, jealousy, pride as well as other manifestations. They are not necessarily to be condemned.
    Feminine Energy, From “Challenge from a Wise Demoness,” in The Songs of Milarepa, Tail of the Tiger, Barnet, Vermont. 1970.

  • All Dharmas Are Mind

    In general, all Dharmas are mind.
    The Guru arises from mind.
    The Guru is nothing other than mind.
    Everything that appears is the nature of mind.
    Marpa, Realisation of Dreams and Mind

  • Even genuine religious teaching
    can generate narrowness of vision.
    Trust only the approach
    that is utterly vast and profound.
    The noble way of Mahamudra
    never engages in the drama of
    imprisonment and release.
    Tilopa, All-Embracing Mahamudra

  • To Naropa, With Love

    Beloved Naropa, this treasure of Buddhahood belongs to you and to all beings.
    Obsessive use of meditative disciplines or perennial study of scripture and philosophy will never bring forth this wonderful realization, this truth which is natural to awareness, because the mind that desperately desires to reach another realm or level of experience inadvertently ignores the basic light that constitutes all experience.
    Tilopa, All-Embracing Mahamudra

  • Nothing whatsoever

    The nature of thought is dharmakaya, as is taught.
    Nothing whatsoever, it arises as everything.
    The Dorje Chang Thungma(short lineage prayer)

  • It is not existent — even the Victorious Ones do not see it,
    It is not nonexistent — it is the basis of all samsara and nirvana,
    It is not the contradiction of being both — it is the Middle Way path of union —
    May we realize mind’s essential reality, free from extremes.
    Third Gyalwa Karmapa, Aspiration of Mahamudra

  • I believe its been said before - the buddhism of Tibetans is not necessarily what is known as Tibetan Buddhism. Our enlightenment rests in the path, not in those who teach it. Tibetan history, Tibetan politics and Tibetan mores have no effect on my practice.

  • Our Basic Ground

    Acknowledgement of basic ground implies the positive attitude towards the energy and potential to give birth to enlightenment in the nature of sentient beings. Chogyam Trungpa, Spiritual Farming

  • If what appears to be apprehended does not exist by its very own essence apart from that which apprehends it, then what appears to be the apprehender does not exist either. The reason, here, is that the apprehender exists in relation to the apprehended, not in isolation. Therefore, awareness is devoid of both apprehender and apprehended, in all their various forms. Free from subject and object, by its very own nature awareness is a mere indescribable luminosity. Maitreya, Distinguishing Phenomena from Their Intrinsic Nature

  • All phenomena are illusory displays of mind.
    Mind is no mind–the mind’s nature is empty of any entity that is mind
    Being empty, it is unceasing and unimpeded,
    manifesting as everything whatsoever.
    Examining well, may all doubts about the ground be discerned and cut.
    Third Gyalwa Karmapa, Aspiration of Mahamudra

  • Meditation is not supposed to be the fabrication or the reinforcement of some particular state, but simply the cultivation of the awareness of whatever is arising in the mind. Thrangu Rinpoche

  • The basic honesty and simplicity of negativity can be creative in community as well as in personal relationships. Basic negativity is very revealing sharp and accurate. If we leave it as basic negativity rather than overlaying it with conceptualizations, then we see the nature of it’s intelligence. Chogyam Trungpa, Myth of Freedom

  • Baltimore

    Today there was a funeral for a man I didn’t know, Freddie Gray, he grew up in a world vastly different than mine and now people are rioting over his death from injuries sustained while in police custody.

  • Socrates reminds us that it is not the same thing, but almost the opposite, to understand religion and to accept it. Maurice Merleau-Ponty

  • You seek a great fortune, you … who are now in chains. You will find a fortune, though it will not be the one you seek. But first… first you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril. Mm-hmm. You shall see thangs, wonderful to tell. You shall see a… a cow… on the roof of a cotton house, ha. And, oh, so many startlements. I cannot tell you how long this road shall be, but fear not the obstacles in your path, for fate has vouchsafed your reward. Though the road may wind, yea, your hearts grow weary, still shall ye follow them, even unto your salvation. The Blind Seer

  • Primordial Lie

    But there is the possibility that the primordial message isn’t the truth, but the primordial lie, which exists before you even thought of lying. Chogyam Trungpa, Spiritual Farming

  • Mind of All Beings

    We must not forget that the mind of all beings and that of the Buddha are not fundamentally different. Kalu Rinpoche

  • Lost Narcissism

    Our ego ideal is precious to us because it repairs a loss of our earlier childhood, the loss of our image of self as perfect and whole, the loss of a major portion of our infantile, limitless, ain’t-I-wonderful narcissism which we had to give up in the face of compelling reality. Modified and reshaped into ethical goals and moral standards and a vision of what at our finest we might be, our dream of perfection lives on—our lost narcissism lives on—in our ego ideal. Judith Viorst

  • I have no Dharma to give.
    I only cure diseases and undo knots.

    Followers of The Way who come from everywhere,
    try not to depend on anything.

    There is no Buddha,
    no Dharma,
    no training,
    and no realization.

    What are you so hotly chasing?
    Putting a head on top of your head,
    you blind fools!

    Your head is right where it should be.
    Linji Yixuan

  • Mindfulness isn’t inherently Eastern, just as electricity isn’t inherently Western. Mindfulness is a quality of presence that’s innate in all human beings. Shamash Alidina

  • For me at the easiest definition of a householder in the vajrayana is someone who has a job, buys groceries, pay taxes, is in relationships, has childern, participates leisure activities, etc … Broadly, I think we can say non-monastics.

  • Trungpa on the Journey

    You don’t have to constantly be on the road. If you have a flat tire, that is also part of the journey. Chogyam Trungpa

  • The Karmapa at Harvard