All ‘Diamond Way Quote’ posts

Quotation of Nagarjuna

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012


When you understand mind,
You understand everything.

– Nagarjuna

Saraha on Ultimate Co-emergent Wisdom

Saturday, November 26th, 2011
Saraha - Chief of the Accomplished Masters of India

Saraha - Chief of the Accomplished Masters of India

Ultimate co-emergent wisdom can only come

From gathering accumulations and purifying obscurations,

And through the blessings of a realized master—

You should know that it’s foolish to rely on any other method.

Saraha – Treasury of Dohās

Hevajra Tantra

Saturday, September 10th, 2011
Oh Diamond (Skt. Hevajra, Tib. Kye Dorje)

Oh Diamond (Skt. Hevajra, Tib. Kye Dorje)

All beings are buddhas

But this is concealed by adventitious stains.

When their stains are purified, their buddhahood is revealed.

– Hevajra Tantra

Shakespeare on relative truth

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

“… there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”.

– Shakespeare, (Hamlet, Act II, Scene II).

Quotation of Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche

Monday, May 30th, 2011
Seated Bodhisattva, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas

Seated Bodhisattva, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas

These days if you tell the truth no one listens, and if anyone says something false everybody holds it to be true. That is why I have never said this to anyone before: I am not an ordinary being, I am a bodhisattva who took birth intentionally as a result of prayers of aspiration.

Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche (1846-1912), Spoken to his attendant Lama Ösel and recorded in his biography

Gampopa – The Jewel Ornament of Liberation

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
Gampopa (1079–1153)

Gampopa (1079–1153)

The cause is the buddha nature. The support is the most precious human body. The circumstance is the spiritual friend. The method consists of his instructions. The result consists of the kayas of perfect buddhahood. The activity is the spontaneous accomplishment of beings’ benefit.

Gampopa (1079–1153) – Jewel Ornament of Liberation

King of Samādhi Sūtra

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
Buddha statue in Bodh Gaya

Buddha statue in Bodh Gaya

Existence and non-existence are extremes,

Purity and impurity are extremes as well,

Thus, having relinquished both extremes,

The wise do not dwell even in the middle.

– Buddha Shakyamuni, King of Samādhi Sūtra

Shamar Rinpoche on “advanced practices”

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Shamar Rinpoche wearing the Red Crown

“Many people turn towards those practices reputed to bring quick results, even immediate enlightenment. Perhaps this is courageousness, perhaps merely pride. Perhaps the assumption is that if they can say they are doing an advanced practice, this makes them an advanced person.”

Shamar Rinpoche
From “A Change of Expression” (Editions Dzambhala, 1991)