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

 

Be ever mindful of death and impermanence,

Practise today, because tomorrow might not come.

 

Chamtrul Rinpoche

Monday

 

Everything has the nature of being empty.


When the empty looks at the empty,
Who is there to look at something empty?


What is the use of many classifications,
Such as 'being empty' and 'not empty'
As it is illusion looking at illusion,
And delusion watching delusion.
 

Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Tuesday

 

The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves.

 

How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy?

 

These are the things which we must check in daily life.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Wednesday

 

Mental calming implies as much clarity as possible, allied with a deep feeling of freedom.

 

When we contemplate the sea during the day we can see stones and seaweed deep down through the clear water.

 

Our meditation should have the same clarity, which allows us to be fully conscious of the present situation.

 

Bokar Rinpoche

Thursday

 

Each of you should examine your own mind, to see how you have squandered your lives on your needs and desires.

 

Thoughtless people, get hold of your minds!

 

Princess Mandarava

Friday

 

The Buddha proved definitively that mere meditative concentration is not sufficient to gain liberation. Through this kind of meditation alone, one ends up in the realms of the meditation gods and the Formless Realms, states which in themselves definitely do not lead out of samsara.

 

There is a famous quote: “If you know how to meditate, but not how to be free, then aren’t you just like the meditation gods?”

 

So, it’s very important to know how to liberate your deluded thinking. That is the vital point.

 

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Saturday

 

Viewing our experience in this world as a dream, Siddhartha found that our habit of fixating on the mere appearance of our dreamlike relative world, thinking that it is truly existing, throws us into an endless cycle of pain and anxiety.

 

We are in a deep sleep, hibernating like a silkworm in a cocoon. We have woven a reality based on our projections, imagination, hopes, fears, and delusions.

 

Our cocoons have become very solid and sophisticated. Our imaginings are so real to us that we are trapped in the cocoon. But we can free ourselves simply by realizing that this is all our imagination.

 

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

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