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Quotes by Chatral Rinpoche

You might remain sealed in strict retreat for months or even years,
But if you fail to make any progress in the state of your mind,
Later, when you tell everyone about all that you did over such a long time,
Aren’t you just bragging about all of the hardships and deprivation?


I am sorry, there is nothing special about me and I have nothing to teach you. Please go elsewhere for teachings.
from “Compassionate Action”, page 6


There is no better sign of accomplishment than a disciplined mind. This is true victory for the real warrior who carries no weapons.


If you lack the wealth of contentment in your mind,
You’ll think you need all kinds of useless things,
And end up even worse than just an ordinary person,
Because you won’t manage even a single session of practice.
So set your mind on freedom from the need for anything at all.


If you don’t reflect on death and impermanence,
There’ll be no way to practice Dharma purely.
Practice will remain an aspiration,
One that is constantly postponed.
And you may feel regret the day that death comes,
But by then it’s too late!



You won't be here for long, practise now without delay.
You are like a traveller in this life, don't build a castle where you are just resting a while.
No action will be of any help; put accomplishment into practice.
You never know when your body will become worm-fodder or simply disappear; don't get distracted by this life's appearances.


We abide nowhere, we possess nothing.


Pleasure-seeking practitioners who fail to turn their minds from this life’s concerns, cut their connection to the authentic Dharma. So take care to avoid becoming stubbornly immune to the teachings.


There are three kinds of Dharma practitioners:

དང་པོ་དེ་ནི། ཕྱི་ཡི་རྣམ་པར་ཆོས་པ་ལྟར་སྣང་ཡང་ནང་ངོ་མ་ཆོས་པ་མིན།
Firstly, there are those who look like practitioners outwardly, but inwardly they are not real practitioners;

གཉིས་པ་དེ་ནི། ཁ་བཤད་ཆེ་ཡང་ཉམས་རྟོགས་གང་ཡང་མེད།
Secondly, they are those who talk very high, but have no realization at all;

གསུམ་པ་ནི། ཕྱི་ཡི་རྣམ་པ་ཆོས་པ་འདྲ་མེད་ཀྱང་ནང་དོན་དམ་གྱི་ཆོས་པ་ལྷད་མེད་གཅིག་ཡིན།
Thirdly, there are those who do not look like practitioners outwardly, but who are in fact genuine practitioners inside.

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