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



Regardless of how much or how little one owns, the greater their level of contentment, the richer they become inside. 


Chamtrul Rinpoche



Our mind is spinning around

About carrying out a lot of useless projects:

It’s a waste! Give it up!

Thinking about the hundred plans you want to accomplish,

With never enough time to finish them,

Just weighs down your mind.

You’re completely distracted

By all these projects, which never come to an end,

But keep spreading out more, like ripples in water.

Don’t be a fool: for once, just sit tight.


Patrul Rinpoche



We must recognize that without taming oneself, one cannot possibly tame others.


His Holiness the Karmapa



In any of the four times and ten directions
Enlightenment will not be found
Except in the mind, which is the fully enlightened state.
Do not seek the Buddha in any other source. 





Understand this: it is more important to take to heart the key instructions than to receive a great many teachings.


Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche



Samsara is an expression of nirvana, just as relative reality is an expression of absolute reality.


Mingyur Rinpoche



Many people are confused about emptiness, but it is not such a difficult subject when seen from the point of view of figure and ground.


Emptiness is the ground, and interdependent manifestation, samsara, is the figure imposed on the ground. In this way, emptiness becomes the reason why anything is possible. It is the ground or space on which anything might be created, and is created: it makes the existence of samsara possible, and the attainment of enlightenment possible. The improvement of sentient beings is possible because of emptiness, and so is the activity of buddhas and bodhisattvas.


Because everything is interdependent, when all the conditions are correct, anything can happen. Emptiness makes it possible for a sentient being who is suffering in samsara to also be a Buddha by nature. When that being purifies the relative samsaric obscuration that binds it, then it is possible for it to become enlightened. None of this could be done without emptiness.


If everything in existence were substantial and permanent, no one could grow old or learn anything; nothing could change, either for better or for worse; nothing could be improved, because there would be no room for it. This is common sense if you see emptiness simply.


Emptiness provides the questions and the answers to all the questions, because it allows for movement and change. It allows for insight and realization.


Tai Situ Rinpoche

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