Momma’s Baby Animal Images ❤ =^••^=

Happy Mother’s Day to all,

from us in the UK!

A day set aside to celebrate just how brilliant mums can be.

So here’s some cute n whimsical images for you all ~
coz the love a mother and her children have for one another
is in no way limited to humans…

How can we not respect that?

momma's baby animals

=^••^=

… my fur baby wondering why does he need a card to say he loves me when he’s got those big brown eyes?

Fur Baby Mum's Day Card

More links!

kadampalife.org: Finding my heart
This video is just too cute ==^ o‿o^ == Cat mom hugs baby kitten
Sad/Happy story from the Mail Online: Dying mare leads her foal from the wilds of Dartmoor to the safety of human care.

Credits
Photos in the collage from
http://amolife.com
Thanks to my Mu for posing with my ma’s mums’ day card and not getting it muddy 😉
He is such a little star ==^•‿•^==

Free your Mind! The Wisdom of Patient Acceptance

Modern Buddhism teachings, Brighton SDC

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“For us to be happy,

there has to be internal change.

 We have so little control over external conditions,

it’s our attitude we have to change.”

Kadam Bridget

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Sounds reasonable, like wearing shoes instead of trying to cover the world in asphalt. But how do we do it?

Get a realistic view of our world

Not some Disney fantasy of how it should be.
The world we live in is painful. Geshe Kelsang likens it to trying to get comfortable living in a thorn bush. This is the nature of our samsara, the endless cycle of dissatisfaction and pain we’re all stuck in.

Shih Tsu Happens

So relax and stop fighting it.
Our natural human response to fear is to avoid it. I am asking you to look straight at it, feel the feeling, and lean into it instead of away from it.
Terri Cole (via yogachocolatelove)

“Be empowered by this wisdom” Kadam Bridget

Knowing and using this wisdom enables us to cope and deal with our problems.
Our lives are full of endless difficulties.
At the end of the day we can just feel broken sometimes, can’t we.” Bridget

Patient acceptance can dissolve these negative, disempowering feelings away, and in doing so evaporate painful situations. This allows us progress in our lives in a pro-active way. Accepting difficulties with a patient mind, is far from passive, it is taking a “very strong, active stance.” Geshe Kelsang

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Arya Tara in Brighton!

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If we can open our minds

to the endless possibilities open to us…

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Tara, Brighton SDC 0213

Arya Tara

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“Everything is our Spiritual Teacher.”
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“Developing minds of wisdom and compassion


in response to whatever arises,


makes us into a more spiritual person.


“This is personal evolution.”
Kadam Bridget


See also Free your Mind! The Wisdom of Patient Acceptance
More notes from Kadam Bridget’s truly inspiring teachings on Modern Buddhism coming soon…

Photo credit:  Shanti, Tara shrine at empowerment, Brighton KMC.
* If any of yous were there, please comment and share your wisdom!

Monkey! Now is the only Reality

“The future is a dream never realised.

The past is a phantom.

Ghosts and dreams.

Now is the only reality,

and you will need all of yourself to live it.”

Monkey! Present Reality

Image and Short video clip from the ’80’s Monkey! TV series.

“Forever is composed of nows.”
Emily Dickinson

“The living moment is everything.”
D.H. Lawrence

“I find that the past and the future are both easier to take if I live in the present,
free of temporal demons.”

Jas Baku

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past,
not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles,
but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

Buddha

 See Present Moment, Peaceful Moment for more on present moment mindfulness,
and Breathing Meditation by Gen Tharchin for a simple breathing meditation. 

Video

Happy Heruka Day!

25th Jan is Heruka Day 🙂
A good day to meditate on universal compassion and the fact that nothing exists outside of our mind.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Buddha Avalokiteshvara

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Buddha Avalokiteshvara

Wisdom and Compassion

“At present our mind is obscured by the inner darkness of ignorance, which prevents us from seeing the true nature of all phenomena; but by training in wisdom and compassion we can completely remove this inner darkness.”

