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

 

Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again. All we can do is use the present well.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Monday

 

The ultimate goal of meditation practice is to bring awareness to every moment of one’s life, not just the time one spends in a formal meditation session.

 

That said, setting aside time each day to cultivate awareness is an indispensable part of the process.

 

Most people find that the more time they devote to meditation “on the cushion,” the easier it is to bring awareness to their experiences “off the cushion.”

 

Mingyur Rinpoche

Tuesday

 

Be ever mindful of the shortcomings of desire’s rewards, and know that all the phenomena of the cycle of existence are never still, like the ripples on a pond, and that these manifestations of delusion, which are no things in themselves, are like magic and dreams.

 

When you have the determination to be free of samsara and are content with your material situation, you will be able to sit quietly with your mind happy and at ease.

 

Kalu Rinpoche

Wednesday

 

When performing the meditation practice one should develop the feeling of opening oneself completely to the whole universe with absolute simplicity and nakedness of mind, ridding oneself of all protecting barriers.

 

Don’t mentally split into two when meditating, one part of the mind watching the other like a cat watching a mouse.

 

One should realize that one does not meditate to go deeply within oneself and withdraw from the world: complete openness of mind is the essential point.

 

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Thursday

 

There are a vast amount of buddhas already, and each one manifests countless forms simultaneously, throughout all of the planes of cyclic existence, for the benefit of all beings.

 

However, at any given time, each individual being will have a stronger karmic connection with certain buddhas - more so than with other buddhas.

 

Likewise, if you were a buddha - since a huge number of beings throughout cyclic existence would have a stronger karmic connection with you during certain times - you would be able to benefit them much more directly than the many other buddhas would be able to.

 

The deeper you realise this, the stronger your bodhicitta motivation becomes - The stronger your compassionate wish to attain the enlightened state of a buddha for the benefit of all beings.

 

Chamtrul Rinpoche

Friday

 

This is self-knowing primordial wisdom. It is beyond articulation and it is not an experienced object of the mind. It is nothing that can be demonstrated by me, Tilopa.

 

Know it by letting your own self-awareness indicate itself.

 

Tilopa

Saturday

 

Simply put - by cultivating diligence in building mindfulness, mindfulness will free you from becoming a cause of suffering to others.

 

Khandro Rinpoche

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