Happy Leap Year Kangso!

Buddha Amitayus (and Pema Shugden)

Buddha Amitayus and Päma Shugdän are corresponding mandala deities.

 This did make me smile, as well 🙂

Amitabha Centre’s gallery

Fun for Me!

Wheee !!

Wheelchair on Steep Hill 🙂


I love that on a wheelchair the brakes are how tight your hands can grip on the rims.
(The brakes don’t really work that well in wet conditions ;~)

And not much beats rallying with the furbies 

re-blog ☆*•.¸ about an msguided journey

“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.”                                                                   ~ Isaac Asimov

I am a 47 year old woman who has been on an MS guided journey since February 2011 …Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what makes  you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman?  I am not ready to quit my day job, but writing has made me come alive.
I want to share my experience in hopes of perhaps giving others diagnosed with MS new perspective and empowerment.

Gifts of MS

This is from the  about page of ‘msguided journey ‘. It shows that MS (or any malfunctioning of our body) can bring us such gifts ~ and we can choose to use them 🙂

Mortality Statistics

What are you likely to die of?

I don’t think you don’t have to be Buddhist to find the imminency of your own death motivating. Although Buddha did suggest it as a handy tip.
Just out of insomniac curiosity, I googled what forty-somethings in the UK generally die of.  It’s cancer, heart disease and alcohol.
I’m enclosing the link just in case you’ve got enough morbid curiosity to check out ‘your’ mortality statistics.

And a pic of Anna Nicole who was 40 years old and died of a bad combination of prescription drugs ~ all at safe doses! Wee soul, went for a nap with a cocktail of drugs and didn’t wake up. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” (Shakespeare)

I just keep hearing of folk unexpectedly dying; and apparently healthy  people getting terminal diseases.
Seems that the longer you live, the more likely you are to die.

the elephant’s footprint

In Buddhism the death meditation is described as ‘the elephant’s footprint’, because of all the meditations, it leaves the greatest impression. Some kind of death awareness is fundamental to engaging in the spiritual path. Or for just getting on with things.

If death remains an abstract intellectual idea; if we think we’re going to have lots of time to prepare for it, and that the pathetic amount of effort we’ve been putting into our spiritual practice is enough – then we’re in for a big shock.
Because yea, death is coming.
We are defo going to die, we don’t know when, and at death people tend to desperately look for something, anything to hold onto.
It’s a scary time, which we are well advised to be prepared for.

All apologies if this critique doesn’t apply to you.
It’s my blog and I’m dissing myself here. Nothing personal.

You’re all probably dedicated followers of your path, undistracted by trivialities.
When Death does tap a skeletal finger on your shoulder, you’ll be more than ready to go with him and leave everything behind.
Of course, if that doesn’t apply any more to you than it does to me, then think on my friend ~ time is running out.

Further reading on Death.
Each of these blogs have done various articles on the subject:

Kadampa life – coping with death.
Daily Lamrim – death and impermanence.
Namaste Consulting inc – tonglen for the dying,
and other death related articles. (‘tonglen’ is the compassionate practice of taking and giving)

Cosmic Loti ~ Buddha’s Scientific Solutions for Solving our Problems

OK yea, this is another name change. But I promise that once I find a name that suits then that’s it. Job done.

It’s like that girly thing of trying on all the clothes in your wardrobe before you find the right outfit to wear.

Or like Gen Dekyong said,

Focussing on Dharma is focussing on the solutions to our problems.”

Gen Dekyong

Not immediately obvious, even if you’re Buddhist.  We tend automatically to turn to worldly solutions first. Then when they don’t work, start applying some of Buddha’s advice.

What Buddha taught was practical advice on solving our problems. As Dekyong likes saying – scientific solutions for solving our problems.
The thing about science seems to be that you test different hypotheses for what works best in any given situation, and try them out as you go along.
It’s empirical hypothesis testing. Or trial and error.

Buddha did say for us to check his advice out. See if it works for us or not.
(Kinda’ like I’m doing with the site name? Find out what feels good, then use it…)
So we check out Buddha’s advice,  and as our experience of applying Dharma  increases, we realise how incredibly successful if can be.

Sooner or later, we realize that it could well be true. Focussing on Dharma really is focussing on the solutions to our problems. We might even start to apply those solutions on a regular basis. That’s when the the auto-pilot becomes a Buddhist. And that is when life really starts to get fun 🙂

 – is Buddha’s teachings, and their subsequent inner realizations.
Dharma means ‘protection’. By practising Buddha’s teachings, we protect ourself from suffering and problems.
Dharma is Buddha’s personal advice to us all.


intro to Gen Dekyong’s Maitreya Empowerment ~ Snippets from MKMC

“Focussing on Dharma is focussing on the solutions to our problems.”
Words of wisdom from Gen Dekyong, at this weekend’s Maitreya at MKMC.
Our ‘Snippets from MKMC’ will include discussion on some of the teachings given here.

nb. ‘Dharma’ is Buddha’s personal advice to us. It’s beautiful, invaluable, and can change our world into a much better place.

Free your Heart!

Mantra means Protection

Tharpa: “Mantra. Mantra is Protection.

It is very important practice. Mantra helps all the time. Mantra protects against all dangers. Buddhas always help you. Mantra is asking Buddha for help.”

Jas: I’d asked Tharpa what the Tibetan for protection is. As Tharpa comes from Tibet, I was looking for a translation.
I was surprised at his reply.

“You are stuck in samsara.
You are attached to samsara.
You are afraid to get out.”

You are like a pigeon stuck in a swamp

“That’s what we say in Tibet.

You want to fly but you can’t!
Your feet are tied to a rock so you can’t fly.
You can’t get out of samsara.

Mantra protects you and helps you get out of the swamp of samsara.
It makes you strong.”

nb. Samsara is the cycle of uncontrolled birth, death and rebirth.

In Tibetan Buddhist symbology, pigeons represent attachment.
They are used to show how our desirous minds grasp at things.
Like pigeons pecking at scraps of food on the floor, our minds are always searching for happiness, never satisfied with what they have, never experiencing any real peace.

Part of the Conversations with Kadampas series,
featuring snippets from MKMC.

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 Clearing the Confusion with Buddha’s Blessings

Suffering is the mud in which the lotus grows. Tich Nhat Hanh


“Moreover, suffering has good qualities.
Because of sorrow, pride is dispelled,
Compassion arises for those trapped in samsara,
Evil is shunned, and joy is found in virtue. ”


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