An inner source of value…

To communicate successfully with our inner self
and investigate its nature,
we must become true lovers of wisdom,
not mere followers of ideas.

Then the external form of our religious practice,
its ceremony and doctrine,
touches us on the deepest level.

Our actions are appropriate and beneficial
because they flow from an inner source of value.

As we make our way through the world,
the landscape around us may sometimes appear barren,
but the healing waters of wisdom
always flow beneath the surface.

If we put aside our prejudices
and lay down our struggle,
we may find what we seek
beneath our very feet. 

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings from the Heart

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True meaning and value…

Opening the world of thought
does not depend on systems or psychologies
but on direct experience.

If we can communicate with our mind,
we can open thoughts through thoughts;
we can interpret without an interpreter.

The starting point is
to see that we are not free,
that we are trapped
in the field of emotions and thoughts.

The more deeply we understand this,
the more easily we can cut through
the bonds that restrict us.

Eventually, we can directly touch
the meaning of knowledge,
finding the source of its vitality and abundance,
and with it, true meaning and value.

This discovery is like coming home.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings from the Heart

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Serenity in every situation

When our thoughts, speech, and actions
emanate from a deep inner integrity,
we need no verification of our worth from others.

We can establish priorities for our lives,
knowing that even the mistakes we make
will serve to increase our knowledge.

When our minds and senses are open,
appreciating every nuance of experience,
there is no room for worry or self-doubts,
or any opportunity for guilt or despair
to take root in our hearts.

Life becomes easier and more joyous,
and emotions lose their power to give pain.

Fully aware, with a confidence in our abilities
beyond what we could have imagined,
we find serenity in every situation.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings from the Heart

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A more knowing inner voice…

To open inner channels of communication that now lie hidden and forgotten, we must discover new ways of linking body and mind. When we observe the flow of our energy as we go about our daily activities, we can feel what supports energy at a steady level and what drains it. 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.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings from the Heart

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A positive inner voice…

Within the mind there is much of interest,
many positive feelings, a vital energy
far more entertaining than any amusement
we may find outside ourselves.

When we turn our attention inward and listen sensitively,
we may find that our senses, our feelings, and our awareness
communicate qualities of appreciativeness and joy.

Here, in the quiet openness of our inner being,
it is possible to contact a positive inner voice
that speaks to us directly.

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

We are a home of love and compassion

Mind needs a place to rest,
a home in the deepest levels of our being
where it can cultivate and bring forth
its true qualities:
love, compassion, and prajna,
knowledge that encompasses internal and external
and unites all of experience
in a wider field of meaning.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings from the Heart