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

 

O bhiksus and wise men,


Just as a goldsmith would test his gold


By burning, cutting, and rubbing it,


So you must examine my words and accept them,


But not merely out of reverence for me.

 

Shakyamuni Buddha

Monday

 

There is only one way of attaining liberation and of attaining the omniscience of enlightenment - following an authentic spiritual master. He is the guide that will help you to cross the ocean of samsara.


The sun and the moon are reflected in clear, still water instantly. Similarly, the blessings of all the buddhas are always present for those who have complete confidence in them. The sun's rays fall everywhere uniformly, but only where they are focused through a magnifying glass can they set dry grass on fire.

 

When the all-pervading rays of the Buddha's compassion are focused through the magnifying glass of your faith and devotion, the flame of blessings blazes up in your being.

 

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Tuesday

 

Even to learn worldly crafts, things we can understand by seeing them with our eyes, we need a teacher to show us.

 

So how is it possible that we, who have just come from the lower planes of existence, and are entering a path where we have never been before, could travel it without a guide?

 

Geshe Potowa

Wednesday

 

Many religions have one main book as their basis for the teachings. In Buddhism, we have a library.

 

Geshe Sonam Gyaltsen

Thursday

 

From the sky, the rain falls on the mountains, and different rivers form, but all lead to the mighty ocean.

 

So too, the different traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, with all their distinctive features, trace back to the same source, and lead to the same goal.

 

Chamtrul Rinpoche

Friday

 

Mesmerized by the sheer variety of perceptions,


which are like the illusory reflections of the moon in water,


Beings wander endlessly astray in samsara's vicious cycle.


In order that they may find comfort and ease in the luminosity

and all-pervading space of the true nature of their minds,


I generate the immeasurable love, compassion, joy and equanimity
of the awakened mind, the heart of bodhicitta.

 

Jigme Lingpa

Saturday

 

Even if you can recite the whole Tripitaka by heart, even if you know the entire Dharma, if you don't have the guru's advice, there will be a gap between you and the Dharma when you practice.

 

Atisha

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