Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Dalai Lama on Compassion… (from 108daysofcompassion.com )

“My message is the practice of compassion, love, and kindness. These things are very useful in our daily life, and also for the whole of human society these practices can be very important.

“Basically, universal responsibility is the feeling for other people’s suffering just as we feel our own. It is the realization that even our own enemy is motivated by the quest for happiness. We must recognize that all beings want the same thing we want. This is the way to achieve a true understanding, unfettered by artificial consideration.

“At the heart of Buddhist philosophy is the notion of compassion for others. It should be noted that the compassion encouraged by Mahayana Buddhism is not the usual love one has for friends or family. The love being advocated here is the kind one can have even for another who has done one harm. Developing a kind heart does not always involve any of the sentimental religiosity normally associated with it. It is not just for people who believe in religions; it is for everyone who considers himself or herself to be a member of the human family, and thus sees things in accordingly large terms.

“The rationale for universal compassion is based on the same principle of spiritual democracy. It is the recognition of the fact that every living being has an equal right to and desire for happiness. The true acceptance of the principle of democracy requires that we think and act in terms of the common good. Compassion and universal responsibility require a commitment to personal sacrifice and the neglect of egotistical desires.

“I believe our everyday experience confirms that a self-centered¬†attitude towards problems can be destructive not only towards society but to the individual as well. Selfishness does not solve problems for us, it multiplies them. Accepting responsibility and maintaining respect for other will leave all concerned at peace. This is the essence of Mahayana Buddhism.” ~ 108daysofcompassion.com

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Every Moment…

Every moment in life is absolute in itself. That’s all there is. There is nothing other than this present moment; there is no past, there is no future; there is nothing but this. So when we don’t pay attention to each little¬†this, we miss the whole thing. ¬† ~ Charlotte Joko Beck, “Attention Means Attention”

buddha in mountain

buddha in mountain

 

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If we are practicing meditation and there is no change in our life…

If we are practicing meditation and there is no change in our life, there is something wrong with our practice system.
If we are practicing Dharma and thinking for this life, we are not Dharma practitioner at all.
If we are helping others with a motivation of benefiting only oneself, we are not practicing Bodhicitta at all.
If we are changing for better by doing dharma practice, we are on right path.

~ Gala Rinpoche

 

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Getting back in gear for the New Year (albeit February! ) 2013

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