What Kind of Mind? ~ Lama Thubten Yeshe

When you check your mind, do not rationalize or push. Relax. Do not be upset when problems arise. Just be aware of them and where they come from; know their root. Introduce the problem to yourself: “Here is this kind of problem. How has it become a problem? What kind of mind feels that it’s a problem?” When you check thoroughly, the problem will automatically disappear. That’s so simple, isn’t it? ~  – Lama Thubten Yeshe

Thubten Yeshe

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, “Your Mind is Your Religion” 

 

What is Truth?

A blogger friend of mine, CM…wrote about ‘Our Voices –and Speaking the Truth to Power’ today.

After reading her post, my words will probably make more sense. At least I hope they do.

My comment was – ‘Many pov. And each has a slice of ‘truth’ . Sometimes an aspect of truth gets lost in the torrent of ‘outraged’ voices.’

Just because you are outraged does not make the words/action/object true. My point of view…does not mean you have the same point of view. My aspect of truth does not negate your aspect of truth. Nor should your aspect of truth override mine because your are ‘outraged’ or louder than me.

It is easy to get caught up in the rush and emotional roller coaster of the many voices.

Right Speech (one of the Noble Eightfold Path) “In every case, if it is not true, beneficial and timely, one is not to say it.”

Thanks CM for the spark of this post. Enjoy and Be well all.

 

Planting Patience ~ from Tricycle

When you plant seeds in the garden, you don’t dig them up every day to see if they have sprouted yet. You simply water them and clear away the weeds; you know that the seeds will grow in time. Similarly, just do your daily practice and cultivate a kind heart. Abandon impatience and instead be content creating the causes for goodness; the results will come when they’re ready.

Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron, “Meditator’s Toolbox”

I do not know about you….but I need this quote today…that progress , even slow progress, is progress.  Om mani padme hung ~ Debra

Parsley sprout

A Parsley Sprout

 

 


Muddy Waters…

A few nights ago I was speaking with a friend…who looks this way and then that way….for answers…so I thought ‘if she/he would only’….then I caught my thoughts…I was making a judgement on what was best for them spiritually.

No….I cannot do that. And I certainly would not want someone to make a decision for me how I ‘should’ or ‘should not’ believe/feel.

What I did say was …’when you stir water that has a muddy bottom….your view is clouded…when you stop stirring the water becomes more clear and you can see where you want to go.  And I am happy with the path I take’. She then asked….’so these things I am showing/telling you are wrong? ‘ ‘I am not saying they are wrong. What I am saying is…I stopped stirring. ‘

When I said those words (or close to them) I felt at peace with all. No judgement. no pressure. Just being.

Be well and Enjoy,

Debra

(as a comment to The Hubris of a Life Lived . )

The Dharma Within ~ Tricycle Daily Dharma

When people genuinely meet the dharma, they realize it directly within themselves. So the Buddha said that he is merely the one who shows the way. In teaching us, he is not accomplishing the way for us. It is not so easy as that. It’s like someone who sells us a plow to till the fields. He isn’t going to do the plowing for us. We have to do that ourselves.

-Ajahn Chah, “Meeting the Dharma Alone”

I really like this quote. We are responsible for ourselves. Which means we are not victims of someone unless we choose to be.  ~ Debra

Between Misery & Complaints

” It is interesting to me that people don’t see any connection between their misery and their complaints — their feeling of being a victim; the feeling that everyone is doing something to them. It’s amazing. How many times has this connection been pointed out in the dharma talks? How many? And yet because of our fear we won’t look.” ~ Charlotte Joko Beck, Everyday Zen, Love & Work

Fear does many things to us. When fear is valid; it keeps us safe. When it is not valid; it holds us back.  ~ Debra