PAROLES DE SAGESSE

We can be unkind to each other, or we can choose to encourage each other. It’s up to us to decide. ~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

It is only by understanding how important your life is that you will be able to answer the question of how to make it better, to find its meaning. And to do that you have to free yourself from your rigid view of yourself and the world around you. Anything can happen in the next minute; that is the beauty of life. ~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

Life is good if you know how to handle it with care and the sense of understanding the nature of life. Life is like a game that we play and we only live from moment to moment. We should appreciate and enjoy so that we will be able to share this joy of enjoying the nature of life with the rest of the world. ~ His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

The way is in the heart. Buddhists look inward for answers, therefore are known as "Nangpa". - Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche

Our minds become restless. We run towards some future hope or dream, or away from things in our past. We lose our connection with life, with ourselves, and forget to enjoy the journey. Or we begin to lose faith in the world around us; there are so many problems to think about that we put our blinkers on and stop seeing what is right there, on the doorstep; what we can do to make a difference. We b...ecome attached to our rigid view of life, how we like things to be. But when the world doesn’t fit in with our wishes and desires, we become frustrated and stubborn; we forget how to bend and be flexible and life becomes difficult.

Sometimes, we should take a break from the fast track and slow down and look around us. When we slow things down, we find we have more time to do the things that really matter; we can look around and appreciate all the details; we feel connected with our own body, our own mind, with all the people in our life and with the world around us.
~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

When you are listening to music, what is listening? Are your ears listening? No, the mind is. When you are watching a movie, what is watching? Are your eyes watching? No, the mind is. ~ His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

It is only by understanding how important your life is that you will be able to answer the question of how to make it better, to find its meaning. And to do that you have to free yourself from your rigid view of yourself and the world around you. Anything can happen in the next minute; that is the beauty of life. ~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

There are two types of Bodhicitta: aspirational and practical. Aspirational Bodhicitta is very important for mind cultivation. Without cultivation of mind through aspirational Bodhicitta, our motivation would not be strong enough to go out and help. The result of aspirational Bodhicitta is that we should go out and do something beneficial! - HHGD

HHGD says, "We need to appreciate that we can see, we can hear, we can smell, we have something to wear, we have food to eat... This is the way to color our life. Otherwise life would be grey and square, and sad, full of dissatisfaction."

His Holiness says, "Real and authentic Rimey or non-sectarianism is this: when you genuinely and full heartedly practice your own spiritual lineage, whether it's Buddhism or Hinduism or any spiritual belief, your heart would be open to accept everything and respect everyone. Rimey is not about following all kinds of spiritual lineages, becoming directionless and losing your way. Look at the kindness showered on us by the Hindus and Muslims, this tells us a lot about real and authentic Rimey."

When you recite prayers, you should try to understand the meaning, not like a parrot making repetitions without understanding the words. When you follow a guru, learn his or her enlightened qualities, what he or she is doing externally is not what you should be following. For example, some masters drink alcohol, you should see it as their enlightened activity and not something you have to copy and drink alcohol. You should look at their inner enlightened qualities and learn. - HHGD

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa says  "We don't realize suffering, that's why we are creating a lot of troubles for ourselves and others."

His Holiness says, "Meditation should not only be used for pacifying our mind. It has to be used to develop awareness. Meditation has to be merged with daily life, it has to be a part of life. You can have thoughts but with meditation, you are fully aware. And with awareness, mind can be pacified. It's a package."

When we have developed awareness through meditation, then even when anger, desires, jealousy or any other afflictive emotions arise, we are aware of them, and then we are able to either stop them from affecting us or transform them into an understanding, which we commonly call "wisdom". If we are not aware, we just end up expressing our anger, jealousy and all the desires, and really harming other...s with our speech and actions. So, developing awareness through meditation is a very important practice. A little by little, you will be able to pacify your mind, because you will realize that it's pointless to be controlled by your afflictive emotions, or rather, your EGO. Your BIG EGO is main cause of your unhappiness, so don't blame others for your unhappiness. Before you blame others, check whether your EGO is functioning or not. - His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

"Often we look for happiness in the wrong places, in what we don’t have. Our complaints send happiness into hiding. We think about the things that are missing in our life rather than all the wonderful reasons to be happy right here, right now." - His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa in "Everyday Enlightenment"

Everyday we make choices and decisions. If you are ever at crossroads, ask yourself ‘what will bring me happiness, more than pleasure?’ ~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

Don’t cling on to your mistakes or criticism. Have the courage to accept them, learn and pick yourself up. ~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

Fear is a natural companion to heavy expectations. Think more about what you are going to do today and you will begin to worry less about what may or may not happen tomorrow. ~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

Accept the ups and downs, don’t put pressure on yourself to be positive all the time. If today was good, that’s great, if not, that’s okay. ~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

It is human to make mistakes – they are a part of life, so don’t let them put you off. ~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

I love the modern world; we have so many opportunities to be generous and inspire each other. But in the day to day it is easy to rush without paying much attention or taking the time to appreciate just how precious life is. ~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

When you take a break from the fast track and look around, you will further your understanding and connect with yourself and with others. You may begin to discover or get to know more deeply what you truly want to achieve. In essence, this is a gentle reminder to live your life with compassion; to be kind to yourself so that you may be kind to others. It will help calm your wandering mind and let go of your own and others’ judgments and comparisons. ~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

