Wisdom for Today

Buddhist and Buddhism-related words of wisdom, updated each weekday.

We continue in samsaric existence as long as we are covered by the emotional obscurations and the cognitive obscurations. — Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. 15 November 2019

Rest and unrest derive from illusion; with enlightenment there is no liking and disliking. — Sengcan. 14 November 2019

Rest and unrest derive from illusion; with enlightenment there is no liking and disliking. — Sengcan. 13 November 2019

 There is nothing that is not the nembutsu. — Ippen. 12 November 2019

What is the real way to practice? How is it that Dharma turns into true Dharma? The key point is that actual practice happens through reversing our attachment to samsara. — His Holiness The Karmapa. 11 November 2019

True teachers who do not deceive on the supreme path, are like great ships that rescue beings from the ocean of existence. — Jigme Lingpa. 8 November 2019

You will see continuous movement, atmospheric moods coming and going like weather, ideas flickering but not really staying in any one particular place, and although they arise vividly—sometimes with intensity—all this experience will elude you when you search for it. — Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel. 7 November 2019

We reify phenomena and this sets in motion an unending succession of attractions and aversions that lead to craving and desire. This one mistake, solidifying phenomena, gives rise to the endless cycle of samsara. — Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche. 6 November 2019

Buddhism is not a philosophy or a theory, but a teaching for all people to practice. A genuine Buddhist practitioner must put Buddhist teachings into practice, and use it as a mirror to reflect upon his thinking, speech, and behavior in his daily life. — Master Huijing. 5 November 2019

In our consciousness, there are seeds of happiness, such as a loving heart, the ability to let go, joy, calm and freedom. But these seeds need water everyday or they will never thrive. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 4 November 2019

When you are satisfied, that does not mean you have changed—you are only satisfied! You are still the same! So that part is useless. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 1 November 2019

Let us become the change we seek in the world. — Mahatma Gandhi. 31 October 2019

This morning is peace. The dove spreads her wings. The child opens her arms for a heartfelt welcoming. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 30 October 2019

As long as you live your own inner life deeply, you will realize true self-worth. — Master Jingzong. 29 October 2019

Let go of love and hate and let things be. That’s all that I do in my own practice. — Ajahn Chah. 28 October 2019

All the suffering of living beings is our own suffering. We have to see that we are they and they are us. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 25 October 2019

We want to believe that our friends, partner, wealth and influence will all endure, but by nature they are bound to change. — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 24 October 2019

May you and I enjoy the taste of Dharma, profound and lucid, in the state of vast purity and equality. — His Holiness the Karmapa. 23 October 2019

As deluded mortals, we cannot rid ourselves of all afflictions and attachments; we should have the insight into the essence of this desolation, experience it, and overcome it. — Master Jingzong. 22 October 2019

If we really want to communicate, we have to give up knowing what to do. When we come in with our agendas, they only block us from seeing the person in front of us. It’s best to drop our five-year plans and accept the awkward sinking feeling that we are entering a situation naked. — Pema Chödrön. 21 October 2019

Make good medicine from the suffering of sickness. — Gyeongheo Seonsa. 18 October 2019

The problems we face with appearances and all of the suffering we experience as a result of appearances is not because of the appearances themselves but because of our fixation on them. It is our fixation upon appearances which turns appearances into enemies. — Thrangu Rinpoche. 17 October 2019

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