QuotesII P 29

At the heart of caring is an “and,” not an “or”.

Deep within us lies a potential that transcends our artificial limitations.

Can we embrace the possibility that we are fully capable of caring globally, in every direction—that the compass of caring could open 360 degrees?


Quotes II P 35

Prayers can open the heart, so that when we are discouraged we do not give up. If we are sincere, asking for guidance–heart to heart–our hearts will communicate an inner message, as will the senses. The heart will lend its power, intelligence, and encouragement to all we do.

We could call this way a secret path, for it is deeply personal, and is not about external shows of religious feeling. We do not seek to convert our way of life.

We are simply messengers of caring.


Quotes II p 23

Exercise: Protect Your Potential

Take a moment to reflect on the people in your life who, one way or another, could not achieve their full potential. Consider what their lives might have been like if they had been able to commit to their best selves and bring them into being.

Imagine the beauty and goodness they would have added to the world.

Now, make a list of your own inner aspirations, your dreams for yourself. Look at them carefully, and consider whether they are worth a deep investment of your time and energy.

If you are convinced, make a promise in the memory of all your friends and loved ones who couldn’t make their aspirations come true, you will do better: you will not give up on yourself.


Quotes II p 31

If compassion and caring register only as words or thoughts, without a living connection to the heart, there is little understanding.

Words remain concepts without much effect unless we have developed that heart connection.

Ordinary-level, daily caring is crucial for us to develop our understanding of care.


Quotes II p 21

Every successful excuse marks a lost opportunity.

Mastering Successful Work

Addition to the Quotes of Wisdom Website


Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions regarding The Quotes of Wisdom Exhibit. If you do not find the answer you need, please contact us:


What is the Quotes of Wisdom Exhibit?

The Quotes of Wisdom Exhibit is a curation and celebration of Tarthang Rinpoche’s reflections and insights contained in his many works of over fifty years of writing and publishing. Beginning in the summer of 2019, a number of colleges and universities throughout the United States have invited this simple yet profound exhibition into their own spaces of contemplation. We are delighted to share these precious pearls of wisdom for your inspiration and reflection. The opportunity to reflect on these insights in a contemplative space provides a fresh way of connecting to a deeper understanding of human potential.

Are there specific requirements to install the exhibit?

It is up to the venue to create the contemplative environment.

The guidelines are:

Create a space of beauty, simplicity, inspiration and reflection.

Entering the space you sense an immediate difference from the busyness, and distractions of every day life. The space provides quietude, inviting a sense of curiosity and inquiry.

The space should be clean and respectful and contain:

A bench to sit and reflect

The signage;

No cell phones

No selfies

No self

The framed photo of Tarthang Tulku should be mounted slightly above eye level.

The folios and Quotes pockets should be refilled regularly. 

The room should hold at least 10 people.

Is there a time limit on how long the exhibit can be presented?

There is no time limit. However, it is suggested that it be open for a least six weeks so word of mouth will invite more people to visit. 

How much does it cost?

It is free.

Are the quotations religiously oriented?

The Quotes of Wisdom are secular not religious. Persons of all spiritual and faith traditions including those with no spiritual beliefs or practices are welcome. The Quotes speak for themselves.

Who has accepted the Exhibit? 

Wellesley College

University of Montana

Stanford University

University of California – Berkeley

Montana State University

Trinity College

Dharma College

Besides colleges and universities has there been interest elsewhere?

Yes, museums, hospices and hospitals.

Do you help with creating contemplative space for the exhibit?

We can offer suggestions, but the creation is under the direction of the venue.

What materials are sent to the venue?

Everything that is needed for installation.

Quotes, holders, framed photo, enlarged text and signage. 

Do you have a blog?


How do I get the exhibit at my location?

Email: contact@quotesofwisdom.org

Are there books of the quotations?

2 books/journals – Quotes and Quotes II

Quotes II p 17

Caring can do more than sooth or improve: it can remove suffering.

It has the power to do this because it is the antidote,

not to suffering, but to ignorance, the root of suffering.


The Quotes of Wisdom Exhibit

Opens in November

Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas