the Four Immeasurables ~ Buddha’s Advice to Rahula

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“Buddha taught the following to his son Rahula –

Rahula, practice loving kindness to overcome anger. Loving kindness has the capacity to bring happiness to others without demanding anything in return.

Practice compassion to overcome cruelty. Compassion has the capacity to remove the suffering of others without expecting anything in return.

Practice sympathetic joy to overcome hatred. Sympathetic joy arises when one rejoices over the happiness of others and wishes others well-being and success.

Practice non-attachment to overcome prejudice. Non-attachment is the way of looking at all things openly and equally. This is because that is. Myself and others are not separate. Do not reject one thing only to chase after another.

I call these the four immeasurables. Practice them and you will become a refreshing source of vitality and happiness for others.”

from ‘Old Path White Clouds’ by Thich Nhat Hahn, via Dakini Grrrl 

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Sit in Mindful Peace

Thich Nhat Hanh

“Create a living sangha where we can generate mindfulness. We can use our time and energy to build sangha. To be a refuge.”

 

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(Images via Sit in Peace 2 on FB. Click on them to make biG)

 

 

Drinking Tea Gatha 

“This cup of tea in my two hands,
mindfulness held perfectly.
My mind and body dwell
in the very here and now.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 Forecast for today 18*C, sunny 🙂 

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Return to the Safe Island of Mindfulness ~ Meditation Flashmob Videos, Verse & Images

Thich Nhat Hanh ~

Create a living sangha where we can generate mindfulness.
We can use our time and energy to build sangha. To be a refuge
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The audio here sends chills through me, it’s so beautiful.
Shot in Austin, Texas: MedMob Movement — Gigantic Group Hug!

  

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Meditation Flash Mob Trafalgar Square, London;
with Thich Nhat Hanh commentary:

May the sound of this bell penetrate deep into the cosmos….
The universal Dharma door is already open.

“Listening to the bell, I feel the afflictions in me begin to be solved.
My mind calm, my body relaxed, a smile is born on my lips.
Following the sound of the bell my breath brings me back to the safe island of mindfulness.
In the garden of my heart, the flowers of peace bloom beautifully.”

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(Images taken from the linked videos, both shot in 2011. Click on them to make biG)

 

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Meditation ~ Inspiring Images to Sit in Peace

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More Meditation Flashmob

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Bristol’s 2nd Sit in Peace Meditation Flashmob

SIT IN PEACE 2
Bristol Meditation Flash Mob

~ growing in energy by the day

 

 

Saturday July 28th 
2.30 – 3.00pm
College Green

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World Peace

Making up WMD makes as much sense as sending in ‘peace-keeping forces’.
We can never hope to achieve world peace with violence and guns.

Hatred and anger beget more hatred and anger.
“An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind ” ~ Gandhi

World peace can only be achieved if we first establish peace within our own minds. So moment by moment, on occasions such as this,
we are creating world peace.

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When i see phenomena like this being created, it gives me hope that together we can really make a better world.

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This is a public event ~ we would love to see you there.
And if you go to a similar event where you are, let us know! I’d love to publish any photos, illustrations or reviews of your experiences.

Everything underlined here is a link:

College Green
Bristol, BS1 5SH

View map · Get directions

Meditation Flash Mobs are organised Worldwide

So if you don’t live in Bristol, click here for something more local to you: 
Med Mobs and Meditate for World Peace : the movement is medmob

 

 

… of interest here:
See how completely, brilliantly, meaningful the last flashmob was:
photos of Sit in Peace Meditation Flashmob on College Green, Bristol
Inspired by Tich Nhat Hanh “sit together in silence, generating the energy of peace, solidity, and freedom”
~ hundreds of like-minded people across the UK, sitting for a better world.

Meditation Flash Mob Trafalgar Square via Sit in Peace 2, Bristol Meditation 
Write up by the Guardian’s Khan, who was at the Trafalgar square ‘medmob’ with Tich Nhat Hanh.

“for me it was a half an hour of purest sanity.”

… more on Facebook:
Wake Up Bristol
Love Movements

Tumblr  screenshots via PurpleAggregates, DancingDakini, and Duncan Maybury.
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Tune into the Tsongkhapa Empowerment – Sun July 22nd Meditation / Contemplation

Gen Kelsang Dekyong will be giving the Je Tsongkhapa empowerment at Manjushri Centre in Cumbria on Sunday. The session begins at 4pm GMT.

We can be there in mind if not in body. And since the  definitive Je Tsongkhapa pervades the entire universe; we can be sure that he is most definitely here with us.

Je Tsongkhapa and Sons

Migtsema prayer

Tsongkhapa, crown ornament of the scholars of the Land of the Snows,
You are Avalokiteshvara, the treasury of unobservable compassion,
Manjushri, the supreme stainless wisdom,
And Vajrapani, the destroyer of the hosts of maras;
O Losang Dragpa I request you, please grant your blessings.

 Tune in to the Blessings

~ Meditate or just Contemplate

Find a quiet space, and settle down to meditate.
If this isn’t possible, just thinking about Tsongkhapa will allow him to bless your mind ~ much like opening the shutters on a sunny day lets the sun in. 

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We can allow our body to relax and our mind to clear.
Sit in a relaxed, comfortable position, with our back as straight as possible.
Follow the breath for awhile ~ the in-breath, the out-breath, the natural process of breathing.

When we’ve achieved some stillness in our mind, we can turn our attention to the empowerment.
A short prayer is good; or even just setting the good intention that doing this might be of benefit to ourselves and others.

We can allow ourselves to feel close to our Guru, Tsongkhapa and Gen Dekyong, (any or all is fine).
If this brings a smile, all the better.

Dekyong giving the empowerment is like a program being broadcast over the radio waves. Tuning our attention into Je Tsongkhapa at this time, is like turning our radio on.
By doing this we can be sure that we are receiving something of the transmission. 

When we’ve finished our meditation, dedicate our merit for the benefit of all living beings; and we can rise from our session knowing that a difference has been made.

NB.
Distance is an illusion created by our ignorant minds, and these blessings are powerful.
Of course it’s better to be there, but if we are unable to, then tuning our mind into this frequency works a treat.

Sharing this will help flourish Dharma and world peace  _/\_

Updates – Amitabha Bristol and the NKT Summer Festival 2012

The NKT Summer Festival

‘ The Path of Wisdom and Compassion’, Cumbria, is now on in its 2nd week.

Here’s what folk attending are saying about it:
NKT Summer Festival Video – inspiring things.
See the daily 
video diaries here.

Dorje’s mongoose on the loose

Most folk I know are going for the tantra teachings in the 2nd week, taught by Gen Dekyong.
See here for the schedule.
(* nb. they prefer 24hrs notice of your arrival)

Amitabha’s Classes & Courses

ABC is on summer holiday.
We haven’t been idle though.

Our Dorje Shugdën’s Five Lineages have got a new shrine cabinet (from Tara Centre) Perfect time to spruce everything up 🙂

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Karma Shugden’s light of wisdom shines on.

 

 

We’ll be back next month:

August Timetable highlights at Amitabha Bristol

3rd-5th – Statue Painting course with K.Lamchen
13th-19th – Lamrim Retreat
26th 10.30am-5.00pm – the True Nature of Things with Gen Chönden

Regular classes resume Monday 20th August

 

The World Peace Cafe in Bristol

The cafe now closed for our annual summer break. It will open again on Wednesday 1st August

The Wonderful World Peace Cafe  – This blog by Bishopston mum gives a great write up from a mum’s point of view.

See the ABC Website for further details
Images – Cute in a Cup, Fossil Stilton at ABC, and Jas.


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