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

 

When one realizes the depth of view of the various schools of Tibetan Buddhism and we see also that they all lead to the same goal without contradicting each other, we see that only ignorance can lead us to adopt a sectarian view.

 

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Monday

 

In our modern times, if people are asked what the essence of life is, we often hear, "To go to school, to get a job, to buy a house, to get married, to have children, and to have a long, healthy, and prosperous life."

 

Even though these aspirations are usually motivated by the desire for constant happiness, we instead often experience transitory happiness, and unsatisfactoriness.

 

Knowing that we can't take any family, friends, or possessions with us when we die, and given the rare opportunity that we have, is this all that we would like to achieve while we still have our precious human life?

 

Knowing that we've experienced problems and suffering before, can we be certain that we won't experience something similar, or something even worse after we die? 

 

If we really contemplate all of this, we begin to look for something that we can put into practice which will prevent us from experiencing future suffering - and that is exactly what the Dharma is intended for.

 

Chamtrul Rinpoche

Tuesday

 

We all have to recognize the tremendous opportunity that we have. As humans we have this rare intelligence, but there is a real danger that we will waste it. Death is certain, but when we will die is totally unpredictable. We could lose our precious human existence at any moment.

 

With such reflections, we must motivate ourselves to do something meaningful right now. The best way to make your human existence meaningful is to really engage in the practice of Dharma. During formal sitting meditation and in between sessions, in different ways, be mindful and introspectively vigilant. Keep constant watch on your mind.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Wednesday

 

The person who meditates without first studying is like an armless rock climber.

 

Sakya Pandita

Thursday

 

Listen to the Buddha's teaching and you become pure, serene and gentle.


Contemplate and you gain confidence in liberation.


Meditate and you discover your inner natural wisdom.


Therefore, strive hard to listen, contemplate and meditate!

 

Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

Friday

 

In brief, without being mindful of death, whatever Dharma practices that you take up will be merely superficial.

 

Milarepa

Saturday

 

Even the most erudite of teachers with vast scriptural learning,


Can repeat words like a parrot, without taking them to heart,


But when death suddenly arrives, this will bring only pangs of regret,


So rely on the essential meaning of the teachings, my heart-friends!


All the countless teachings of the Buddhas, so vast in number,


Are imparted purely as a means to subdue our own minds.


Don't put your faith in words alone! I urge you once again:


Let the key points of the deeper meaning seep into your hearts!
 

His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche

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