Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
More – Music for Peace
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Truth is simple. But for the very reason that it is simple, people will not take it; because our life on earth is such that for everything we value, we have to pay a great price and one wonders, if truth is the most precious of all things, then how can truth be attained simply? It is this illusion that makes everyone deny simple truth and seek for complexity. Tell people about something that makes their heads whirl round and round and round. Even if they do not understand it, they are most pleased to think, 'It is something substantial. It is something solid. For, it is an idea we cannot understand, it must be something lofty.' But something which every soul knows, proving what is divine in every soul, and which it cannot help but know, that appears to be too cheap, for the soul already knows it. There are two things: knowing and being. It is easy to know truth, but most difficult to be truth. It is not in knowing truth that life's purpose is accomplished; life's purpose is accomplished in being truth.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
If all the harms
Fears and sufferings in the world
Arise from self-grasping,
What need have I for such a great evil spirit?
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
One of the world's greatest living musicians, Constance Demby may well be
the most important woman composer of classical and innovative music of our time.”
- Jean Houston, PhD
Monday, November 22, 2010
without” - can powerfully assist the energetic body in adjusting to the new
frequencies -- but not just any music! Those I commune and work with have
informed me that I do not create music, but rather what they consider to be “sonic
encoded data transmissions systems” – or – tones and frequencies that awaken,
clear, shift, and in some cases activate dormant time capsules. When one
resonates deeply with the frequencies in the music, there can be a potential
healing & energetic shift, and this is Resonant Frequency Healing. Countless
letters have been received from listeners who experienced major openings, or
had their life purpose revealed to them while immersed in the music.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
The dream self is created from identification with objects that arise. For example, you might think, "I am angry," or "It's a dreadful day." But look more closely. If you can see a thought, is that thought you? If you can see an emotion, is it you?
You are the seer, not the objects seen. That which is seen is an object that arises and falls -- a temporary form. You are that which is looking at those objects as they arise and fall.
Even the notion that there is a seer as a separate identity is an object (an idea) in awareness. In looking inward, there is no separate entity there. There is only awareness recognizing awareness. Awareness is not an object. Your true identity is pure seeing itself.
This can be fearful if there is a desire to hold onto some identity. But it is absolutely liberating if you see that even that fear is an object in awareness.
Suffering happens when you believe that you are your thoughts and emotions. In reality, you are not angry. Anger is arising. It's not actually a dreadful day. The thought, "It's a dreadful day" is arising in awareness. This is not about denying or suppressing thought and emotion. It is about seeing them for what they really are.
~ From: Reflections of the One Life, by Scott Kiloby
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Loving as He loves,
Helping as He helps,
Giving as He gives,
Serving as He serves,
Rescuing as He rescues,
Being with Him twenty-four hours,
Touching Him in his distressing disguise.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
All the Buddhas of all the ages have been telling you a very simple fact: Be -- don't try to become. Within these two words, be and becoming, your whole life is contained. Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance."
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
What the world needs more than anything is bodhisattvas, active servants of peace, “clothed,” as Longchenpa said, “in the armor of perseverance,” dedicated to their bodhisattva vision and to the spreading of wisdom into all reaches of our experience. We need bodhisattva lawyers, bodhisattva artists and politicians, bodhisattva doctors and economists, bodhisattva teachers and scientists, bodhisattva technicians and engineers, bodhisattvas everywhere, working consciously as channels of compassion and wisdom at every level and in every situation of society; working to transform their minds and actions and those of others, working tirelessly in the certain knowledge of the support of the buddhas and enlightened beings for the preservation of our world and for a more merciful future.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
"This is the challenge we face. Shall we or shan't we give love a chance, by ceasing to deny that at base we are built for it? Our true foundations are marvelously sound. Shall you, shall I, build securely on them, or continue to jerry-build on a quicksand of lies? In particular, on the lie that: "I'm not what I am, which I see is wide open to you, but what I look like, which isn't?"
~ Douglas Harding
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Almost any food when eaten in excess has a tamasic effect. In addition to that, when we eat too much, our mind tends to get identified with the five senses. Therefore, spiritual seekers generally try to eat lightly so that they will see the light of their soul more clearly.
People under stress tend to eat more. They are in pain due to their circumstances. Therefore, they indulge in tamasic foods in order to make themselves more dull to their pain. In the tamasic state, there is a sort of peacefulness that sets in for a short time. In order to experience this lethargy, people deliberately overindulge in tamasic foods.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Open people ask me: “How long should I meditate? And when? Should I practice twenty minutes in the morning and in the evening, or is it better to do several short practices during the day?” Yes, it is good to meditate for twenty minutes, though that is not to say that twenty minutes is the limit. I have not found in the scriptures any reference to twenty minutes; I think it is a notion that has been contrived in the West, and I call it Meditation Western Standard Time.
The point is not how long you meditate; the point is whether the practice actually brings you to a certain state of mindfulness and presence, where you are a little open and able to connect with your heart essence. And five minutes of wakeful sitting practice is of far greater value than twenty minutes of dozing!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials."
-- Lin Yutang
Monday, November 08, 2010
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Friday, November 05, 2010
Thursday, November 04, 2010
For even though we have the same inner nature as Buddha, we have not recognized it because it is so enclosed and wrapped up in our individual ordinary minds.
Imagine an empty vase. The space inside is exactly the same as the space outside. Only the fragile walls of the vase separate one from the other. Our buddha mind is enclosed within the walls of our ordinary mind. But when we become enlightened, it is as if the vase shatters into pieces. The space “inside” merges instantly into the space “outside.” They become one: There and then we realize that they were never separate or different; they were always the same.
As recorded in the Ramayana, the day before he was to be crowned Emperor, Rama was sent to live in the forest. This in modern times would be like having to leave our comfortable home and $150,000 a year high tech job and live in the homeless shelter. Who would not cry at such an event, and wonder why fate had turned against him? But the Ramayana records that Rama and his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana had a very happy time in the forest. As they had no attachment to their wealth, they did not mind losing it.
The Mahabharata records a similar fate for the five Pandava brothers and their wife Draupadi. One day they ruled a kingdom and had a fabulous palace. The next day they were scorned by others, separated from their children, and living in the forest. Through the grace of Lord Krishna, they had a happy time together during their twelve years of exile.
Saints tell us that it is our desires and attachments that cause all the suffering, not the circumstances themselves. Rama and the Pandavas were attached to truth and dharma (right action), not to physical objects. This is the right path to happiness.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
There is only one way of attaining liberation and of obtaining the omniscience of enlightenment: following an authentic spiritual master. He is the guide that will help you to cross the ocean of samsara.
The sun and the moon are reflected in clear, still water instantly. Similarly, the blessings of all the buddhas are always present for those who have complete confidence in them. The sun’s rays fall everywhere uniformly, but only where they are focused through a magnifying glass can they set dry grass on fire. When the all-pervading rays of the Buddha’s compassion are focused through the magnifying glass of your faith and devotion, the flame of blessings blazes up in your being.
DILGO KHYENTSE RINPOCHE
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
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