Wisdom for Today

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

True Zen is about trying to make this short life as meaningful as possible and to search for universal truths or the immutable in this world. — Shunmyō Masuno. 6 August 2020

To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem. To meditate means to observe. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 5 August 2020

Don’t  look for faith within our minds because the minds of ordinary beings are not true, but false. We should not pay attention to these false thoughts and afflictions; but, simply continue our recitations and allow Amitabha to handle the rest. — Master Huijing. 4 August 2020

Wholesome deeds performed with selfish aims are just like poisoned food. — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 3 August 2020

The Buddha taught that we can find our freedom only through embracing the conditions that trouble us. — Mingyur Rinpoche. 31 July 2020

You might not necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment. — Dōgen Zenji. 30 July 2020

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. 29 July 2020

If we experience tranquility through the deliverance of Amitabha's power, faith will automatically be revealed, like a pearl inside our clothes. — Master Huijing. 28 July 2020

Names and forms arise from actions. They stem only from causes, but have no agent to bring them about. — The Buddha. 27 July 2020

Just as clouds, too insubstantial to support your weight or be worn as clothing, can nevertheless darken the whole sky and cover the sun, so in the same way thoughts can obscure the pristine radiance of awareness. — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 24 July 2020

You should know that worldly activities and effortless unconcern are not two different things, but if you keep thinking about rejection and grasping, you make them two. — Master Huineng. 23 July 2020

In the degenerated time, the Buddhadharma is even more potent, so the degenerated time should not be used as an excuse for discouraging oneself. It should be encouraging. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 22 July 2020

Master Honen says that we should “consider the essentials of pronouncing the name.” That is, we must understand the purpose and the spirit of nianfo. With this principle, we recite the Buddha’s name ceaselessly, voicing with our mouths either gently, quietly, or barely audible to ourselves​. — Master Jingzong. 21 July 2020

All characteristics you entertain are empty of any essence. Know all phenomena are this way. — The Buddha. 20 July 2020

In spiritual matters, we should not allow ourselves to be too easily content, because truly there is no limit to our spiritual potential. — His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 17 July 2020

Having a spiritual dimension in our lives does not mean escaping life or dwelling in a place of bliss outside this world but discovering ways to handle life's difficulties and generate peace, joy, and happiness right where we are, on this beautiful planet. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 16 July 2020

Gurus who go strictly by the book, who present themselves as perfectly well-behaved manifestations, could quickly become predictable. Students will learn how to hide from them and will know exactly what to expect. There would be no surprises. The Vajrayana is the path of the rug being pulled out from under your feet, so you need someone who knows how to do that. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 15 July 2020

We keep so very busy until, before we realize it, we have become old. Without being noticed, our remaining life becomes shorter and shorter. It is like a candle in the wind, which can burn out at any time. — Master Jingzong. 14 July 2020

Receiving a prediction from the Buddha, I will take countless appearances and forms, and with wisdom power vast and great, pervade ten directions to benefit all the realms of living beings. — Gandavyuha Sutra. 13 July 2020

Make smiling an exercise. Just breathe in and smile – the tension will disappear and you will feel much better. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 10 July 2020

Ultimate reality cannot be apprehended by concepts. We can, however, in an experiential way that transcends the ordinary conceptual mind, achieve a genuine understanding of reality as being the union of appearances and emptiness. — Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche. 9 July 2020

Of course it is good to strive for perfection, but we must be practical. It is best to go by degrees, step by step. Otherwise you are likely to jump in too quickly and break your leg. — Lama Thubten Yeshe. 8 July 2020

After experiencing realizations and feelings, we abandon them and return to Namo Amituofo, Namo Amituofo, the six-syllable great name in our minds and mouths. We do this because the minds of ordinary beings are false. Whatever we think is not real. Only reciting Namo Amituofo is real. — Master Huijing. 7 July 2020

If I could not find peace in the midst of difficulty, I knew I would never know real peace. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 6 July 2020

May I for eons, like the motes of dust in all the lands, ever benefit all in the ten directions, always in accord with living beings. — Avatamsaka Sutra. 3 July 2020

We should try living a life of giving. If we help others without expecting anything in return, we can live a dignified and happy life. — Pomnyun Sunim. 2 July 2020

Studying and practicing the Buddhist teachings should be done now, and not be put off until the future, or even tomorrow. If we procrastinate until the future, or until tomorrow, our procrastination will go on endlessly. Thus, we should not wait until it is too late and all we can do is look back with remorse. — Master Huijing. 30 June 2020

To succeed in your Dharma practice it is best to be at ease, relaxed and down-to-earth, to adjust the intensity of your practice day by day according to your situation. — Lama Thubten Yeshe. 29 June 2020

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