Wisdom for Today

All experiences are preceded by mind, having mind as their master, created by mind. — The Dhammapada. 24 February 2017.

The insight of inter-being will help remove discrimination, fear, and the dualistic way of thinking. We inter-are—even suffering and happiness inter-are—and that is why the insight of inter-being is the foundation of any kind of action that can bring peace and brotherhood, and help remove violence and despair. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 23 February 2017.

The Buddha told his disciple Ananda to see impermanence, to see death with every breath. We must know death; we must die in order to live. — Ajahn Chah. 22 February 2017.

We learn not for the sake of knowledge or scholarship, but to develop our faith - and to understand and imbibe the compassion of Amitabha Buddha. — Master Jingzong, "On Learning." 21 February 2017.

It is because our way of observing things is deeply rooted in our self-centered ideas that we are disappointed when we find everything has only a tentative existence. But when we actually realize this truth, we will have no suffering. — Shunryū Suzuki. 20 February 2017.

The more deeply we examine our minds, the less possible it becomes to find a clear distinction between where our own mind ends and other’s begin. As this begins to happen, the sense of difference between “self” and “other” gives way to a gentler and more fluid sense of identification with other beings and with the world around us. — Mingyur Rinpoche. 16 February 2017.

We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. — Alan Watts. 15 February 2017.

We should take the Buddha’s intent as ours, understand it fully, experience it and comply with it . . . Any gains or losses are the responsibility of the initiator of the flow. — Master Jingzong, "Going With the Flow." 14 February 2017.

Let the mind beware, that though the flesh be bugged, the circumstances of existence are pretty glorious. — Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums. 13 February 2017.

When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space. — Pema Chödron. 10 February 2017.

We deal with our mind from morning till evening, and it can be our best friend or our worst enemy. — Matthieu Ricard. 9 February 2017.

By prizing heartfulness above faultlessness, we may reap more from our effort because we're more likely to be changed by it. — Sharon Salzberg. 8 February 2017.

As year follows year, the wheel of time never stops; the cycle of rebirth unfolds endlessly. If we want decisively to shatter the fetters of reincarnation, we must recite the name of the Buddha of Infinite Life. Amitabha-recitation is the best New Year’s wish. In the coming year, may we thrive in Amitabha’s infinite light. — Master Jingzong, "Amitabha-recitation is the best New Year's Wish." 7 February 2017.

From the very beginning, awareness has never been established as being material and having characteristics that can be conceptualized, because its essence is primordially pure, sublime, all-pervasive emptiness. — Dudjom Rinpoche. 6 February 2017.

We are all, by nature, clearly oriented toward the basic human values of love and compassion. We all prefer the love of others to their hatred. We all prefer others' generosity to meanness. And who is there among us who does not prefer tolerance, respect and forgiveness of our failings to bigotry, disrespect, and resentment? — The Dalai Lama. 3 February 2017.

Anyone can build a house of wood and bricks, but the Buddha taught us that sort of home is not our real home. It’s a home in the world and it follows the ways of the world. Our real home is inner peace. — Ajahn Chah. 2 February 2017.

Someday I'll be a weather-beaten skull resting on a grass pillow, Serenaded by a stray bird or two. Kings and commoners end up the same, No more enduring than last night's dream. — Ryokan. 1 February 2017

Wisdom and good fortune are virtually unattainable for the foolish person who lacks merit and ability. ... Superior persons are distinguished by one thing only: their ability to draw support from others.. — Master Jingzong, "Wisdom and Good Fortune". 31 January 2017.

There are two kinds of suffering. There is the suffering you run away from, which follows you everywhere. And there is the suffering you face directly, and so become free. — Ajahn Chah. 27 January 2017.

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. — Dogen Zenji. 26 January 2017.

The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 25 January 2017.

We cannot completely safeguard against financial loss, but we can do our utmost to retain a clear, guilt-free conscience. . . . An upright mind is the source of good fortune and all blessings. — Master Jingzong, "Of Money and Conscience." 24 January 2017.

When we fall on the ground it hurts us, but we also need to rely on the ground to get back up. — Kathleen McDonald. 23 January 2017.

Natural, reckless, correct skill; Yesterday's clarity is today's stupidity The universe has dark and light, entrust oneself to change One time, shade the eyes and gaze afar at the road of heaven. — Ikkyu. 20 January 2017.

The fundamental purpose of all the teachings of the Buddha to help beings understand the truth. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 19 January 2017.

You are not here to change the world. The world is here to change you. — Shantideva. 18 January 2017.

Teaching by personal example entails the master’s public commitment to living a recitation-saturated life. Through such an example, recitation and daily life are shown to be inextricably linked and, in fact, indistinguishable. Life is recitation and recitation is life. — Master Jingzong, "The Master’s Means of Instruction." 17 January 2017.

While we are sitting in meditation, we are simply exploring humanity and all of creation in the form of ourselves. We can become the world’s greatest experts on anger, jealousy, and self-deprecation, as well as on joyfulness, clarity, and insight. Everything that human beings feel, we feel. — Pema Chödron. 16 January 2017.

Suppose that you are searching for your friend and you see him in a distant field. When you approach, you discover that you have mistaken a scarecrow for your friend. You are bound to be disappointed. It is not as if either the mischievous scarecrow or your friend tried sneakily to mislead you, it is your own ignorance that betrayed you. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 13 January 2017.

Last year, a foolish monk;
This year, no change!

— Ryokan. 12 january 2017.

