Wisdom for Today

Words of wisdom from the world of Buddhism and beyond, 
updated each weekday.

As long as our mind is fickle, it is easy to become carried away in the chase for power and wealth or the pursuit of beautiful objects, in concerns of business and politics, in intrigues and deceit. — Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. 26 January 2021

Only repeat the name of Amida with all your heart. Whether walking or standing, sitting or lying, never cease the practice of it even for a moment. This is the very work which unfailingly issues in salvation . . . — Hōnen Shonin. 26 January 2021

Look of truth, look of purity, look of boundless understanding, look of love, look of compassion — the look to be always honored and practiced. — Lotus Sutra. 25 January 2021

Seeing what is not real, you are bound; Seeing the real, you are free. — Nagarjuna. 22 January 2021

To obtain a human body is extremely difficult, so it is foolish to ignore the Dharma once having found it. Only the Dharma can help you; everything else is worldly beguilement. — Padmasambhava. — 21 January 2021

In the same way someone dying of thirst cannot resist taking large gulps of water, once you know everything is an illusion, your only thoughts will be about the Dharma. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 20 January 2021

Those who take refuge are Buddhist believers and learners. How do they serve people? They have faith in the Buddha and treat people with respect, love, and forgiveness. They are conscientious and humble. — Master Huijing. 19 January 2021

We all have the answers within ourselves, we just have not got in touch with them yet.
The potential of finding the truth within requires faith in ourselves.
 — Ayya Khema. 18 January 2021

The recognition of emptiness itself is referred to as wisdom, and the arising compassion is referred to by the term means. — Kalu Rinpoche. 15 January 2021

“Listen Sariputra, all phenomena bear the mark of Emptiness; their true nature is the nature of no Birth and no Death, no Being and no Non-being, no Defilement and no Purity, no Increasing and no Decreasing.” — Heart Sutra. 14 January 2021

Subhuti, if a bodhisattva does not rely on any concept while practicing generosity, the happiness that results from that virtuous act is as great as space. — Diamond Sutra. 13 January 2021

Among all living things—mountains and rivers, grasses and trees, even the sounds of blowing winds and rising waves—there is nothing that is not the nembutsu. — Ippen Shōnin. 12 January 2021

The Buddha’s teachings can be summed up in three parts: Sila, morality; samadhi, concentration; and panna, intuitive wisdom. — Sayadaw U Pandita. 11 January 2021

Have humility and discipline, which means being in control of your three doors, rather than everything being under the power of your five poisons. Then everything will be very good: in the center, with the sangha, with the Dharma, everything. — Gyatrul Rinpoche. 8 January 2021

In my isolated mountain retreat of limitless appearances, remaining in the practice where the world and beyond arise as ornaments, I sustained the fundamental nature, free from fixating on hope and fear. Gazing upon my own true face—innate luminosity— I possess the instructions on self-liberation of appearances. In my isolated mountain retreat . . . — Sera Khandro. 7 January 2021

Grief is seeing only what has been taken away from you. The celebration of a life is recognizing all that we were blessed with, and feeling so very grateful. — Ajahn Brahm. 6 January 2021

When a single thought of Faith is awakened in us, our birth in the Pure Land is definitely settled. It is left up to Amida Tathagata whether or not he saves us after destroying our karmic evil. It is useless for us to discuss matters concerning our karmic evil. What concerns us is that Amida saves those who entrust themselves to him. — Rennyo Shonin. 5 January 2021

It is vital to understand that however positive this worldly life, or even a small part of it, may appear to be, ultimately it will fail. Because absolutely nothing genuinely works in samsara. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 4 January 2021

When you flip the switch in that attic, it doesn’t matter whether it’s been dark for ten minutes, ten years or ten decades. The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see the things you couldn’t see before. It’s never too late to take a moment to look. — Sharon Salzberg. 31 December 2020

The common enemy of all religious disciplines is selfishness. For it is just this which causes ignorance, anger, and passion, which are at the root of all the troubles of the world. — His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 30 December 2020

The Name of Amitabha is a sharp sword. All karmic offenses can be eradicated by one recitation of Amitabha's Name. — Master Shandao. 29 December 2020

All the qualities that the great masters found, we can attain as well. It all depends on our own efforts, our diligence, our deeper knowing, and our correct motivation. — His Holiness the Karmapa. 28 December 2020

[The bodhisattva] generates the love that is truly a refuge for all living beings; the love that is peaceful because free of grasping; the love that is not feverish, because free of passions; the love that accords with reality because it is equanimous in all three times; the love that is without conflict because free of the violence of the passions; the love that is non-dual because it is involved neither with the external nor with the internal; the love that is imperturbable because totally ultimate. — Vimalakirti Sutra. 23 December 2020

What a joy it is that I place my mind in the soil of the Primal Vow and I let my thoughts flow into the sea of the inconceivable Dharma. — Shinran Shonin. 22 December 2020

At every moment where language can’t go, that’s your mind. — Bodhidharma. 21 December 2020

Every strong attachment generates an equally powerful fear that we'll either fail to get what we want or lose whatever we’ve already gained. This fear, in the language of Buddhism, is known as aversion: a resistance to the inevitable changes that occur as a consequence of the impermanent nature of relative reality. — Mingyur Rinpoche. 17 December 2020

Praying is not about asking; it’s about listening. It is just opening your eyes to see what was there all along. — Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. 16 December 2020

Our thinking mind is ever changing in every instant. Though we may have some fixed concepts or values, they may change because other conditions or concepts change, as they belong to the intangible, abstract, and impermanent. — Master Huijing. 15 December 2020

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