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


Space, whose nature is free of concepts;
Encompasses everything;
Likewise, the stainless expanse of the mind’s true nature
Permeates all beings.

 

Asanga

Monday


The three planes of samsaric existence are like a cloud in autumn:
The birth and the death of beings is like a dancer’s movement;
A being’s life is like a waterfall,
Like a flash of lightning in the sky;
It never stops even for a single moment and once it starts,
It goes inevitably to its conclusion.

 

Buddha Shakyamuni

Tuesday


You cannot sit here in the shrine room serenely practicing and then walk out that door and treat each other badly … If you meditate in perfect peace and then flash someone an irritable look because they make noise or their child cries, you are entirely missing the point.

 

Khandro Rinpoche

Wednesday

 

Let yourself become that space that welcomes any experience without judgement.

 

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Thursday


If you are able to generate bodhicitta, it will be the cause of every happiness for yourself and others, and all the suffering you encounter in your daily life will be dispelled.

 

Whether we and our fellow beings experience happiness or suffering, whether we have peace or violence in the world, depends entirely on the condition of our minds. The mind is what determines whether there will be happiness or suffering; our states of mind are what makes our actions negative or positive.

 

Therefore, may those who have not already generated this excellent and precious noble mind work very hard to develop it. May those who have already generated bodhicitta try their best not to impair it, working hard to increase love and compassion so that it continues to grow.

 

Trulshik Rinpoche

Friday

 

To be attached to one's own happiness

is a barrier to the true and perfect path.

To cherish others is the source

Of every admirable quality known.

By practicing again and again, therefore, 

the exchange of self for others, 

you held all others as self.

 

Tsongkhapa

Saturday


Consider the fact that no matter how many planets and stars are reflected in a lake, these reflections are encompassed within the water itself; that no matter how many universes there are, they are encompassed within a single space; and that no matter how vast and how numerous the sensory appearances of samsara and nirvana may be, they are encompassed within the single nature of mind.

 

Dudjom Lingpa

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