Quotes for Peace on Earth and Beyond

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“Love is the creative force of the Universe.
It is the fabric of all.
It is the essence of all.”

― Ashar, Pleiades. Channelled by Dawn Henderson in Starspeak

“Only by creating peace within our own mind and helping others to do the same can we hope to achieve peace in this world.”

“Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be acheived unless we first establish peace within our own minds. We can send so-called ‘peacekeeping forces’ into areas of conflict, but peace cannot be oppossed from the outside with guns.”

― Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, from Modern Buddhism (link in right border)
This is one of my favourite quotes, because it brings the responsibility right back home to us.

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“WWIII will be an interplanetary war”

(General Douglas MacArthur 1955, in his last speech to Congress, quoted by Dr. Stephen Greer).

Which seems like a bit of a jump from quotes on love n’peace; but holding the opposite minds of dislike and anger can easily become a slippery slope.
Isn’t this already a reality on this world?

The next world war will not started by aliens, (who aren’t at all hostile) but those who govern the Earth (who mostly are).
But whoever the governors are; hostilities only ever commence if people are numbed enough to believe their lies and follow their orders.

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In the perfect world, arms would only be used for hugs

And no war of any kind can happen if we, the people, reach out to each other with peaceful and loving minds instead.
Actions of loving kindness have a ripple effect that send energetic waves throughout the cosmos.
There is a power in this that can only come from love; because love is the fabric of the universe.

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“I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.”

Albert Einsteinn Spunky Wayfarer’s Quotes for a peaceful mind

 

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
 

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Wrote this a few years ago, but it is still relevant! Please do share your own comments too.

Turning the Wheel of Dharma

Today, June 4, is the birthday of my kind teacher, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, and I want to mark the occasion by writing something about him. His birthday falls auspiciously on the day of Buddha Shakyamuni’s first teaching, called Turning the Wheel of Dharma Day; and for me and many thousands of other students, Geshe Kelsang, or Geshe-la as we like to call him, has been the one who has turned the Wheel of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings for us.

There is not a snowflake’s chance in hell that I could even begin to do him justice in one article, of course, even though I apologize in advance for its length. But I’ll try and highlight a few of his qualities as I see it, in case you are interested in…

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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 

Joyful Path of Good Fortune ~ Paths

Atisha on the front cover of my book.
(OK, so it’s well used.But much loved as well)

Buddha demonstrated how to follow a path of inner transformation”

“It leads to the complete eradication of all traces of negativity and confusion from the mind and the attainment of sublime qualities such as universal compassion and wisdom realizing the true nature of all phenomena… This special arrangement became known as the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, or Lamrim.” (NKT website) The great Indian Pandit Atisha gave instructions on how to practice these teachings. Joyful Path of Good Fortune is Geshe Kelsang’s commentary to these instructions.

What is a ‘joyful path’? My best guess: a spiritual path is a mind conjoined with renunciation, which is “a light and happy mind bound for freedom” (I think Nagarjuna said that).
And ‘joyful’ will refer to joyful effort ~ a mind that delights in virtue, and is free from non-virtue.

Generally ‘minds’ – or what we think – are internal paths that take us someplace, just as external ‘paths’ lead us to a destination.
This Lamrim text is based on Atisha’s ‘Lamp to the Path to Enlightenment’.

SO, these brilliant instructions illuminate the path that enables us to find lasting inner peace and happiness. Pretty awesome 🙂

nb:
Definitions from Ocean of Nectar, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
Notes and Paths 

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