“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.”
Luciano De Crescenzo

“Now is where love breathes.”

“Don’t be upset when people reject you. Nice things are rejected all the time by people who can’t afford them.”

“Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the ocean.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

“The body heals with play, the mind heals with laughter, and the spirit heals with joy.”

“The place you are looking for is the place from which you are looking.”

“The quicker you are in attaching verbal or mental labels to things, people, or situations, the more shallow and lifeless your reality becomes, and the more deadened you become to reality.”
Eckhart Tolle

“Spirituality is what creates and cares for all aspect of life.”

“The intention itself is Karma.”

“Karma has no deadline.”

“Don’t ask anyone about Love. Ask Love itself.”

“You can’t calm the storm… so strop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.”
Timber Hawkeye

“Until you practice surrender, the spiritual dimension is something you read about, talk about, get excited about, believe in – or don’t, as the case may be. It makes no difference. Not until you surrender does it become a living reality in your life.”
Eckhart Tolle

“I forgive everyone in my life, and release them with love. They are free and I am free.”
Louse L Hay

“He who has a Why to live can bear almost any How.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“Change is inevitable but transformation is by conscious choice.”
Heather Ash Amara

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”
Henry Ford

“Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.”
Ramana Maharshi

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
Lao Tzu

“You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things; but with compassion, you must do what you can to stop them – for they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions.
Dalai Lama XIV

“Doubts and fears divide the kingdom of heart.”

“Of course we can always imagine more perfect conditions, how it should be ideally, how everyone should behave. But it is not our task to create an ideal. It’s our task to see how it is, and to learn from the world as it is. For the awakening of the heart, conditions are always good enough.”
Ajahn Sumedho

“Should you find a wise critic to point out your faults, follow hime as you would a guide to hidden treasure.”

“A good friend who point out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals the secret of some hidden treasure.”
Dalai Lama XIV

“Lovely days don’t Come to you, You should walk to them…”

“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.”

“We see what we want.”

“With every breath, I plant the seeds of devotion; I am a farmer of the heart.”

“True spirituality is a mental attitude you can practice at any time.”
Dalai Lama XIV

“I took a sip and saw the vast ocean. Wave upon wave caressed my Soul.”

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them. That only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
Lau Tzu

Though bodhisattvas understand that sentient beings are not existent, yet they do not abandon the realms of sentient beings. They’re like ship captains, not staying on this shore, not staying on the other shore, not staying midway, yet able to ferry sentient beings from this shore over to the other shore, because they are always traveling back and forth. In the same way bodhisattvas do not stay in birth and death, do not stay in nirvana, and also do not stay in midstream of birth and death, while they are able to deliver sentient beings from this shore to the other shore, where it is safe and secure, without sorrow or trouble. And they have no attachment to the number of sentient beings—they do not abandon one being for attachment to many beings, and do not abandon many beings for attachment to one being. They neither increase nor decrease the realms of sentient beings; they neither exhaust nor perpetuate the realms of sentient beings; they never discriminate nor divide the realms of sentient beings. Why? Bodhisattvas enter deeply into the realms of sentient beings as the realm of truth; the realms of sentient beings and the realm of truth are non-dual. In the non-dual there is no increase or decrease, no origination or destruction, no existence or non-existence, no grasping and no reliance, no attachment and no duality. Why? Because bodhisattvas realize that all things in the realm of truth are non-dual.

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Note on the image: Vajrapāni (Sanskrit: “Vajra in [his] hand”) is one of the earliest-appearing bodhisattvas in Mahayana Buddhism. He is the protector and guide of Gautama Buddha and rose to symbolize the Buddha’s power. The Golden Light Sutra titles him “great general of the yakshas”.

Tan Butsu Ge, “The Song in Praise of The Buddha, Song of The Life of No Regret.

As morning sun lights mountain peaks, so your face shines:

Such awesome brightness and nobility

Is without equal and beyond compare,

Obscuring sun and moon and mani gems.