To have patience takes great courage, to be calm much strength. You become a very understanding person, a wonderful listener. ~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

If you can step back even for a moment when things get heated, then you will create a gap for patience, to see things differently and look for a solution rather than a problem. ~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

If you can prepare for the worst - even be prepared for and accepting of death - then you have nothing left to fear. You are free. ~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

Let go of winning and losing, of trying to be better than others. ~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

When you slow down you can stop to help others more often rather than always being in the rush to get to your next destination. ~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

According to Buddhist philosophy, there are a number of things difficult to attain in this world. Sometimes it is good to remind ourselves that we are beginners and so these things won’t just be instantaneous or easy, but are well worth practising in our everyday lives. ~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa
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Just being affectionate towards your guru or having him or her in your heart is not enough. If you have no devotion, you will not be able to accomplish any Dharma practice. One of the reasons for being trapped in samsara is because of a lack of devotion in our Lama, and after receiving instructions, we don't follow. If we follow and joyfully develop devotion, we will accomplish in our Dharma practice. - HHGD (Maharashtra Pad Yatra) 
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There are Buddhist scholars and practitioners who claim to have understood all the theories and terminologies, but this sort of understanding is not enough. You need to gain experience from the depth of your heart, about the nature of suffering, impermanence, karma and precious human body, in regards to not only yourself but also all sentient beings. If you have some experiential understanding on these four thoughts that turn your mind towards the Dharma, then you would have a natural interest in going for refuge under the protection of the Three Jewels. - HHGD (during Maharashtra Pad Yatra)
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If we do not understand the preciousness of human body, karma, impermanence and suffering of samsara, there is no taking of refuge. Reciting refuge prayer is not enough. – HHGD
Without practicing Ngondro, there is no chance of realizing Mahamudra. First, we need the support of the common Ngondro, i.e. the 4 thoughts that turn the mind towards Dharma: precious human rebirth, impermanence, karma and the suffering of samsara. – HHGD
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His Holiness says, "Regarding Bodhicitta practice, don't talk and over pray, go out there and do something. Just do it!"
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His Holiness says, "In the name of convenience, we invented many things to give us material comfort. At the end, our future generations have to suffer the side effects of our convenience. This is because we are constantly ignorant about karma or cause and effect. If we understand karma experientially, we would be creating positive causes so that we ourselves and the future generations will enjoy the positive results."
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"Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.” ~ Lord Buddha
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Our path in life comes from a cause, and is the cause. The key is that it is a compassionate path. Whatever we do and whatever we say has to come out of compassion and love, instead of from our ego or from selfish attitudes. ~ “Everyday Enlightenment” by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa
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Just ask yourself: Do you often see your relationships with others as profit and loss statements? Do you always mind whether people respect or admire you? And do you often feel that you are betrayed by friends out of jealousy? Are these the reasons why even when you are already in the guidance of an enlightened Guru, practicing and engaging in Bodhisattva work, you still bring these habits with you? This is because you have forgotten something that belongs to you since beginningless time... your heart has the innate ability to smile. This is the crucial time to make it smile again, to let you yourself be the messenger of "SMILE ALWAYS"! -
His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa
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How do you practice compassion and love towards yourself? When you get angry, depressed, frustrated and hurt, instead of complaining and blaming on people or circumstances, first you have to understand the experience you are going through, and second meditate on it. You will realize that these emotions are baseless in nature. ~ His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa
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"Our primordial Buddha nature is like space. Look into our mind to find the Buddha." ~ His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa
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The highlight of my own life is my acceptance. It allows me to enjoy every minute, whatever circumstances I am in, whatever my challenges and difficulties. It helps me to put judgements and comparisons aside; it helps me to know that I am good enough so long as I simply try my best in this life. ~ "Everyday Enlightenment" by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa
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In the "37 Bodhisattva Practices", it is said that patience is a Bodhisattva practice. Shantideva in "A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life" says that: "There is no vice like hatred, and there is no austerity like patience." The Buddha also reminds us: "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." Hatred and anger can destroy all the merit accumulated with great difficulties over thousands of aeons. Therefore we should appreciate our enemies and adverse circumstances, they are our best teachers. - His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa
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JUST BE LIKE THE OCEAN
by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

Whatever you hear, see or feel
Should not disturb you at all,
... Just be like the Ocean,
It's so vast, so big, so profound,
The wind may come and disturb the Ocean,
Waves may come: high waves, low waves,
But the Ocean is always Ocean,
Its basic nature remaining very steady.
Similarly thoughts and emotions may come,
But they can never disturb you,
Because they have no existence nor entity of their own,
Therefore you will be in peace.
That's one of the secrets of Shiney meditation.
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"Nous sommes les artisans de notre propre destinée. Ecoutez mon conseil : regardez votre propre esprit et ne blessez pas autrui ou vous-memes . Le Karma est comme une ombre qui vous suit partout"      HH Gyalwang Drukpa 
Réflexions et Pensées - juillet 2010  
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"Chaque pas nous permet de prendre du temps pour contempler et admirer. Quand vous ralentissez, vous trouvez que le monde est magnifique. Nous ne prêtons généralement pas attention à la beauté de nos existences, qui se succèdent l'une après l'autre..."       HH Gyalwang Drukpa

Photo prise en février 2009 lors de la marche vers la grotte de Maratika, lieu sacré de Gourou Padmasambhava.


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