Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche: Heart Advice in Four Lines

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was the archetype of the spiritual teacher. His inner journey led him to an extraordinary depth of knowledge and enabled him to be, for all who met him, a fountain of loving kindness, wisdom, and compassion.

Heart Advice in Four Lines

by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche


lama ma jé tak tu solwa tob

Do not forget the guru;
Pray to him1 at all times.


rang sem ma yeng rang ngo rang gi tö

Do not let your mind be distracted;
Look into its very essence.


chiwa ma je chö la kul ma thob

Do not forget death;
Let it spur you on to Dharma.


semchen ma je nyingje ngo mön gyi

Do not forget sentient beings;
With compassion dedicate your merit to them and make prayers of aspiration.


Written for the devoted Kunzang by Maṅgala.2

  1. Or her. The Tibetan is gender neutral.

  2. In Nepal, June 4th 1989.