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



Deep and enduring changes

The interplay between mind and body is far from simple;
the human set-up has many layers
that work together to produce
even our most basic and mundane experiences.

The physical level includes
the interplay of matter, energy, and space;
the distinctive characteristics of our sense faculties;
the operations of our internal organs;
the function of the breath.

While we can distinguish many different levels
or aspects to the human set-up,
they are in reality profoundly interconnected.

It is for this reason that yogic practice,
which can activate all the layers at once,
can make deep and enduring changes
in our experience.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Kum Nye Dancing

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Engage each experience openly

Observing life, and reflecting upon our experience,
we can see more clearly the relationships
between what we do and the results that follow.

With the growth of insight,
we can learn more quickly from every kind of experience,
and free ourselves of the need to respond to experience with frustration, anger, or pain.

If we bring all our knowledge to bear
in our words and actions,
we can engage each experience openly, without judgment,
as an opportunity to expand what we know.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Knowledge of Freedom

The knowledge we need to live a better life…

Beneath the prosperous surface of our lives, we still experience frustration and confusion, anxiety, and even despair.

Within our societies, even the most fortunate among us have little hope of complete liberation from frustration and dissatisfaction.

After several hundred thousand years of accumulating knowledge,
what we know does not insure our protection from suffering.

If we could see through the locked corridors of time
and participate directly in the entire human experience,
perhaps we would be able to discover the knowledge we need to live a better life.

[Then,] after hundreds of thousands of years of experience,
we would know beyond a doubt
the patterns of thought and action that lead to suffering.

We would know the full meaning of our history,
and be free of the need to repeat the errors of the past.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Knowledge of Freedom

Lessening involvement with our self images

If we observe the way we live from day to day,
we find that much of our time is spent
reinforcing fantasies of who we are
and how we want others to see us.

We are quite involved with our self images.

Watching these images, we can discern our characteristic ways of acting:
the way we sit, the way we look, or the way we habitually talk.

These self images exert a strong influence on our lives.

They tend to draw us into one pattern of behavior.
Thus, our sense of freedom is diminished.

How can we lessen our involvement with our self-images and learn to become more flexible and open to experience?

By examining them carefully, we can learn to understand their true worth.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Hidden Mind of Freedom

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