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 someone insults us, we usually dwell on it, asking ourselves, ‘Why did he say that to me?’ and on and on. It’s as if someone shoots an arrow at us, but it falls short. Focusing on the problem is like picking up the arrow and repeatedly stabbing ourselves with it, saying, ‘He hurt me so much. I can’t believe he did that.’

 

Instead, we can use the method of contemplation to think things through differently, to change our habit of reacting with anger.

 

Imagine that someone insults you. Say to yourself, ‘This person makes me angry. But what is this anger?’ It is one of the poisons of the mind that creates negative karma, leading to intense suffering. Meeting anger with anger is like following a lunatic who jumps off a cliff. Do I have to go likewise? While it’s crazy for him to act the way he does, it’s even crazier for me to do the same.

 

Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

Monday

 

Neither from itself nor from another,
Nor from both,
Nor without a cause,
Does anything whatever, anywhere arise.

 

Nagarjuna

Tuesday

 

Every minute you perform hundreds of karmic actions, yet you are hardly conscious of any of them.

 

In the stillness of meditation, however, you can listen to your mind, the source of all this activity. You learn to be aware of your actions to a far greater extent than ever before.

 

This self-awareness leads to self-control, enabling you to master your karma rather than be mastered by it.

 

Lama Yeshe

Wednesday

 

We should not forget that the mind, whatever turn that we want to give it, is very flexible. To the extent that we train ourselves, we create a habit and the mind accepts the crease that we give it.

 

Bokar Rinpoche

Thursday

 

One of our most important challenges in life is to remain mindful of who we are and what we are doing. To keep this awareness present all the time is a great support for spiritual growth.

 

One aspect of a spiritual life is to live consciously. For that, we need to be as fully aware as possible.

 

Without mindfulness, we end up sleepwalking through life. We act without realizing what we are doing.

 

His Holiness the Karmapa

Friday

 

You might remain sealed in strict retreat for months or even years,
But if you fail to make any progress in the state of your mind,
Later, when you tell everyone about all that you did over such a long time,
Aren’t you just bragging about all of the hardships and deprivation?

 

Chatral Rinpoche

Saturday

 

Castles and crowded cities are the places
Where now you love to stay;
But remember that they will fall in ruins
After you have departed from this earth.

 

Pride and vainglory are the lure
Which now you love to follow;
But remember, when you are about to die
They offer you no shelter and no refuge!

 

Kinsmen and relatives are the people
With whom now you love to live!
But remember that you must leave them all behind
When from this world you pass away!

 

Servants, wealth, and children
Are things that you love to hold;
But remember, at the moment of your death
Your empty hands can take nothing with you!

 

Vigor and health are dearest to you now;
But remember that at the moment of your death
Your corpse will be bundled up and borne away!

 

Now your organs are clear, your blood and flesh are strong and vigorous;

But remember, at the moment of your death
They will no longer be at your disposal!

 

Sweet and delicious foods are things
That now you love to eat;

But remember, at the moment of your death
Your mouth will let the spittle flow!

 

When of all this I think, I cannot help
But seek the Buddha’s teachings!
The enjoyments and pleasures of this world,
For me have no attraction.

 

I, Milarepa, sing of the Eight Reminders,
At the Guest House of Garakhache of Tsang.
With these clear words I give this helpful warning;
I urge you to observe and practice them!

 

Milarepa

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