Daily Dharma

 

Quotes from Chamtrul Rinpoche and other masters of Buddhism

Chamtrul Rinpoche

Sunday

 

Buddhas effortlessly manifest infinite different forms to benefit sentient beings. Even though each form has exactly the same enlightened essence, in order to communicate with sentient beings in different ways, some forms appear as deities who are the manifestation of specific enlightened qualities. For example, Avalokiteshvara is the manifestation of compassion, Manjushri is the manifestation of wisdom, and Green Tara is the manifestation of the removal of obstacles and fear.

 

Chamtrul Rinpoche

Nagarjuna

Monday

 

After happiness comes suffering. After suffering comes happiness. For beings in samsara, transitory happiness and suffering revolve like a wheel.

 

Nagarjuna

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Tuesday

 

There is no other way to reach enlightenment than by recognizing buddha nature and attaining stability in it. Buddhas of the past did that, and the present-day practitioners who will be the buddhas of the future will do so by recognizing their own nature and attaining stability in it. There is no other way. Nobody else can accomplish enlightenment for us or pull us into liberation. It is completely up to ourselves.

 

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Wednesday

 

You may be rich, powerful, and well educated, but without these healthy feelings of kindness and compassion there will be no peace within yourself, no peace within your family – even your children suffer. Kindness is essential to mental peace.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Shantideva

Thursday

 

Whatever joy there is in this world
All comes from desiring others to be happy,
And whatever suffering there is in this world
All comes from desiring myself to be happy.

 

Shantideva

Chatral Rinpoche

Friday

 

Turning us back from the road to the lower planes of existence,


It shows us the road to the higher planes of existence,


And leads to where there is no old age and death


To this bodhicitta, in homage I bow.


I bow to those who have given birth


To this most precious and sacred of minds,


Who bring bliss to even those who cause them harm.


In such sources of happiness, I take refuge.

 

Chatral Rinpoche

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Saturday

 

The Buddha has manifested in our world; he has turned the wheel of the teachings and these teachings have survived until now. You have received them from an authentic teacher and are ready to put them into practise. Rather than frittering your life away in futile pursuits, should you not marvel at your good fortune and concentrate all your efforts on doing just that, without losing so much as an instant?

 

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

 

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