Thought for the day


The Tibetans’ attitude toward the root guru can be very tribal: many choose their root guru mainly by geography. Tibetans and Bhutanese living near my monasteries will often consider me and only me their tsawei lama because I’m associated with their villages, and some consider me their root guru because I happen to be the grandson of the root guru of their grandfather. But not everyone has to be bound by this kind of habit.
This defilement of choosing the root guru based on geography and family lineage shouldn’t stain those who are not Tibetan or Bhutanese.

An American or a Taiwanese, for example, has the luxury of being free to choose any guru they like. But given this freedom, some end up window shopping for many different gurus, looking for companionship and confirmation and gratification. And then, overloaded with many gurus, they may end up hearing conflicting advice. Sometimes that can be stressful, and there is risk of taking advantage. When you have many different advisers, you can choose whatever piece of advice entertains your ego’s wishes, and the whole point of the spiritual path is lost.

~Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche
(The Guru Drinks Bourbon?)

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

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Teachings of Buddha

On Judgmental People:
People with opinions just go around bothering each other.

On Truth:
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

On Anger:
You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.

On Work:
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

On Friends:
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.

On Love:
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

On Envy:
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.

On Good Deeds:
Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.

On Thought:
The mind is everything. What you think you become.

On Gratitude:
Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.

On Hatred:
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.

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