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Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche teaches through verse, pointing out the essence of a teaching.  Enjoy the quotes.


Friends and Enemies

In green field

Khenpo Tsültrim
Gyamtso Rinpoche


Quote of the Week

April 26, 2013




Friends and Enemies

The definition of a friend is someone who helps you, and the definition of an enemy is someone who harms you. However, if you investigate them, you can't find anything: you can't find a basis for the designation of the name "friend" or "enemy" to be one thing or many things. And if you can't find such a basis, neither one can be truly existent.

Another way to see the lack of true existence of friends and enemies is to watch how friends can become enemies, and enemies can become friends.

Observing that, and examining the essence of "friend" and "enemy," shows us that friends and enemies are not real.


Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Public Talk #1 (unpublished transcript), August 10, 2003, Karmê Chöling, p. 7.  

Translated by Ari Goldfield (edited for the Weekly Quote).