Buddha and the Hidden Universe

…an excellent post on microcosmic perspectives.

I’m not the biggest fan of creepy-crawlies, but often rescue drowning critters.

Total respect to Buddha for stating that ALL in the animal realm have a body and mind; and as such don’t want to suffer anymore than I or anybody else does.

=^••^=

ڿڰۣ ڿڰۣ

From Beauty is to be Found in the Moment:
http://wp.me/p1ZGTS-1Mf

Happy Equinox as well Everybody!

At 8.44pm GMT, the Sun passes the celestial equator moving south.
This marks the first day of Autumn in the northern hemisphere and the first day of Spring in the south.

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Images and poem in Meredith’s ‘Summer’s Pause’ (link below).

Kadampa Life

BuddhaToday, September 22, is Buddha’s Return from Heaven Day, one of my favorite anniversaries of the Buddhist calendar. This is why I like it:

“On this day we celebrate Buddha’s return from the desire god realm called Land of the Thirty-three Heavens, where he had been to visit his mother who had been reborn there.

Traditionally this day also marks the end of the summer retreat. Every year, during the summer months, Buddha did a three-month retreat with his disciples. His reason for doing this was to avoid harming insects and other animals.

If we go out a lot during the summer months we will naturally kill more insects and other animals than at other times of the year. The nature of Buddhadharma is compassion – an unbiased compassion that is not just for human beings but for every living being, including animals.” ~ From a talk by Geshe Kelsang…

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The Bell Meditation

“It’s the silence between the notes
that makes the music.”

– Zen Proverb

Figure from Pompeii

And it’s in the silent places in our mind where we find peace.
None of us want to be troubled and unhappy, but sometimes we just are.

This lack of peace in our own minds makes us experience and promote an unpeaceful world, causing feeling of disquiet to ripple outward from us.

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Thich Nhat Hanh

So if we think, ‘I can’t do this’, or “What is the use of doing this? We may say that I do this because I want peace, I want happiness, I want healing and transformation. So the practice is the means, and healing and transformation is the end.”

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This sounds dualistic, but in reality it is a no-dualistic approach to healing, and to practice. We breathe in such a way that healing and peace are right here, in each breath. The means becomes the end, and there is no distinction between them.

There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.”

Quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh,
Taken from plumvillageonline: Art of Suffering Retreat: First Talk.

The sound of the bell brings us back to peace

The Bell Meditation 

We find peace in our mind by using the sound of the bell to bring us back to ‘the safe island of mindfulness.’
It is a simple means of bringing the mind back to it’s natural state of equilibrium.

* The titles here are each links – to Tich’s introduction, and to the bell meditation itself.

As Thich invites the bell to sound, he is also inviting us to share in the peace it radiates. The warm richness of the sound envelops us, inviting our minds to find total relaxation there.

We can use this next half hour to still our minds, and find our freedom within.
Just for the next half hour, where else would we want to be?

And what what better feeling to share with the world.

the-bell

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✧ Cosmic Loti:  Breathing Meditation by Gen Tharchin
Breathing Peace
 *  Following the breathing meditation given with the bell meditation, gives a sweet feeling of deep relaxation and rejuvenation.

Image Credit:
The Bell

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