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 the struggle against the emotions, if you lose your vigilance even for a moment you have to revive it at once - in the same way that a swordsman in battle who lets slip his sword must pick it up again immediately.

 

The very instant a negative emotion arises, the thought of using the antidote should occur to you.

 

What else is the Dharma for, if it is not to stop you giving full vent to your negative emotions?

 

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Monday

 

Had I not known sorrow and deep regret,
How could I have entered the path to release?

 

Tantepa

Tuesday

 

Without desires, attachment, or any particular agenda or itinerary,

With no selfish concerns, simply roaming freely from place to place,

For the sake of others, benefitting impartially those to be trained,

This is the way of the very best type of pilgrim.

 

Following holy masters who are non-sectarian and free from faults,

Receiving their Dharma teachings without sectarian bias or conflict,

And gathering virtue in sacred places without partiality or attachment,

This too is the way of the superior pilgrim.

 

Kathok Situ Chokyi Gyatso

Wednesday

 

With few wants, be content with what you have,
And with gratitude repay any kindness you receive.

Overcome anger and arrogance,
And let humility rule your mind.


Give up any unwholesome kind of living,
And pursue a livelihood in keeping with the Dharma.

Do away with your addiction to material things,
And adorn yourself with the riches of the highly realized beings.

 

Avoid getting attached to anything at all,
And stay free from craving and desire.
Attachment not only keeps you from happy births,
It kills the very life of liberation.

 

Atisha

Thursday

 

Liberation as ever-perfect does not refer to the liberation of a Buddha that has occurred in the past, such as that of Shakyamuni Buddha, but to the way in which countless beings are liberated right now and will continue to be liberated in the future simply by realizing their primordial purity.

 

The basis, the path, and the ultimate result in this system are all of a singular, undifferentiated nature - total, pure awareness. Thus, the primordial freedom that one seeks to attain by practicing the spiritual path is something that one already possesses.

 

Intrinsic freedom is itself the path that leads to the actualization of the goal.

 

Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Friday

 

Kongtrul Rinpoche suggested we pray to the guru, buddhas, and bodhisattvas and ask them to grant their blessings, “So I may give birth to the heart of sadness.”

 

But what is a “heart of sadness”? Imagine one night you have a dream. Although it is a good dream, deep down you know that eventually you will have to wake up and it will be over. In life, too, sooner or later, whatever the state of our relationships, or our health, our jobs and every aspect of our lives, everything, absolutely everything, will change.

 

And the little bell ringing in the back of your head to remind you of this inevitability is what is called the “heart of sadness.” Life, you realise, is a race against time, and you should never put off Dharma practice until next year, next month, or tomorrow, because the future may never happen.

 

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Saturday

 

Breathing gently, people enjoy their slumber. But between one breath and the next there is no guarantee that death will not slip in.

 

To wake up in good health is an event which truly deserves to be considered miraculous, yet we take it completely for granted.

 

Patrul Rinpoche

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