Wisdom for Today

One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls. ― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums. 15 December 2017.

On the deepest level, problems such as war and starvation are not solved by economics and politics alone. Their source is prejudice and fear in the human heart; and their solution also lies in the human heart. — Jack Kornfield. 14 December 2017.

Nothing at all can prevent the universal process of birth, growth, decay, and death. — Joseph Goldstein. 13 December 2017.

How can an ordinary being conceive of, or verify, anything concerning the realm of the Buddhas? If we insist upon fact-finding, investigating and reflecting before we trust the Buddha’s words, we will never develop faith in the Buddha. — Master Jingzong. 12 December 2017.

We must know death; we must die in order to live. What does that mean? To die is to come to the end of our doubts, all our questions, and just be here with the present reality. You can never die tomorrow; you must die now. Can you do it? If you can do it, you will know the peace of no more questions. — Ajahn Chah. 11 December 2017.

The burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness. What benefit can be derived from distinctions and separations? — Sengcan. 8 December 2017.

I will hold the spear of mindfulness at the gate of the mind, And when the emotions threaten, I, too, will threaten them; When they relax their grip, only then will I relax mine. — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 7 December 2017.

As the wisdom of recognizing your own true nature dawns, it clears away the blinding darkness of confusion, and, just as you can see clearly the inside of your home once the sun has risen, you gain confident certainty in the true nature of your mind. — Mipham Rinpoche. 6 December 2017.

An honest man speaks from his conscience. An Amitabha-reciter, though, speaks not only from conscience but from his Buddha-mind. In either case, it is not easy and requires courage; it may even offend people. This is because the consciences of worldly people are askew and their Buddha-minds are muddled. They are not accustomed to words spoken conscientiously, from the Buddha-mind. — Master Jingzong. 5 December 2017.

There is a great difference between concepts and direct experience. Whoever puts a finger into a glass of hot water will have the same experience of hot, but it is called by many words in different languages. Similarly, whoever looks deeply into the heart will have the same experience, no matter what his or her nationality or culture or language. — Ajahn Chah. 4 December 2017.

When we talk of ignorance, it has nothing to do with stupidity. In a way, ignorance is very intelligent, but it is an intelligence that works exclusively in one direction. That is, we react exclusively to our own projections instead of simply seeing what is there. — Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. 1 December 2017.

Buddha never created any kind of school or religion. Buddha was a totally enlightened being, someone beyond our limited point of view. The teaching of the Buddha is to have presence in that knowledge. — Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. 30 November 2017.

Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 29 November 2017.

What we recite is the name “Namo Amituofo” only. What we believe and accept is merely Amitabha Buddha’s deliverance. Everything and everything are directed back to Amitabha Buddha. Everything and everything are firmly rooted in Amitabha Buddha. — Master Huijing. 28 November 2017.

Bhikkhus, this samsara is without discoverable beginning. A first point is not discerned of beings roaming and wandering on hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving. There comes a time, bhikkhus, when the great oceans dry up and evaporate and no longer exist, when the Earth burns up and perishes and no longer exists, but still I say, there is no making an end of suffering for those beings roaming and wandering on hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving. — The Buddha. 27 November 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. 24 November 2017.

The plants and flowers
I raised about my hut

I now surrender
To the will

Of the wind. 
— Ryokan. 23 November 2017.

Speak only endearing speech, speech that is welcomed. Speech, when it brings no evil to others, is a pleasant thing. — The Buddha. 22 November 2017.

Being born as a human, having heard of the Buddhist teachings, and encountered with the unsurpassed great teaching of Amitabha’s deliverance, it is really a wholesome condition resulted from the karma of the past lives! ... So, we should celebrate this joyful condition and cherish it. Also, share with others our belief. — Master Huijing. 21 November 2017.

Do not search for the truth; only cease to cherish opinions. — Sengcan. 20 November 2017.

I must go there today –
Tomorrow the plum blossoms
Will scatter
— Ryōkan. 17 November 2017.

Practicing loving-kindness meditation is like digging deep into the ground until we reach the purest water. We look deeply into ourselves until insight arises and our love flows to the surface. Joy and happiness radiate from our eyes, and everyone around us benefits from our smile and our presence. — Thich Nhat Han. 16 November 2017.

I don’t like happiness, I like suffering: If I am happy, the five poisons increase. If I suffer, my past bad karma is exhausted. — Patrul Rinpoche. 15 November 2017.

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