Wisdom for Today

A dewdrop sticks not to a lotus leaf, a lotus flower is untouched by water. The same way, the wise clings to nothing at all, not to the seen, the heard or the perceived. — Sutta Nipāta. 23 March 2018.

If we are totally preoccupied with our own experience—how I feel, what my problem is, and so forth—there is no chance at all for us to care about how others feel. There is simply no room for compassion. — Tsoknyi Rinpoche. 22 March 2018.

Disciples of the Buddha, just as in this Saha world system, there are worlds in the Ten Directions as described above, so too, there are worlds in the ten directions in each of those other world systems. In each and every one of those worlds the Holy Truth of Suffering is described in 40 trillion names. The Holy Truth of Accumulation, the Holy Truth of Extinction, and the Holy Truth of the Way are also each described in 40 trillion names. — Avataṃsaka Sūtra. 21 March 2018.

Part ordinary being, part Buddha, a Dharma mentor serves as a vital link between ordinary beings and Amitabha Buddha, like a bridge connecting the Saha world and the Pure Land. — Master Jingzong. 20 March 2018.

If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher. — Pema Chödrön. 19 March 2018.

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up. — Stephen Hawking. 16 March 2018.

To believe straight away is foolishness, to believe after having seen clearly is good sense. That is the Buddhist policy in belief; not to believe stupidly, or to rely only on people, textbooks, conjecture, reasoning, or whatever the majority believes, but rather to believe what we see clearly for ourselves to be the case. This is how it is in Buddhism. — Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. 15 March 2018.

Our lives have no outcome other than death, just as rivers have no end other than the ocean. At the moment of death, our only recourse is spiritual practice, and our only friends the virtuous actions we have accomplished during our lifetime. — Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 14 March 2018.

If our mind is attached, it is completely impossible for us to match with the Buddha Nature, which has no attachment. So, if we want to achieve Buddhahood with our own power, it is more difficult than ascending to the sky. However, if we make recourse to external power, i.e. to the Buddha power, it will be extremely easy to achieve Buddhahood. — Master Jingzong. 13 March 2018.

The sign of true learning is a peaceful temperament, and the sign of having meditated is fewer afflictions. — Dudjom Rinpoche. 12 March 2018.

All-inclusive study is just single-minded sitting, dropping away body and mind. — Dōgen Zenji. 9 March 2018.

What do people think spiritual development is? It’s not lights and trumpets. It’s very simple. It’s right here and now. — Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. 8 March 2018.

Wishing to bring sentient beings to maturity, Buddhas cultivate for oceans of eons. Vast spiritual transformations everywhere arise, pervading the entire Dharma Realm. — Avataṃsaka Sutra. 7 March 2018.

Buddhism deals specifically with the important matter of life and death, and Amitabha is the Buddha who delivers us from the cycle of life and death. If we are accustomed to constantly reciting Namo Amitabha Buddha, we would not lose our minds when facing death. — Master Jingzong. 6 March 2018.

There is nothing wrong with feeling that we have a self, but we need to ask what kind of a self exists. What is this ‘I’ that exists? We must question whether it is singular and independent, as we usually assume. That kind of ‘I’ in reality does not exist. But sometimes we can make up reality. It is not reality, but we think that it is. This is why we should have a very clear understanding of how this ‘I’ exists. We need to examine carefully so that we see that in actual fact, our self is utterly interdependent on others, and is in no way independent or unrelated to anything else. — His Holiness the Karmapa. 5 March 2018.

As much as possible, I attempt to step toward my distress rather than turn away at the first whiff of discomfort. A better way to put it might be to turn toward, rather than immediately turn away from, distress—turn toward, then take a good look. It’s clear that responses are often governed by habits that have carved a path over time, and we can develop a habit of turning away from—or rushing toward—distress. — Setsuan Gaelyn Godwin. 2 March 2018.

Let the profound Dharma sink into your mind. Now that you have obtained this excellent life, so hard to find, now that you have the freedom to practice the teachings, don’t waste your time. — Dudjom Rinpoche. 1 March 2018.

Learning is only good enough to be faith’s carriage, with the scholar being at the service of the Dharma practitioner. Faith is the ultimate learning. — Master Jingzong. 28 February 2018.

By reciting Amitabha’s name exclusively, sentient beings will arrive at the Western Land of Bliss. Once born there in a blooming lotus, one can listen to wondrous Dharma teachings. The aspiration and practices of the ten Bodhisattva stages manifest naturally. — Gatha of Praise to Amitabha Buddha. 27 February 2018.

The wise man strives to no goals but the foolish man fetters himself. There is one Dharma, not many; distinctions arise from the clinging needs of the ignorant. — Sengcan. 26 February 2018.

The teaching of the Buddha has two aspects: The elements of scripture and realization. These are maintained only through teaching And through practice. — Vasubandhu. 23 February 2018.

Who knows what you will see, hear, or experience in these chaotic and turbulent times? Try to protect yourself from becoming too overwhelmed by pain and suffering. Lighten up! Don’t take things so seriously. With a broad and accommodating mind, you can keep a sense of perspective The Karmapa 22 February 2018.

No matter how much we sit, no matter how much we are not distracted, no matter how much we meditate, until you have the right view, you have done nothing. Until you have the right view, those things take you nowhere. You are still inside the net, you are still the fish being caught. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 21 February 2018.

If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasures of illusion. — Aldous Huxley. 20 February 2018.

Siddhartha was also trying to cut suffering at its root. But he was not dreaming up solutions such as starting a political revolution, migrating to another planet, or creating a new world economy. He wasn’t even thinking about creating a religion or developing codes of conduct that would bring peace and harmony. He explored suffering with an open mind, and through his tireless contemplation Siddharta discovered that at the root, it is our emotions that lead to suffering. In fact they are suffering. — Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. 15 February 2018.

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