Daily Dharma


Quotes from Chamtrul Rinpoche and other masters of Buddhism



Just as a bird needs two wings to fly, a Mahayana practitioner must cultivate the two wings of compassion and wisdom. If one wing is missing, it will be impossible to fly on the path to enlightenment.


Chamtrul Rinpoche



It is said that the difference between buddhas and sentient beings is like the difference between the narrowness and the openness of space. Sentient beings are like the space held within a tightly closed fist, while buddhas are fully open, all-encompassing.


Basic space and awareness are innately all-encompassing. Basic space is the absence of mental constructs, while awareness is the 'knowing' of this absence of constructs, recognizing the complete emptiness of mind essence. Space and awareness are inherently indivisible.


Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche



We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all.


Kalu Rinpoche



A bodhisattva benefits all beings equally, without discriminating between enemies and friends. Giving food, clothes and the like to others can only bring them temporary and limited relief; it does not help them at the moment they die, nor after their death.


But if you can establish all beings in the dharma, you will help them in a way that is both immediately beneficial and beneficial for their future lives. Practicing the dharma enables them to free themselves from samsara and achieve enlightenment - so that is the way to truly repay your parents' kindness. Any other way is not enough.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche



Experience is always changing, like the movement of clouds against the sky.


Realization - the stable awareness of the true nature of your mind - is like the sky itself, an unchanging background against which shifting experience occur.


Mingyur Rinpoche



The key to human happiness lies within our own state of mind, and so too do the primary obstacles to that happiness.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama



All the wealth you've acquired from beginningless time until now has failed to fulfill all your desires. Cultivate therefore this wish-granting gem of moderation, O fortunate ones.



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