Wisdom for Today

Do not look for faults in others, but look for faults in yourself, and purge them like bad blood. Do not contemplate your own good qualities, but contemplate the good qualities of others, and respect everyone as a servant would. ― Atisha. 23 January 2019

Returning our iniquitous, defiled, and mortal lives, to Amitabha Buddha’s virtuous, pure, and immeasurable life, is called “taking refuge.” — Master Huijing. 22 January 2019

Devotion is a practitioner’s true wealth, the hand that harvests all accomplishments, and the wheel that speeds one to the goal. — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 21 January 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. 18 January 2019

Inside each of us there is a noble heart. This heart is the source of our finest aspiration for ourselves and the world. It fills us with the courage to act on our aspirations. — His Holiness the Karmapa. 17 January 2019

The Dhamma isn’t about angels in the sky or anything like that. It’s simply about us, about what we are doing right now. Observe yourself. — Ajahn Chah. 16 January 2019

Some people ask me to expound the Dharma but they are not prepared to let go of worldly ideas. They are merely looking for a bit of “Dharma guidance.” They are like those who refuse to cut off the chains which bind their ankles but nonetheless want to run fast. — Master Jingzong. 15 January 2019

If we divide into two camps; even into violent and the nonviolent; and stand in one camp while attacking the other, the world will never have peace. — Ayya Khema. 14 January 2019

Compassion must start with seeing our own suffering. If it does not, then seeing the suffering of others will be merely conceptual. — Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. 11 January 2019

Where is the best place? Not clinging to a place or location is the best place. — Machig Labdrön. 10 January 2019

When we are with people and feeling bored, can we listen a little more carefully, stepping off the train of our own inner commenting? — Joseph Goldstein. 9 January 2019

The Buddhahood of sentient beings is like a log which is being carved by the light of Amitabha Buddha’s name. — Master Jingzong. 8 January 2019

May we bring our action to perfection, a natural, unintended, spontaneity. — Dudjom Rinpoche. 7 January 2019

The concentration on "impermanence" helps free us from our tendency to live as though we and our loved ones will be here forever. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 4 January 2019

When one is practicing the Dharma and there are no great obstacles, it is easy to develop internal obstacles to one’s practice. They occur because one begins to think that one has a great practice and feels very proud. This pride itself is a great obstacle to one’s Dharma practice and meditation. — Thrangu Rinpoche. 3 January 2019.

Whoever realizes that the six senses aren't real, that the five aggregates are fictions, that no such things can be located anywhere in the body, understands the language of Buddhas. — Bodhidharma. 2 January 2019

Any attempt to capture the direct experience of the nature of mind in words is impossible. — Mingyur Rinpoche. 31 December 2018

Self-discipline can be developed joyfully rather than as a burden we impose on ourselves. It can become something we willingly embrace. — His Holiness the Karmapa. 28 December 2018

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