The attitude we have toward what we experience…

When we realize that our ideas
of good or bad, black or white,
are only labels –
that existence itself is neutral
and only our viewpoint colors it positive or negative –
then we know that the real answer lies in ourselves.

We have to change our patterns of reacting to experience.

For our problems do not lie in what we experience,
but in the attitude we have towards what we experience.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Openness Mind

The satisfaction we need

As our experience opens to wider perspectives,
our senses, our bodies, and our consciousness
become vibrantly alive.

Patterns of craving and frustration
give way to the flowing interaction with the process of living.

All imbalances drop away,
and whatever satisfaction or healing we need
is provided naturally.

This protection, this balance,
this genuine self-sufficiency
allows us to open to the endless possibility
of each moment and to
discover the richness and depth of all experience.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Openness Mind


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

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

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

The clarity of direct experience…

When there is nothing to distort the clarity of direct experience –
no concepts, no sensations, and no memories,
no body, no mind, no senses,
not even any awareness of you yourself being –
there is only being.

This is the kind of experience we need.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
The Joy of Being