Wisdom for Today

Don’t ever expect anything spectacular will be experienced. But honestly there is nothing more amazing than the recognition of pure awareness. Anger, addiction, fear and all other habitual tendencies lose their power. — Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. 19 November 2018

We should not hoard knowledge; we should be free from our knowledge. — Shunryu Suzuki. 16 November 2018

“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” ― His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 15 November 2018

Emptiness here, emptiness there, but the infinite universe stands always before your eyes. — Sengcan. 14 November 2018

The wonderful paradox about the truth of suffering is that the more we open to it and understand it, the lighter and freer our mind becomes. Our mind becomes more spacious, more open, and happier as we move past our avoidance and denial to see what is true. We become less driven by compulsive desires and addictions, because we see clearly the nature of things as they are. — Joseph Goldstein. 13 November 2018

Approaching the Dharma without devotion is like landing on an island of golden pebbles yet having no hands with which to gather them. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 12 November 2018

One moon, one careless finger pointing—are these two things or one? — Ryōkan. 9 November 2018

For the well-being of society and for our own personal growth as well, it is crucial that we learn to love without needing a reason or reward. — The Karmapa. 8 November 2018

That is why when someone says, “Come with me—I will show you a place where there is only happiness,” please don’t believe him or her. Without the background and the remembrance of suffering, of pain, you cannot enjoy the happiness you are having now. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 7 November 2018

If we are touched by Amitabha Buddha’s great kindness, compassion, and love, we will naturally forgive and tolerate others. At the same time, we will not be as stubborn as before, or wish for anything in return. — Master Huijing. 6 November 2018

Resting the mind in its natural state is very different from trying to stop thoughts altogether. — Mingyur Rinpoche. 5 November 2018

Discover real peace and harmony within yourself, and naturally this will overflow to benefit others. — S. N. Goenka. 2 November 2018

By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming a vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 1 November 2018

Praying is not about asking; it’s about listening. It is just opening your eyes to see what was there all along. — Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. 31 October 2018

The pure thought of aspiration for rebirth emerges from the midst of sentient beings’ greed, anger, and afflictions. — Master Shandao. 30 October 2018

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. — C.S. Lewis. 29 October 2018

Men are cruel, but Man is kind. — Rabindranath Tagore. 26 October 2018

Dharma is not chanting, doing rituals or wearing uniforms; it’s developing the mind, the inner factor. — Lama Zopa Rinpoche. 25 October 2018

Once we see that everything is impermanent and ungraspable and that we create a huge amount of suffering if we are attached to things staying the same, we realize that relaxing and letting go is a wiser way to live. Letting go does not mean not caring about things. It means caring about them in a flexible and wise way. — Jack Kornfield. 24 October 2018

All beings in other worlds, sacred and profane, travel around with their vow power; however, when they gain rebirth by dint of Amitabha Buddha’s vow in the Pure Land, no differences separate them. They all walk on irreversible path to Buddhahood. — Master Shandao. 23 October 2018

The Buddha’s teachings can be summed up in three parts: sila, morality; samadhi, concentration; and panna intuitive wisdom. — Sayadaw U. Pandita. 22 October 2018

Most people cling to an unwholesome direction. Thus most common beings certainly go to bad rebirth. — Aryadeva. 19 October 2018

Dhamma is in your mind, not in the forest. Don’t believe others. Just listen to your mind. You don’t have to go and look anywhere else. Wisdom is in yourself, just like a sweet ripe mango is already in a young green one. — Ajahn Chah. 18 October 2018

Whenever sentient beings commences practicing in bodily action, and always prostrate the Buddha reverently, the Buddha can see immediately. — Master Shandao. 16 October 2018

All the wealth you’ve acquired from beginningless time until now has failed to fulfill all your desires. Cultivate therefore this wish-granting gem of moderation, O fortunate ones. — Milarepa. 15 October 2018

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