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All our suffering comes about as a result of an undisciplined mind

1. The fundamental philosophical principle of Buddhism is that all our suffering comes about as a result of an undisciplined mind, and this untamed mind itself comes about because of ignorance and negative emotions. For the Buddhist practitioner then, regardless of whether he or she follows the approach of the Fundamental Vehicle, Mahayana or Vajrayana, negative emotions are always the true enemy, a factor that has to be overcome and eliminated. And it is only by applying methods for training the mind that these negative emotions can be dispelled and eliminated. This is why in Buddhist writings and teachings we find such an extensive explanation of the mind and its different processes and functions. Since these negative emotions are states of mind, the method or technique for overcoming them must be developed from within. There is no alternative. They cannot be removed by some external technique, like a surgical operation." from 'Dzogchen: The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection'
2. Humans prepare for the future all their lives, yet meet the next life totally unprepared.
Drakpa Gyaltsen
3. A brahmin once asked The Blessed One:
"Are you a God?"
"No, brahmin" said The Blessed One.
"Are you a saint?"
"No, brahmin" said The Blessed One.
"Are you a magician?"
"No, brahmin" said The Blessed One.
"What are you then?"
"I am awake."
5. Buddhism teaches that "The example of a single person [who has attained Buddhahood] opens the way for all, because the same thing applies equally to all living beings. Social spiritual equilibrium and moral supports collapse without a person who sets the example for all others. Perhaps lack of such a person is the basic cause of the pathological condition of contemporary society. " Daisaku Ikeda
6. Believe nothing on the faith of traditions,
even though they have been held in honor
for many generations and in diverse places.
Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it.
Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past.
Do not believe what you yourself have imagined,
persuading yourself that a God inspires you.
Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and priests.
After examination, believe what you yourself have tested
and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.

7. As human beings we all want to be happy and free from misery.
We have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace.
The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as
anger and attachment, fear and suspicion,
while love and compassion, a sense of universal responsibility
are the sources of peace and happiness.

Dalai Lama
8. The Four Reliances. First, rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words;
Second, rely on the teachings,
not on the personality of the teacher;

Third, rely on real wisdom,
not superficial interpretation;

And fourth, rely on the essence of your pure Wisdom Mind,
not on judgmental perceptions.

Traditional Buddhist teaching
9. The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world. H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama
10. What we think, we become.
11. You only lose what you cling to.
12. Practice for the New Millennium by the Dalai Lama
The Practice:

1. Spend 5 minutes at the beginning of each day remembering
we all want the same things (to be happy and be loved)
and we are all connected to one another.

2. Spend 5 minutes breathing in, cherishing yourself; and, breathing out
cherishing others. If you think about people you have difficulty cherishing,
extend your cherishing to them anyway.

3. During the day extend that attitude to everyone you meet.
Practice cherishing the "simplest" person (clerks, attendants, etc)
or people you dislike.

4. Continue this practice no matter what happens or what anyone does to you.

These thoughts are very simple, inspiring and helpful.
The practice of cherishing can be taken very deeply if done wordlessly,
allowing yourself to feel the love and appreciation that
already exists in your heart.
Part 2. Religions of the World: Buddhism

Today's posting is about Buddhism. This is rather topical given the huge democracy marches that are taking place in Burma. I have selected a few pictures to give a flavour of Buddhism and some of its beliefs. Compared with other religions, Buddhist thought is oriented towards the practical. Its aim, at the individual level, is to attain Buddhahood, and at the social level, to save living beings.

Remember always that you are just a visitor here, a traveller passing through. your stay is but short and the moment of your departure unknown.
None can live without toil and a craft that provides your needs is a blessing indeed. But if you toil without rest, fatigue and wearness will overtake you, and you will denied the joy that comes from labour's end.
Speak quietly and kindly and be not forward with either opinions or advice. If you talk much, this will make you deaf to what others say, and you should know that there are few so wise that they cannot learn from others.
Be near when help is needed, but far when praise and thanks are being offered.
Take small account of might, wealth and fame, for they soon pass and are forgotten. Instead, nurture love within you and and strive to be a friend to all. Truly, compassion is a balm for many wounds.
Treasure silence when you find it, and while being mindful of your duties, set time aside, to be alone with yourself.
Cast off pretense and self-deception and see yourself as you really are.
Despite all appearances, no one is really evil. They are led astray by ignorance. If you ponder this truth always you will offer more light, rather then blame and condemnation.
You, no less than all beings have Buddha Nature within. Your essential Mind is pure. Therefore, when defilements cause you to stumble and fall, let not remose nor dark foreboding cast you down. Be of good cheer and with this understanding, summon strength and walk on.
Faith is like a lamp and wisdom makes the flame burn bright. Carry this lamp always and in good time the darkness will yield and you will abide in the Light.


A story


One day a young Buddhist on his journey home, came to the banks of a wide river. Staring hopelessly at the great obstacle in front of him, he pondered for hours on just how to cross such a wide barrier. Just as he was about to give up his pursuit to continue his journey he saw a great teacher on the other side of the river. The young Buddhist yells over to the teacher, "Oh wise one, can you tell me how to get to the other side of this river"?
The teacher ponders for a moment looks up and down the river and yells back, "My son, you are on the other side".

Zen Chanting
DarkSoldier perfect shot!!!
DarkSoldier · 2007-09-25: 13:15
????? great! thank you!
????? · 2007-09-25: 13:52
Karibbean great!!!!
What's the name of this buddha?
Karibbean · 2007-09-25: 14:21
Maxine Beautiful.
Maxine · 2007-09-26: 06:35
Cabecilha Fabulous blog entry that matches the enormity of the task you have, dealing with the religions of the world...
According to the teachings above we shouldn't be "forward with opinions and advice" and that's why no one will mention (me neither...) the situation of the beautiful photo on spots # 8 and 12 :)
Cabecilha · 2007-09-26: 11:20
Sevendipity By tapping in to the universal pool I have noted the error following gentle hints and removed the duplicate picture. May blessings be upon you.
Sevendipity · 2007-09-26: 17:09
josanhjx #9-so peaceful !
josanhjx · 2007-09-27: 08:08
Cabecilha I introduced your FAB blog to newcomer ZilDaMar and specially this entry because she is studying Buddhism now :)
Cabecilha · 2007-10-12: 11:09
camilleauteuil beautiful ! many thanks ...
camilleauteuil · 2007-12-08: 04:09
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