Wisdom for Today

No one, not even the Buddha himself, can please everyone. His own cousin Devadatta was disgusted by the Buddha. He spent all his life basically criticizing the Buddha’s deeds. Even though everyone saw the Buddha as a perfect being, Devadatta did not. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 20 May 2019

If you want the secret of Buddhism, here it is: Everything is in the Heart! — Ryōkan. 17 May 2019

As much as possible, I attempt to step toward my distress rather than turn away at the first whiff of discomfort. A better way to put it might be to turn toward, rather than immediately turn away from, distress— turn toward, then take a good look. It’s clear that responses are often governed by habits that have carved a path over time, and we can develop a habit of turning away from—or rushing toward—distress. — Setsuan Gaelyn Godwin. 16 May 2019

When we are under the influence of attachment, we discriminate between good and bad, beautiful and ugly, and then cling to what seems to be attractive and shun those things which seem bad. Attachment and aversion are disturbing emotions that arise from not understanding the nature of things as they are and as they appear. — Dudjom Rinpoche. 15 May 2019

Even if we were buried in a cesspool and calling to Amitabha Buddha for help, he would definitely jump in and save us. It is inconceivable that Amitabha would mind getting his hands dirty. — Master Jingzong. 14 May 2019

When you have abandoned all past and future, it is as if you have come alive. You are here, mindful. — Ajahn Brahm. 13 May 2019

Love is when you are thinking: “How can I make you happy?” Attachment is when you are thinking: “Why aren’t you making me happy?” — Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. 10 May 2019

The insight of inter-being will help remove discrimination, fear, and the dualistic way of thinking. . . . That insight is present in every great spiritual tradition. We need only to go home to our own tradition, and try to reveal that, to revive that. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 9 May 2019

One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end. — Jiddu Krishnamurti. 8 May 2019

The Buddha-mind is merely great compassion. It embraces sentient beings with unconditional kindness. — Contemplation Sutra. 7 May 2019

Having access to a religious tradition should feel like an opportunity to explore our inner world and develop our spiritual values, and not like something that has been imposed upon us. — His Holiness the Karmapa. 6 May 2019

Sometimes we speak clumsily and create internal knots in others. Then we say, “I was just telling the truth.” It may be the truth, but if our way of speaking causes unnecessary suffering, it is not Right Speech. The truth must be presented in ways that others can accept. Words that damage or destroy are not Right Speech. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 3 May 2019

When one responds to an event as if one had a self, for example when one feels very hurt or offended, one should ask oneself who or what exactly is feeling hurt or offended. — Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche. 2 May 2019

Flowers do not need to ask bees to come, and vice versa. Wherever there are flowers with fragrance, bees come automatically. — Master Huijing. 30 April 2019

The essential nature of your mind is the purity of perfect emptiness. As soon as the mind realizes that it is being deceived, the misconceptions disappear and its right understanding will never again be disturbed. — Śūraṅgama Sūtra. 29 April 2019

Sever the ties of hope and fear, attraction and repulsion, and remain in equanimity in the understanding that all phenomena are nothing more than projections of your own mind. — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 26 April 2019

Happiness is here and now. I have dropped my worries. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 25 April 2019

A bodhisattva of the lay life should vow that sentient beings will realize the empty nature of the household and avoid oppression from it. — Avatamsaka Sutra. 24 April 2019

When in suffering and difficulty, I vow that sentient beings will achieve their goals and be at ease, and meet no obstructions in their endeavors. — Avatamsaka Sutra. 17 April 2019

If, when I attain buddhahood, innumerable buddhas in the lands of the ten directions should not all praise and glorify my Name, may I not attain perfect enlightenment. — Infinite Life Sutra. 16 April 2019

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