The lama-student relationship and money

Kagyu Samye Ling, Scotland, 12 October 2017

Money becomes a real obstacle in forming a true lama-student relationship. So if it’s real dharma you want, if it’s a real lama-student relationship you want, then this is something you should keep in mind. For example, if you see me to be a lama of yours, and you genuinely wish to rely on and […]

Question from a young chap to Rinpoche

Transcript of a conversation between Drupon Khen Rinpoche and Owen, Johannesburg, South Africa, October 2019

After yesterday afternoon’s teaching here in Johannesburg, Drupon Khen Rinpoche was on his way to meet someone when a young chap called Owen wished to ask him a question. Since we were already running late we arranged for him to see Rinpoche today. Rinpoche very much appreciated Owen’s questions and asked him if it would […]

Dharma-Drugs – Just Say No

Teaching on the fourth day (19 Oct) of the one-week meditation retreat with Hwayue Foundation, 2019

The worst thing you can do in meditation is to hanker after feelings of peace and bliss. Expectations are always followed by disappointments. Feelings of peace, bliss and deep well-being do not come to us very easily (and they’re not all that much use to us anyway.) But if you do get a taste, a […]

The Cushion Is Our Training Ground

Teaching on the third day (18 Oct) of the one-week meditation retreat with Hwayue Foundation, 2019

In meditation the direction we are moving towards is that of non-doing. We already have so much that we need to do in our lives, and if meditation is seen as being something else that we must do, it becomes just another task to add to our to-do list. It will become a burden, a […]

Use the texts like you use a mirror

Second day of teachings at the one-week retreat hosted by the Hwayue Foundation, Taiwan, 2019

When reading or listening to a teaching do not focus on the words; focus on your own mind. The words are like a mirror through which you can see your own anger, desire, etc. The texts do not have anger and the other afflictions, but they can help you see your own if you use […]

Laziness is to not look at your mind!

Teaching on the first day of the one-week meditation retreat with Hwayue Foundation, Taiwan, 2019

Only those who have faith and who are diligent can learn real meditation; those who are lazy will never get it. Some people think that only lazy people come to meditate, while the diligent read books. In fact, it’s the opposite. Lazy people study books; diligent people try their best to meditate. I say because […]

Knowing yourself is knowing the dharma

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Center, Teaching given to the Chinese students, 21 July 2019

What is dharma? Dharma is not something in the book that you read, nor is it something new that you need to learn and keep in mind. Anything that is not related to your mind is not dharma. So what is dharma? Dharma is everything that you see and experience right now, it is all […]

My Constant Prayer

Teaching given to Chinese students at Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Center, Nepal, 14 August 2019

My constant and most important prayer is that I may be able to ignore myself and my own needs, and to always hold sentient beings at the centre of my heart – to keep others in mind and to forget about myself. When I’m seized by moments of mindfulness, I recite or bring to mind […]

What I Wish for my Students

Teaching to the retreat staff, Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 20 July 2019

I wish that after many years of training a student in the dharma, from the outside they will appear unsophisticated, uneducated and maybe a little simple. On looking at them you wouldn’t get the impression that they were anything special; they would be humble and easy going. But inside they would be rich in learning […]