awesomestuffmmm asked:

What do you mean when you say to save one sentient being is the same as saving all beings?

"Whoever destroys a single life is as guilty as though he had destroyed the entire world; and whoever rescues a single life earns as much merit as though he had rescued the entire world." ~ The Talmud

A single being is a microcosm of the whole universe. Or, looking at it from another perspective, the entire universe is but a macrocosm of a single being. 

Going further, it is the attitude of Buddhism that emphasizes the release of all sentient beings from suffering. While this is an insurmountable task, it is something for which a bodhisattva (a mighty spiritual practitioner) continually labors, prays, and encourages. The significance and attitude of “all must be saved” is only known, appreciated, and cultivated through each individual opportunity along the way. How we go about helping one being is how we go about helping them all. 

It can be as simple as helping an insect get outdoors or as ambitious as curing cancer. 

Remember that Buddhism is not a tradition given to proselytizing or condemning. Saving a being means to aid in the diminishment of its suffering such that it has the opportunity to know peace and Truth. 

While it’s a helpful and charitable ideal when put into practice, it is also a pacifying, love-blossoming, happiness-generating internal practice of the mind. 

Namaste :)

When I was a kid, I was told I could do anything.

I am twenty-seven and it is heartbreaking to realise this isn’t true, no matter how hard I try.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Gamora [ISTP]

OFFICIAL TYPING by Charity / The Mod.

Introverted Thinking (Ti): Gamora is stoic and distant much of the time, easily able to size up situations and take a logical approach. She isn’t stumped by problems that seem insurmountable, but is persistent in her belief that she can overcome any obstacle. Her reputation is one of a merciless assassin and killer, showing her ability to separate the task at hand from her emotions.

Extroverted Sensing (Se): She easily adapts to any situation, using her environment and the skills of her trade to anticipate and respond to her adversaries’ moves. Gamora keeps an eye on what is happening around her and is quick to respond, both in her pursuit of Peter and in escaping from the prison. She is a skilled fighter with fast reflexes, who leaps in to save her friends at a moment’s notice, but is also known for being a bit impulsive. Nothing really phases her.

Introverted Intuition (Ni): Her eventual understanding of Ronan’s intentions, and her sense of his true character, led her to defect from him, but still maintain an air of submissiveness. Gamora is good at reading people and situations and finding the “truth” in them; she is also skilled at keeping her mind fixed on a single goal and working toward it with focus.

Extroverted Feeling (Fe): Since her entire race is dead, Gamora’s concern for saving the people of the universe is purely humanitarian in its drive; she has no connection nto anyone, but still cares about their general welfare. She is frank in asserting her emotional opinions from time to time, and castigating others for their selfishness; his own concern for self is what turned her against Ronan in the first place, hinting that she prefers prioritizing others’ concerns above her own.