Tigers above, tigers below

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β€œThere is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer.

When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly.

Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.”

~ Pema ChΓΆdrΓΆn, The Wisdom of No Escape: How to Love Yourself and Your World

Universal Responsibility

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Thought of the Week

Whether others are beautiful or ugly, benevolent or cruel, they are all sentient beings like us. And like us, they want to be happy and not suffer, which is their right, just like us. Recognizing that all beings are equal in their aspirations and their right to happiness, we feel a sense of empathy that brings us closer to them. As we get accustomed to this impartial altruism, we finally experience a sense of universal responsibility.

Summarized and adapted from Les voies spirituelles du bonheur, Presses du Chatelet, Paris, 2002; Points Sagesse, Seuil, 2004. English version: The Compassionate Life, Shambhala 2003

FOURTEENTH DALAI LAMA, TENZIN GYATSO (B. 1936)

Meditation Mantras

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Inspiration For Meditation

 

    1. I am bliss
    2. This moment is perfect, whole, and complete.
    3. Nature is conspiring for me.Β 
    4. I have no expectation of any result.
    5. Recharge, renew, then respond.
    6. The power of intention lies within.
    7. I will follow my bliss.Β 
    8. I am as dynamic as my rest.Β 
    9. I am available for energy and creativity.
    10. My nature is to flow.Β 
    11. I am grateful for… 
    12. What is true for me today?
    13. My intent is heard by universal intelligence.
    14. Everything and everyone is extended self.
    15. The answers are sourced within.
    16. I am committed to my personal growth and evolution.
    17. My bliss is judgement free.Β 
    18. My true nature is spirit.Β 
    19. I celebrate my extended self.
    20. My true happiness is sourced from within.Β 
    21. I am.

Epic Poem: The Odyssey of Dharmakara

I want to share this beautiful piece from Pure Land Sutras. It is a long but worthy read, enjoy!

This poem was inspired by the opening chapters of the Infinite Life Sutra, which outline Dharmakara’s (Amitabha) creation of the Western Land of Ultimate Bliss.

Continue To Read: Epic Poem: The Odyssey of Dharmakara

“𝑷𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒂 𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒅 π’•π’Šπ’Žπ’† π’π’†π’•π’•π’Šπ’π’ˆ π’ˆπ’ 𝒐𝒇 π’•π’‰π’†π’Šπ’“ π’”π’–π’‡π’‡π’†π’“π’Šπ’π’ˆ. 𝑢𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’–π’π’Œπ’π’π’˜π’, π’•π’‰π’†π’š 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒇𝒆𝒓 π’”π’–π’‡π’‡π’†π’“π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 π’Šπ’” π’‡π’‚π’Žπ’Šπ’π’Šπ’‚π’“.” 𝒕𝒉í𝒄𝒉 𝒏𝒉αΊ₯𝒕 π’‰αΊ‘𝒏

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π‘³π’†π’‚π’“π’π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒕𝒐 𝒍𝒆𝒕 π’ˆπ’ 𝒐𝒇 𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒐𝒇 π’Žπ’š π’π’Šπ’‡π’†π’•π’Šπ’Žπ’†. 𝑭𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝒐𝒇 π’‡π’‚π’Šπ’π’–π’“π’†, 𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’–π’π’Œπ’π’π’˜π’, 𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝒐𝒇 π’“π’†π’‹π’†π’„π’•π’Šπ’π’, 𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝒐𝒇 π’‘π’‚π’Šπ’. 𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂 π’π’π’π’ˆ π’π’π’π’ˆ π’•π’Šπ’Žπ’† 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑰 𝒔𝒖𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅 π’‡π’“π’π’Ž π’˜π’‚π’•π’„π’‰π’Šπ’π’ˆ π’π’Šπ’‡π’† 𝒑𝒂𝒔𝒔 π’ƒπ’š π’‡π’“π’π’Ž π’Šπ’π’”π’Šπ’…π’†. 𝑰 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒅 π’Žπ’š π’π’˜π’ π’Šπ’π’π’–π’”π’Šπ’π’ 𝒐𝒇 π’”π’‚π’‡π’†π’•π’š. 𝑨𝒏𝒅 π’˜π’‰π’Šπ’π’† π’Šπ’• π’Žπ’‚π’š 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒔𝒂𝒇𝒆, π’Šπ’• π’˜π’‚π’” 𝒂𝒍𝒔𝒐 π’–π’π’Šπ’π’”π’‘π’Šπ’“π’†π’… 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒂𝒅. 𝑰𝒕 π’…π’Šπ’… 𝒏𝒐𝒕 π’“π’†π’”π’†π’Žπ’ƒπ’π’† π’π’Šπ’‡π’† 𝒂𝒕 𝒂𝒍𝒍. 𝑰𝒕 π’˜π’‚π’” 𝒂 π’π’Šπ’—π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒅𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒉 𝑰 𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒅. 𝑨𝒍𝒍 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’”π’‚π’Œπ’† 𝒐𝒇 π’ƒπ’†π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒇𝒖𝒍. π‘­π’Šπ’π’‚π’π’π’š π’π’Šπ’Œπ’† 𝒂 π’‡π’Šπ’“π’†π’‡π’π’Šπ’†π’” π’”π’‘π’‚π’“π’Œ π’Šπ’ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’π’Šπ’ˆπ’‰π’• 𝑰 π’“π’†π’‚π’π’Šπ’›π’†π’… 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’”π’Šπ’Žπ’‘π’π’† 𝒕𝒓𝒖𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’‘π’‚π’Šπ’ 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑰 𝒇𝒆𝒍𝒕 π’‡π’“π’π’Ž π’Žπ’š π’‘π’†π’“π’„π’†π’Šπ’—π’†π’… π’”π’‚π’‡π’†π’•π’š π’˜π’‚π’” 𝒂𝒍𝒍 π’‚π’π’π’π’ˆ π’Žπ’‚π’Œπ’Šπ’π’ˆ π’Žπ’† π’Žπ’π’“π’† π’–π’π’‰π’‚π’‘π’‘π’š 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏 π’˜π’‰π’‚π’• 𝑰 π’˜π’π’–π’π’… 𝒔𝒖𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒓 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 π’Šπ’‡ 𝑰 π’•π’“π’Šπ’†π’… 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’‡π’‚π’Šπ’π’†π’… 𝒂𝒕 π’”π’π’Žπ’†π’•π’‰π’Šπ’π’ˆ.

