Daily Dharma

 

Quotes from Chamtrul Rinpoche and other masters of Buddhism

Sunday

 

I am not so much a person that thinks things should be correct for tradition and culture. I think it is motivation that matters. So always check and check your motivation first.
 

Chamtrul Rinpoche

Monday

 

Meditate again and again until you have turned your mind away from the activities of this life, which are like adorning yourself while being led to the execution ground.

 

Tsongkhapa

Tuesday

 

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Wednesday

 

To timeless buddhahood, basic total presence,
To unchanging spontaneity, the spacious vajra-heart,
To the nature of mind - natural perfection,
Constantly, simply being, we bow down.

 

Longchenpa

Thursday

 

There is only one mind; it is not that there are two minds, one recognizing the other. In the very moment of recognizing, it is like a knot that is untied. We don’t have to do anything further than that, leave it untied.

 

In the moment of looking, it is already seen. It is not that later on we come to see. Why? Because mind and mind essence are very close.

 

The second reason is that it is not that mind essence is something that we have to get our sights on; it’s not like that. It is not that we need to hold the awareness on it for a while, like one or two minutes and slowly it will appear within our experience.

 

Since there is only one mind, the moment you recognize, it is simply a matter of letting go. The thinker or knower of that moment is just like a new knot, like a new thought. The moment you abandon it, it unties. We are already arrived at where we need to arrive at, we are already in the nature of mind.
 

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Friday

 

You must find freedom from disturbing emotions and ego-clinging by constantly examining and investigating your course of experience.

 

Therefore, turn your attention to an object that gives rise to disturbing emotions. Examine carefully whether they arise or not. If they do arise, apply remedies vigorously. Again, look at ego-clinging to see what it is like. If it appears that no ego-clinging is present, examine it again in reference to an object of attachment or aversion. If ego-cherishing then arises, immediately stop it with the remedy of exchanging yourself for others.
 

Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

Saturday

 

When you meditate, do not try to have good thoughts, do not try to keep away bad thoughts, do not try to stop thoughts, and do not try to go after them. Rather, rest in a state of being aware of the thoughts as they arise.
 

Kalu Rinpoche

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