Wisdom for Today

The values of Buddhism are not weighted by the scale based on the external five desires, but by the scale based on the internal awareness of the great matters in regard of birth and death, and the deliverance of Amitabha Buddha. — Master Huijing. 26 May 2017.

What brings understanding is love. When your heart is full, then you will listen to the teacher, to the beggar, to the laughter of children, to the rainbow, and to the sorrow of man. Under every stone and leaf, that which is eternal exists. — Jiddu Krishnamurti. 25 May 2017.

Meditation could be said to be the Art of Simplicity: simply sitting, simply breathing and simply being. — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 24 May 2017.

The Buddha's call is sent through the six-character name. Whenever we exclusively recite Amitabha's name and aspire to be reborn in Amitabha’s Pure Land, we can hear the call of Amitabha. In other words, Amitabha calls us by means of the six-character name. So, whenever we recite this six-character name, we are answering the call of Amitabha Buddha. — Master Huijing. 23 May 2017.

Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. What you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. — Ajahn Chah. 22 May 2017.

By training with everyday irritations, we develop the knack of refraining when the going gets rough. It takes patience and an understanding of how we’re hurting ourselves not to continue taking the same old escape route of speaking or acting out. — Pema Chödron. 19 May 2017.

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is simply putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. — Rabindranath Tagore​. 18 May 2017.

There is the mud, and there is the lotus that grows out of the mud. We need the mud in order to make the lotus. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 17 May 2017.

Reincarnation of birth and death is the greatest fear in life and also the source of all kinds of fear. Given this situation, Amitabha Buddha says, “Let me be responsible for your reincarnation of birth and death; I will let your mind feel absolutely relieved with great satisfaction. — Master Huijing. 16 May 2017.

The meditative journey is not about always feeling good. Many times we may feel terrible. That’s fine. What we want is to open to the entire range of what this mind and body are about. — Joseph Goldstein. 15 May 2017.

Since enlightenment is based on dissolving the ego and its expectations, it has been said that you cannot watch your own burial, and you cannot congratulate yourself on becoming the first buddha of the age or the first buddha of New York. — Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. 12 May 2017.

When we finally know we are dying, and all other sentient beings are dying with us, we start to have a burning, almost heartbreaking sense of the fragility and preciousness of each moment and each being, and from this can grow a deep, clear, limitless compassion for all beings. — Sogyal Rinpoche. 11 May 2017.

Some disciples treat their gurus like movie stars. They go around wearing necklaces with the guru’s photo, or they hang the guru’s picture on their wall. Some kind of fall in love with the guru, but it’s more like an infatuation, the way others fall for their therapists. It becomes very personal and can easily be mishandled. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 10 May 2017.

When we recite Amitabha's name, we are embraced by the Buddha’s light. Our sufferings really don’t matter any more. When we recite, our vexations transform into serenity. Nothing else changes; everything remains determined by cause and consequence. Yet when our minds are at peace, isn’t everything already different? — Master Jingzong. 9 May 2017.

The wonderful paradox about the truth of suffering is that the more we open to it and understand it, the lighter and freer our mind becomes. Our mind becomes more spacious, more open, and happier as we move past our avoidance and denial to see what is true. — Joseph Goldstein. 8 May 2017.

The majestic light of the Buddha Amitayus is the most exalted. No other Buddha's light can match his. The light of some Buddhas illuminates a hundred Buddha-lands, and that of others, a thousand Buddha-lands. — The Buddha. 5 May 2017.

The wind has settled, the blossoms have fallen;
Birds sing, the mountains grow dark—
This is the wondrous power of Buddhism.

— Ryokan. 4 May 2017.

Whoever, man or woman, aged or young, healthy or sick, near death or being alive, even animal, beings with transitional body, or even ghosts and hell beings, can be reborn if they recite Amitabha’s name. — Master Huijing. 2 May 2017.

mirror facing mirror
nowhere else

— Ikkyu. 1 May 2017.

 

People don’t study that which is beyond good and evil. This is what they should study. “I’m going to be like this; I’m going to be like that,” they say. But they never say, “I’m not going to be anything because there really isn’t any ‘I’.” — Ajahn Chah. 28 April 2017.

It helps to remember that our spiritual practice is not about accomplishing anything—not about winning or losing—but about ceasing to struggle and relaxing as it is. — Pema Chödron. 27 April 2017.

You are not alone because all the time there are numberless buddhas and bodhisattvas surrounding you, everywhere loving you, guiding you, that is what they do. — Lama Zopa Rinpoche. 26 April 2017

If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it? — Dogen Zenji. 25 April 2017

Each step may seem to take forever, but no matter how uninspired you feel, continue to follow your practice schedule precisely and consistently. This is how we can use our greatest enemy, habit, against itself. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 24 April 2017

Someone who has acted carelessly, But later becomes careful and attentive, Is as beautiful as the bright moon emerging from the clouds. — Nagarjuna. 21 April 2017

Beings evolve through karma, take birth because of karma, enjoy and function through karma. — The Buddha. 20 April 2017

A great deal of our suffering arises because we are conflicted about reputation. Instead of being concerned about the reality of what we are, we’re concerned about what other people think of us. We’re too outward looking. That’s incredible. As far as Buddhism is concerned, that’s a sick mind; totally, clinically sick. — Lama Thubten Yeshe. 19 April 2017

Of course, good deeds can dignify one’s character and beautify the world. But Amitabha-recitation represents the natural beauty of life. Virtuous deeds resemble the artificial enhancements of cosmetics. — Master Jingzong. 18 April 2017

