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Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche རྫོང་གསར་ འཇམ་དབྱངས་ མཁྱེན་བརྩེ་ རིན་པོ་ཆེ།

(Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche)

1961 CE –

"Activity" incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

Filmmaker, writer, Tibetan lama, and active philanthropist; Dzongsar Rinpoche continues the traditions of the ecumenical Rimé school that began in the 1880s and of Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro’s emphasis on bringing Tantric Buddhism to the West. The son of famous lama Thinley Norbu and grandson of Dudjom Rinpoche, he was a close student of Dilgo Khyentse. His philanthropic work began with a focus on the education, health and safety of exploited women and children in India and Cambodia and has spread around the world into a global volunteer network now strong in many countries. His 4 popular and award-winning movies entertain, educate, and spread insight into the timeless wisdom and compassion of realization.

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Not For Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices

What Makes You Not a Buddhist

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Quotes by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche (28 quotes)

“At the point of total realization, you must abandon Buddhism. The spiritual path is a temporary solution, a placebo to be used until emptiness is understood.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 38. Fruit Over Flowers

Themes: Buddhism

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“We are lured by the expectation that… one day we will reach ‘happily ever after’ … We believe our grand performance is yet to come, so we do not live for today.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 57. Wu Wei

Themes: Here and Now

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“If it were not for certain people's greed for wealth, the highways would be filled with cars powered by the sun, and no one would be starving. Such advances are technologically and physically possible, but apparently not emotionally possible.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 53. Shameless Thieves

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“If you dream that you are flying and continue to believe that you can fly even after you wake up, that becomes a problem.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 18. The Sick Society

Themes: Dream Problems

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“Proud families spend fortunes on a one-day wedding ceremony for a marriage that may or may not last, while on the same day, in the same village, people are dying of starvation.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 30. No War

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“Ironically, we never truly appreciated the experience for which we are nostalgic because we were too busy clinging to our hopes and fears at the time.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

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“Like a child at the cinema, we get caught up in the illusion. From this comes all of our vanity, ambition, and insecurity. We fall in love with the illusions we have created and develop excessive pride in our appearance, our possessions, and our accomplishments. It’s like wearing a mask and proudly thinking that the mask is really you.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 39. Oneness

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“The only view that truly works for a dharma practitioner is that there are no solutions to the sufferings of samsara and it cannot be fixed… absolutely nothing genuinely works in samsara.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Themes: Suffering

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“A tourist makes a show of giving a ten-dollar tip to the doorman for pushing a revolving door, and the next minute he’s bargaining for a five-dollar T-shirt from a vendor who is trying to support her baby and family.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Themes: Family Confusion

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“It is such a mistake to assume that practicing dharma will help us calm down and lead an untroubled life; nothing could be further from the truth. Dharma is not a therapy. Quite the opposite, in fact; dharma is tailored specifically to turn your life upside down.”

from Not For Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices

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“Reincarnation is a continuity of everything we have learned, like lighting one candle from another, or a face and its reflection in a mirror.”

from Not For Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices

Themes: Continuity

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“All emotions are basically a form of prejudice.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 26. The Still Rule the Restless

Themes: Delusion

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“As long as one is in control, one is happy, and as long as someone else holds the leash, one is unhappy.

Chapters: 17. True Leaders

Themes: Control

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“Like an adult no longer interested in children’s games… you lose interest in all the trappings and beliefs that society builds up and tears down — political systems, science and technology, global economy, free society…”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 80. A Golden Age

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“Siddhartha’s path does not ultimately lead to happiness… it’s a release from the the straitjacket of delusion… a direct route to freedom from suffering and confusion.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 3. Weak Wishes, Strong Bones

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“Those who do not pursue praise and gain, those who do not shun criticism and loss may be stigmatized as insane because they cannot be lured by material gain, don’t look for thrills, have no face to lose, never do anything to impress people.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 41. Distilled Life

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“True buddhist meditation - using any techniques or practices that help transform our habit of thinking that things are solid into the habit of seeing them as compounded, interdependent, and impermanent.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 16. Returning to the Root, Meditation

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“Struck by the arrows of greed, we don’t see that it is our own desire for conveniences… that actually supports the wars that are devastating our world.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 68. Joining Heaven & Earth

Themes: Greed War

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“When struck by the desire arrow, all our common sense… go out the window, we… might even find a streetwalking hippopotamus sexy, even as a beautiful girl loyally waits at home.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Themes: Sex Beauty

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“From time immemorial we have been addicted to the self that loathes suffering and loves the causes of suffering.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 13. Honor and Disgrace

Themes: Suffering

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“like salad to a tiger… no longer falling prey to small praises and criticisms.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 15. Inscrutability

Themes: Moral Freedom

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“We live behind bars of responsibility and conformity.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 72. Helpful Fear

Themes: Conformity

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“Clinging to the fallacy of the self is a ridiculous act of ignorance that… permeates everything we do, see, and experience… our whole existence is based on very flimsy premises.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 12. This Over That

Themes: Egolessness

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“If you still define yourself as a Buddhist, you are not a buddha yet.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 37. Nameless Simplicity

Themes: Buddhism

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“One who desires unending praise and attention is like a butterfly trying to find the edge of the sky.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 49. No Set Mind

Themes: Butterfly

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“Happiness is a flimsy premise upon which to base one’s life.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 58. Goals Without Means

Themes: Happiness

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“Hell is merely the perception of your own aggression.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 69. No Enemy

Themes: Hate Aggression

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“By understanding emptiness, you lose interest in all the trappings and beliefs that society builds up and tears down—political systems, science and technology, global economy... you become like an adult who is not so interested in children's games anymore.”

from What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Chapters: 11. Appreciating Emptiness

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