Consumerism is the personification of greed and people don’t realize that one can die for greed just as one can die for nationalism. It drives a person to work too hard, to desire money and to consume. One is conditioned to think that without consumer goods one is nobody. ‘I buy therefor I am’ is the slogan of the modern age. We must understand consumerism as a new demonic religion and find a spiritual alternative.
—  The Dalai Lama
the middle path

Presently, if you were to ask me I would fair bad in all these levels, but thanks to Atisha Dipankara, there is a way.. 

“The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.” —

Atisha (11th century Tibetan Buddhist master)

Ooh! I alnost forgot to tell you!

Wednesday my sister and I went to Chattanooga TN and visited Greenlife Grocery where they were having a Prayer for Peace in honor of His Holiness the Dali Lama’s 79th birthday. We met a real Tibetan Lama who chanted Tibetan peace prayers.

It was one of the most beautiful experiances I’ve ever had the joy of participating in. For 20 minutes we meditated on peace. The space we were in let the Lama’s voice echo like a choir. It was just as beautiful as going to the opera.

Afterwards I felt at peace with the world and I acrually felt lighter. It was such a surreal experiance because it was like something out of a movie. It made the rest of the week so much more bearable. I DEFINETLY want to do this again next year!

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I am crying right now. I just watched the Master Chef Australia video, and now this. Bhuvanesh La showed it to me yesterday - I had not seen it for sometime, and now, this is so moving. 

This is the last chunk of the movie Kundun by Martin Scorsese, and this is when HHTDL makes his final and fateful trip to India, the beginning of a new life.. leaving Tibet..

  1. The scene when he finally turns back to see off his followers, and his vision then,
  2. the time when he just crosses over to India, and the army guy asks him..”are you the buddha?”

Watch it now

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What I am looking forward to.

Off. Teaching. Dharamshala. Dalai Lama. Tenzin Gyatso. Kundun. Karmapa. Mclodgunj. Delhi. Kushag la. Nalalda teachings. Week long. Om Mani Padme Hum. Tsampa. Butter Tea. Tingmo. Janchub. Nagarjuna. Dipankara. Nalanda. Treking. Walking. Blessings.

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I never thought I would say this. I think I have learned a Buddhism lesson from Lady Gaga. I have always loved her music and videos (sometimes) but in this particular video of an interview of hers with Ellen Degeneres, she shares a wonderful ritual that she does everyday. 

In this video (the part  08:00 - 09:00) she speaks about her early morning ritual of spending time in the morning upon waking up, speaking compassionate things about herself, to herself. 

"Love yourself, you are all you’ve got." she says, and listen to her people. 

About the ritual, I do that too, though may be not as long as her, and it works. I do this twice a day, when I wake up, and just before I sleep.  

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If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion


The Dalai Lama 

Our precious teacher Lama Zopa Rinpoche wrote this Long Life Amitayus sutra, to recover movement of his right hand after a stroke. He wrote everyday. He explained that there are benefits in writing and reading the sutra everyday. Healing, purification, and generation of merits. 

At the end of this letter he says 

"This was written by my right hand, to show progression due to your kind prayers and dedication.  20 Nov 2011."


What do you know?

In my Buddhist centre I saw, today, that we had books with the Long Life Mantra. The books were in Golden covers, and I was so curious to see the books. Among the two books that we received, one was the book with a Long Life Mantra. Long life Tse. Do Mantra Book - Unfathomable Exalted Life and transcendental Wisdom. The second book was The Noble Mahayana Sangata Sutra Dharma Prayaya.

Both the books were sent as Free Distribution books by the Amitabha Buddhist Centrem in Singapore. The thing about these books are that they are lettered in light grey and not in the usual black that texts usually come in. I was so curious as to why. One part of me told me that they had sent out a bad print job book to us. (bad karma already I know) but a friend explained that this was so that we all can write over the light grey letters with a golden pen, making our work sacred. I fell in love with the idea. 

What a wonderful way of getting people to, rather encouraging people to be on the path of Dharma. I am so grateful to them, for doing so much for students around the world, and ever so grateful to Precious teachers HHThe Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.  

Anyway, I know that people in my centre are actually working on the texts. My mother too is writing a long life sutra book for HHTDL. 

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