Here is the compilation of daily dharma quotes I received via email from the Tricycle. I love reading them and thought you might too. If you would like you can also subscribe to receive your own daily dharma quotes too.
Open to Your Feelings
When we open to our feelings as they arise, we create the causes and conditions of mental and physical health.
—Josh Korda, “Flowing Feelings”
Suffering comes to an end only when a person is so in touch with life that he or she is completely at peace, regardless of physical or emotional circumstances.
—Ken McLeod, “Bodhicitta Explained”
Connecting to the Body
In body awareness meditation, we open to a reunion of body and mind by exploring the sensations of our thoughts and feelings.
—Ruth King, “Soothing the Hot Coals of Rage”
Buddhahood Is Within You
Some people think that one can become a buddha through meditation. This is wrong. The potential for Buddhahood is within your own nature.
—Master Sheng-Yen, “Being Natural”
We have a choice. We can spend our whole life suffering because we can’t relax with how things really are, or we can relax and embrace the open-endedness of the human situation, which is fresh, unfixated, unbiased.
—Pema Chödrön, “The Fundamental Ambiguity of Being Human”
The Power of Simplicity
The principle of renunciation is not to encourage a state of lack, but to establish as complete a state of simplicity as possible. In that simplicity you can more clearly see those patterns of wanting, not wanting, fearing, hoping, as they take shape.
—Interview with Venerable Ajaan Amaro by Mary Talbot, “Just Another Thing in the Forest”
The Path of Understanding
Bodhicitta is the path of understanding who you are in thefathomless nature of infinite contingency, and then developingthe skills to navigate this reality—your life—in a way that is awakening for both yourself and for others.
—Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, “Nurturing the Intelligent Heart”
Focus on Giving, Not Getting
On the spiritual path, there’s nothing to get, and everything to get rid of. Obviously, the first thing to let go of is trying to “get” love, and instead to give it. That’s the secret of thespiritual path. One has to give oneself wholeheartedly.
—Ayya Khema, “What Love Is”
Agree to Disagree
It is inevitable that there will be a wide range of beliefs, opinions, practices, and behaviors in this large and diverse world. It is not inevitable that people must hate one another on account of this.
—Andrew Olendzki, “Advice for Conflict”
Spring Cleaning for Your Mind
If I view [everyday chores] as tasks to rush through on the way to something more important, they become a crushing waste of time. But from the perspective of Buddhist teachings, each of these activities is a golden moment, an opportunity for full awakening.
—Anne Cushman, “Clearing Clutter”
Experience Emotions with Equanimity
We can be angry, jealous, or scared without having to act on those emotions or let them take over our lives. We can experience joy or love without becoming attached to the object that we think is the cause of our joy.
—Tsoknyi Rinpoche, “Allow for Space”
Both our pain and our suffering are truly our path, our teacher. While this understanding doesn’t necessarily entail liking our pain or our suffering, it does liberate us from regarding them as enemies we have to conquer.
—Ezra Bayda, “When It Happens to Us”
No Matter What Happens
It doesn’t matter what is happening. What matters is how we are relating to our experience.
—Tara Brach, “Making Room for Desire”
The Self Will Surprise You
The realization of no self is not at all nihilistic. It simply means that the self is something different from what we habitually assume it to be.
—Guo Jun, “The Calligrapher’s Apprentice”
The Joy of Giving
At its most basic level, dana [generosity] in the Buddhist tradition means giving freely without expecting anything in return.
—Gil Fronsdal, “The Joy of Giving”
How to Speak with Care
When we speak with greater skill, our true self—our compassionate, loving self—emerges with gentle ease. So before you speak, stop, breathe, and consider if what you are about to say will improve upon the silence.
—Allan Lokos, “Skillful Speech”
How to Truly Relax
When we understand that nothing exists independently, everything that does arise seems more dreamlike and less threatening. This brings a deep sense of relaxation, and we feel less need to control our mind and circumstances.
—Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, “The Theater of Reflection”
We Are Temporary Too
Know that your precious, infinitely beloved, and irreplaceable self will dissolve like a sand castle, grain by grain—and what a relief it is to know. You exist in a great space of knowing, filled with the shared ephemerality of all things.
—Sallie Tisdale, “Self-Care for Future Corpses”
To experience the everyday sublime one needs to dismantle piece by piece the perceptual conditioning that insists on seeing oneself and the world as essentially comfortable, permanent, solid, and mine.
—Stephen Batchelor, “The Everyday Sublime”
How to Cultivate Equanimity
If a mind state or emotion or mood becomes strong—feelings such as sadness or happiness or anger or desire, restlessness or excitement, interest or rapture, joy or calm—make the mental note of that mind state, feeling it and observing how that too is part of the passing show. It arises, it is there for some time, it passes away.
—Joseph Goldstein, “Breathing”
You Are Already Complete
Why is it that we yearn to be more or other than we are? It so rarely occurs to us that what we are looking for maybe—indeed, always is—already within us, simply undiscovered.
—Toinette Lippe, “Between Eternities”