Awareness that protects ourselves and others…

Our responsibility is to maintain a sense of awareness
that can protect both ourselves and others.

If we are not careful, instead of helping,
we may make the emotional imbalance even worse.

Emotions, being in substance pure energy,
tend to `soak up’ any energy that is directed towards them.

It works both ways:
while our own energy may stir up the emotion,
we may also be `infected’ by the negative energy.

The energy seems to intensify itself,
as if it had a life of its own.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Openness Mind


Knowledge we have hidden from ourselves

The sensation we now call fear
can be a gateway to inner awakening.

Whenever we taste fear,
we can suspect that
we are close to knowledge
we have hidden from ourselves.

Whenever we approach the boundaries of our experience
and begin to perceive something new,
fear will arise like a shadow,
concealing whatever we most need to know.

Like a good friend,
fear will never leave us
untilwe completely understand our own being.

As long as we seek greater knowledge
of who and what we are,
we can trust fear to serve as a compass
to our own awareness,
a pointer showing us the way to greater knowledge.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Knowledge of Freedom


Being truly aware

When we reach a state where we are truly aware,
we are like a lotus flower:
the lotus is pure and beautiful,
though it grows from the mud.

Once we are aware,
we can function properly even amid the confusions of the world.

Our positive attitude benefits both ourselves and others;
we live the truth that we have acquired.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Openness Mind


Stay with your own understanding…

The final responsibility is yours.

If you think that change will come
by doing what someone else has told you to do;
if you try to follow a plan that an author imposes on you,
you will never fulfill your own destiny.

Instead, stay with your own understanding.

By cultivating awareness and concentration and energy,
you will touch the integrity of your own being
and take control of your own life.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Mastering Successful Work

The way your mind operates…

Exploring how well you focus will lead you to the way you mind operates.

An unfocused mind is more interested
in satisfying its own needs and desires
than in dealing with what needs to be done.

When you discover that you are not focused, look closely: can you see how the mind shifts and slides?
How it dances and entertains itself?

By becoming aware of our lack of awareness,
we automatically increase our awareness and become more focused.

We may be amazed at how much we can accomplish.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Mastering Successful Work

Every experience is energy

We know that within every feeling or sensation
there is the same pure energy –
that both negative and positive emotions
are flexible manifestations of energy.

Then we know how to use the raw material of experience.

At the beginning of any sensation
we increase and expand it
until it becomes firmly established.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Kum Nye Relaxation

The sweet sense of aliveness…

Awareness is not a matter of “being aware of” something. Awareness develops from the alert attention that perceives an object’s full dimensionality – its depth, its luminosity, its significance – all at once. It allows our senses to savor the juice of experience,  the sweet sense of aliveness that makes experience meaningful.  Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche The Joy of Being