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

 

To maintain pure discipline,

Is to do away with pretense and concealment.

 

Milarepa

Monday

 

There is never an end to the search for everlasting happiness through the worldly pursuits of engaging in external phenomena.

 

If we never turn inward, it will never be found.

 

Chamtrul Rinpoche

Tuesday

 

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else.

 

You are the one who gets burnt.

 

Shakyamuni Buddha

Wednesday

 

Greed keeps us focused on what we do not have, and blinds us to all that we already have. Greed guarantees that no matter how much we acquire, it will never be enough. Building a society or a life based on greed is a recipe for dissatisfaction, plain and simple.

 

His Holiness the Karmapa

Thursday

 

When you have compassion, a bodhisattva’s compassion for all sentient beings, why you have bodhicitta for all sentient beings is because of your joy, not because of your sorrow.

 

When you see that all sentient beings are suffering, you see that they don’t have to suffer, they can get out of that suffering, but not from somewhere else, the means of getting out of suffering is in them. Buddha-nature is in them, primordial wisdom is in them.

 

When you see that then you get the natural aspiration, “May I reach liberation so that I can liberate all mother sentient beings who are suffering absolutely unnecessarily.” You have aspiration, confidence and a destination; it is more than just hope. So that is joy, it is not sorrow.

 

It is not like, “These poor sentient beings are suffering. I have to do something for them.”

 

It is, “These future Buddhas are unnecessarily suffering. They are having a nightmare. Their essence is perfect so they have all the means in them to overcome this suffering. So may I be the aspiration and guide for them. May I have that honor to be the guide and example and giver of that great realization for them, to make them realize who they are,” that’s all.

 

You are not bringing something from somewhere and giving it to them, or cutting something from yourself and sewing it on to them. It is just making them realize who they are. That is what bodhicitta is. And it is joy, confidence, and an honor. It is not suffering, it is not pain and it is not misery.

 

Tai Situ Rinpoche

Friday

 

Others are my main concern.

 

When I notice something of mine, I steal it and give it to others.

 

Shantideva

Saturday

 

If you want change, create the causes.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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