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How important is mindfulness...objective insight?

How important is mindfulness…objective insight?

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An excerpt from my book, i.e., Chapter XII – “True Happiness: A Glimpse of Heaven”…

“Even though we are quite often moving quickly through our daily lives, we do have the wherewithal (if we choose to exercise it) to slow our sense of awareness down. We can actually get more done when our minds are more relaxed and we are less scattered in our thinking – thus able to better focus on, and truly…

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I was doing good reading to the lighthouse but I just wanna read jd salinger again because thats the closest I can get to books on buddhism which is o funny


The Visionary Book Cover Art of T. Lobsong Rampa

From Wikipedia:

Lobsang Rampa is the pen name of an author who wrote books with paranormal and occult themes. His best known work is The Third Eye, published in Britain in 1956.

Explorer and Tibetologist Heinrich Harrer was unconvinced about the book’s origins and hired a private detective from Liverpool named Clifford Burgess to investigate Rampa. The findings of Burgess’ investigation were published in the Daily Mail in February 1958. It was reported that the author of the book was a man named Cyril Henry Hoskin, who had been born in Plympton, Devon, in 1910 and was the son of a plumber. Hoskin had never been to Tibet and spoke no Tibetan. In 1948, he had legally changed his name to Carl Kuon Suo before adopting the name Lobsang Rampa.[4] An obituary of Fra Andrew Bertie, Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, claims that he was involved in unmasking Lobsang Rampa as a West Country plumber.

Rampa was tracked by the British press to Howth, Ireland, and confronted with these allegations. He did not deny that he had been born as Cyril Hoskin, but claimed that his body was now occupied by the spirit of Lobsang Rampa.According to the account given in his third book, The Rampa Story, he had fallen out of a fir tree in his garden in Thames Ditton, Surrey, while attempting to photograph an owl. He was concussed and, on regaining his senses, had seen a Buddhist monk in saffron robes walking towards him. The monk spoke to him about Rampa taking over his body and Hoskin agreed, saying that he was dissatisfied with his current life. When Rampa’s original body became too worn out to continue, he took over Hoskin’s body in a process of transmigration of the soul.

Rampa maintained for the rest of his life that The Third Eye was a true story. In the foreword to the 1964 edition of the book, he wrote:

I am Tuesday Lobsang Rampa, that is my only name, now my legal name, and I answer to no other.

To Donald S. Lopez, Jr., an American Tibetologist, the books of Lobsang Rampa are “the works of an unemployed surgical fitter, the son of a plumber, seeking to support himself as a ghostwriter.”

Lobsang Rampa went on to write another 18 books containing a mixture of religious and occult material. One of the books, Living with the Lama, was described as being dictated to Rampa by his pet Siamese cat, Mrs Fifi Greywhiskers. Faced with repeated accusations from the British press that he was a charlatan and a con artist, Rampa went to live in Canada in the 1960s. He and his wife, San Ra'ab, became Canadian citizens in 1973, along with Sheelagh Rouse (Buttercup) who was his secretary and regarded by Rampa as his adopted daughter.

Lobsang Rampa died in Calgary on 25 January 1981, at the age of 70.

anonymous asked:

paper, candle

paper - what are you currently reading? 

several different things because i have no attention span, including something by naomi klein, a book on buddhism, orlando - virginia woolf, and an architecture textbook 

candle - what is your favorite scent? 

a lover’s clothing 


Osomatsusan Goshuin Book (2016 September)

Goshuin is a special red seal that is given at the shinto shrines and the Japanese buddism temples.
they refuse to give goshuin on a casual stump collection notebook or memo pad, so goshuin is stumped on a goshuincho (goshuin book) only.
the goshuins as proof of belief and having visited there are same as the talismans and amulets given at the shrines and the temples.
therefore, people own goshuincho have to keep it at the shinto or buddism alter in their house (some people do it in the special clean box or pouch with respect).
when the owner passes away, all goshuincho books are placed in the coffin with the body.
goshuin isn’t a religious precept, some believers have it and the others don’t do it.

nowadays, there are anime/manga character goshuin books for young people.

Two strangers ran across each other on the bus. One is a young monk and the other is a middle-aged man. They had a short conversation about  Buddhism and their simple method to make their home-made bald head. 

At the last bus stop of the middle-aged man, the monk gave the middle-aged man a present - a book about Buddhism with a note that this is not an incredible gift but it would remind you about today. The middle-aged man left with a pleasant smile. 

The story may have nothing to do with me but it got me thinking if i ever run into a lovely occasion like that. If ever I meet someone that leaves me nothing but a pleasant smile.

Sat May 30, 2015 

anonymous asked:

How do I end my suffering? Where do I start?

That is an excellent question! To me, I think, one of the hardest things to do is starting something. Whether it’s a new job, a new project, new school, new book - the beginning of anything is brutal. At least I think so. Buddhism is no exception. Mostly because there is just so much information that it becomes very overwhelming very quickly.

So where should we begin? Well, it’s easy to just pick up any Buddhism intro or 101 book and read it and assume we know something about Buddhism now. We could not be further from the truth. One, or even ten, introduction books doesn’t give us even a fraction of any real “introduction” to Buddhism. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but still.

I’ve always and will always recommend the five-year syllabus plan. Though five years seems like a really long time, it will provide you with the necessary knowledge, understanding, and mastery that some “advanced” practitioners think they have on the topics you cover.

This is a basic rundown of this five-year syllabus:

Year 1: Covers the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. You study, contemplate and meditate on one truth/path a month. By the end of the year, you would have mastered these two very profound and important teachings.

Year 2: Covers the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination. Again, one link per month.

Year 3: Covers the Six Perfections and Four Immeasurables. The extra two months can be spent on some of topic you might be having a hard time understanding or studying, especially the Perfect of Wisdom.

Year 4: Sutra study. Studying sutras should always come later in one’s practice, because no Buddhist sutra is ever straight-forward and clear. Instead, they are filled with parables and “spiritual code” that needs deciphering. But can only be done when the practitioner really knows what the Buddha was teaching for those sutras. Every example and metaphor the Buddha gave never really actually meant those things, they were always references to something else, and without a trained and practiced “Buddhist mind,” these references would be impossible to understand clearly. So it’s important to never take sutras for face value and to always dig deep for their true meanings.

Year 5: Should be a year of meditation. Study should still continue, but instead of having specifics to study, this is your time to roam free with your studies. This is your elective year. Though your study still continues, meditation should take up most of your time.

So as you can see from this “syllabus,” progress must be made from what seems simple like the noble truths to difficult interpretations of the sutras. Don’t think “life is suffering” is all there is to the first Truth. Simple sentences always mean profound meanings. Even a whole month is truly not enough time to truly and fully grasp the complete understanding, but it is for now.

Don’t try to jump into difficult topics and teachings, because you will only confuse and hurt yourself. The foundation of every Buddhist teaching are the eightfold path and the twelve links, and if those are not mastered, then Buddhist study will be difficult and unrewarding.

Smile and be well!

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