Buddha and Mara

Buddha and Mara are figurative ways of portraying a fundamental opposition within human natures. While “Buddha” stands for a capacity for awareness, openness, and freedom, “Mara” represents a capacity for confusion, closure, and restriction. To live with the devil is to live with the perpetual conflict between one’s Buddha-nature and one’s Mara-nature. When Buddha-nature prevails, fixations ease and the world brightens, revealing itself as empty, contingent, and fluid.

-Stephen Batchelor, “Living With The Devil”

( I recently bought, ‘Living With the Devil’ by Stephen Batchelor. I have not put the book  in my ‘To Be Read’ (TBR)  stack yet. Soon though, soon! ~ Debra )

 

When sunlight falls on a crystal…

‎”When sunlight falls on a crystal, lights of all colors of the rainbow appear; yet they have no substance that you can grasp. Likewise, all thoughts in their infinite variety -devotion, compassion, harmfulness, desire – are utterly without a substance. This is the mind of the Buddha.” ~ Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

 

 

We Just Don’t Know…

When we think that something is going to bring us pleasure, we don’t know what’s really going to happen. When we think something is going to give us misery, we don’t know. Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. We try to do what we think is going to help. But we don’t know. We never know if we’re going to fall flat or sit up tall. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may be just the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We don’t know anything. We call something bad; we call it good. But really we just don’t know.

~ Pema Chodron

In the Tonglen… (Sogyal Rinpoche)

Practice of  giving and receiving, we take on, through compassion, all the various mental and physical sufferings of all beings; their fear, frustration, pain, anger, guilt, bitterness, doubt, and rage, and we give them, through love, all our happiness and well-being, peace of mind, healing, and fulfillment.

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Tonglen is a great practice. It does take practice also. 🙂 And not everyone feels comfortable doing this…exchange. If you do not feel comfortable with Tonglen, do not worry. There are many ways to help others and you will find one you do feel comfortable with. ~ Debra