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

 

There is pleasure when a sore is scratched,

But to be without sores is more pleasurable still.

Just so, there are pleasures in worldly desires,

But to be without desires is more pleasurable still.

 

Nagarjuna

Monday

 

Indulgence in the games of greed can only send us further and further away from true happiness each day.

 

His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche

Tuesday

 

Suffering originates from various causes and conditions. But the root cause of our pain and suffering lies in our own ignorant and undisciplined state of mind. The happiness we seek can be attained only through the purification of our minds.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Wednesday

 

From morning to night we do everything with the self-cherishing mind. Inside the house, outside the house, getting dressed, walking around, talking to people, working, eating, seeing things, shopping, going to bed—we do everything with self-cherishing.

 

Even though everything we do is motivated by the wish to obtain temporal happiness and avoid temporal problems, in fact, everything we do creates the cause of greater, continual suffering in the future. For countless previous lifetimes we've been carrying on like this, perpetuating the cycle of suffering, living fulltime with the thought of the eight worldly dharmas.

 

Unless we can break this cycle we will continue like this, doing the same thing on and on endlessly, because we're using entirely the wrong methods to deal with our immediate worldly problems. We're forever creating the causes for much greater suffering for ourselves. Really, we are crazy; completely crazy.

 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Thursday

 

Appreciate and rejoice, without any expectation. It doesn't matter if people are unkind to you, it doesn't matter if people betray you, it doesn't matter if people don't even say 'thank you' to you; by appreciating everything around you, from happy experiences to sad, your life will become meaningful, full of understanding, joy, strength and fearlessness.

 

Gyalwang Drukchen Rinpoche

Friday

 

No thought, no reflection, no analysis, no cultivation, no intention; let it settle itself.

 

Tilopa

Saturday

 

There is an ultimate level where one is beyond trying to find or not to find, where there is no longer a search.

 

Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

 

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