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The Heart Sutra is considered the most profound, the essence of the Buddha’s teachings. It is considered the most supreme of all teachings. Buddha cannot bear to see sentient beings suffer and wants to free them from samsara. He cannot rescue them from their negative deeds. He can only show them the path he has taken.

What leads to liberation? Only by understanding and meditating on emptiness. Since it presents the path, the complete framework, that is why the Heart Sutra is the supreme teaching.

The Buddha did not teach those who are not matured enough or those who are not interested in emptiness. If a person’s primary interest is in this life, there is no need for emptiness. It is not relevant to him. It is relevant to those who think more deeply and go beyond the 5 senses. On a deeper level, as long as you are influenced by mental affliction and karma, if you do not do something about it, then it continues forever. Then emptiness becomes an important subject. Emptiness is the gateway to liberation, to subdue one’s mental afflictions.

– 4th Zong Rinpoche, Tenzin Wangdak

the-bear-buddha asked: Do you know of any books like Slaughterhouse five by Kurt Vonnegut? I love your blog, by the way. :)

So glad you are enjoying my blog :) Thank you so much for your support! Here are some books that would be worth checking out! I can’t wait to see what other suggestions people have for you as well! They remind me of the novel for very different reasons so the list may seem a bit random at first!

1. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

2. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erick Maria Remarque 

3. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

4. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk 

5. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami 

6. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabakov 

Thanks for the question! Happy reading! 

All things are connected.

by Saṃsāran

The Greek Philosopher Thales said this as did the Buddha. Now, quantum physics bears this out and chaos theory has provided us with a mathematical model. Things happen and sometimes seemingly random things occur in meaningful patterns where no such patterns should exist. 

We call this  synchronicity.

So, these patterns may be happening because the universe sometimes breaks the fourth wall and speaks to us directly.

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Bear Claw Chris Lapp: “Are you sure you can skin griz pilgrim?.”
Jeremiah Johnson: “I can skin’ em as fast as you can catch’ em.”
Bear Claw: “Skin that one and I’ll bring you another!”
[Jeremiah Johnson. 1972.]

Grizzly bear claw works on aspen. Near Turner Valley. Alberta. Canada. May. 2015.

All things are connected.

 The Greek Philosopher Thales said this as did the Buddha. Now, quantum physics bears this out and chaos theory has provided us with a mathematical model.

Things happen and sometimes seemingly random things occur in meaningful patterns where no such patterns should exist. We call this  synchronicity.

So, these patterns may be happening because the universe sometimes breaks the fourth wall and speaks to us directly.

Sam.