Wisdom for Today

Time and again
You, too,
Must long for
Your old nest
Deep in the mountain.

— Ryōkan. 23 October 2017.

Tomorrow or your next existence, who knows which will come first? — Nyoshül Khen Rinpoche. 20 October 2017.

Bring the earth your love and happiness. The earth will be safe When we feel safe in ourselves. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 19 October 2017.

Just let go and relax. You don’t have to block whatever thoughts, emotions, or sensations arise, but neither do you have to follow them. Just rest in the open present, simply allowing whatever happens to occur. — Mingyur Rinpoche. 18 October 2017.

We should be pleased to able to see the shadows of transgression in our hearts. We should also know that for as long as we exist, while we are amid the light but before we have become light ourselves, we will always be followed by the shadows. — Master Jingzong. 17 October 2017.

The tremendous danger is that this belief – that genuine happiness comes only from pleasant feelings – becomes a strong motivation to stay closed to anything unpleasant. But by staying closed to all unpleasantness, we also stay closed to our own wellspring of compassion. — Joseph Goldstein. 16 October 2017.

Strive to accomplish the supreme unchanging goal. For life is passing, and there is no certainty about the time of death. Even if you should die tomorrow, you should have confidence and be without regret. — Dudjom Rinpoche. 13 October 2017.

Meditation is a balancing act between attention and relaxation. — Alan Wallace. 12 October 2017.

Birth and death are only ideas we have in our mind, and these ideas cannot be applied to reality. It is just like the idea of above and below. Heaven is above, and hell is below. But the people who are sitting right now on the other side of the planet must disagree, because the idea of the above and below does not apply to the cosmos, exactly like the idea of birth and death. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 11 October 2017.

Our final years set the seal on our entire lives. Those who are content in old age can be considered to have lived a good life, even if earlier years were bitter and full of suffering. And a tragic, painful old age nullifies a lifetime of happiness. — Master Jingzong. 10 October 2017.

Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go on its own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you. — Master Sheng Yen. 9 October 2017.

I follow four dictates: face it, accept it, deal with it, then let it go. — Master Sheng Yen. 6 October 2017.

We usually appreciate only half of the cycle of impermanence. We can accept birth but not death, accept gain but not loss, or the end of exams but not the beginning. True liberation comes from appreciating the whole cycle and not grasping onto those things that we find agreeable. By remembering the changeability and impermanence of causes and conditions, both positive and negative, we can use them to our advantage. Wealth, health, peace, and fame are just as temporary as their opposites. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 4 October 2017.

If a person is totally disconnected from society and current trends, those around him will start to worry. However, when we disconnect from our inherent Buddha-nature, no one notices or cares. Why do we pay so much attention to society, trends and the times? It is because we have lost our connection with our own Buddha-nature. — Master Jingzong. 3 October 2017.

Focusing on the problem is like picking up the arrow and repeatedly stabbing ourselves with it, saying, “He hurt me so much. I can’t believe he did that.” Instead, we can use the method of contemplation to think things through differently, to change our habit of reacting with anger. Imagine that someone insults you. Say to yourself, “This person makes me angry. But what is this anger?” — Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. 2 October 2017.

Rejoicing in the success of others means letting go of competitiveness, jealousy, and envy, and nurturing the capacity to celebrate the virtuous activities and merit of others, which at the same time generates merit for ourselves. — Mingyur Rinpoche. 29 September 2017.

I often think that we might not find value and purpose within the life we live with this one body, but we will find it through others and their lives. In this way, other people become the mirror in which we can see our own dignity and value reflected. — His Holiness the Karmapa. 28 September 2017.

If we try to practice meditation without the foundation of goodwill to ourselves and others, it is like trying to row across a river without first untying the boat; our efforts, no matter how strenuous, will not bear fruit. We need to practice and refine our ability to live honestly and with integrity. — Joseph Goldstein. 27 September 2017.

Human affairs and their performance require human talent. A Buddha’s affairs and their accomplishment require Buddha talent. Through Amitabha-recitation, ordinary beings can be nurtured into Buddhas. — Master Jingzong. 26 September 2017.

Toss to the winds your concern for this life, and impress on your mind the unknown time of your death. Remembering the pain of samsara, why long for the unnecessary? — Milarepa. 25 September 2017.

I sat facing you for hours but you didn’t speak; Then I finally understood the unspoken meaning. Removed from their covers, books lay scattered about; Outside the bamboo screen, rain beats against the plum tree. — Ryōkan. 22 September 2017.

The wisdom we’re looking for is not just an answer we get from a religious person or subject matter expert who tells us what to think. Real wisdom is when you find a true question. When you find it, you should not rush to answer it. Stay with it for a while. Make friends with it. — Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. 21 September 2017.

If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are. 20 September 2017.

An ancient saying discloses, “The only great matter in the world is birth and death, so if we don’t invoke Amitabha, whom should we invoke?” The purpose of life is reciting Amitabha’s name with faith. The sutra says, “That is the one and only one real fact; no the second or third one.” — Master Huijing. 19 September 2017.

Do not waste a single moment, like a warrior who, pierced to the heart by an arrow, knows he has only few minutes to live. It is now, while we are in good health and in possession of all our physical and mental faculties, that we should practice Dharma. — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 18 September 2017.

When we become fixed in our perceptions we lose our ability to fly. — Mingyur Rinpoche. 15 September 2017.

How could we discuss
This and that
Without knowing
The whole world is
Reflected in a single pearl?

— Ryōkan. 14 September 2017.

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. Happiness leads to concentration. Concentration brings wisdom. And wisdom is the source of peace and freedom in our lives. — Joseph Goldstein. 13 September 2017.

Each of us represents a stitch made by Amitabha Buddha. Individually, we may be dull and insensitive; we keep our hearts tightly shut from one another with no communication, no harmony. With totally different dispositions and hobbies, we find one another difficult to get on with, even conflicting. But none of these things matters. We are naturally brought together to form the most magnificent scroll of Rebirth in the Pure Land by the deft hands of Amitabha Buddha. — Master Jingzong. 12 September 2017.

Everything is a help to the practice if we have the right attitude. So it’s a matter of changing our responses. That’s all. — Tenzin Palmo. 11 September 2017.

The quickest route to happiness is to help others. — Mingyur Rinpoche. 8 September 2017.

There is no view and nothing to meditate on. There is no conduct and no result. The mind is the meditation; The mind free of concepts rests in its own place. — Chandrakirti. 7 September 2017.

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince. 6 September 2017.

No matter we recite with a pure mind or a distracted mind, recite sincerely or absentmindedly, Amitabha Buddha can hear it right away. In fact, even before we move our lips, Amitabha Buddha already knows our intention when it springs up. — Master Jingzong. 5 September 2017.

The day begins I’m busy with my crafts the day ends I pray to the Buddha and I have nothing to worry about. — Otagaki Rengetsu. 4 September 2017.

As the stream settles, and white dew descends. Which wayfarer will bask in the moonlight longest? Whose home will drink up the most moonbeams? — Ryōkan Taigu. 1 September 2017.

 

Illusion immediately becomes more workable when we acknowledge it as simply an illusion... In the stressful attempt to nail down the illusory nature of things, our chance to be at ease, spacious, awake, and free, which already exists within ourselves, gets lost. — Tsoknyi Rinpoche. 31 August 2017.

Even if a thought of the firefly grass dwindles, it may light up as a firefly in a remote field. — Otagaki Rengetsu. 30 August 2017.

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