Essence of Vajrayana, Geshe La

Wisdom understands emptiness. Emptiness is how things exist. “Emptiness is not nothingness but is the real nature of phenomena.”
Everything lacks its own, inherent existence. This is the ultimate nature of phenomena. Everything comes from the mind, and even that doesn’t exist from it’s own side. It’s all just a mental fabrication. (Not so far away from the Matrix and its constructs in the movie. Geek fact – the Matrix was based on the ‘mind only’ Chittamatrin view of emptiness.)

Compassion is not wanting others to suffer. Unbiased compassion“is not just for human beings but for every living being, including animals.. That’s all animals as well, even if they’re not cute. However many legs they have.

Tantra is pure. (In Heruka’s case Highest Yoga Tantra, and for Avalokiteshvara it’s Action Tantra.)  It’s about creating pure lands, inhabited by pure beings – us!
If done right, the Buddhist practice of Tantra is the quickest and best path to achieving an enlightened state.

All this promotes a peaceful, therefore happy, mind for ourselves and others.

Who is Heruka?

Heruka Chakrasambhara

Heruka is a wrathful deity.
He is Tantric compassion.
He is great bliss and the true nature of reality, which is emptiness.

He is powerful and completely pure.
Meditating on Heruka enables us to gain freedom from our current state of suffering, and to liberate others. This is a practice that can be beneficial now in our everyday lives; and become the cause of us being able to free all beings to the ultimate peace of great enlightenment.

image: Buddha Heruka and Vajravarahi
– Great Bliss and Emptiness respectively. I’ve included the pink lotuses and the fish to represent love, purity and harmony. Tantra allows these qualities to grow in our minds, and so in our world.

All quotes from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Kadampa Ryan
 gives some good insights into the practice of Heruka on his blog.
Image Credits:
Heruka Chakrasambava by Robert Beer 
Avalokiteshvara from Tharpa Publications
 

Breathing Meditation by Gen Tharchin

To take an effective break, you just need to let go for awhile.
Put your thoughts on hold.

Just sit back, close your eyes and let go.
Whatever you were thinking about just then will wait for 5 or 10 minutes.

Follow your breath for awhile and come back refreshed.
Let the yogi Gen Tharchin tell us how…

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GenTarchin @ Tharpaland

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“Sit in a relaxed comfortable position, with your back as straight as possible without being uncomfortable or tense.

And now scan through you body, looking at all the different parts of your body, one at a time, to make sure they’re comfortable and relaxed, free from tension or strain.
If you find any areas of tension, relax them.

And now turn your attention to the subtle sensation at the tip of your nostrils, or perhaps just inside your nostrils [or even on your lips], associated with each inhalation, each exhalation of the breath.

For a few moments, notice the slightly cooler sensation associated with the inhalation; and the slightly warming sensation, or pressure, associated with the exhalation.”

In this way, just observe the subtle tactile sensation of the breath for a few minutes.

As you finish, you may want to add ‘for the highest good of all’,
then slowly and gently come back your normal state of awareness.

Taken from the first 3 minutes of a meditation given by Gen Kelsang Tharchin, fully qualified meditation master, at MKMC in 2011.

Like this ~ Breathing Meds and Present Moment, Peaceful Moment on here.
The perils of distraction to come…

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Fantasy Forest
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Reminiscent of Tharpaland, Tharchin’s retreat centre in Scotland.
It used to be one of my favourite places. It felt incredibly serene and blessed.

Present Moment, Peaceful Moment

We don’t need to be sat breathing the high mountain air to meditate…

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present peace meds images

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…but sometimes when we’re meditating,
it feels like we are.

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The heart of Buddhist meditation is mindfulness
– the energy that helps us know what’s happening in the present moment
.”

Tich Naht Hanh

You are day-dreaming about the future because you have not tasted the present.
Start tasting the present
.”

