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Thubten Yeshe


Thubten Yeshe

Thubten Yeshe. (Thub bstan ye shes) (1935–1984). Influential teacher of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. Born to a farming family, in a village near LHA SA, Thubten Yeshe’s first experience with monasticism began when, as a toddler, he was discovered to be an incarnation of the abbess of ’Chi med lung monastery. He displayed strong leanings toward the monastic life from a very early age and, when he was six, his parents put him in the care of an uncle at SE RA monastery outside Lha sa. He spent the next nineteen years at Se ra, where he studied diligently but was unable to complete his DGE BSHES (geshe) degree prior to fleeing Tibet at the time of the Lha sa uprising of 1959. He escaped to India with two of his brothers, going to the refugee camp in Buxador in northeast India. He began teaching Western students at Kopan monastery, near BODHNĀTH in Kathmandu, Nepal. He also traveled the world with his main disciple and fellow monk, Zopa Rinpoche. Together they created the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahāyāna Tradition in 1975, along with Wisdom Publications, the Root Institute in BODHGAYĀ, the Tushita Dharma Center in DHARMAŚĀLĀ, India, and Nalanda monastery near Toulouse, France.

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1:Your mind is your religion. ~ Thubten Yeshe
2:Some children are wiser than adults. ~ Thubten Yeshe
3:The narrow mind rejects; wisdom accepts. ~ Thubten Yeshe
4:One action produces a reaction; that is karma. ~ Thubten Yeshe
5:Meditation is the way we realize the nature of the mind. ~ Thubten Yeshe
6:Knowing your own mind is the solution to all our problems. ~ Thubten Yeshe
7:Examine your own mental attitudes. Become your own therapist. ~ Thubten Yeshe
8:When you check your own mind properly, you stop blaming others for your problems. ~ Thubten Yeshe
9:The moment you identify yourself as something, you are already something else. ~ Lama Thubten Yeshe
10:If you expect your life to be full of ups and downs, then your mind will be much more peaceful. ~ Thubten Yeshe
11:According to the Buddhist point of view, there is no human problem that cannot be solved by human beings. ~ Lama Thubten Yeshe
12:No matter how confused or deluded we may be at the moment, the underlying and essential nature of our being is clear and pure ~ Thubten Yeshe
13:Don't think that examining and knowing the nature of your mind is just an Eastern trip. That's a wrong conception. It's your trip. ~ Thubten Yeshe
14:First of all, merely by living a simple life with a heart dedicated to overcoming self-cherishing, we automatically benefit others. ~ Thubten Yeshe
15:There's a big difference between being able to explain religion intellectually and transforming that knowledge into spiritual experience. ~ Thubten Yeshe
16:Be wise. Treat yourself, your mind, sympathetically, with loving kindness. If you are gentle with yourself, you will become gentle with others. ~ Thubten Yeshe
17:Be blissful and enjoy your life; do not let yourself become obsessed with anything. Determine to use the rest of your life to benefit others as much as possible. ~ Thubten Yeshe
18:It's not just philosophy, not just words; it's knowing how the mind functions; only then can you develop loving-kindness; only then can you become a spiritual person. ~ Thubten Yeshe
19:At certain times, a silent mind is very important, but 'silent' does not mean closed. The silent mind is an alert, awakened mind; a mind seeking the nature of reality. ~ Thubten Yeshe
20:We completely deny the existence of a self-existent I, or a permanent, independent soul. Every aspect of your body and mind is impermanent: changing, changing, changing. ~ Thubten Yeshe
21:Just the idea that you are religious doesn't help at all. It does not help you; it does not help others. In order to really help others, you need to gain knowledge-wisdom. ~ Thubten Yeshe
22:The mind is very powerful. Therefore, it requires firm guidance. A powerful jet plane needs a good pilot; the pilot of your mind should be the wisdom that understands its nature. ~ Thubten Yeshe
23:When a strong wind blows, the clouds vanish and blue sky appears. Similarly, when the powerful wisdom that understand the nature of the mind arises, the dark clouds of ego disappear. ~ Thubten Yeshe
24:Don’t think about Buddhist terminology; don’t think about what the books say or anything like that. Just ask yourself simply, “How, at this moment, do I interpret myself?” That’s all. ~ Lama Thubten Yeshe
25:It is precisely because our present life is so inseparably linked with desire that we must make use of desire's tremendous energy if we wish to transform our life into something transcendental. ~ Thubten Yeshe
26:Karma is not something complicated or philosophical. Karma means watching your body, watching your mouth, and watching your mind. Trying to keep these three doors as pure as possible is the practice of karma. ~ Thubten Yeshe
27:If the religion you are practicing is a true path and gives satisfactory answers to your dissatisfied mind, you should be better than ever at dealing with your everyday life and living like a decent human being. ~ Lama Thubten Yeshe
28:It is a simple truth that if we identify ourselves as being fundamentally pure, strong, and capable we will actually develop these qualities, but if we continue to think of ourselves as dull and foolish, that is what we will become. ~ Thubten Yeshe
29:the practice of tantra involves a combination of emptiness-yoga — through which all ordinary conceptions of one-self are dissolved — and deity-yoga — in which one cultivates the enlightened identity of a particular meditational deity. ~ Lama Thubten Yeshe
30:Tantra considers it very important to eradicate such symptoms of ego. There is no point in holding garbage-concepts of yourself. You are perfect; you just need to recognize it. According to tantra, you do not need to wait until your next life to experience heaven. ~ Lama Thubten Yeshe
