Wisdom for Today

His thought is quiet, quiet are his word and deed, when he has obtained freedom by true knowledge, when he has thus become a quiet man. — The Dhammapada. 22 September 2018

The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on earth. — Línjì Yìxuán. 20 September 2018

The meditative journey is not about always feeling good. Many times we may feel terrible. That’s fine. What we want is to open to the entire range of what this mind and body are about. Sometimes we feel wonderful and happy and inspired, and at other times we deeply feel different aspects of suffering. — Joseph Goldstein. 19 September 2018

The light of Amitabha permeates all worlds, always embracing those who recite his name. — Contemplation Sutra. 13 August

Bodhicitta is the electricity of spiritual practice. If it is cut, nothing works anymore. Animated with bodhicitta, all ordinary activity, all works in the world become a path to awakening. — Bokar Rinpoche. 17 September 2018

How many times have you tried to solve “the problem”? you’ll be trying to solve it not just until you die but for many more lifetimes. Instead, understand that this world is just the play of the senses. It’s the five khandhas doing their thing; it has nothing to do with you. It’s just people being people, the world being the world. — Ajahn Brahm. 14 September 2018

Meditation is for you to realise that the deepest nature of your existence is beyond thoughts and emotions, that it is incredibly vast and interconnected with all other beings. — Tenzin Palmo. 13 September 2018

People have suffering in one place, so they go somewhere else. When suffering arises there, they run off again. They think they’re running away from suffering, but they’re not. Suffering goes with them. — Ajahn Chah. 12 September 2018

In our Saha world, everything is conditional. For instance, being a human being, upholding the Five Precepts is a condition; being a heavenly being, performing the Ten Wholesome Deeds is a condition. If you wish to immigrate to Auckland, there must be some conditions. Only rebirth in the Land of Bliss is unconditional. — Master Huijing. 11 September 2018

Walk and touch peace every moment. Walk and touch happiness every moment. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 10 September 2018

We all want to be happy, from presidents and billionaires to hardworking ants, bees, prawns, and butterflies. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 7 September 2018

Deep in the wild mountains, is a strange marketplace,where you can trade the hassle and noise of everyday life, for eternal Light. — Milarepa. 6 September 2018

I used to have a sign pinned up on my wall that read: Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us. . . . It was all about letting go of everything. — Pema Chödrön. 5 September 2018

The cloud of light is unhindered, like open sky; There is nothing that impedes it. Every being is nurtured by this light, So take refuge in Amida, the one beyond conception. — Shinran. 4 September 2018

Just practice good, do good for others, without thinking of making yourself known so that you may gain reward. Really bring benefit to others, gaining nothing for yourself. This is the primary requisite for breaking free of attachments to the self. — Dōgen Zenji. 3 September 2018

All beings are encompassed within one all-encompassing great energy: So I understood from the coolness of this morning's passing breeze. — Wumen Huikai. 31 August 2018

All know the way; few actually walk it. — Bodhidharma. 30 August 2018

When we have any kind of lust or attachment, which is very natural for all of us, then instead of looking at it as an enemy and as being terrible, or embracing it as wonderful and desirable, just leave it alone and look at that state of mind, which is very noticeable and very clear because of the lust and the desire. — Tai Situ Rinpoche29 August 2018

With Amida Buddha, the paths of illusion and enlightenment all fade away: Just accord with the Name and he is a living, breathing Buddha. — Ippen Shōnin28 August 2018

All that we are looking for in life — all the happiness, contentment, and peace of mind — is right here in the present moment. Our very own awareness is itself fundamentally pure and good. The only problem is that we get so caught up in the ups and downs of life that we don’t take the time to pause and notice what we already have. — Mingyur Rinpoche27 August 2018

Out of ignorance, we keep reacting in ways which harm ourselves and others. But when wisdom arises—the wisdom of observing reality as it is—this habit of reacting falls away.  — Ajahn Chah24 August 2018

Just as we are responsible for our own suffering, so are we solely responsible for our own cure. We have created the situation in which we find ourselves, and it is up to us to create the circumstances for our release. — Lama Yeshe23 August 2018

All other foes that I appease and wait upon, will show me favors, give me every aid. But should I serve my dark, defiled emotions, they will only harm me, draw me down to grief. — Shantideva22 August 2018

As much as we rue the loss of public morals and private virtue, we perhaps detest more our existential solitude. On the deepest level our hearts are untranslatable, forever locked in dungeons of radical skepticism. Warped by our loneliness, we are suspicious of those around us and incessantly work to shore up our personal psychological defenses. — Master Huijing21 August 2018

When you have achieved a state of calmness and readiness, then you are ready to know, ready to understand in a deep way the dance between emptiness and appearance. Once you catch a glimpse of that dance, don’t hang on to it. Just let it go, like your first glimpse of love. — Tsokyni Rinpoche20 August 2018

The mind which gives life to all the people in the world: Such is the very mind which nourishes me! — Moritake Arakida16 August 2018

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