Beauty is to be Found in the Moment

Beauty is to be found in the moment

nothing else exists

ڿڰۣ(̆̃̃

ڿڰۣ ڿڰۣ

(̆̃̃ڿڰۣ

Use this present moment energy to come alive

in each moment

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Credits:
flowers photo via beantz on tumblr, with text by David Thomas
Thich Nhat Hanh quote via babydoll1976 on Tumblr

For David, thanks for your inspiring words and ways.
RiP September 2013

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Kadam Bridget in Bristol UK!!

Free Public Talk with Kadam Bridget Heyes at Colston Hall

 The teachings of Buddha show how to find pure happiness through developing deep peace within our own mind. In the text ‘Modern Buddhism’ Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has presented these teachings in a way that makes it easy for modern people to gain experience of the profound path to inner peace.
(Free download on right.)

Ancient Wisdom in a Modern World

“Through reading and practicing the instructions given in this book, people can solve their daily problems and maintain a happy mind all the time.”
Geshe Kelsang
So that these benefits can pervade the whole world, Geshe Kelsang wishes to give this eBook freely to everyone.

 The instructions given in this book are scientific methods for improving our human nature and qualities through developing the capacity of our mind.

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The speaker will be Kadam Bridget Heyes. She is a strong and dedicated disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and is the UK Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) and Resident Teacher at Nagarjuna Centre in Northants. Bridget will explain how Modern Buddhism is inspiring for those seeking solutions to the problems of their everyday life, as well as for encouraging
practitioners of all faiths to deepen their understanding and practice of the spiritual path.

* •.

Details:
Tues 23rd October    7~8pm (please arrive early)
Colston Hall,  Bristol, BS1 5AR

Co-Creation, Creatures and Compassion ~ Images

Each day we all create a future for ourselves and others

~ make it a good one

pe☮ce

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Images via Mel on FB;
Spider Monkey by L.Newell via Photo Botos.
Thanks!

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)

 

the Four Immeasurables ~ Buddha’s Advice to Rahula

❤  = ˚͜˚

“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 

Epic Amitabha 20 Years of Public Service Leaflet Revision

Disclaimer:

Epic‘ here used to mean something the author is personally quite emotionally involved with, but is only vaguely interesting to everyone else (according to current use of the word). It could equally be ‘awesome‘, which has been similarly downgraded in meaning.
Oh, the tragedy of  the commonplace dumbing down of  language.
:’-(Seriously. The only logical explanation for the  success of ’50 Shades of Grey’ must be the author’s good karma. Congrats to her, but it’s not like it’s going to win any literary prizes)

 Apologies also for re-posting a similar leaflet, but you can’t spend this much time on something and not post it on your blog.
Especially since the last time I had to do something like this I was having an emotional crisis / crisis of faith. So it consequently wasn’t designed intuitively, but in-between fits of sobbing into a tin mug of riocha (not the best way to do anything. On any level.)

So this feels like a redemption of sorts for that time of my life ~ about the same time 2 years ago.
I’m a fitter, better person now (and yes, I did listen to Radiohead then).

I can’t tell yous how amazingly good it feels to be able to do something for others and then share it with still others!
So thank you a trillion times over if you’re part of this 🙂

Epic final revision of the Amitabha 20 Years of Public Service Leaflet

 

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Text by Dave TJ, design by Jas)
For more on this see the website at  Amitabha Centre, Bristol, UK
 


Amitabha Buddhist Centre ~ 20 years of Public Service

How our

Buddhist centre keeps an attitude of servitude to our local community


ABC ~We’re here for you

“Our intention in teaching Dharma is not just to spread Buddhism. We are trying to help the people of this world by giving them special methods to solve their daily problems and to achieve the permanent happiness of liberation. In itself, the flourishing of Buddhadharma is not important unless it benefits others. This is the main purpose of Buddhism.”
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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(Text by Dave tJ, design by Jas. Leaflet design currently being drafted, but I didn’t want to neglect these sites any longer ;~)

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