31:Buddhist meditation doen't necessarily mean sitting cross-legged with your eyes closed. Simply observing how your mind is responding to the sense world as you go about your business - walking, talking, shopping, whatever - can be a really perfect meditation and bring a perfect result. ~ Thubten Yeshe
32:Our normal tendency is to feel dissatisfied and to criticize our body, speech, and mind - My body is out of shape; my voice is unpleasant; my mind is confused. - We are so caught up in this pointless, neurotic habit of criticism that we disparage others as well as ourselves. This is extremely damaging. ~ Thubten Yeshe
33:The fact is that when you are in a clean, clear state of mind you will be free to pay full attention to what you are doing and you will therefore naturally do it well. Problems come when you are not living in a natural state of mind. Then, no matter what you are doing your mind will be on something else. ~ Thubten Yeshe
34:A great deal of our suffering arises because we are conflicted about reputation. Instead of being concerned about the reality of what we are, we’re concerned about what other people think of us. We’re too outward looking. That’s incredible. As far as Buddhism is concerned, that’s a sick mind; totally, clinically sick. ~ Lama Thubten Yeshe
35:Meditation does not imply only the development of single-pointed concentration, sitting in some corner doing nothing. Meditation is an alert state of mind, the opposite of sluggishness; meditation is wisdom. You should remain aware every moment of your daily life, fully conscious of what you are doing and how you are doing it. ~ Thubten Yeshe
36:When you’re among peaceful, generous, happy people, you’re inclined to feel happy and peaceful yourself. When you’re among angry, aggressive people, you tend to become like them. The human mind is like a mirror. A mirror does not discriminate but simply reflects whatever’s before it, no matter whether it’s horrible or wonderful. ~ Lama Thubten Yeshe
37:There is no miserable place waiting for you, no hell realm, sitting and waiting like Alaska—waiting to turn you into ice cream. But whatever you call it—hell or the suffering realms—it is something that you enter by creating a world of neurotic fantasy and believing it to be real. It sounds simple, but that's exactly what happens. ~ Lama Thubten Yeshe
38:As human beings we have the capacity to enjoy limitless, blissful happiness...there is nothing wrong with having pleasures and enjoyments. What is wrong is the confused way we grasp onto these pleasures, turning them from a source of happiness into a source of pain and dissatisfaction. It is grasping and attachment that is the problem, not the pleasure themselves. ~ Thubten Yeshe
39:Learning to say prayers in a foreign not in itself the way to fulfill our highest human potential; there is nothing of transcending value to be gained from substituting one set of cultural conventions for another. People whose practice remains on this superficial level end up with nothing but confusion, not knowing who they are or what they should do. ~ Thubten Yeshe
40:Many people, even in this country, have material problems because they are concerned for only themselves. Even though society offers many good situations, they are still in the preta realm. I think so, isn’t it? You are living in America but you’re still living in the preta realm—of the three lower realms, the hungry ghost realm; you are still living in the hungry ghost realm. ~ Lama Thubten Yeshe
41:That also doesn’t mean that your mind should be closed to other religions. You can study any religion; you can check it out. The problem is that when you choose one particular religion, you get too extreme about its ideas and then put other religions and philosophies down. This happens because you don’t know the purpose of religion, why it exists or how to practice. If you did, you’d never feel insecure about other religions. ~ Lama Thubten Yeshe
42:I’m saying that if you want to be happy, eradicate your attachment; cut your concrete concepts. The way to cut them is not troublesome—just change your attitude; switch your attitude, that’s all. It’s not really a big deal! It’s really skillful, reasonable. The way Buddhism explains this is reasonable. It’s not something in which you have to super-believe. I’m not saying you have to try to be a superwoman or superman. It’s reasonable and logical. Simply changing your attitude eliminates your concrete concepts. ~ Lama Thubten Yeshe
43:This reminded me of the stories His Holiness Zong Rinpoche told about meditators who had achieved the illusory body. While they were sleeping at night, they would use their subtle body to read and memorize many scriptures at the same time. I thought that Lama was able to read so many texts in such a short time because he did it at night with the illusory body. From the way Lama talked so confidently about the many actions that a yogi could do with their subtle body, I could see that Lama himself had this power. ~ Lama Thubten Yeshe
44:Having no background in philosophic thought and ignorant of the reasons supporting their faith, they experience great uneasiness when someone questions their beliefs. Such people often live closely guarded lives, fearful of encountering someone or something that might shatter their insecure spiritual foundation.This attitude, however, is not the fault of religion but of their own limited understanding. True Dharma leads in exactly the opposite direction. It enables one to integrate all the many diverse experiences of life into a meaningful and coherent whole, thereby banishing fear and insecurity completely. ~ Thubten Yeshe


1.07 - A Song of Longing for Tara, the Infallible, #How to Free Your Mind - Tara the Liberator, #Thubten Chodron, #unset
  pey Gyaltsen.7 It was translated by Lama Thubten Yeshe in February 1979,
  when he gave the Chittamani Tara initiations and teachings to a group of us
  kindness to liberate me.
  7. A Song of Longing was translated by Lama Thubten Yeshe. Reprinted with kind permission from Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archives


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