Wisdom for Today

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

If you master the mind, you will have mastery over body and speech, and your own and others’ suffering can only come to an end. But if you leave the mind full of negative emotions, then however perfect the actions of your body and the words you speak might seem, you are far from the path. — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 30 March 2020

A kind of intimacy takes place with the daily habits that you go through and the art involved in it. That is what is called art in everyday life. — Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. 27 March 2020

Silence doesn't mean not talking and not doing things; it means that you are not disturbed inside. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 26 March 2020

According to my own experience, self-confidence is very important. That sort of confidence is not a blind one; it is an awareness of one's own potential. On that basis, human beings can transform themselves by increasing the good qualities and reducing the negative qualities. — His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 25 March 2020

As soon as the practitioner recites the Name, Amitabha manifests a multitude of sacred beings to appear in response. — Master Huijing. 24 March 2020

When phenomena are indeed seen to be devoid of true existence, great compassion will well up effortlessly, a compassion that will never abandon living beings who circle in samsara through their clinging to true existence. — Mipham Rinpoche. 23 March 2020

Focusing with effort just increases further thinking. A training full of judgements brings no progress. — Tsele Natsok Rangdrol. 20 March 2020

You must recognize that your real enemy, the thief who steals your happiness, is the inner thief, the one inside your mind, the one you have cherished since beginningless time. Therefore, make the strong determination to throw him out and to never let him back in. — Lama Thubten Yeshe. 19 March 2020

Do not be afraid to love. Without love, life is impossible. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 18 March 2020

To bring an end to suffering, we need to cut through dualistic habits of perception and the illusions that hold them in place—not by fighting or suppressing them, but by embracing and exploring them. — Mingyur Rinpoche. 17 March 2020

You've already heard hundreds of teachings, But when you haven't grasped the meaning of even one teaching, What's the point of more listening? — Patrul Rinpoche. 16 March 2020

Our very own awareness is itself fundamentally pure and good. The only problem is that we get so caught up in the ups and downs of life that we don’t take the time to pause and notice what we already have. — Mingyur Rinpoche. 13 March 2020

Action is being truly observant of your own thoughts, good or bad, looking into the true nature of whatever thoughts may arise, neither tracing the past nor inviting the future, neither allowing any clinging to experiences of joy, nor being overcome by sad situations. — Dudjom Rinpoche. 12 March 2020

Awakening is not far away If you’re married, if you have a child, if you go bankrupt, if you have cancer, or if you are old, instead of suffering, look for opportunities to be awakened.

There are things you can realize only when you are old, only when you are sick, only when you are divorced, only when you are betrayed. 

Awakening is not far away. Awakening is wherever your mind arises. — Pomnyun Sunim. 11 March 2020

Though the practitioner sees the holy appearance of the Buddha, he doubts whether he can be reborn. In response all the sacred beings tell him unanimously, “We come to welcome you!” — Master Shandao. 10 March 2020

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. 9 March 2020

If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will have complete peace. — Ajahn Chah. 6 March 2020

When you try to get rid of fear or anger, what happens? You just get restless or discouraged and have to go eat something or smoke or drink or do something else. But if you wait and endure restlessness, greed, hatred, doubt, despair, and sleepiness, if you observe these conditions as they cease and end, you will attain a kind of calm and mental clarity, which you will never achieve if you're always going after something else. — Ajahn Sumedho. 5 March 2020

Take joy in your sincere intentions. Everything starts with an intention. If you have been able to have beautiful aspirations, these aspirations will always be part of you—a beautiful part. — His Holiness the Karmapa. 4 March 2020

Although buddhas are benevolent to all sentient beings, they are particularly merciful toward those who have committed grievous evil deeds, and take special care to save them. This is indicative of the buddhas’ profound loving kindness and compassion. — Master Jingzong. 3 March 2020

We often think the only way to create happiness is to try to control the outer circumstances of our lives, to try to fix what seems wrong or to get rid of everything that bothers us. But the real problem lies in our reaction to those circumstances. — Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. 2 March 2020

If you do not pray with devotion to the wish-fulfilling master, the requisite and desired accomplishments will not come, so diligently cultivate a mind filled with devotion. — Sera Khandro. 28 February 2020

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