Daily Dharma


Quotes from Chamtrul Rinpoche and other masters of Buddhism



Your path may be different to your family, friends, and country. But despite what they may think, it does not mean that you are going in the wrong direction.


Chamtrul Rinpoche



Mind is by its very nature empty, yet appearances arise from it without obstruction. Out of the unobstructed emptiness of mind the whole range of appearances can manifest without limit.


On a relative level, phenomena manifest through dependent origination; this is inseparable from the emptiness of mind, which is the ultimate level.


Freedom from extremes is realizing that emptiness and dependent origination are one and do not contradict each other.


Confusion lies neither in the appearance of things, nor in the fact that they are manifested by mind, but in one's own misunderstanding of the emptiness and luminosity of mind.

Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche



A spiritual practitioner is in error when he has received abundant oral instructions and his mind still remains that of an ordinary person.





When you get sick, you should not indulge in the illness. Do not focus on the pain, thinking, “I'm sick. I have a headache. My tooth hurts.” That is indulging in the sickness.


Pain and sickness just happen, and when they do, we cannot just stop the sensation. Instead, we can rest, relaxing our mind and letting it settle in naturalness in relation to the essence of that sensation itself without any feeling of displeasure or not wanting it, looking at the essence of the sensation itself. In the sutras, this is called the foundation of mindfulness of feeling.

Thrangu Rinpoche



Were we to offer a hundred valuable things accumulated through wrong livelihood,
Based on conducting business, taking interest, deception and so on.
We might attempt to be virtuous, but instead give rise to the eight worldly dharmas.

‘To meditate on renunciation’ is my heart advice.





Self-existing wakefulness is the realized state of all buddhas from the very beginning; it is primordial. Self-existing wakefulness is in all beings; it simply needs to be known.


Our chance to do so comes when it is introduced to us by a qualified master. Our inherently present wakefulness is not something we'll find in the future, nor something we had in the past. It's present 'right now'. And it's something that we don't have to accept or reject.


Don't do anything about it: don't adopt it, don't avoid it, don't entertain any hope or fear about it, don't try to change it or alter it or improve it in any way. It is not necessary at all.

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche



All the peace and happiness of the whole globe,
the peace and happiness of societies,
the peace and happiness of family,
the peace and happiness in the individual persons' life,
and the peace and happiness of even the animals and so forth,
all depends on having loving kindness toward each other.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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