Whatever is good or bad for you is likely to be so for others. If you want to get along with people, apply your own experience and give others what they need. Use your common sense to live more harmoniously with others. — The 17th Karmapa. 11 January 2017

An Amitabha-reciter, no matter how vigorous his practice is, is delivered by Amitabha’s power, not by his vigorous practice. Those who are relatively slackened also know that he is relying on Amitabha’s power, whether he recites one time or ten times. So, if he recites more today, it does not mean Amitabha’s power of deliverance is greater; if he recites less today, Amitabha’s power of deliverance will not be lessened. So, his mind will not be uneasy. — Master Huijing. 10 January 2017

If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 9 January 2017

And we are put on this Earth a little space,
That we may learn to bear the beams of love.

— William Blake. 6 January 2017.

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. — W. B. Yeats. 5 January 2017.

The forest is peaceful, why aren't you? You hold on to things causing your confusion. Let nature teach you. Hear the bird's song then let go. If you know nature, you'll know Dhamma. If you know Dhamma, you'll know nature. — Ajahn Chah. 4 January 2017.

Standing at the North Pole, the traveler has one choice of direction: south. Whether gazing forward, backward or sideways, one sees no other direction. Turning every which way, one is facing 360 degrees of south. . . .  Similarly, an Amitabha-reciter accepts the pole of Namo Amitabha Buddha as his sole refuge, his only reliable route to enlightenment. — Master Jingzong, "The Sole Reliable Route." 3 January 2017.

If we can practice bodhicitta, develop patience, and pacify all disharmony in our own home, then we have prepared the way leading to the development of limitless bodhicitta. If, on the other hand, we cannot maintain patience and harmony in our own home with our own family, then it is very unlikely that we will be able to do this with respect to all sentient beings, who are infinite in number. — Kalu Rinpoche. 30 December 2016.

Thou in thy narrow banks art pent;
The stream I love unbounded goes
Through flood and sea and firmament;
Through light, through life, it forward flows
— Emerson, "Two Rivers." 29 December 2016.

Wisdom comes in when there is heart as well as mind; when there is sensitiveness to the life-side, and concern as to how the life will be affected. — Master Empty Cloud. 28 December 2016.

Like being happy, resolving to practice should be natural and spontaneous, a joyous thing. Some practitioners seeking to gain enlightenment have knitted brows; they still carry expressions of suffering and vindictiveness. This suggests their hearts have not opened. If other people can be happy, why should one resolved on the Bodhisattva path be upset? Perhaps our resolution was made incorrectly. — Master Jingzong, "The Importance of Being Happy". 27 December 2016.

The Buddha is like a skilled physician in that he is able to heal the sickness of the defilements. The Dhamma is like rightly applied medicines and the sangha, with their defilements cured, are like people restored to health by that medicine. — Buddhaghosa. 23 December 2016.

Those who regularly practice Vipassana become more sensitive to the sufferings of others and do their utmost to relieve suffering in whatever way they can — not with any agitation, but with a mind full of love, compassion, and equanimity. — S. N. Goenka. 22 December 2016.

Enlightenment is intimacy with all things. — Dõgen Zenji. 21 December 2016.

Time is nothing but an illusion in our minds. I’ve suffered its merciless crush lifetime after lifetime, but now I can breathe freely, just by reciting Amitabha’s name. Whether my life is long or short, whether I’m alive or dead - it’s all right. All the pressing words about time, I feel, are unreal images that people create to frighten themselves. — Master Jingzong, "At Ease." 20 December 2016.

When our beliefs are based on our own direct experience of reality and not on notions offered by others, no one can remove these beliefs from us. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 19 December 2016.

Now, one time out of hundreds you have obtained a human form. If you do not do what you can now to avoid rebirth in the lower realms, your place of rebirth might be unknown, but wherever it might be among the six classes of beings, suffering will be its only sure feature. — Dudjom Rinpoche. 16 December 2016.

Mud can grow a lotus flower; a humble family can foster a filial son; a furnace can forge iron and steel; hardship can shape a great man; bitterness can conceal sweetness; worry can transform into bodhi. — Master Hsing Yun. 15 December 2016.

The practice of all the bodhisattvas is to turn away immediately From those things which bring desire and attachment. For the pleasures of the senses are just like salty water: the more we taste of them, the more our thirst increases. — Gyelse Tokme Zangpo. 14 December 2016.

One’s life is but a theatrical performance, directed by Amitabha Buddha, in which one plays the role assigned to him: a simpleton. Facing our peers—those lotus-like friends who are certain to attain Buddhahood—dare we criticize or scold them? We dare not, for we are not qualified to do so. But for my part, I still criticize and scold them from time to time, as all of this is mere play-acting, unreal. . . . 

Isn’t it a pleasure to treat life as a game? Though I have no leading role, and am but one of millions of extras, what an honor it is to be chosen as an actor by Amitabha, however unworthy I may be! When the performance is over, all will become Buddhas, regardless of the role they played. — Master Jingzong, "Play-Acting." 13 December 2016.

We cannot learn real patience and tolerance from a guru or a friend. They can be practiced only when we come in contact with someone who creates unpleasant experiences. According to Shantideva, enemies are really good for us as we can learn a lot from them and build our inner strength. — The Dalai Lama. 12 December 2016.

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. — Desmond Tutu. 9 December 2016.

If you’re practising Dharma, you practise it for enlightenment. Not for rights, not for freedom, not for justice, not for healing, not for getting better in a worldly way. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 8 December 2016.

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