We learn worldly knowledge through reading.
We learn Buddha-dharma through experience.
The problem of criticizing others
is not deciding who is right.
It is that we are judging others.
This quote from Venerable Wu Ling reminded me of a time I met a very well-known guitar player. I sat with him before soundcheck at one of his shows while on tour a few years back. One of the questions I asked him was “What has been your biggest challenge in life, and how did you overcome it?” – to which he said “I try every day not to criticize others. That is an ongoing challenge.” He elaborated and asked me not to publish what he shared, but his first statement stuck with me. Here’s a man who has toured the world and worked with so many talented people in his life. Yet, he reminds himself every day to not criticize or judge others. My respect for him has never been higher since.
Avalokiteshvara (or Avalokitesvara) is a Bodhisattva who represents compassion, and his mantra also symbolizes that quality. Avalokiteshvara means “The Lord Who Looks Down (in compassion)”.
For more information on this mantra, click here.
Remembering those who have passed before us means they’ve left only the physical world. They live on forever in the souls they have connected with.
Padmasambhava was a historical teacher who is said to have finally converted Tibet to Buddhism. He was a renowned scholar, meditator, and magician, and his mantra suggests his rich and diverse nature.
More info here.
Tara, whose name means “star” or “she who ferries across,” is a Bodhisattva of compassion who manifests in female form. In Tibetan, Tara is known as “Dölma” (Sgrol-ma), or “She Who Saves.” In particular she represents compassion in action, since she’s in the process of stepping from her lotus throne in order to help sentient beings.
For more information on the meaning of this mantra [and Green Tara] click here.