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

 

People can spend their entire life searching for enlightenment outside, travelling the whole world from the bottom of the oceans to the top of the mountains - they can search as much as they like, but it won't be found anywhere other than inside that which is doing the searching.

 

Chamtrul Rinpoche

Monday

 

Until grasping mind ceases in stainless space, the karma of cause and result manifest compounded by the mind, and performed by the mind. All these phenomena occur in mind. The mind names the appearances of the mind, so therefore, in order to subdue the mind of delusion, be diligent.

 

Longchenpa

Wednesday

 

So much of our distress and suffering comes from the unrealistic expectations and negative reactions produced by our own mind. Our desire creates possessiveness and grasping as we fasten on to certain objects, people, or experiences for gratification. When objects satisfy us we become attached to them. The stronger our attachment, the tighter our grip and the more anxious we feel about defending our territory and possessions. Whatever we care about is idealised and must be kept safe. If our craving for something is frustrated or disappointed, we respond with aversion. When an object does not satisfy us, we angrily reject it. Deciding that it was the wrong thing all along, we set off again in pursuit of a different objective: something else, something better, something new.

 

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Tuesday

 

By detaching itself from the duality of observation and observer, the mind achieves self-liberation from division; by thus smashing the contrived practitioner, the mind frees itself from striving and seeking; by discarding the concern for the fruit of inner development, the meditator unshackles himself from hope and fear; by eliminating the sense of the “self” or the “I”, the mind emerges victorious in its battle against inner adversaries; by dismantling the clinging to substance, the meditator will gain liberation from both samsara and nirvana.

 

Virupa

Thursday

 

Since [true reality] is without discursiveness, it is peace. Since it is peace, it is the sphere of non-conceptual wisdom. Since it is the sphere of nonconceptual wisdom, it cannot be known through something else. Since words do not apply to that which cannot be known through something other [than this wisdom], the very nature of true reality is perfectly beyond the superimpositions of words.

 

Bhavaviveka

Friday

 

When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Saturday

 

No matter how much is said, speech will never end. If you realise speechlessness, that is the origin of all speech.

 

Patrul Rinpoche

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