Advice to Yéshey Dawa by Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpoché, Rabsel Dawa

Advice to Yéshey Dawa

by Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpoché, Rabsel Dawa


The creator of delusion and liberation in Saṃsāra and Nirvāṇa is one’s own mind.

Mind has the innate character of Emptiness: Beyond origination, cessation and duration.

Sustain the uncontrived reality of this innate character, with unwavering mindfulness.

The definitive meaning of the View, Meditation and Conduct, in their entirety, is subsumed within that.


At the request of the faithful Yéda (Yéshey Dawa, ye shes zla ba), this advice was imparted by Maṅgala.

(Translated from the Tibetan by Erick Tsiknopoulos.)

From the collected works of Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpoché, Rabsel Dawa (dil mgo mkhyen brtse rin po che rab gsal zla ba), Volume 3 (ga pa), drug pa/ mgur ‘bum rdo rje’i glu’i skor, page 554.

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Erick Tsiknopoulos

Erick Tsiknopoulos (b. 1981) is an American translator of Tibetan, a scholar, researcher and postgraduate student in Buddhist Studies, a teacher and tutor of Tibetan language, a writer and editor, a voracious reader in various subjects, and an experienced world traveler. He is the founder and primary Tibetan translator of the Sugatagarbha Translation Group, and the creator of their main website,, which currently features English translations of over 400 Tibetan texts. Many of his translations have been published in various forms, including as books. He has been a student of Buddhism since 1999, a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 2003, and a student of Tibetan language since 2005. He has been translating Tibetan texts into English since 2007, has been based in India and Nepal studying Tibetan language and Buddhism intensively and translating Tibetan texts since 2008, and has been working professionally as a Tibetan-English translator and interpreter since 2009. He is available for contact via email at: and

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