buddhism book

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Herbal candle DIY These are good for rituals, scent or the aesthetic of it. Perfect custom altar additions, made just the way you like it. What you will need: -candles or candle wax -herbs/flowers of your choice -a spoon -a heavy book -a clothing iron -parchment paper Optional; -essential oils -food colouring 1. The first thing you want to do is gather herbs and flowers to put in your candle, whether it be for a spell, or ritual or for the scent or aesthetic of it. 2. The herbs must be dry herbs, you can dry them yourself if you like. Pick the flowers of your choice (make sure to dry out any excess moisture) 3. To press/dry the flowers (or leaves), you must press them between two pieces of parchment paper in a heavy book for 15-20 minutes, and then to dry them, run a clothing iron over the paper, keep checking on the flowers to make sure they are not burning so that they do not lose color. Once they are stiff and dry, they’re ready to go. 4. You can use wax chips/blocks or you can melt up an old candle. (BONUS: match the color of the wax to your intent (or add food colouring)). 5. Optional: add essential oils, match the scent to your intent if you wish. 6. Then pour the wax into a glass or mould of your choice, holding the wick in place manually or with a clip until the wax is COMPLETELY DRY. 7. Once the wax is dry, remove it from the mould . 8. Hold an old metal spoon over a flame to heat it. Using this spoon press the flowers into the wax, pressing as deep or as shallow as you like and you can move wax over bits of herb/flower to create your desired effect. VIOLA! You have a goregeous looking and wonderful smelling candle, full of herbs with magickal attributes, which can be activated through lighting the wick. Happy witching ~ @indigo-amethyst

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Detachment is a central concept in Zen Buddhist philosophy. One of the most important technical Chinese terms for detachment is “wú niàn” (無念), which literally means “no thought.” This does not signify the literal absence of thought, but rather the state of being “unstained” (bù rán 不染) by thought. Therefore, “detachment” is being detached from one’s thoughts. It is to separate oneself from one’s own thoughts and opinions in detail as to not be harmed mentally and emotionally by them.[2] (X)

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1.25.17 (19/100 days of productivity)

These are some of my Buddhism and Contemporary Readings notes. In my East Asian Buddhism class we had a Sri Lankan monk come and lecture for us today. At the end of class we meditated for twenty minutes. It was really cool, and it honestly felt great to clear my head. I’m not good at meditating on my own time, but when I have to do it for a class or as part of some collective activity I can make myself sit still. Maybe I should consider going to the meditation practices on campus. 

100 Questions!!

1) Have you ever been in a relationship?
2) Do you have a crush on anybody?
3) Is there anyone you don’t like?
4) What is your sexuality?
5) Do you have any siblings? If so are they older or younger?
6) What are your plans for the near future?
7) What do you usually wear everyday?
8) What songs do you like to listen to?
9) Can you give me a link to one of the songs you listen to?
10) What are you usually fond doing?
11) What’s your favorite movie genre?
12) Do you have any movie recommendations?
13) When is your birthday (Month, day)?
14) What is your favorite colour?
15) What country do you live in?
16) Who do you look up to?
17) What religion are you in? (Christianity, Buddhism, etc.)
18) What books/fanfics do you recommend for me to read?
19) What are some topics that trigger you?
20) What are some of your pet peeves?
21) What shows/anime do you recommend for me to watch?
22) What is your favorite food?
23) Who is your favorite [Insert anime/show] character?
24) What is your favorite kind of chocolate (milk chocolate, dark, special dark, white chocolate, etc.)
25) If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be?
26) Can you draw? If so can you draw yourself/your muse?
27) What hairstyle do you usually have?
28) Do you have another blog? If so can you tell me what it is?
29) What do you like to snack on when you’re bored?
30) What is your favorite popcorn flavor?
31) What is your favorite potato chip flavor?
32) What is the best food to make with potatoes?
33) Do you have more interest in planets or stars?
34) What is your Chinese zodiac?
35) What is your horoscope?
36) Do you play video games?
37) What video games do you play?
38) What is your least favorite color?
39) What is your least favorite movie?
40) What is your least favorite food?
41) What’s your favorite country?
42) What is your favorite state?
43) What place would you like to go for sightseeing?
44) Who are your five favorite characters?
45) What are your top five ships?
46) Would you rather see the future or change the past?
47) If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
48) If you could be anything what would you be?
49) What’s better: earrings or necklaces?
50) What’s your favorite flower?
51) What’s your favorite band/singer?
52) Who’s your favorite artist?
53) What is your favorite quote and who’s it by?
54) What’s your favorite book and who’s it by?
55) Who’s your favorite author?
56) What do you think of [Insert blog name]?
57) Do you like to play board games/card games?
58) What’s your favorite board game?
59) What’s your favorite card game to play?
60) Will you ever do a face reveal?
61) Do you wear glasses or contact lenses?
62) Do you have braces or anything for your teeth?
63) What’s your favorite form of art?
64) Do you like to cook/bake?
65) What’s your favorite food to cook/bake?
66) What country were you born in?
67) Do you wear any accessories?
68) What’s your favorite kind of cookie?
69) Are you still a virgin?
70) What inspires you?
71) What’s your favorite poem and who’s it by?
72) What’s your favorite brand?
73) Norse or Greek mythology?
74) Favorite YouTuber and why?
75) What your favorite drink?
76) would you rather drink coffee or tea?
77) Soda or no soda?
78) What’s your favorite soda?
79) Minecraft or Terraria?
80) Are you still in school?
81) Would you rather married or single?
82) Are you friends with any blogs irl?
83) What’s better: hot or cold?
84) Are you an introvert, extrovert, or somewhere between?
85) Do you curse/say bad words?
86) Did you ever witness bad incidents or accidents?
87) Have you ever gotten into a bad incident or accident?
88) What language(s) do you speak?
89) If you could speak any language what would it be?
90) What are your opinions on sharks?
91) Do you have any pets? How many?
92) What’s your favorite element?
93) What’s your favorite season?
94) Have you ever gotten trouble? What for?
95) would you rather go on defense or offense?
96) Choose one: Spiders, Snakes, or Sharks?
97) What place have you gone to for vacation? Was it fun?
98) Do you have any phobias? What are some of them?
99) What’s your favorite time of the year?
100) Top bunk or bottom bunk?

anonymous asked:

I am very interested in exploring Buddhism but it's hard to know where to start in terms of incorporating it into day to day life. Are there a few core teachings or practices that I could focus on to start? :)

Ah, Dear One! thank you for asking. For now, read these 2 books, if you can:

1) How to practice: the way to a meaningful life—Dalai Lama
2) Wisdom from peace is every step—Thich Nhat Hanh

These books will help you in your daily life. And, what i would like to say is: don’t get angry. Be in the present moment. Try doing what you love, find some happiness and peace, then spread that joy to the people around you. Peace and love to you. Take care.

It seems to me that everything that exists is good—death as well as life, sin as well as holiness, wisdom as well as folly. Everything is necessary, everything needs only my agreement, my assent, my loving understanding; then all is well with me and nothing can harm me. I learned through my body and soul that it was necessary for me to sin, that I needed lust, that I had to strive for property and experience nausea and the depths of despair in order to learn not resist them, in order to learn to love the world, and no longer compare it with some kind of desired imaginary world, some imaginary vision of perfection, but to leave it as it is, to love it and be glad to belong to it.
—  Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
Often, we get crushes on others not because we truly love and understand them, but to distract ourselves from our suffering. When we learn to love and understand ourselves and have true compassion for ourselves, then we can truly love and understand another person
—  from How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh