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

 

The true nature of beings is always buddha.
Not realising that, they wander in endless samsara.


For the boundless suffering of sentient beings
May unbearable compassion be conceived in our being.

 

The Third Karmapa

Monday

 

Compassion comes from clearly seeing the state of how others are. Shifting your attention away from being concerned with merely yourself, you begin to tune into how other beings feel. Soon you realize that their aims and what they actually manage to achieve are in a total contradiction.

 

Everyone wants to be happy and free, but the involvement pursued through thought, word and deed for the most part create future pain, future entanglement. When one really sees this clearly, the sense of compassion becomes overwhelming.

 

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Tuesday

 

Like birds landing on a tree top together, and then dispersing, we are together for a very short time, so it makes sense to live in harmony, in unconditional friendship.

 

Bokar Rinpoche

Wednesday

 

Refrain from committing any negative acts,
Even for the sake of a brahmin, a monk, a god, or a guest,
Or your father, your mother, your child, your queen, or your retinue.
For they will not partake of even a share of their hellish ripening.

 

Nagarjuna

Thursday

 

Along with love, compassion is the face of altruism. It is a feeling from deep in the heart that you cannot bear others' suffering without acting to relieve it. As compassion grows stronger, so does your willingness to commit yourself to the welfare of all beings, even if you have to do it alone. You will be unbiased in your service to all beings, no matter how they respond to you.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Friday

 

By accustoming your mind that there is no time to waste
When a life of respites and enrichments is so difficult to find,
Turn from your obsession with the appearances of this life.
By thinking over and again about the problems
of recurring rebirth
And that the laws of behavioral cause and effect
are never fallacious,
Turn from your obsession with the appearances
of future lives.

 

When, by accustoming yourself in this way,
you never generate, for even an instant,
A mind that aspires for the splendors of recurring samsara,
And you develop the attitude that day and night
always is interested keenly in liberation,
At that time, you have generated renunciation.

 

Tsongkhapa

Saturday

 

Seated in a boat now of a human rebirth,
Cross over the mighty river of suffering!
With this boat being so hard to catch again,
Idiot, it's not time for going to sleep!

 

Shantideva

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