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Shantideva on Patience

the Supreme Medicine of Dharma
~ Shantideva on Patience

“Patience is a mind that is able to accept, fully and happily, whatever occurs. It is much more than just gritting our teeth and putting up with things. Being patient means to welcome wholeheartedly whatever arises, having given up the idea that things should be other than what they are. It is always possible to be patient; there is no situation so bad that it cannot be accepted patiently, with an open, accommodating, and peaceful heart.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in How to Solve Our Human Problems

As mentioned above, the main reason we become unhappy is because our wishes are not fulfilled or we have to deal with an unpleasant situation. However, as  as Shantideva says in Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life:

If something can be remedied,
Why be unhappy about it?
And if there is no remedy for it,
There is still no point in being unhappy.

If there is a way to remedy an unpleasant, difficult situation, what point is there in being unhappy? On the other hand, if it is completely impossible to remedy the situation or to fulfil our wishes, there is also no reason to get upset, for how will our becoming unhappy help? This line of reasoning is very useful, for we can apply it to any situation.
Patient acceptance does not necessarily mean that we do not take practical steps to improve our situation. If it is possible to remedy the situation, then of course we should; but to do this we do not need to become unhappy and impatient.

There are many benefits to be gained from patiently accepting suffering. Not only does it enable us to maintain a peaceful and positive mind in the face of distressing circumstances, but it also helps us to gain a clear and dispassionate view of the nature of our samsaric situation. There is a certain mental stability to be had merely from recognizing that every experience of pain or discomfort is the fault of our being caught up in samsara – of our being born, living, and dying in a state of unknowing and confusion.
Our real problem is not the physical sickness, difficult relationship, or financial hardship that we might currently be experiencing, but our being trapped in samsara. This recognition is the basis for developing renunciation, the spontaneous wish to attain complete freedom from every trace of dissatis- faction, which in turn is the foundation of all the higher spirit- ual realizations leading to the boundless happiness of liberation and enlightenment. But this recognition can only dawn within the clear and open mind of patient acceptance. For as long as we are in conflict with life’s difficulties, thinking that things should be different from the way they are and blaming circumstances or other people for our unhappiness, we shall never have the clarity or spaciousness of mind to see what it is that is really binding us. Patience allows us to see clearly the mental habit patterns that keep us locked in samsara, and thereby enables us to begin to undo them. Patience is therefore the foundation of the everlasting freedom and bliss of liberation.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in How to Solve Our Human Problems”

Source:
from Amitabha e-news May by Gen Kelsang Chönden
Shantideva flowchart by Vide Kadampa 

Wise words and Buddha Doodles on Tumblr

Tumblr Screenshots:

via piratecommander and breathe-and-be on Tumblr (click on images to view them)

Cosmic Loti Production Team

None of this would even be appearing without Geshe Kelsang
Oh Vajraholder, we prostrate at your lotus feet

Chönden showed me how to do my first e-mail,
back when we had dial-up at the Leigh Woods centre.

Shanti, Puppy & Mu ~ oath bound retinue LoL

Images via Dunc’s gallery
(he kindly lets me use them.
Click on link for more)
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Plus of course all the Amitabhians, Bristolians, humans, and everybody else in the web of inter-connectedness that make any of this possible…
“Interbeing ~ everything is connected to everything else.” Tich Nhat Hanh

Vajrapani Empowerment Images


Oh Vajraholder, we prostrate at your lotus feet
OM AH VAJRAPANI HUM HUM PHAT! (pronounced ‘PAI’)
Recite this mantra to dispel obstacles to our practice, and other unfavourable conditions.

How cool is this? Duncan Maybury wandered around on Saturday with a camera, and this is some of what he saw through it…

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Soz * technical difficulties here *

in the meantime…
have a lovely day.

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Local news: Newsletter for Amitabha Buddhist Centre

Local news:
Mid April newsletter for Amitabha Buddhist Centre out now

I ❤ Leigh Woods

Working Holidays in Derby

Hope all involved have good meaningful fun!

Pay Attention to Peace

Attention focuses the mind on an object, or a particular part of it. Depending on what we fix upon, this can lead to an agitated or peaceful mind.


  We can experience trains of thought that go to bleak, unwelcoming states, with thundery skies,
bringing no good results.

Or our train of thought could be taking us to a heavenly place with blue skies and sunshine; where we feel at peace with the world, among pleasant people,
going somewhere beneficial

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Like my spiritual guide, Geshe Kelsang says, “We always have choice”. We can change trains and their destinations any time we choose. 



 

ڿڰۣHappy Buddha’s Enlightenment Day ! ¨*•.¸¸.

 

(✿◠‿◠)❤ ॐ

* Just been along to Kadampa Life’s FB page to post this, and came across Luna’s article on Buddha’s enlightenment. It includes this quote:

“With our thoughts, we create our world.
We can choose how we think. We may think our thoughts rule us, but that is only if we are not exerting control over our own mind. We can learn to think big, enlightened thoughts instead of small, selfish ones. We can ignore the inappropriate attention that leads to all our baseless, disturbing delusions; and choose to think realistic things that will liberate and enlighten us. With our thoughts, we create our world, to summarize what Buddha taught us. We are what we think…. Buddha’s Enlightenment Day is a good time to remember all this and renew our intention to follow in kind Buddha Shakyamuni’s footsteps by developing compassion and wisdom.”

What is Buddha’s enlightenment? Kadampa Life
mmmm 🙂 love synchronicity.

Like this:
We always have choice in life ~ we bring to ourselves what we focus on: Our Energy Follows Our Attention

Credits:
ASCII train by dynoguru
Tumblr Screenshots via Babydoll1976 and Dancing Dakini

Click on image to make biG

Our Energy Follows Our Attention (intro)

Tumblr Screenshot

Kadampa Magic

Mega UK Dharma Celebration.
Fantastic teachings from Kadam Bridget and Gen Thekchen.

I’m pooped again.
Thanks to all the beautiful Sangha who gathered at Manjushri’s pure land.
Bit by bit we’re making blissful Kadampa magic in this world.

“Kadam Lamrim really is just common sense deepened with wisdom”

Gen Thekchen

“Modern Buddhism is daily life”

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