Wisdom for Today

See and realize that this world is not permanent. Neither late nor early flowers will remain. — Ryōkan. 21 May 2018

Becoming attached to any type of meditation—experiences, visions, dreams, whatever—will bind you. Do not regard these things as having any particular positive or negative value or judge them as good or bad. They are just appearances within the mind, which do not justify desire or fear. — Thrangu Rinpoche. 18 May 2018

People often ask me what is the most effective technique for transforming their life. It is a little embarrassing that after years and years of research and experimentation, I have to say that the best answer is—just be a little kinder. — Aldous Huxley. 17 May 2018

It is said that there is no greater evil than hatred and no greater virtue than patience. While a single moment of anger destroys countless aeons of merits and leads to unmitigated suffering in the hell realms, patience towards those who harm you and the sincere wish to bring them happiness will bring you swiftly onto the path taken by all the Buddhas. — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 16 May 2018

Fate is not unchangeable. There is a saying, “life is made by the mind, and the life can be changed in response to the change in mind”. As long as we are kind-hearted, often say good words, do good things, fulfill our duties and responsibilities, and do not over-exert ourselves, our fate will also change. — Master Huijing. 15 May 2018

Trying to find a Buddha or enlightenment is like trying to grab space. Space has a name but no form. It’s not something you can pick up or put down. And you certainly can’t grab it. Beyond this mind you’ll never see a Buddha. The Buddha is a product of your mind. Why look for a Buddha beyond this mind? — Bodhidharma. 14 May 2018

It’s of great importance that we practice the Dhamma. If we don’t practice, then all our knowledge is only superficial knowledge, just the outer shell of it. It’s as if we have some sort of fruit but we haven’t eaten it yet. Even though we have that fruit in our hand we get no benefit. — Ajahn Chah. 11 May 2018

Our true home is the present moment. If we really live in the moment, our worries and hardships will disappear and we will discover life with all its miracles. Real life can only be found and touched in the here and now. This is because the present moment is the only moment we can actually experience and influence. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 10 May 2018

The decision to follow a spiritual path is the central most important undertaking of a person’s life, one that is usually made when trust in more worldly objectives is betrayed, causing you to resolve to switch to a more trustworthy path. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 9 May 2018

Good communication is an essential part of interpersonal relationships. One may communicate in word or deed; but the most important ingredient in good communication is an open, honest heart. — Master Jingzong. 8 May 2018

Shariputra, I proclaim that out of all generosities, the giving of Dharma is supreme. — The Buddha. 7 May 2018

The aim of spiritual life is to awaken a joyful freedom, a benevolent and compassionate heart in spite of everything. — Jack Kornfield. 4 May 2018

You must recognize that your real enemy, the thief who steals your happiness, is the inner thief, the one inside your mind, the one you have cherished since beginningless time. Therefore, make the strong determination to throw him out and to never let him back in. — Lama Thubten Yeshe. 3 May 2018

Great compassion makes a peaceful heart. A peaceful heart makes a peaceful person. A peaceful person makes a peaceful family. A peaceful family makes a peaceful community. A peaceful community makes a peaceful nation. A peaceful nation makes a peaceful world. — Preah Maha Ghosananda. 2 May 2018

A practitioner always hopes that he can improve and elevate himself every day, so that he will not stand still. As the Great Learning says, “If you can improve yourself in a day, do so each day, forever building on improvement.” — Master Huijing. 1 May 2018.

No matter where you stay—be it a busy place or a solitary retreat—the only thing that you need to conquer are mind’s five poisons and your own true enemies, the eight worldly concerns, nothing else. — Chatral Rinpoche. 30 April 2018

When we become fixed in our perceptions we lose our ability to fly. — Mingyur Rinpoche. 27 April 2018

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. 26 April 2018

Saying we want to meet the Buddha is like saying we want to meet the awakened state of our own mind. We don’t have to change who we are in order to meet the Buddha in this way. The purpose of our meeting is not to become a student of another culture or to discover someone else’s wisdom. — Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. 25 April 2018.

Simply by reciting Amitabha’s name in devotion, one’s ancestors will be delivered, conflicts with the adversaries will be resolved, and calamities will become fortunes. As said, “A Buddha will respond to those who are sincere and devoted.” — Master Huijing. 24 April 2018.

In spring, hundreds of flowers; in autumn, a harvest moon; in summer, a refreshing breeze; in winter, snow will accompany you. If useless things do not hang in your mind, Any season is a good season for you. — Wumen Huikai. 23 April 2018.

However nice they may seem, samsaric affairs always end in disaster; but the fruits of practicing the Dharma will never deteriorate. — Padmasambhava. 20 April 2018.

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