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

Quotes II p 19

We may not have enough money or power to help great numbers of people, but we could embody this knowledge of caring.

We could manifest practical caring in word and gesture, impression and expression.

Mindful of this, it is time to ask ourselves, very seriously:

How much meaning and satisfaction do our actions bring?

What have we gotten back from our investment?

Have we healed our hearts?

Have we known the depth of love?

Have we benefited others?


Quotes II p 119

What I have learned from the example of my teachers is that work is worth it. We can strive to see the world through new eyes. We can learn to recognize in our own existence a precious opportunity to do some good.

Most of all, we can learn to leave a legacy.

I think this is what “transmission” ultimately means: A sense of depth fearlessly plumbed, discipline joyfully embraced, and the capacity to share what we have learned.

This is our legacy.

This is what we leave behind.

Thoughts on Transmission