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Quotes by Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa

Virtue that is filled with loving-kindness and compassion
Is generosity when practiced for the sake of beings.
It is discipline when free from self-concern
And patience when untiring for the sake of others.
It is diligence when done with vibrant joy
And concentration when enacted with one-pointed mindfulness.
It is wisdom when there is no clinging to the reality of things.
From virtue such as this the six perfections never separate.


At all times, and in all circumstances
May the wish to conform to conventional expectations
Not arise for even an instant.

If, due to the power of strong habits,
Such deluded intentions occur,
May they not succeed.


Sickness are the brooms sweeping your evil deeds.
Seeing the sickness as the teacher, pray to them...
Sickness are coming to you by the kindness of the masters and
the Three Jewels.
Sickness are your accomplishments, so worship them as the deities.
Sickness are the signs that your bad karmas are being exhausted.
Do not look at the face of your sickness, but at the one (the mind) who is sick.
Do not place the sickness on your mind, but place your naked intrinsic awareness upon your sickness.
This is the instruction on sickness arising as the Dharmakāya.
The body is inanimate and mind is emptiness.
What can cause pain to an inanimate thing or harm to the emptiness?
Search for where the sickness are coming from, where they go, and where they dwell.
Sickness are mere sudden projections of your thoughts.
When those thoughts disappear, the sickness dissolve too...
There is not better fuel than sickness to burn off the bad karmas.
Don't get into entertaining a sad mind or negative views over the sickness,
But see them as the signs of the waning of your bad karmas, and rejoice over them.


Mesmerized by the sheer variety of perceptions, which are like the illusory reflections of the moon in water, beings wander endlessly astray in samsara’s vicious cycle.


The location of the truth of the Great Perfection is the unfabricated mind of the present moment, this naked radiant awareness itself, not a hair of which has been forced into relaxation. Maintaining this at all times, just through not forgetting it even in the states of eating, sleeping, walking, and sitting, is called meditation. However, until you are free from the obscurations of cognition, it is impossible for this not to be mixed with the experiences of bliss, clarity, and nonconceptualization. Nevertheless, just by not forgetting the nature of one’s own awareness — the kind that is not a tangled mindfulness that gets more tangled in order to be mindful — at some point the unelaborated ultimate truth, transcending terms and examples, will appear.


The true nature of things is naturally free of conceptual projections.
It does not exist, since even the victorious ones do not see it.
Yet neither is it non-existent, as it is the ground of all samsara and nirvana.
There is no contradiction here, for it lies beyond the realm of expression.


Others cannot be blamed.


No intelligence, no power, no wealth or strength can help someone without diligence. He is like a boatman whose boat has everything but oars.

Before an incident is over and what has happened cannot be changed, it must be instantly remembered: »These harmful beings are controlled by passions. If I did not exist, there would be no cause for them to harm me, because when there is no object to harm, how can there be anyone who harms? The skandhas, elements and sense gatherings are root circumstances, and the favorable or adverse qualities such as the unmindful behaviour of body and speech are contributing circumstances, making me become a target that can be harmed by others. Others are responsible for this and cannot be blamed. I myself took this karmic body, was born in such and such country, was given this name by parents, and reside in this place. These skandhas come from me and my grasping mind.« Remember this and do not reflect on the faults and behaviors of others.


Please buddhas and bodhisattvas,
make sure whatever i want never happens.


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.

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