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

 

Focus, not on the rudeness of others,
Not on what they've done, or left undone,
But on what you have and haven't done yourself.

 

Buddha Shakyamuni

Monday

 

I study my mind and therefore all appearances are my texts.

 

Milarepa

Tuesday

 

The Buddha is not going to project you to buddhahood, as if throwing a stone. He is not going to purify you, as if washing a dirty cloth, nor is he going to cure you of ignorance, like a doctor administering medicine to a passive patient. Having attained full enlightenment himself, he is showing you the path, and it is up to you to follow it or not. It is up to you now to practice these teachings and experience their results.

 

Dilgo Khyenste Rinpoche

Wednesday

 

For laypeople, cultivating bodhicitta and going to work actually are not two conflicting tasks; they can be undertaken simultaneously.

 

Nowadays, the number of family members that one may need to support is probably seven or eight at most. Yet, during the time of the Buddha, an Indian king, who had to attend to numerous important issues everyday, could manage to practice Mahayana and rule the country at the same time under the guidance of the Buddha.

 

Similarly, after we have generated renunciation and bodhicitta, we do not have to immediately abandon all worldly activities such as working, handling family affairs and so forth.

 

As long as we do not develop attachment to those ordinary activities, we can practice and work at the same time. Generating renunciation and bodhicitta not only are not incompatible with daily work, but may even come in handy for a true practitioner faced with thorny issues or interpersonal conflict.

 

Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro

Thursday

 

Ordinary people do not question the commonly accepted version of reality. They conform to the standard values of subduing enemies and cherishing friends and family. Materialism, ambition and mundane achievements are the worldly hallmarks of success.

 

We experience the phenomenal world and our minds as solid and truly existent. Very few people doubt these assertions and question their validity. Yet, the process of disbelief is the first step on the spiritual path.

 

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Friday

 

To leave aside your own nature and search elsewhere is extremely deluded.

 

Saraha

Saturday

 

Abandon a bad custom, even if it comes from your father or your ancestors.


Adopt a good custom, even if it is practiced by your adversaries.


Do not take poison, even from the hand of your mother.


Gold, even given by an enemy, still has all its qualities.

 

Gampopa

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