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Quotes by Dudjom Rinpoche

The root of Dharma is your mind.
Tame it and you’re practicing Dharma.
To practice Dharma is to tame your mind,
And when you tame it, then you will be free!


To cause benefit is not easy – so try first not to cause harm


In meditation practice, you might experience a muddy, semiconscious, drifting state, like having a hood over your head: a dreamy dullness. This is really nothing more than a kind of blurred and mindless stagnation. How do you get out of this state? Alert yourself, straighten your back, breathe the stale air out of your lungs, and direct your awareness into clear space to freshen your mind. If you remain in this stagnant state you will not evolve, so whenever this setback arises, clear it again and again. It is important to be as watchful as possible, and to stay as vigilant as you can. ~ Dudjom Rinpoche


Please be careful in the future to pay attention. Karma can be very subtle and tricky. We might think that something is no big deal, but it may turn out to have serious consequences. So pay good attention to the karmic process. This is what every practitioner needs to pay attention to — even those with the highest realization.


Do not confuse yourself with a lot of thinking. (WN)


Do not blame temporary negative circumstances; instead, be someone who remains steadfast in the face of whatever circumstances may arise.


Since pure awareness of nowness is the real buddha,
In openness and contentment I found the Lama in my heart.
When we realize this unending natural mind is the very nature of the Lama,
Then there is no need for attached, grasping, or weeping prayers or artificial complaints,
By simply relaxing in this uncontrived, open, and natural state,
We obtain the blessing of aimless self-liberation of whatever arises.


On Mental Conduct Regarding Your Teacher

As for your thoughts, do not covet your teachers’ wealth and possessions, or have malicious thoughts with regard to their attendants, disciples, sponsors, and so forth, because any selfish clinging will displease them. For different reasons, your teachers may act gently or wrathfully and behave in an apparently ordinary manner, but never, even for the smallest of their acts, confuse their words with their intentions and think that what they are doing is wrong. Nor should you imagine a multitude of contradictions in the things they say at different times and in the most trivial things they do. As we find in the Accomplishment of Wisdom,

Avoid dishonoring or coveting
The teachers’ belongings and followers, or their attendants.
Their various deeds are a great magical display
Skillfully benefiting beings.
Reject wrong views, finding fault in
The oceanic infinity of their wisdom and activities.


Mixing the eight worldly concerns with your spiritual practice is extremely dangerous, like eating food mixed with poison. The eight worldly concerns in concise form can be reduced to two things, hope and fear, which are, in fact, desire and anger.


When empowerment is received for the first time, it is characterized as the "causal" initiation. Afterwards, when one receives empowerment from a lama, or if self-initiation occurs, it is the "path" initiation. By purifying the subtle habitual propensities so that the teacher and assembly are realized to be nondual, the "resultant" empowerment occurs. Here, an explanation of the causal and path empowerments will be discussed.

In order to receive empowerment, one must meet with a spiritual master who has the necessary qualifications. Mainly, the teacher must have great respect for his or her teacher and no deterioration of samaya. The teacher must have unfailing love and compassion for all parent sentient beings, as well as the potential and strength to unfailingly uphold the Buddha's doctrine.

In addition, the disciple must have faith, diligence, wisdom, generosity, meditation experience, pure samaya, a joyful attitude toward practice and meditation, constant faith in the lama, the ability to make offerings to the lama during the three times, and noble, excellent qualities. In order to bestow empowerment upon such a suitable disciple, the teacher must be skilled in the knowledge of how to unmistakenly arrange and bestow empowerment. (PC)


To nurture stillness,
to nurture spiritual experiences,
to nurture samadhi and other spiritual states —
these are common

But by the strength of your devotion
for realization to arise from within
Due to the Lama's blessings:
this is rare


Whatever good or bad things people might say, don't take them as true; have no hope or doubt, acceptance or rejection. Let them say whatever they will, as though they were talking about someone already dead and buried.

No one but a qualified guru - not even your own father or mother - can give direct advice. Therefore, keeping control over your own actions, do not hand your nose-rope to others. Outwardly good-natured, you should know how to get along harmoniously with all without 'burning their noses.' But in fact, if anyone - superior or inferior - comes to hinder your practice, you should be unshakable, like an iron boulder pulled by a silk scarf. It won't do to be a weak character whose head bends in whichever direction the wind blows, like grass on a mountain pass.


PC - Perfect Conduct
WN - Wisdom Nectar
TLWF - Torch Lighting the Way to Freedom

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