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

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.

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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

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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

 

(Click on image to make it big
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 ;~)

Being Phished. A Karmic Effect of Fishing?

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It’s all a bit sneaky really

Phishers fraudulently acquire someone else’s property by electronic means; and fishermen pretend that the sharp hook’s a tasty meal for little fishies to eat.
Of course, humans who get caught out electronically tend to fare better than the fish, who have got a lot more to lose once they’ve taken the bait.

But the principle’s the same.

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It makes me wonder if being the victim of phishing is a karmic result (like a cosmic payback) which is an ‘experience similar to the cause’.
… Just an idea.

o continued from ‘e-mail phishing alert!
o These ideas expanded in ‘Phishing Karma
o image by Jas

so is that a feasible idea? Or have I taken the analogy too far. You be the judge, let us know below  


 

Cosmic Loti World View

(The first bit’s taken from the ‘About page. So not altogether new, but all together it explains ‘Cosmic Loti’ a bit more.) 

The lotus is a Buddhist symbol for awakening to the spiritual reality of life

There’s some terrific symbology here :)
Like, we know the lotus grows in mud. Just as we start off buried in the mud of our worldly concerns. But we can use Buddha’s advice to grow through the mire of ordinary life, and emerge sparkly clean and pure in the sunlight. Even the lotus’s leaves are self-cleaning ~ the rain naturally washes the dirt away. And so Dharma revitalizes all area of our life. The stalk of the lotus is strong, just as we are strengthened by the Dharma.

“According to the Lalitavistara, ‘the spirit of the best of men is spotless, like the new lotus in the [muddy] water which does not adhere to it’, and, according to esoteric Buddhism, the heart of the beings is like an unopened lotus: when the virtues of the Buddha develop therein the lotus blossoms. This is why the Buddha sits on a lotus in bloom.” (Buddhist Studies)

Kadam Morton

So why are they ‘Cosmic’?¸.•*¨

☆*⋆It’s like we’re stood in the mud reaching for the stars on this blog – via the mind-set that it’s really just a little stretch – standing on tippy-toes. “If we identify with our limitations, our failures, we limit ourselves unnecessarily.” (Kadam Morten) Better to start from where we are; and allow our thinking to expand.

There’s no mud or stars outside the perception of the perceiver

Your world is a reflection of your mind. How we experience the world depends upon how we see the world. So if we change our mind we change our world.” (KM) In every moment, the world we experience is our choice. This is true on many levels. And as we practice manipulating how we view, and so create our world, the more we’ll actually be able to manipulate our reality.

That’s why Ghandi’s “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Really does work!
We change our world for ourselves and each other all the time; why not do it consciously, the way we want it.
And while we’re creating a better world; can’t we do it for the greater good?

Kadam Morten (KM) quote from Think Big video clip

The 4 Seals

There are 4 great seals of Mahamudra
– the main principles of Buddhism.

They’re called ‘seals’ because they are non-negotiable truths. If we hold these truths in our heart, then we are holding a Buddhist point view; and we’re creating freedom for ourselves and others.

So nothing to do with these cuties,  but everything to do with why Buddha’s advice works so very well.
(Considering you can’t google ‘seal images’ without getting photos of some incredibly stupid humans on a clubbing spree, it seems that a lot of people really do miss the point. Maybe they just like the thrill of the chase.)

“Selfish desires are a bottomless pit” (Shantideva)

So there’s no joy to be found in desiring more all the time. It’s dissatisfaction and discontent all the way. Grasping at worldly happiness is like trying to get a handful of water. We’re trying to hold onto something so insubstantial and changeable it’s bound to be frustrating. And isn’t it?
It makes much more sense just to let go, be content, and watch the stream go by.
And because this is a nice idea, but we are a bit busy today;

Buddha taught the four great seals to remind us how things really are.

Like a cosmic reality check.
‘Hello?.. This is our reality…’

The Four real Seals:

all products are impermanent

all contaminated things are the nature of suffering

all phenomena are selfless

only nirvana is peace

 more to come on this…
(List source – ABC Website) 

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