Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
Wanting nothing, having nothing, being nothing—this is the freedom of the sage. Mind trained to Silence becomes bright before, during, and after appearances and then, like dust motes in the sky, appearances become simply carefree, easy. Look into this luminous expanse directly before, during, after ... it is the always. To recognize nothingness, no-thing-ness, to abide in and as and of this expanse ... free from being or non-being. This is the inheritance of the Buddhas. No one can give you this. No one can take it away from you. Do not rely on others but on reality. Do not cling to words but to meanings. - t.k., advice to a friend upon parting.
This conversation, sunlight with sky’s expanse, what word could ever speak its mystery, what mark, sigil, arcane symbol could describe this elegant tempest … and so Silence. Great Silence, the feeling disposition of Great Emptiness … outside of scholastic disputation, theological debate, there is the realized Great Silence in flesh and form ... and the radiance of unborn brightness. Original Innocence and Bright Virtue … the simplicity of today, and you, and me, and tree, sky, grass, rain ... relatedness mystery to mystery. - t.k., at breakfast
To remember the Guru even for a moment is the greatest spiritual joy and benefit. It is a joy in whose expanse the mind becomes humble, silent, luminous. To remember the Guru with such devotion inspires body and mind to walk with care on the profound path given us so freely. There is no possible way to ever repay the unconditional kindness shown by such wisdom beings—all we can do is aspire to and make use of their sublime instruction." - t.k., speaking about Thinley Norbu Rinpoche