Buddha in the Republic of Korea

Om mani padme hung

My son, while on a hiking trip, took this lovely photo.

May all sentient beings be happy and have the causes of happiness.

May sentient beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.

May all sentient beings never be separated from the happiness that is free from suffering.

May all sentient beings abide in equanimity, free from attachment and detachment.

Egypt, May you flourish in peace and non-violence…

Egypt, May you flourish in peace and non-violence…May you know happiness and the causes of happiness, May you be free from suffering and the causes of suffering…May you never be separated from the happiness that is free from suffering, May you abide in equanimity, free from attachment and detachment.

Egypt, It is incredible. And it brings chills to me…..the non-violence…the inter-connectedness of the internet world….what a powerful tool.

Egypt, With every tool…we create and we destroy…May the peace and non-violence that has been created live on for many years!

Smiling is important.

Smiling is very important.

If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace.

It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Day 4 – (yesterday 4 Feb) Resuming a meditation practice

One of the keys is knowing we can titrate the experience… we can feel empowered to move our attention to something easier to be with, like listening to sounds, or a relaxed, easy place in the body. Or opening our eyes. Or lovingkindness for ourselves. It’s an experiment. We’re looking for a sense of balance in relationship to our experience, not for a breakthrough. Of course, we’d all love a breakthrough, to be able to say “At noon I finally loved myself completely,” or “This afternoon I vanquished that pattern of fear.” But the reality of our work is that it is based on the idea that healing comes from balance, insight comes from balance. So even as you are resuming a meditation practice, know that within any one session, it is fine (and indeed appropriate) to keep remembering balance—to feel free to shift your focus, to be kind to yourself. ~ Sharon Salzburg, Real Happiness

Book Review: The World of Tibetan Buddhism

The World of Tibetan Buddhism: An Overview of Its Philosophy and PracticeHis Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama gives a wonderfully complete overview of the entire scope of Tibetan Buddhism in his book The World of Tibetan Buddhism.

His Holiness begins by explaining the 3 turnings of the Wheel of Dharma, first explaining the Four Noble Truths, then an explanation of the concept of Emptiness, and finally a commentary on the essence of Buddha-nature. He further expounds on topics including selflessness, the Four Seals and the Mahayana Path.

The second section describes how to bring the altruistic attitude into your life through development of compassion and overcoming negative emotions.

The final section explores the Tantric traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.  He explains the process of empowerment and the different views of each sect as they relate to Tantra.

I enjoyed the questions and answer session that end each section.  The book was given to me as a suggested reading for my Intermediate Series classes at Drepung Monastery.  It was a great help in understanding the topics we covered in class.  I would recommend it for anyone needing a good overview of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practice.

Tricycle’s 28-day meditation challenge ~ February 1st

1 February is the first day of Tricycle’s 28 – day meditation challenge.

If you are like me, you have a zillion books to read. Well, maybe not a zillion, but near that many! 🙂  So the prospect of getting another book…well, it was daunting.

You can take this challenge without having to buy a book.  Click here for the link.

My thoughts:  The most important part of the 28 days will be the act of sitting every day. Lately, I have been sitting almost every day with #OMCru & #Drepung (twitter groups). Knowing there are others sitting with me at the same time…even if we are a world apart works well for me. I am curious to see how my days unfold as I move along the month.

Hoping you will join me and many others as we ‘Commit to Sit’ .

Been there? Done that? 🙂 Let’s start again, who knows what you will learn this time around!