Meditation is offering your genuine presence to yourself in every moment. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 13 April 2017

No matter where you stay, be it a busy place or a solitary retreat, the only things that you need to conquer are your mind's five poisons, and your own true enemies, the eight worldly concerns—nothing else. — Chatral Rinpoche. 12 April 2017

Tolerance makes change possible. Whether others transform or not, we ourselves will have changed - for the better. This inevitable turn applies to converting foes into friends as much as to educating the young. — Master Jingzong. 11 April 2017

I really believe that if the political leaders of the world could see their planet from a distance of 100,000 miles their outlook could be fundamentally changed. That all-important border would be invisible, that noisy argument silenced. The tiny globe would continue to turn, serenely ignoring its subdivisions, presenting a unified façade that would cry out for unified understanding, for homogeneous treatment. The earth must become as it appears: blue and white, not capitalist or Communist; blue and white, not rich or poor; blue and white, not envious or envied. — Michael Collins, Gemini 10 and Apollo 11 astronaut. 10 April 2017

Every day, priests minutely examine the Law
And endlessly chant complicated sutras.
Before doing that, though, they should learn
How to read the love letters sent by the wind and rain, the snow and moon
.
 — Ikkyu. 7 April 2017

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. 6 April 2017.

When the moment is upon me
May I not be frightened
By the collection of peaceful and wrathful aspects:
Emanations of my own mind
.
— Padmasambhava, Bardo Thödol. 5 April 2017.

To entrust our impermanent, ever-changing lives completely to the eternal Amitabha Buddha, who has an infinite lifespan and delivers beings absolutely, is to give ourselves over to Namo Amitabha Buddha. Thenceforth we would recite Namo Amitabha Buddha exclusively and stop mixed practice. — Master Huijing. 4 April 2017.

Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good. — The Buddha. 3 April 2017.

All experiences are preceded by mind, having mind as their master, created by mind. — The Buddha. 31 March 2017.

Letting go is not giving up. — Mingyur Rinpoche. 30 March 2017.

Studying Buddhism is like an olive: it will be sweet after the bitterness and sourness. Practicing the Buddhist teachings is like drinking ice water: it will be pure and refreshing after the coldness. — Master Hsing Yun. 29 March 2017.

In Pure Land teaching, the certain deliverance of Amitabha Buddha provides us with an absolute sense of security. This conviction of safety is so strong that even death cannot take it away. A sutra says, “To all fear-ridden beings I shall give great peace.” Once we establish this trusting relationship with the Buddha, it is only natural that our relationships with other people are peaceful, honest, charitable, and loving—without discrimination. — Master Jingzong. 28 March 2017.

I will practice mindful breathing and walking to recognize and look deeply into my anger. I know that the roots of anger can be found in my wrong perceptions and lack of understanding of the suffering in myself and the other person. — Thich Nhat Hanh. 27 March 2017.

We can color our whole life with kindness, transforming our everyday activities and suffusing our everyday ways of being with human warmth. This can happen. Our life can be translated into love. — The 17th Karmapa. 24 March 2017.

People often ask me what is the most effective technique for transforming their life. It is a little embarrassing that after years and years of research and experimentation, I have to say that the best answer is—just be a little kinder. — Aldous Huxley. 23 March 2017.

You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way. Those meditative ones who tread the path are released from the bonds of Mara. — The Buddha. 22 March 2017.

There are times when it behooves us to be serious: What we say and do has to match our station in life. For example, a father should be kind to his children, and a son should be filial towards his parents and grandparents. In short, we should act with propriety in all our relationships. At other times, we should not take this business of names too seriously: We all have different names in different circumstances. One may be a son to his parents, and simultaneously a parent to his sons. As all names are without genuine substance, we should be flexible according to circumstances and avoid being hanged on a single tree. — Master Jingzong, "Don't Be Hanged On a Single Tree." 21 March 2017.

We who are like senseless children shrink from suffering, but love its causes. We hurt ourselves; our pain is self-inflicted! Why should others be the object of our anger? — Shantideva. 20 March 2017.

The Buddha is omniscient: his mind is like the sky. He does not show anything: what appears is a reflection. If sentient beings have direction, it is reflected. If sentient beings have a time, it is reflected. — Thinley Norbu Rinpoche. 17 March 2017.

No matter which Dharma practice you engage in, from Ngöndro to offering a single candle, always do it with the intention that your practice will benefit all sentient beings. In this context, “benefit” does not only mean giving practical help, such as offering food or medicine, or feeding people’s emotions, egos and delusions. Here, “benefit” includes aspiring to be instrumental in the enlightenment of all sentient beings; without such an aspiration, it is easy for Dharma practice to become self-serving. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 16 March 2017.

The plants and flowers
I raised about my hut
I now surrender
To the will
Of the wind.

— Ryokan. 15 March 2017.

 

With respect to the purpose of studying Buddhism, why do we study Buddhism? With respect to the purpose of life, what is the purpose of being born to be human beings? There is only one answer, which is same for all human races and all the times—that is to liberate ourselves and others from reincarnation of birth and death, and to realize the original “self”—that is the innate Buddha-nature. Due to this Buddha-nature, all sentient beings are able to become Buddhas. In other words, rediscovering and retrieving our original Buddha-nature is the purpose of life, and also the purpose of studying Buddhism. — Master Huijing. 14 March 2017.

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