Wisdom for Today

To realize pure awareness in your delusions is practice. If you try and dispel the delusions it will only persist the more. Just say ‘Oh, this is a delusion,’ and do not be bothered by it. — Shunryu Suzuki 16 July 2018

Love, compassion and concern for others are real sources of happiness. If you have these in abundance, you will not be disturbed even by the most uncomfortable circumstances. — His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 13 July 2018

The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 12 July 2018

The teaching on precious human life shows us that this human body of ours has the potential to allow us to accomplish significant and vast things, not only for ourselves, but for many others. It points out just what an opportunity this human body represents. — His Holiness the Karmapa. 11 July 2018

An illiterate person is Dharma rich if he recites Amitabha’s name and his heart is filled with compassion. In contrast, if an extremely learned person does not recite Amitabha’s name and is not compassionate, he is illiterate in the Dharma and very poor indeed! — Master Jingzong. 10 July 2018

We have created the situation in which we find ourselves, and it is up to us to create the circumstances for our release. — Lama Yeshe. 9 July 2018

Superman is not the Buddha. You are. Who is your protector? You are. What is your greatest power? It is the power of your noble motivations. — His Holiness the Karmapa. 6 July 2018

We think that if we just meditated enough or jogged enough or ate the perfect food, everything would be perfect. But from the view of someone who is awake, that’s death. Seeking security or perfection, rejoicing in feeling confirmed and whole, self-contained and comfortable, is some kind of death. It doesn’t have any fresh air. — Pema Chödron. 5 July 2018

If you want the secret of Buddhism, Here it is: Everything is in the Heart! — Ryōkan. 4 July 2018

The mind needs space. Holes have space. If there were no “seven holes” in the head [i.e. eyes, nostrils, ears and mouth], we would die. Emptiness creates space. We need emptiness in order to have a way out. — Master Jingzong. 3 July 2018

Leave your front door and your back door open. Allow your thoughts to come and go. Just don’t serve them tea. — Shunryu Suzuki. 29 June 2018

Life is nothing more than a continuous stream of sensory illusions, from the obvious ones, like fame and power, to those less easy to discern, like death, nosebleeds and headaches. Tragically, though, most human beings believe in what they see, and so the truth Buddha exposed about the illusory nature of life can be a little hard to swallow. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 28 June 2018

Delusions are not permanent, they are not part of you, they are temporary. You can be free from delusions and negative karma. Like a mirror covered by dust, you can clean it. The more you clean it, the clearer the reflection becomes. — Lama Yeshe. 27 June 2018

Knowledge is useful but is it more important than life itself? If there is know-how that degrades life instead of dignifying it, is it appropriate to instill it in our children’s minds? — Master Jingzong. 26 June 2018

The point of thinking about cause and effect before we start to practice each day is not merely to gather knowledge about karma’s complex functions and systems, but to remind ourselves that we have no control over anything at all. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 25 June 2018

Whatever joy there is in this world, all comes from desiring others to be happy, and whatever suffering there is in this world, all comes from desiring myself to be happy. — Shantideva. 22 June 2018

We can contact our inner strength, our natural openness, for short periods before getting swept away. And this is excellent, heroic, a huge step in interrupting and weakening our ancient habits. If we keep a sense of humor and stay with it for the long haul, the ability to be present just naturally evolves. Gradually we lose our appetite for biting the hook. We lose our appetite for aggression. — Pema Chödrön. 21 June 2018

Most people are forgetful; they are not really there a lot of the time. Their mind is caught in their worries, their fears, their anger, and their regrets, and they are not mindful of being there. That state of being is called forgetfulness—you are there but you are not there. You are caught in the past or in the future. You are not there in the present moment, living your life deeply. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 20 June 2018

True beauty belongs to everyone. Nobody has the right to make it his or her own private possession. The sun shines on everyone, the air is for all to breathe, and the roads are open for both you and me. Consider the early riser who sees the sunrise first and shouts, “The sun is rising!” But if he then believes that the sunrise is his exclusive property, and tries to collect a “sunrise fee” from other people, wouldn’t he be considered totally overbearing? — Master Jingzong. 19 June 2018

We need to get to know our emotions. Right now, they are strangers to us. When we come across them, sometimes we react as if we were being confronted by a bandit. Instead, we should make their acquaintance, and then gradually make friends with them or create a wholesome relationship with them. — The Karmapa. 15 June 2018

Those who read books cannot understand the teachings and, what's more, may even go astray. But those who try to observe the things going on in the mind, and always take that which is true in their own minds as their standard, never get muddled. They are able to comprehend suffering, and ultimately will understand Dharma. Then, they will understand the books they read. — Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. 14 June 2018

No intelligence, no power, no wealth or strength can help someone without diligence—he is like a boatman whose boat has everything but oars. — Jigme Lingpa. 13 June 2018

The Buddha of Infinite Light relates to time while the Buddha of Boundless Light relates to space. Both surpass time and space, and cannot be impeded. As elaboration normally follows a chronological order, let us start with Infinite Light. Infinite Light surpasses time, exists eternally and delivers sentient beings from any period of time. It illuminates the past, the present and the infinite future. Amitabha Buddha vows to deliver all sentient beings from the ten directions with this light, giving hope to those born in any time, any period. — Master Huijing. 12 June 2018

Please understand that the compassion and devotion that arise from experiencing the awakened state are not what we conventionally know as compassion and devotion. It is together with true intelligence, the real knowledge of how to be free—that is why they can become true compassion and true devotion. — Tsokyni Rinpoche. 11 June 2018

If someone asks what is the mark of enlightenment or illusion I cannot say—wealth and honor are nothing but dust. As the evening rain falls I sit in my hermitage And stretch out both feet in answer. — Ryōkan. 7 June 2018

What are we looking for when we seek freedom? Maybe at the bottom of it all, the freedom we seek is the experience of genuine happiness. Since this is an inner experience, external things cannot be the measure of our happiness or our freedom. — His Holiness the Karmapa. 6 June 2018

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