Wisdom for Today

People say “time is money.” But time is much more than money. Time is life. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 15 September 2019

People will say, “A bird just flew by.” In their mind, there is a trace of the bird’s path. This is attachment. For the enlightened practitioner, that moment is already gone—the bird has left no trace of its flight. — Master Sheng Yen. 13 September 2019

Human happiness and human satisfaction must ultimately come from within oneself. It is wrong to expect some final satisfaction to come from money or from a computer. — His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 12 September 2019

What is the world full of? It is full of things that arise, persist, and cease. Grasp and cling to them, and they produce suffering. Don't grasp and cling to them, and they do not produce suffering. — Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. 11 September 2019

During the life of a person, if he can rely on Namo Amituofo, he will experience joy even if he sleeps under a bridge. If he lacks reliance on Namo Amituofo, his mind does not feel safe and joyful, even if he lives in a royal family, or he contributes a lot in serving society. — Master Huijing. 10 September 2019

The essence of the highest teachings lies within a simple moment of awareness. — Khandro Rinpoche. 9 September 2019

Awareness doesn’t prevent you from living, it makes living that much fuller. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 6 September 2019

The creation of illusion is nothing but illusion. When everything is compound there is nothing which can be regarded as a real thing. — Nagarjuna. 5 September 2019

The creation of illusion is nothing but illusion. When everything is compound there is nothing which can be regarded as a real thing. — Nagarjuna. 4 September 2019

Work hard, keep working hard, and practice diligently. Have a sense of shame and always be thankful for the Buddha’s grace. — Master Shandao. 3 September 2019

It is sometimes said that the longest journey we take is the journey from the head to the heart. — Ringu Tulku. 2 September 2019

Not a speck of the world’s dust anywhere,
Just the brilliant beams of moonlight.
I hope others, too, are gazing on this moon tonight,
And that it’s illuminating all kinds of people
. — Ryō
kan. 30 August 2019

What makes an action good or bad? Not how it looks, nor whether it is big or small, but the good or evil motivation behind it. — Patrul Rinpoche. 29 August 2019

When we are training in the art of peace, we are not given any promises that, because of our noble intentions, everything will be okay. In fact, there are no promises of fruition at all. Instead, we are encouraged to simply look deeply at joy and sorrow, at laughing and crying, at hoping and fearing, at all that lives and dies. — Pema Chödrön. 28 August 2019

Since I have dedicated merit towards rebirth in the Pure Land and held fast to Amitabha’s name, my karma of assurance for rebirth is accomplished. This is like celebrating a bountiful harvest in Autumn. — Master Jingzong. 27 August 2019

Everything that we think exists, or does not exist, or both or neither — all these things are fabrications of our mind. We fabricate them and then we become attached to our fabrications. But we don’t realize they are our own fabrications. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 26 August 2019

What is clinging to a self rooted in? Actually, it is not rooted in anything. If we see that, then naturally ego-clinging will not happen. — Thrangu Rinpoche. 23 August 2019

If useless things do not hang in your mind, any season is a good season for you. — Wumen Huikai. 22 August 2019

You might consider yourself a scholar simply because you have some intellectual understanding of a few texts. Or you might think you are a perfect monk simply because you maintain celibacy. Or just because you know how to chant a few ritual texts, you might start thinking of yourself as a ngakpa. These are all just instances of blatant arrogance, and only go to show that even with the Dharma one can stumble in the direction of the unwholesome. — Dudjom Rinpoche. 21 August 2019

As long as we are willing to accept Amitabha’s deliverance, all will receive Amitabha’s merits and virtues. However, if we hide in a cave or inside a room, how can we have an interaction with the sun? — Master Huijing. 20 August 2019

Gazing upon my own true nature—effortless dharmakaya—I possess the instructions on the primordial liberation of cyclic existence and quiescence. — Sera Khandro. 19 August 2019

The future is made up of only one substance and that is the present moment. By taking care of the present, you are doing everything you can to assure a good future. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 16 August 2019

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