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



The true nature of beings is always buddha.
Not realising that, they wander in endless samsara.

For the boundless suffering of sentient beings
May unbearable compassion be conceived in our being.


The Third Karmapa



Compassion comes from clearly seeing the state of how others are. Shifting your attention away from being concerned with merely yourself, you begin to tune into how other beings feel. Soon you realize that their aims and what they actually manage to achieve are in a total contradiction.


Everyone wants to be happy and free, but the involvement pursued through thought, word and deed for the most part create future pain, future entanglement. When one really sees this clearly, the sense of compassion becomes overwhelming.


Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche



From inner disturbance, comes outer disturbance.
From inner peace, comes outer peace.
All of the hate and love in this world has come from within. Until inner peace is practiced by all, there will be no end to the fighting.


Chamtrul Rinpoche



Refrain from committing any negative acts,
Even for the sake of a brahmin, a monk, a god, or a guest,
Or your father, your mother, your child, your queen, or your retinue.
For they will not partake of even a share of their hellish ripening.





Along with love, compassion is the face of altruism. It is a feeling from deep in the heart that you cannot bear others' suffering without acting to relieve it. As compassion grows stronger, so does your willingness to commit yourself to the welfare of all beings, even if you have to do it alone. You will be unbiased in your service to all beings, no matter how they respond to you.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama



By accustoming your mind that there is no time to waste
When a life of respites and enrichments is so difficult to find,
Turn from your obsession with the appearances of this life.
By thinking over and again about the problems
of recurring rebirth
And that the laws of behavioral cause and effect
are never fallacious,
Turn from your obsession with the appearances
of future lives.


When, by accustoming yourself in this way,
you never generate, for even an instant,
A mind that aspires for the splendors of recurring samsara,
And you develop the attitude that day and night
always is interested keenly in liberation,
At that time, you have generated renunciation.





Seated in a boat now of a human rebirth,
Cross over the mighty river of suffering!
With this boat being so hard to catch again,
Idiot, it's not time for going to sleep!



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