Wisdom for Today

Should a person do good, let him do it again and again. Let him find pleasure therein, for blissful is the accumulation of good. — The Buddha. 21 August 2017.

A mind unruffled by the vagaries of fortune, from sorrow freed, from defilements cleansed, from fear liberated—this is the greatest blessing. — The Buddha. 18 August 2017.

Your up and down emotions are like clouds in the sky; beyond them, the real, basic human nature is clear and pure. — Lama Thubten Yeshe. 17 August 2017.

Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame. — The Buddha. 16 August 2017.

The unobstructed flow of the qi and blood provides essential nourishment to our internal organs, our brain, and even the tips of our hair. We must entrust ourselves to Amitabha Buddha not only on a matter of prime importance such as rebirth in the Pure Land, but also on mundane chores as trivial as hair ends in order that we are vitalized and invigorated by the qi-blood of the Buddha’s Name. — Master Jingzong. 15 August 2017.

All conditioned things are impermanent’ — when one sees this with wisdom, one turns away from suffering. — The Buddha. 14 August 2017.

When the deep meaning of things is not understood the mind’s essential peace is disturbed to no avail. — Sengcan. 11 August 2017.

As an elephant in the battlefield withstands arrows shot from bows all around, even so shall I endure abuse. — The Buddha. 10 August 2017.

Meditation is like a single log of wood. Insight and investigation are one end of the log; calm and concentration are the other end. If you lift up the whole log, both sides come up at once. Which is concentration and which is insight? Just this mind. — Ajahn Chah. 9 August 2017.

Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Don't take things personally. Forgive others—not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace. — Anon. 8 August 2017.

If someone asks what is the mark of enlightenment or illusion, I cannot say—wealth and honor are nothing but dust. — Ryokan. 7 August 2017.

It’s usually safer to go with a guru who is not interested in fame. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 4 August 2017.

Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation. — The Buddha. 3 August 2017.

There is no enlightenment outside of daily life. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 2 August 2017.

Delight in heedfulness! Guard well your thoughts! — The Buddha. 31 July 2017.

So this is very important that we recognize that these three poisons inside our heart – our attachment, our hatred and our basic unknowing, our non-perceptiveness, our ignorance – are the cause of our sufferings in samsara. That is what’s causing the problems. It’s not out there. It’s in here. - Tenzin Palmo. 28 July 2017.

Conquer anger with non-anger.
Conquer badness with goodness.
Conquer meanness with generosity.
Conquer dishonesty with truth
— The Buddha. 27 July 2017.

If you love the sacred and despise the ordinary, you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion. — Linji Yixuan. 26 July 2017.

Being an honest and simple-minded Amitabha-reciter, one should not argue with others, no matter internally in the mind or externally with words. Do not gossip on trivial or interpersonal matters; do not dispute over issues like happiness and suffering, fortune and misfortune, or honor and disgrace; and do not show off deliberately, or behave affectedly. — Master Huijing. 25 July 2017.

A disciplined mind brings happiness. — The Buddha. 24 July 2017.

There is no evil similar to anger, And no discipline like patience, Strive always therefore for tolerance, Cultivating it in varied ways. — Shantideva. 21 July 2017.

The thing is to be open to whatever comes, whatever side happens and just go through it. Like a boat on waves. — Tenzin Palmo. 20 July 2017.

Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken! Take heed; do not squander your life. — Dōgen Zenji. 19 July 2017.

The best mood is neither joy nor happiness, but serenity. A tranquil mind is a treasure. Serenity is both power and wisdom. — Master Jingzong. 18 July 2017.

Examine anger itself and you will find that it is nothing but a thought. If that angry thought disappears, it will not lead to an action done in anger, with its negative karmic results. Trample on anger with realization, and it dissolves like a cloud in the sky; and as it dissolves, the notion of “enemy” will vanish with it. — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 17 July 2017.

No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 14 July 2017.

When I see the misery of those in this world their sadness becomes mine. Oh that my monk’s robe were wide enough to gather up all the suffering people in this floating world! Nothing makes me happier than the vow to save everyone. — Ryokan. 13 July 2017.

It is our mind, and that alone, that chains us or sets us free. — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 12 July 2017.

By the time that we believe and accept Amitabha’s deliverance, aspire to be reborn in the Land of Bliss and recite the Name, we are already on board of Amitabha’s ship. — Master Huijing. 11 July 2017.

Whenever we feel that we are definitely right, so much so that we refuse to open up to anything or anybody else, right there we are wrong. It becomes wrong view. When suffering arises, where does it arise from? The cause is wrong view, the fruit of that being suffering. If it was right view it wouldn’t cause suffering. — Ajahn Chah. 10 July 2017.

The mind of letting go has the capacity to cut the root of ego-clinging; the activity of letting go accumulates merit. And by letting go, we gain access to our own immense inner wealth, which has never been depleted. We begin to glimpse our own treasures, and this initiates the accumulation of wisdom. — Mingyur Rinpoche. 7 July 2017.

I must go there today—
Tomorrow the plum blossoms
Will scatter.

— Ryokan. 6 July 2017.

Real wisdom is when you find a true question. When you find it, you should not rush to answer it. Stay with it for a while. Make friends with it. We live in “instant times”—instant messaging, instant pictures, fast food—and our mind is accustomed these days to instant gratification. If we bring this expectation to our spiritual path, however, we’ll be disappointed. — Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. 5 July 2017.

I haven’t eliminated my afflictions, only abandoned them. I haven’t abandoned my vexations, just let them go. I haven’t let my afflictions go, only paid them no heed. The reason I ignore my afflictions is that I am relying on Amitabha Buddha to deal with them. — Master Jingzong. 4 July 2017.

We do so much, we run so quickly, the situation is difficult, and many people say, “Don’t just sit there, do something.” But doing more things may make the situation worse. So you should say, “Don’t just do something, sit there.” Sit there, stop, be yourself first, and begin from there. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 28 June 2017.

Without a set view of the Dharma, some people have no choice but to talk disingenuously about "flexible Buddhism." Since they are unable even to scratch the surface of any specific teaching, their audience cannot make sense of what they say. Such is a smokescreen they use to hide their ignorance, which does not fool a discerning person. — Master Jingzong​. 28 June 2017.

Just trust that the nature of mind is simply the mind itself left in an unaltered state, and do all that you can to sustain this, without distraction, at all times, during and between the meditation sessions. Don’t expect to gain realization in just a few months, or even years. — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 23 June 2017.

The experience of the tantric yogi is like this: The outer world is seen as a sacred mandala circle, and all living beings seen as divine beings. All experiences become transformed Into blissful primordial awareness; and all of one’s actions become spiritual, regardless of how they conventionally appear. Every sound that one makes becomes part of a great cosmic song. — The 2nd Dalai Lama. 22 June 2017.

By oneself is evil done; by oneself is one defiled. By oneself is evil left undone; by oneself is one made pure. Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another. — The Buddha. 21 June 2017.

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