Osho

“This now is it. This.
Your deepest need and desire is satisfied by the moment’s energy here in your hand.

Rumi

“Peace can exist only in the present moment.
If you truly want to be at peace, you must be at peace right now.

Tich Naht Hanh

Mindfulness is the life force of meditation
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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Like this ~ Breathing Meds and Breathing Meditation by Gen Tarchin on here

Image:
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Graphics from BabyDoll1976, UrsusVeritatem, BuddhistVibes and RedBubble, all  via BakuKadampa on Tumblr.
Shantideva from Tharpa Publications

 

Breathing Meds

Notes on Breathing Meditation 

cosmic meditation images

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With Buddha Shakyamuni n Yoda!

 

Meditation makes our lives happy and meaningful
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Mahayana meditation master

Breathing in, I calm body and mind.
Breathing out, I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.
Thich Nhat Hanh,  Zen meditation master

Meditation is a means of focusing the mind to give relief from the often negative “chatter” which goes on most of the time in our heads and to assist you in discovering your peace and stillness within.
Kat Day
, Bristol Intuitive Group Co-Organiser

Meditation allows you to become one with the Divine and discover the divine within your inner being.
Spring Wolf, author of the Pagan’s Path

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Image Credits:

Buddha Shakyamuni from Tharpa Publications
DancingDakini, Majikat, MindBodyLove and Nirvikalpa via BakuKadampa on Tumblr

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Like this ~ Present Moment, Peaceful Moment and Breathing Meditation by Gen Tarchin

Coming soon: Gen Tarchin’s Breathing Meditation.
More Detail in Kadampa Life: Learning to meditate in 2013

 

1 Week until Christmas? DON’T PANIC!

If you’re enjoying the run-up to Christmas, go for it! 
Here’s wishing you and yours have a very merry time 🙂

But if the glittering excess of Christmas brings on a colder chill than the frost on Santa Clause’s sleigh…

end. pink bunny swing

Don’t Panic!

Fretting about next week now only brings it into the present.
Why ruin today by summoning the ghosts of Christmas past and future.
Live today while it’s here!

Enjoy your Christmas when it comes,
don’t worry about the expectations of others,
and forget it once it’s over.

Breathe the sigh of relief that only mindfulness of now can give.

Focus as well on a mind of love ~
hidden in all that tinsel and gift wrap there is genuine love.
But we can only touch this and share it with others if we’re true to ourselves.

 

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•。★Holidays!★ 。* • ˚。
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Image via Marci Robin, Pinterest
ASCII via FSymbols

to ‘lonely’ from Israel (and everywhere else)

Dear ‘lonely’ from Israel’
I don’t know who  you are,
but you were my 1st hit on Sunday morning.
  And to the other folk who visit the 2 posts on loneliness here.

You are not alone!

See, I know this for sure, because Thich Nhat Hanh says “Loneliness is one of the afflictions of modern life… it is universal in our society.
– If it’s ‘universal’- you can’t be the only one.

Some of these lonesome souls sometimes visit those two little outposts as well.
I wrote them ages ago – with a friend who suffered terribly from loneliness.
He described it as an “open wound. It hurts, and feels like it won’t ever heal.” I don’t want anybody to feel that bad.

I don’t see him anymore, and I miss him.
I can’t reach through the monitor and give him, and everyone else a smile and a wave

– so here’s a screenshot – made with lots of love – instead.

 Shanti

Facebook conversation between Luna Kadampa and Shanti:
One of the best opponents to loneliness is the meditation on the kindness of others, the interconnectedness we share on every level.
Yes. It’s our illusion of separateness that makes people feel lonely

 

 

“We are all interconnected in a web of kindness from which it is impossible to separate ourselves.”

 Eight Steps to Happiness. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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Card from Tharpa Publications
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posts here on loneliness vs. being alone:
Alone isn’t so Lonely for Christmas Day
Make Friends with Loneliness (via Pema Chödrön)

 

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