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  • Glimps of the Day - 22.02.14 - 28.02.14

    1494546382?profile=originalFebruary 22


    Why do we live in such terror of death? Perhaps the deepest reason why we are afraid of death is that we do not know who we are. We believe in a personal, unique, and separate identity; but if we dare to examine it, we find that this identity depends entirely on an endless collection of things to prop it up: our name, our “biography,” our partners, family, home, job, friends, credit cards. . . . It is on their fragile and transient support that we rely for our security. So when they are all taken away, will we have any idea of who we really are?


    We live under an assumed identity, in a neurotic fairy-tale world with no more reality than the Mock Turtle in Alice in Wonderland. Hypnotized by the thrill of building, we have raised the houses of our lives on sand.


    This world can seem marvelously convincing until death collapses the illusion and evicts us from our hiding place. And what will happen to us then if we have no clue of any deeper reality?

    1494546382?profile=originalFebruary 23


    Everything that we see around us is seen as it is because we have repeatedly solidified our experience of inner and outer reality in the same way, lifetime after lifetime, and this has led to the mistaken assumption that what we see is objectively real. In fact, as we go further along the spiritual path, we learn how to work directly with our fixed perceptions. All our old concepts of the world or of matter or of even ourselves are purified and dissolved, and an entirely new, what you could call “heavenly” field of vision and perception opens up. As William Blake said:


    If the doors of perception were cleansed
    Everything would appear . . . as it is, infinite.

    1494546382?profile=originalFebruary 24


    Just as Buddha said that of all the buddhas who attained enlightenment, not one accomplished it without relying on the master, he also said: “It is only through devotion, and devotion alone, that you will realize the absolute truth.”


    So then, it is essential to know what real devotion is. It is not mindless adoration; it is not abdication of your responsibility to yourself, nor indiscriminately following of another’s personality or whim. Real devotion is an unbroken receptivity to the truth. Real devotion is rooted in an awed and reverent gratitude, but one that is lucid, grounded, and intelligent.

    1494546382?profile=originalFebruary 25


    As a Buddhist, I view death as a normal process, a reality that I accept will occur as long as I remain in this earthly existence. Knowing that I cannot escape it, I see no point in worrying about it. I tend to think of death as being like changing your clothes when they are old and worn out, rather than as some final end. Yet death is unpredictable: We do not know when or how it will take place. So it is only sensible to take certain precautions before it actually happens.
    THE DALAI LAMA

    1494546382?profile=originalFebruary 26


    In the Dzogchen teachings it is said that your View and your posture should be like a mountain.


    Your View is the summation of your whole understanding and insight into the nature of mind, which you bring to your meditation. So your View translates into and inspires your posture, expressing the core of your being in the way you sit.


    Sit, then, as if you were a mountain, with all its unshakable, steadfast majesty. A mountain is completely relaxed and at ease with itself, however strong the winds that batter it, however thick the dark clouds that swirl around its peak.
    Sitting like a mountain, let your mind rise and fly and soar.

    1494546382?profile=originalFebruary 27


    Ask yourself these two questions: Do I remember at every moment that I am dying, and that everyone and everything else is, and so treat all beings at all times with compassion? Has my understanding of death and impermanence become so keen and so urgent that I am devoting every second to the pursuit of enlightenment? If you can answer “yes” to both of these, then you really understand impermanence.

    1494546382?profile=originalFebruary 28


    The whole point of Dzogchen meditation practice is to strengthen and stabilize Rigpa and allow it to grow to full maturity. The ordinary, habitual mind with its projections is extremely powerful. It keeps returning, and takes hold of us easily when we are inattentive or distracted.


    As Dudjom Rinpoche used to say: “At present our Rigpa is like a little baby, stranded on the battlefield of strong arising thoughts.” I like to say that we have to begin by babysitting our Rigpa, in the secure environment of meditation.

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  • 1494551555?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024Compassion is not true compassion unless it is active. Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion, is often represented in Tibetan iconography as having a thousand eyes that see the pain in all corners of the universe, and a thousand arms to reach out to all corners of the universe to extend his help.

    Sogyal Rinpoche

  • 1494550778?profile=originalWhile you are engaging in the practice of giving you should do so with great happiness and radiance on your face. One should practice giving with a smile and with mental uprightness.

    His Holiness The Dalai Lama

  • 1494551479?profile=originalWhen you are practicing meditation, it’s important not to get involved in mental commentary, analysis, or internal gossip. Do not mistake the running commentary in your mind (“Now I’m breathing in, now I’m breathing out”) for mindfulness; what is important is pure presence.
    Don’t concentrate too much on the breath; give it about 25 percent of your attention, with the other 75 percent quietly and spaciously relaxed. As you become more mindful of your breathing, you will find that you become more and more present, gather all your scattered aspects back into yourself, and become whole.

    Sogyal Rinpoche

  • 1494551436?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.

    His Holiness The Dalai Lama

  • 1494550799?profile=originalIt is easier to generate compassion while visualizing a sentient being who is very destitute, but we need also to reflect on persons who do not seem to be suffering at all, but who are in truth acting in ways that will eventually bring about manifest suffering.

    His Holiness The Dalai Lama

  • no black no white:

    there are no blacks
    there are no whitex
    just people;

    there are no rich
    there are no poor
    just people;

    there are no Asians,
    there are no Americans,
    there are no Australians,
    there are no Africans,
    just people;

    there are no far easterners,
    there are no midlle easterners,
    there are just people;

    there are no smart people,
    there are no dumb people,
    there are just people.

    when you see people as people
    you are Zen-enlightened.

    deep bows,

    des/boo-ngoh

  • Sita Sings the Blues
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzTg7YXuy34

  • 1494546393?profile=originalTo deepen your gratitude towards all people, it is helpful to reflect on the unintended kindness of those who provide goods and services without necessarily knowing the names or faces of those whom they serve. In this life there are so many facilities we enjoy - nice buildings, roads, and so forth - that are produced by other people.

    His Holiness The Dalai Lama

  • 1494546384?profile=original

    I often believe that the basic goal or end of life is happiness, satisfaction. I believe that our existence is very much based on hope.

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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Daily OM - Burning Brightly + Begin with Yourself + Plunging Into The Deep + Going Away to Go Within + An Invitation to Comfort + Peeling Away the Layers + Light Of The Party + Staying Afloat amidst t

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Purification is best in Sweet Silent Solitude!

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