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The Last Time?

When was the last time you acted out of compassion for others? Was it a random act of kindness? Sincere compassion towards a stranger? I recently found myself in an overwhelming situation – my heart took over. I’m wondering if anyone else has any stories they’d like to share?

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Forgive

Occasionally, we need to forgive
others’ major offenses.
Daily, we need to forgive and let go
of minor irritations.
Venerable Wuling

Remain Balanced

Via Venerable Wuling:

Whatever the situation,
adverse or favorable, remain balanced
in your Buddha-name chanting:
unwavering and determined.

Lurching first in one direction and then another, our mind, jolted from its clear and natural state, becomes distracted and agitated. This lamentable state is where we spend much, if not all, of our time. The mental state we seek is to remain steadfast and undisturbed. When praised, we do not become proud or disdainful. Hearing others criticize us, we do not feel offended or defensive. Finding things working out as hoped for, we do not attach or feel arrogant. Encountering situations not planned for, we do not worry or doubt the teachings. How can we attain such balance? Every time we notice a distraction—good or bad—we return to the Buddha-name. This returning is our practice. The more we practice, the more proficient we become, whether we’re participating in a sport or playing an instrument. Or chanting the Buddha’s name.

Profound Truth from Venerable Wuling

Before teaching others,
we should first cultivate ourselves.
Having some success in cultivation,
our behavior will precede our words.

Having discovered something new and intriguing, we usually can’t wait to tell others about our latest discovery. Take newly hearing about Buddhism for example. Wanting to share with others what we just learned is understandable. But if we cannot yet do something how can we explain it to others? If we do not yet find a lessening of our anger and a sense of calmness through the practice, how can we teach others to be more patient? If we speak of letting go of worry and fear but are often anxious, how can we convince others Buddhist practice will help them worry less? When we try to teach something before we can do it, others will resist us. Understandably so. When we have progressed in our cultivation, our behavior will reflect our growth. Others will view us as experienced and trustworthy. And we will be qualified to teach.

Moby Gives Away 4 hours of Music for Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi, etc.

The album is called:

Long Ambients1: Calm. Sleep.

Moby stated:

Over the last couple of years I’ve been making really really really quiet music to listen to when I do yoga or sleep or meditate or panic. I ended up with 4 hours of music and have decided to give it away.

You can download the album here.

New Deep

I’m so alive
I’m so enlightened
I can barely survive
A night in my mind
So I’ve got a plan
I’m gonna find out just how boring I am
And have a good time

Karmic Consequence

A karmic consequence is not punishment.
It is simply a natural result.
Venerable Wuling

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White Tara Mantra

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White Tara (Sitatara) is associated with long life. Her mantra is often chanted with a particular person in mind. She’s another representation of compassion, and she’s pictured as being endowed with seven eyes (look at the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and her forehead) to symbolize the watchfulness of the compassionate mind.

Unlike Green Tara, White Tara has both legs folded in meditation (Green Tara is stepping down onto a lotus).

For more information, click here.

Embrace Your Demons

Everyone has “demons”.

These demons take various shapes:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Compulsion
  • Addiction
  • Anger
  • Jealousy
  • Attachment

The first step is to acknowledge the demon’s presence in your life.
Second, embrace it. Understand it. Seek the source.
Once you’ve identified the source, work to make changes to drive it away.

Do not expect others to see your demons or have a desire to offer help. Should you need help, do not hesitate to ask. Heavy lifting is best done with assistance.

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