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

 

If we are using the Dharma like a mirror, by holding it up to others to judge them and to find their faults, while never looking into the mirror ourselves, it is entirely missing the point of what it is intended for. Turn the mirror of the Dharma towards yourself.

 

Chamtrul Rinpoche

Monday

 

So hard to find such ease and wealth

Whereby to render meaningful this human birth!

 

If now I fail to turn it to my profit,

How could such a chance be mine again?

 

Shantideva

Tuesday

 

As long as we don’t recognize our real nature, we suffer. When we recognize our nature, we become free from suffering. Whether you recognize it or not, though, its qualities remain unchanged.

 

But when you begin to recognize it in yourself, you change, and the quality of your life changes as well. Things you never dreamed possible begin to happen.

 

Mingyur Rinpoche

Wednesday

 

No words can describe it 
No example can point to it 
Samsara does not make it worse 
Nirvana does not make it better 
It has never been born 
It has never ceased 
It has never been liberated 
It has never been deluded 
It has never existed 
It has never been nonexistent 
It has no limits at all 
It does not fall into any kind of category.

 

Dudjom Rinpoche

Thursday

 

Virtues are acquired through endeavor,
Which rests wholly upon yourself.
So, to praise others for their virtues
Can but encourage one's own efforts.

 

Nagarjuna

Friday

 

Any brief moment, any time at all that one could use as an opportunity for dharma practice, one must use.

 

His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa

Saturday

 

Love means wishing for the happiness of others.
Like a loving mother cherishing her child,
One's body, wealth, and virtue all amassed one gives for others' benefit,
While training to endure the harms that they inflict.

Compassion is a powerful state of mind,
An inability to tolerate the fact that others suffer.
Beings in the six realms are entrapped by sorrow and its cause,
And seeing this brings tears to one's eyes.

Joy is to delight in other's pleasure and success;
It is to cultivate the wish that all have happiness.
It is a joy one feels when they achieve it for themselves
And is the wish that they should never be deprived of it

Impartiality is freedom from attachment and hostility,
When sides and factions are all seen as equal,
When enemy and friend and neither -
Are all treated with an evenhanded kindness.

 

We should practice these four attitudes, remembering
That all is without true existence.

 

Jigme Lingpa

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