Wisdom for Today

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

Satori is being enlightened to the fact that we are deluded. — Sodo Yokoyama. 20 January 2020

Awareness will become clearer and clearer of its own accord; we don’t have to force it to become so. — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 17 January 2020

As you begin your practice, think something like, “Breath, the door of my heart is open to you no matter how you feel, no matter what you do.” — Ajahn Brahm. 16 January 2020

It doesn’t matter how many delusions you have, how confused you are, how much negativity you have created, it is possible, absolutely possible, to totally eradicate all of it. — Lama Thubten Yeshe. 15 January 2020

There are two sources of dharma-joy. One is understanding of Amitabha’s compassionate deliverance. The other is through tasting its sweetness through reciting Amitabha’s Name. — Master Huijing. 14 January 2020

No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. — Alan Watts. 13 January 2020

Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 10 January 2020

Just trust that the nature of mind is simply the mind itself left in an unaltered state, and do all that you can to sustain this, without distraction, at all times, during and between the meditation sessions. — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 9 January 2020

Reality is your teacher. Everything that appears can become your teacher. The four seasons can teach you. Anything can be a teacher of Buddhist teachings. Anything. — His Holiness the Karmapa. 2 January 2020

It is the resolution of Amitabha Buddha to deliver sentient beings. It is the career of Amitabha Buddha to deliver sentient beings. It is the joy of Amitabha Buddha to deliver sentient beings. — Master Huijing. 31 December 2019

Understanding and love aren’t two separate things, they’re just one. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 30 December 2019

Whatever happens, we cannot save ourselves from our lives at all. We have to face the eventual truth—not even the eventual truth but the real truth of our lives. We are here; therefore, we have to learn how to go forward with our lives. — Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. 27 December 2019

Grass can never upset the sun, nor can sentient beings annoy Amitabha Buddha. Amitabha is a buddha we can never offend, as are all the buddhas in their compassion. — Master Jingzong. 24 December 2019

Your practice should satisfy your dissatisfied mind while providing solutions to the problems of everyday life. If it doesn’t, check carefully to see what you really understand about your religious practice. — Lama Thubten Yeshe. 23 December 2019

The commitment to morality, or non-harming, is a source of tremendous strength, because it helps free the mind from the remorse of having done unwholesome actions. Freedom from remorse leads to happiness. — Joseph Goldstein. 20 December 2019

Breathing is very ordinary and nothing special. But if we direct our attention to it and savour the experience, we can come to see that the simple act of breathing is absolutely amazing. — His Holiness The Karmapa. 19 December 2019

All know the way; few actually walk it. — Bodhidharma. 18 December 2019

It is the mindset of lesser men to stress personal experience over Amitabha’s teaching. When the sweetness ends, they assuredly stray from the Dharma path. — Master Jingzong. 17 December 2019

Look deeper. The mystery calls and calls: no moon, no finger—nothing there at all. — Ryokan. 16 December 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. 13 December 2019

We need to train our mind because it is the mind which makes us suffer. — Ringu Tulku. 12 December 2019

Excitedly, the sky celebrates a new sunset. The bird, with eyes reflecting the color of the sky, hops around branches and leaves made of crystal. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 11 December 2019

Actually, Vaidehi was an ordinary woman with normal defilements, her aptitude was very limited. However, through the sacred power of Shakyamuni Buddha, she was enabled to see and prostrate to Amitabha Buddha when he appeared. — Master Shandao. 10 December 2019

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