The presence of Tathagata transcends

The world, defies comparison; the sound of Buddha’s right enlightenment vibrates

And flows thought the universe.

In precepts, listening, endeavor, depth of meditation, wisdoms height —you are

Especially superior and rare.

This understanding plumbs the inner depths

Of all the many Buddhas’ Dharma seas,

And anger, greed, and ignorance are brief

In you, World-honored One, oh, Man of Men!

Such noble virtues transcends measuring, you’re wisdom deep, your prowess great and wise,

The bright light from the Buddha’s countenance

Reflects in every corner of the World.

I will become a Buddha Dharma King,

Transcending life and death, enlighten  all.

The Paramitas fortify my mind;

Samadhi and deep wisdom are their crown.

Becoming Buddha is my life’s true wish:

Completely will I strive to fill this vow

Creating peace for all who doubt and fear.

To offer all Buddhas, numberless

As Ganges sands, for me does not compare to seeking my own way straight, strong, and sure.

If there are likewise countless Buddha lands,

Then my bright light will surely shine throughout

Endeavor such as this is hard to weigh.

When I become a Buddha, I will make my country first; its being will appear

As exquisite and rare; that pace will be unparalleled, just like Nirvnana there.

Compassion fills me to enlighten all.

Into my country to be born they come

From ten directions with minds glad and pure,

And those who have already reached my land

Are pleasant, at ease, peaceful, and secure.

Oh please, dear teacher, clearly trust this proof

Of my sincerity. My gan is now

Established here, and here I pledge my life.

And always let my mind and heart be known

To wise unhindered Buddhas everywhere.

Although my very body may be placed

In poison, notwithstanding suffering

I, seeking, will endure with no regret.

(Translated by the Venerable Gyomay M. Kubose)

anonymous asked:

Can you talk more about the wrongful dogma of Catholicism you mentioned it in your previous anon and I didn't really understamd

I wouldn’t call it “wrongful dogma”, just unhelpful dogma. Believing that we are inherently guilty of our ancestor’s mistakes and that we need an external source, like a saviour God or grace, in order to become fully human again only serves to perpetuate the conditions we see so prevalent in western, Christian cultures that create self-hatred and low self esteem. 

I believe that humans are fundamentally “good”. No one wakes up in the morning and thinks, “Hmm, how can I cause the most suffering today?” Even the most terrible of people act so because they feel like it’s the best thing to do, even if they know it’s not right. E.g. Susan talked behind my back? I’m going to make up rumors about Susan to get back at her because that will relieve the injustice I feel done to me. Even people who start genocides because of racist ideologies feel like it’s the “good thing to do”, even if their actions cause horrible amounts of suffering. 

That is the innate goodness of human nature, but because of hatred, attachments, and ignorance, we act in unbeneficial ways that create conditions for suffering.

It’s not helpful to believe that we are inherently unworthy and deserving of a hell- an eternal place of suffering. It’s no wonder that those who cling so strongly to such myths and are inseparably attached to dogma are the ones who act in seriously prejudiced ways. The only way out of the cycle of guilt that many Christians feel trapped in is to simply realize that we are layer upon layer of years of conditioned behaviours and identities. There really is nothing to change about us, only to unlearn.

Beginning the ‘Tan Butsu Ge’

I’m going to start a small series of posts on the ‘Tan Butsu Ge’ AKA “The Song in Praise of The Buddha, Song of The Life of No Regret”

I know for some the word “Praise” can seem quite scary or too reminiscent of a Judo-Christian system of thought, but in this context, praise is said in the same way Veneration would be used, and not as Worship. The passage is in great thanks and veneration of the Buddha’s accomplishments.

The Tan Bustu Ge is a very short section of the Great Eternal Life Sutra from the Jodo Sin Shu sect of Mahayana Buddhism.

As Sensei Gyomay Kubose says, “Although the Tan Butsu Ge is very short when compared with the entire sutra, it expresses the essence of the entire Sutra, it expresses the Essence of the whole Sutra of Eternal Life. In fact, it contains the essence of Buddhism.”