Daily Dharma

 

Published week by week, you will find a quote for each day

of the year from the past and present masters of Buddhism

Sunday

 

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.

 

(Five poisons: Ignorance, attachment, aversion, pride, jealousy)

 

(Eight worldy concerns: Hope for happiness and fear of suffering. Hope for fame and fear of insignificance. Hope for praise and fear of blame. Hope for gain and fear of loss.)


Chatral Rinpoche

Monday


Be compassionate to yourself, even as you look at your mistakes and mishaps. Then, if others are less than perfect too, use your developing compassion to kill your anger and frustration. Practise this every minute. Life is the practice. As the Buddha said, "Now, everything is totally in your hands".

 

Gyalwang Drukchen Rinpoche

Tuesday

 

To tame ourselves is the only way we can change and improve the world.

 

Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche

Wednesday

 

Even offering three hundred bowls of food three times a day does not match even a portion of the spiritual merit gained in one moment of unconditional love.

 

Nagarjuna

Thursday

 

As followers of various spiritual traditions, if we properly appreciate each other and work with each other, creating harmony between us, this would contribute to world peace and stability.

 

Instead of appreciating the good points of each other's traditions, if we go on criticizing one another, bringing out the weak points here and there, this will create disharmony and we will not make positive contributions to the world.

 

Lati Rinpoche

Friday

 

If the root of a tree is medicine, then the fruit will be medicinal.


If the root is poison, there will be no doubt about the fruit.


Positive and negative qualities come from one's attitude and intention.


They are not derived from physical practices in themselves.

 

Jigme Lingpa

Saturday

 

If a dog rushes out to bite you, there's no value in merely experiencing fear; you have to use the fear you feel to avoid being bitten. Similarly, there is no point in merely fearing death; use your fear of death to develop the wisdom that is beyond the fangs of death.

 

Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

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