Wisdom for Today

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

Longing in the Wind

I await my beloved
who is not yet here.
The moon in the pines
and voice of the wind
provoke my longing. 
— Otagaki Rengetsu. 24 June 2021

When we train in loving-kindness, we expand outward into the experience of those around us. Our tightness loosens, our compassion grows. We feel the joys and sufferings of others more deeply, and we are moved to help them. We take delight in the successes of our friends.

Our equanimity becomes rooted in an indestructibly pure intention, in which distance and closeness of relation are no longer relevant. This is why the Buddha said we can become unshakeable like Mount Meru. We become warm and unmovable. — Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche. 23 June 2021

When we recite a Buddha's name, we only need to know which Buddha and speak his name clearly. Once we recite “Namo Amitabha Buddha” in this way, he immediately hears us and manifests before us. He responds instantaneously, the way clear water reflects the moon. — Master Jingzong. 22 June 2021

An exasperating lack of concentration, devotion, or inspiration might be just what you need to make the extra effort to tune in to your practice fully. Alternatively, of course, it may topple you in the other direction and stop you practicing altogether—a temptation you must resist at all costs. Always remember, though, that frustration with your spiritual path is often an indication that you are becoming a genuine dharma practitioner. ― Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 21 June 2021

In modern society, material value is more prized as a path to contentment, but it is limited. The truer path to contentment is found in spiritual value, which is not concerned with material and physical things, and is limitless. — His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet. 18 June 2021

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special. — Stephen Hawking. 17 June 2021

When you plant seeds in the garden, you don’t dig them up every day to see if they have sprouted yet. You simply water them and clear away the weeds; you know that the seeds will grow in time. Similarly, just do your daily practice and cultivate a kind heart. Abandon impatience and instead be content creating the causes for goodness; the results will come when they’re ready. ― Thubten Chodron. 16 June 2021

We don’t sit in meditation to become good meditators. We sit in meditation so that we will become more awake in our lives. — Pema Chödrön. 15 June 2021

Alone enjoying the moonlight sitting by a pool.
“No birth,”
 say all the croaking frogs.
The ear untouched by perfect sound.
Sound and colour all at the back of the mind.
 — Master Xu Yun. 11 June 2021

When happiness is dear to me and others equally, what is so special about me that I strive after happiness only for myself? When fear and suffering are disliked by me and others equally, what is so special about me that I protect myself and not the other? — Bodhicaryavatara. 10 June 2021

Karma is simply the wholeness of a cause, or first action, and its effect, or fruition, which then becomes another cause. In fact, one karmic cause can have many fruitions, all of which can cause thousands more creations. Just as a handful of seed can ripen into a full field of grain, a small amount of karma can generate limitless effects. — Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche. 9 June 2021

Meditation is for you to realise that the deepest nature of your existence is beyond thoughts and emotions, that it is incredibly vast and interconnected with all other beings. — Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. 8 June 2021

When you pass away, nothing will do you any good except for the pure Dharma. You will not simply disappear when you die. Rather, what happens next will be dictated by your previous actions. — Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. 7 June 2021

Bodhisattvas . . . know the value of having few desires. They live simply and peacefully, so they can devote themselves to practicing the Way. They regard the realization of perfect understanding to be their only career. — Discourse on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings. 4 June 2021

No phenomenon exists alone, and none has a solid existence. Appearances will become more transparent and less solid as we familiarize ourselves with seeing phenomena as dreams and illusions. — Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche. 3 June 2021

To meet someone who really hurts you, is to meet a rare and precious treasure. Hold that person in high esteem, and make full use of the opportunity to eradicate your defects and make progress on the path. If you cannot yet feel love and compassion for those who treat you badly, it is a sign that your mind has not been fully transformed, and that you need to keep working on it with increased application. — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 2 June 2021

Look deeper. The mystery calls and calls: no moon, no finger—nothing there at all. — Ryōkan. 1 June 2021

Awareness doesn't get better when we have an inspired thought or a sublime emotion. It doesn't get worse when we're completely neurotic. Awareness just is. Its not something we do. It's who we are. — Mingyur Rinpoche. 31 May 2021

Radiate boundless love towards the entire world—above, below, and across—unhindered, without ill will, without enmity. — The Buddha. 28 May 2021

Imagine a great regal tree growing in the rocks and sand of a barren wilderness. When the roots get water, the branches, leaves, flowers, and fruits will all flourish. The regal Bodhi-tree growing in the wilderness of birth and death is the same. All living beings are its roots; all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are its flowers and fruits. By benefiting all beings with the water of great compassion, one can realize the flowers and fruits of the Buddhas' and Bodhisattvas wisdom. — Avataṃsaka Sūtra. 27 May 2021

Thoughts are just displays of the mind. They may be waves stirring up the all-ground consciousness, but this is not a fault. If you just rest loosely in them, they will disappear right there. — Thrangu Rinpoche. 26 May 2021

Those who are nothing particular are noble people. Don’t strive—just be ordinary. — Línjì Yìxuán. 25 May 2021

Make compassion the activity of your meditation practice, so that you cultivate loving kindness, compassion and bodhichitta for all sentient beings and bring them under your protection with dedication and aspiration. — Dakpo Tashi Namgyal. 24 May 2021

The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart. — Mencius. 21 May 2021

Our inner world is the pivotal domain for bringing about real change in the world that we all share. Neither social nor environmental justice is possible without significant changes in our attitudes and the intentional behavior they give rise to. — His Holiness the Karmapa. 20 May 2021

With Amitabha’s Name we feel very relaxed. Our mind is not confused. Our spirit is clear and our energy is unobstructed. The Buddha’s light over our heads penetrates through the window. A fragrant smell fills the room where we sit and stand. — Master Huijing. 18 May 2021

Habitual tendencies, being old acquaintances, keep on coming back. Don't go on following the past. — Dampa Sangye. 17 May 2021

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 May 2021

From beginningless time I have acted unskillfully with craving, hatred, and ignorance in actions of body, speech, and mind. Determined now to begin anew, I repent. I rejoice in every virtuous action by anyone, in any direction, by students and by those who need learn no more, of Buddhas and bodhisattvas. — Samantabhadra’s Vows. 13 May 2021

Life is like a floating cloud which appears. Death is like a floating cloud which disappears. The floating cloud itself originally does not exist! — Seung Sahn Sunim. 11 May 2021

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