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

 

You alone are responsible for cleaning your own mind. Nobody can do the washing for you.

 

Khadro-la

Monday

 

At the beginning, compassion is like a seed; in the middle, it is like water; at the end, it is like a ripened fruit. Achieving the result of full enlightenment is due to compassion.

 

Chandrakirti

Tuesday

 

If your spiritual practice and the demands of your everyday life are not in harmony, it means there's something wrong with the way you are practicing.

 

Your practice should satisfy your dissatisfied mind, while providing solutions to life's problems.

 

Lama Yeshe

Wednesday

 

By understanding emptiness, you lose interest in all the trappings and beliefs that society builds up and tears down. You become like an adult who is not so interested in children's games.


Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Thursday

 

Even in this world, and even now, there are said to be many hidden yogis or discreet yogis, called bepay naljor in Tibetan. It means those realized ones who are not generally recognized as great spiritual sages, but have deeply tasted the fruit of enlightenment, and are living it. Perhaps they are anonymously doing their beneficial activities here among us right now!

 

Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche

Friday

 

Obsessive use of meditative disciplines or perennial study of scripture and philosophy will never bring forth this wonderful realization, this truth which is natural to awareness, because the mind that desperately desires to reach another realm or level of experience inadvertently ignores its basic nature that constitutes all experience.

 

Tilopa

Saturday

 

We awaken to enlightenment by recognizing and fully realizing the primordially pure essence already present as our nature. That's how to be an awakened buddha. Even though the enlightened state is actually already present, imagining or forming a thought construct of enlightenment doesn't make you enlightened.

 

It's the same as when you are really hungry and you look at a plate of food and try to imagine what it taste like. Does it work to then imagine, "Mmmmm, I'm eating the food, I'm no longer hungry." You can think this for a very long time – forever, in fact – but it still doesn't dispel your hunger. Once you actually put the food in your mouth, it tastes delicious, and your hunger is satiated.

 

It's the same with experience. Experience only occurs in a direct way, in practical reality, not through a theory about taste. If your meditation practice is merely an exercise in imagining and keeping something in mind, it is only a theory, and not direct experience.

 

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

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