𝑭𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 π’˜π’‰π’ 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒐𝒓 π’“π’‚π’Šπ’”π’†π’… 𝒕𝒐 π’Šπ’ˆπ’π’π’“π’† 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒅𝒐 π’Šπ’• π’‚π’π’šπ’˜π’‚π’š π’•π’‰π’Šπ’” π’π’π’ˆπ’Šπ’„ π’”π’†π’†π’Žπ’” π’”π’Šπ’Žπ’‘π’π’†. 𝑩𝒖𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓 π’”π’π’Žπ’†π’π’π’† π’“π’‚π’Šπ’”π’† π’Šπ’ 𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒓, 𝒐𝒓 π’‚π’ƒπ’–π’”π’Šπ’—π’† π’”π’Šπ’•π’–π’‚π’•π’Šπ’π’π’”. 𝑢𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 π’˜π’‰π’ 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒂𝒔 𝒂 π’„π’‰π’Šπ’π’… π’šπ’π’– 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒂 π’‡π’‚π’Šπ’π’–π’“π’†, 𝒐𝒓 π’…π’†π’†π’Žπ’†π’… 𝒏𝒐𝒕 π’ˆπ’π’π’… π’†π’π’π’–π’ˆπ’‰, π’•π’‰π’Šπ’” π’Šπ’” 𝒂 𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒅 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒑𝒕 𝒕𝒐 π’•π’‚π’Œπ’† π’Šπ’. 𝑰 π’‚π’Ž π’π’–π’„π’Œπ’š 𝑰 π’‚π’Ž π’π’†π’‚π’“π’π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒕𝒐 π’π’Šπ’—π’† π’˜π’‰π’Šπ’π’† 𝑰 π’‚π’Ž π’‚π’π’Šπ’—π’†. π‘³π’†π’‚π’“π’π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒕𝒐 π’ˆπ’“π’‚π’”π’‘ 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’Žπ’‚π’Œπ’† π’Šπ’• 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’“π’π’„π’Œ 𝑰 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒖𝒑𝒐𝒏. 𝑳𝒆𝒕 π’Šπ’• π’ˆπ’.

𝑳𝒆𝒕 π’Šπ’• π’ˆπ’…..

“𝑷𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒂 𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒅 π’•π’Šπ’Žπ’† π’π’†π’•π’•π’Šπ’π’ˆ π’ˆπ’ 𝒐𝒇 π’•π’‰π’†π’Šπ’“ π’”π’–π’‡π’‡π’†π’“π’Šπ’π’ˆ. 𝑢𝒖𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’–π’π’Œπ’π’π’˜π’, π’•π’‰π’†π’š 𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒇𝒆𝒓 π’”π’–π’‡π’‡π’†π’“π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 π’Šπ’” π’‡π’‚π’Žπ’Šπ’π’Šπ’‚π’“.” 𝒕𝒉í𝒄𝒉 𝒏𝒉αΊ₯𝒕 𝒉ẑ𝒏𝒉