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

 

One way of measuring the progress of humanity throughout our world, is by the level of freedom and rights that are enjoyed.

 

For instance, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a number of countries began to campaign for human rights. Then over the years, as these countries became ever more civilized, not only did their human rights increase, but they also began to campaign for a few animal rights too - which is seen as a clear indication of progress in today's world.
 
All of this of course is very positive, but it's worth remembering that Shakyamuni Buddha spoke of not only the need for the utmost level of rights for both humans and animals, but also the need for the same level of rights for all sentient beings without exception - and he said this some 2500 years ago!
 

Chamtrul Rinpoche

Monday

 

Some people consider the practice of love and compassion is only related to religious practice and if they are not interested in religion they neglect these inner values. But love and compassion are qualities that human beings require just to live together.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Tuesday

 

We who are like senseless children shrink from suffering, but love its causes. We hurt ourselves; our pain is self-inflicted!  Why should others be the object of our anger?

 

Shantideva

Wednesday

 

Do not encumber your mind with useless thoughts. What good is it to brood over the past and fret about the future? Dwell in the simplicity of the present moment. Live in harmony with the dharma. Make it the heart of your life and experience. Be the master of your own destiny.

 

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Thursday

 

When we pray to the lama, we imagine his body, his face, his familiar expression facing us, and we think it’s him. But truly, neither his body nor the expression of his face are quite the lama. The lama is his mind and its own specific qualities.

 

When the lama dies, some people may experience great sadness. The thought of not seeing his physical form any more creates in their mind a painful feeling of separation. In fact, when the lama lets go of his physical form it's because he has finished transmitting what he wished to transmit to us.

 

If we have developed the understanding that our mind is not different from his, there is no more separation. There is no more sadness even if the lama is no longer physically present.

 

Bokar Rinpoche

Friday

 

We should cast aside all childish games that fetter and exhaust body, speech and mind; and stretching out in inconceivable nonaction, in the unstructured matrix, the actuality of emptiness, where the natural perfection of reality lies, we should gaze at the uncontrived sameness of every experience, all conditioning and ambition resolved with finality.
 

Longchenpa

Saturday

 

The main point is that if we are going to be real practitioners of the dharma, then we need to become independent practitioners, people who actually know how to practice by learning how to be quite direct and honest with ourselves.

 

We might think we can always be sitting in front of our teacher or master and practice the dharma by continually receiving advice from him or her about what we should and should not do. But if we are always in need of advice, then someone who can give us advice is not always going to be there for us.

Therefore, we have to learn how to pay attention to what is going on in our own minds and figure out what are our faults, and what are our qualities, and what is the way to distinguish between faults and qualities.

 

Instead of constantly looking to something that is outside of us, we have to develop the ability to pay attention in a mindful way and an insightful way to what is actually happening within us, so that we can become capable, autonomous practitioners of the dharma.
 

His Holiness the Karmapa

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