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

 

In brief, taking your own mind as witness, make your life and practice one, and at the time of death, with no thought of anything left undone, do not be ashamed of yourself. This itself is the pith instruction of all practices.

 

Dudjom Rinpoche

Monday

 

The Buddha offered a king some advice nearly three millennia ago, but it is just as appropriate for practitioners today who simply have too much to do.

 

While he sympathized with the king about what an enormous job it was to run a country and the immense responsibilities and duties it entailed, it was clear to Buddha that however hard the king tried, it would be difficult for him to engage day and night in the activities of a bodhisattva.

 

So, he suggested that the king develop a strong aspiration and longing for enlightenment, arouse the bodhicitta of aspiration in his mind as often as he could, and rejoice in the virtuous activities of others.

 

By dedicating all the merit these practices accumulated towards his enlightenment, Buddha assured the king not only would he carry out all his royal activities successfully, he would also fulfill his duties as a bodhisattva and stockpile an infinite amount of merit.

 

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Tuesday

 

Things derive their being and nature in mutual dependence and are nothing of themselves.

 

Nagarjuna

Wednesday

 

Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger.

 

Instead of getting angry nurture a deep caring and respect for troublemakers because by creating such trying circumstances they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practise tolerance and patience.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Thursday

 

The analyses in this treatise are not given
Out of an excessive fondness for debate.
It is not our fault if, in the course of this teaching,

Other philosophical systems come to be destroyed.

 

Chandrakirti

Friday

 

Our attention should be firmly directed inwards and we should take the teachings very personally, constantly relating them to ourselves and to the search to discover the real cause of our difficulties.

 

Geshe Sonam Rinchen

Saturday

 

Even in decline, a virtuous man increases the beauty of his behavior.

 

A burning stick, though turned to the ground, has its flame drawn upwards.

 

Sakya Pandita

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