Quotes Trilogy

Quotes III and The Quotes Trilogy

Quotes Conversations

Discussion: Tsering Gellek and Barry Schieber
Title: Celebration of Quotes III and The Quotes Trilogy
Date: Sunday March 7 
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM California Time
Zoom Link:  https://zoom.us/j/98666850521?pwd=MEdIYzNRUHZGeDlYR0RHZW5CUU9xdz09

The publication of Quotes III launches The Quotes Trilogy, with quotations that touch the heart, reminding us of the beauty and possibilities life offers. Each book is also a journal welcoming our own reflections and insights. 

Open any page 
read a quote
feel it settle in
let it be

Drawn from his many publications, the first book of Quotes was published and presented as a gift of appreciation to Tarthang Tulku, on  July 4th, 2018, the anniversary of his 50 years of teaching in the West. Quotes took its inspiration from words of wisdom that had touched people from all over the world, becoming a valuable source for contemplation and reflection. 

Quotes II came out later the same year. It included quotes from more recent publications, as well as earlier works. 

Over the years, the sharing of both Quotes and Quotes II has blossomed into exhibitions in colleges and universities, a daily blog, and translations into 12 languages. One benefit of these books has been a growing awareness of Rinpoche’s teachings. 

Interest increased, inviting further study, and leading to the discovery of insights that were overlooked in the earlier editions. 

Quotes III completes the trilogy of selected quotes, again compiled from the riches of Rinpoche’s writings. It contains 108 quotes, reflecting his luminous compassion and wisdom. 

May they illuminate our lives. 

Quotes Trilogy
The Quotes Trilogy

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The breath can be a powerful ally on the spiritual path, carrying knowledge, awareness, and nourishment throughout the body and mind.

We live within the rhythms of breath, and by becoming attuned to its patterns, we find an avenue that leads directly to our inner nature.

Tibetan Meditation


Everyone knows that words have powerful effects on the mind.

But the words we use daily are not words that fully connect with our experience, and the meanings they carry are meanings that have been taught to us by others.

What does it signify, when our living experience can only find expressions in words that are borrowed from others?

Who originally determined these words?

And who decided what words have what meaning?

We may be able to track a word back to its linguistic source in a distant past, but can we determine what knowledge or what intelligence gave it shape and form? 

Joy of Being


People everywhere seek to increase pleasure and avoid pain and suffering, but mind does not always lead us toward those goals.

Everything we view as positive has a negative corollary that tends to manifest however much we wish to suppress it.

Striving for pleasure sets us up for disappointment and loss.

Our greatest joys can become occasions for grief and pain.

Advances we view as improvements can make our situation worse, and some forms of suffering are so persistent and universal that we tend to accept them as inherent in our human condition.

Everyone suffers from rejection, self-doubts and insecurity, conditions that arise through operations of mind.

If these can somehow be avoided, there still remains, disease, the crippling infirmities of old age, and the inevitability of death. 

Revelations of Mind

Ask ourselves

We do not have to depend upon circumstances or other people for fulfillment, or settle for the sweet sadness of longing as substitute for lasting happiness.

We can train ourselves to search within, questioning the source of our deepest yearnings.

Letting go of all preconceptions, we can ask ourselves what is really important to our lives, what is it that will sustain us through all forms of adversity.

The times we feel most restless and lonely are valuable opportunities to make friends with ourselves, to find within our own hearts a new depth of understanding.

Knowledge of Freedom

Our real potential

If we wish to live up to our real potential, we will want to act in ways that nourish and benefit all sentient beings.

We will want to continue to develop our wisdom, and to manifest it in what we say, how we think, the ways we interact with others, and the ways we use our resources.

We will want to demonstrate joyfulness in every circumstance, and to manifest loving-kindness as a way of life.


Risk our position

Measuring our progress in life against external standards, we do not consider ourselves intrinsically worthwhile, and our sense of self-esteem is never secure.

Always on the defensive, grasping for what supports our position, we hesitate to trust ourselves or follow our own values.

Without really wanting to, we may find ourselves ‘going with the flow’, unwilling to risk our position by standing up for what we believe in.

We may be gaining our prestige, status, wealth, or power at the cost of our integrity. 

Knowledge of Freedom