A deep sense of inner fulfillment

Work itself can have inner meaning and value
that make it part of the spiritual path.

Anyone who does any kind of work
can taste the sense of deep inner fulfillment
that has always been considered the fruit of a spiritual way of living,
even if he or she feels no sense of religious vocation.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Mastering Successful Work

The potential to transform society

There is a far more meaningful alternative
to our increasingly desperate attempts to fill the hole within our hearts.

If we use work to challenge our limits,
to perfect awareness and deepen concentration,
then work can open into knowledge
that makes us more successful
while also nourishing us at the deepest levels.

By letting work guide us toward deeper knowledge,
we can end each day with a sense of enjoyment
and a feeling that we have accomplished something of real benefit.

We can achieve our own goals
and set an example that has the potential to transform society.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Mastering Successful Work

Beyond emotional reactions

Everything is judged in terms of how it relates to a person’s emotions.

It is quite possible for a human being,
even one who is not enlightened,
to have goals, commitments, and personal convictions
beyond merely emotional reactions and considerations.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Enlightenment is a Choice

Worthiness, abundance, and joy

From time to time, we have the opportunity to see
that more is possible:
more happiness, more meaning, more joy.

If we look this way,
the heart opens and the mind becomes more clear.

We see the value of teachings and practices that can help us.

Following this path, we focus on body, senses, and feelings,
nourishing the mind with pleasure and training
to relax patterns that constrict and distort experience.

These practices replace the insecurities and negativities inherent in the dualistic mind with a sense of worthiness, abundance, and joy. 

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
The Joy of Being

A quieter, more knowing voice

By turning our attention inward,
we can touch a softer, more subtle side of our senses
and learn to listen to a quieter, more knowing voice.

Attentive to our inner responses,
we begin to communicate more fully with our deeper feelings.

At the first sign of agitation
we can sink into the sensation.

Gently we can question ourselves:

Why am I responding in this way?
How did this feeling arise?
Are other responses possible?

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings from the Heart

Penetrating the deeper levels of our experience

Unless we train our minds to be more gentle,
we may never be able to penetrate to
the deeper levels of our own experience.

To open inner channels of communication
that now lie hidden and forgotten,
we must discover new ways of linking body and mind.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings from the Heart

Touching our deepest feelings

Accustomed to ignoring the body’s subtle communications,
the mind grasps stronger sensations
so roughly that more subtle feelings scatter before it.

To reestablish contact with the body,
we need to fully touch our deepest feelings.

Doing this requires patience as well as compassion.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings from the Heart