Miracles

“Around us, life bursts forth with miraclesโ€”a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere.
Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings.
When we are tired and feel discouraged by lifeโ€™s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh

Anger

๐’€๐’๐’– ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’‘๐’–๐’๐’Š๐’”๐’‰๐’†๐’… ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’“, ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’“ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‘๐’–๐’๐’Š๐’”๐’‰๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’•.
~ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฉ๐’–๐’…๐’…๐’‰๐’‚ ~

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๐‘จ ๐‘ซ๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’Ž๐’‚ ๐‘ฎ๐’Š๐’‡๐’• ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’€๐’๐’– ๐‘จ๐’๐’ ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐’˜๐’† ๐’‚๐’„๐’• ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’๐’†๐’”๐’”, ๐’‘๐’–๐’“๐’† ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’„๐’๐’๐’„๐’†๐’“๐’ ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‚๐’๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“, ๐’˜๐’† ๐’Ž๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’˜๐’‚๐’š๐’” ๐’Œ๐’๐’๐’˜ ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’” ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’‘๐’–๐’“๐’†. ๐‘พ๐’† ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’š ๐’“๐’–๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’–๐’“๐’‘๐’“๐’Š๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’“๐’Š๐’”๐’Œ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’”๐’„๐’๐’๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’†๐’… ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’†. ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’˜๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“, ๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’๐’๐’† ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’๐’˜๐’ ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’•, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‚๐’”๐’Œ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“๐’”๐’†๐’๐’‡ ๐’‰๐’๐’๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’๐’š, โ€œ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’”,โ€ ๐’Š๐’‡ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’‚๐’๐’”๐’˜๐’†๐’“, ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’š๐’๐’๐’… ๐’‚๐’๐’š ๐’…๐’๐’–๐’ƒ๐’•, ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’„๐’‚๐’–๐’”๐’†, ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐’๐’ ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’๐’–๐’๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐’Ž๐’Š๐’”๐’–๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’•๐’‰. ๐‘ฌ๐’—๐’†๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’ˆ๐’‰ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’• ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’š ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’Œ ๐’‚ ๐’๐’Š๐’•๐’•๐’๐’† ๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐’•๐’“๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’ˆ๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‘๐’‚๐’Š๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’”, ๐’‰๐’๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‘๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’‘๐’‚๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’Š๐’…๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’”๐’†๐’๐’‡ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’”. ๐‘ฐ๐’• ๐’Š๐’” ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’†๐’‚๐’”๐’š ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‰๐’–๐’Ž๐’‚๐’… ๐’๐’‚๐’Ž๐’‚๐’”๐’•๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ฉ๐’˜๐’†๐’๐’

๐‘น๐’๐’ƒ๐’Š๐’ ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’‚๐’‘๐’Š๐’“๐’

Tigers above, tigers below

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โ€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 weโ€™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.โ€

~ Pema Chรถdrรถn, 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.ย 
    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.ย 
    8. I am as dynamic as my rest.ย 
    9. I am available for energy and creativity.
    10. My nature is to flow.ย 
    11. I am grateful forโ€ฆย 
    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.ย 
    18. My true nature is spirit.ย 
    19. I celebrate my extended self.
    20. My true happiness is sourced from within.ย 
    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 Dharmakaraโ€™s (Amitabha) creation of the Western Land of Ultimate Bliss.

Continue To Read: Epic Poem: The Odyssey of Dharmakara