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

 

The important thing is not to do anything that we might have to regret later on. Therefore we should examine ourselves honestly.

 

Unfortunately, our ego-clinging is so gross that, even if we do possess some small quality, we think that we are wonderful. On the other hand, if we have some great defect, we do not even notice it.

 

There is a saying that, 'On the peak of pride the water of good qualities does not stay.'  So, we should be very meticulous.

 

If, after thoroughly examining ourselves, we can put our hands on our hearts and honestly think, 'My actions are all right,' then that is a sign that we are getting some experience in mind training.

 

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Monday

 

The view of interdependence makes for a great openness of mind.

 

In general, instead of realizing that what we experience arises from a complicated network of causes, we tend to attribute happiness or sadness, for example, to single, individual sources. But if this were so, as soon as we came into contact with what we consider to be good, we would be automatically happy, and conversely, in the case of bad things, invariably sad. The causes of joy and sorrow would be easy to identify and target. It would all be very simple, and there would be good reason for our anger and attachment.

 

When, on the other hand, we consider that everything we experience results from a complex interplay of causes and conditions, we find that there is no single thing to desire or resent, and it is more difficult for the afflictions of attachment or anger to arise. In this way, the view of interdependence makes our minds more relaxed and open.

By training our minds and getting used to this view, we change our way of seeing things, and as a result we gradually change our behavior and do less harm to others. 
 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Tuesday

 

Our life passes, and the fact that it can end at any moment means we are in a most precarious and dangerous situation.

 

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Wednesday

 

In meditation practice, you might experience a muddy, semiconscious, drifting state, like having a hood over your head: a dreamy dullness. This is really nothing more than a kind of blurred and mindless stagnation. How do you get out of this state? Alert yourself, straighten your back, breathe the stale air out of your lungs, and direct your awareness into clear space to freshen your mind. If you remain in this stagnant state you will not evolve, so whenever this setback arises, clear it again and again. It is important to be as watchful as possible, and to stay as vigilant as you can.

 

Dudjom Rinpoche

Thursday

 

We should train ourselves not to become engrossed in any of the thoughts continuously arising in our mind. Our consciousness is like a vast ocean with plenty of space for thoughts and emotions to swim about and we should not allow our attention to be distracted by any of them.

 

Lama Yeshe

Friday

 

The practice of dharma is like exercising or carefully following a course of training, which is powerful and deeply significant. For example, if you are in the military, you train every day. In the same way, with the dharma, you have to train your mind daily. Not just to relax but to be able to relate to whatever is happening around you. You integrate your practice with whatever conditions you meet so that you are not carried away by them and do not lose your patience.

 

His Holiness the Karmapa

Saturday

 

To obtain real peace in this world one has simply to follow the path of ahimsa – nonviolence – which is naturally common to all of the world's religions.

 

If we do not like to experience any pain or suffering of any kind, how can we expect any other creature – whether big or small – to feel otherwise?

 

There is no better prayer or offering that we can give to Buddha than being thoughtful, kind, compassionate and abstaining from intentionally taking the life of any fellow human being, animal, bird, fish or insect.

 

Chatral Rinpoche

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