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



Studying the Dharma is an absolutely vital part of our path. But if we never practise what we've studied, it's as if we have built the most magnificent ship, but then never using it for what it's intended for - to cross the ocean of samsara, to the shores of liberation and enlightenment.


Chamtrul Rinpoche



Whatever you do - walking, eating, sitting, and so forth - abandon laziness, indolence, apathy, negligence, and distraction.
Master the habitual patterns that make you resist any change in your body, speech, and mind, even in the most insignificant activities.
Once you have embarked on the path of liberation, it is inappropriate to behave in an ordinary way: observe your mind all the time with vigilance and lucidity. If you have committed a negative act, regret it and promise never to do it again. Be glad if you have committed none.


Shechen Gyaltsap



If we can practice bodhicitta, develop patience, and pacify all disharmony in our own home, then we have prepared the way leading to the development of limitless bodhicitta.


If, on the other hand, we cannot maintain patience and harmony in our own home with our own family, then it is very unlikely that we will be able to do this with respect to all sentient beings, who are countless in number.


Kalu Rinpoche



I remember something His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse once told me. I used to be very wild, and sometimes people would report my actions to him in hope that he would scold me and discipline me. But instead, he would tell me who it was who told on me and would make a game of it.


He used to say, “Don’t worry. You must remember that whenever there is one person out there who doesn’t like you or who thinks you are crazy, there will be a hundred people who are going to like you. And similarly, whenever there is one person who likes you, you shouldn’t get too excited about it, because there will be a hundred people who can’t stand you.” So liking and disliking are completely irrelevant.


Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche



If you accept that death is part of life, then when it actually does come, you may face it more easily.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama



Since we were born, we have let our mind do what it likes, like a spoiled child, and we have to admit that nothing really positive has come of it. To take control of it is indispensable. That is something worth spending time on, even if it is just a little bit each day.


Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche



With all its many risks, this life endures,
No more than windblown bubbles in a stream.
How marvelous to breathe in and out again,
To fall asleep and then awake refreshed.


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