Make Haste to Practice

‘We need to make our preparations now, and we need to be diligent about it. We make think, “I really want to practice the Dharma, but right now I’m really busy, and I have a lot of things to do. I’ll get to the Dharma when my work is done.” This way of thinking is an obstacle that will prevent us from practicing the Dharma. If we are busy doing something right now, then when we are done, something else will come up that will keep us busy, and when that’s done, there will be something else, and something else after that. It’s just one thing after another that we have to do. We end up with no opportunity to practice the Dharma at all.

Padampa Sangye says, “Now while it’s in mind, make haste to practice.” When we think. “I’ve got to practice the Dharma,” we need to go and practice diligently right away. Otherwise, all kinds of things will come up that we think we need to do first, and we’ll never get round to practicing.’

-Khenchen Thrangu, Padampa Sangye, Advice from a Yogi.

anonymous asked:

Socrates once said Beware the barrenness of a busy life. How to do that ? Lately I feel I am leading a busy fruitless life that amount to nothing and stand for nothing?

Some of us get so wrapped up in “doing” that we forget that stillness is important too. You can start today. Be still for 15 minutes. Calm your mind. Then read this over 3 times:

With a wish to free all beings
I shall always go for refuge
To the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha,
Until I reach full enlightenment.
Enthused by wisdom and compassion,
today in the Buddha’s’ presence I generate
the Mind for Full Awakening
For the benefit of all sentient beings.
As long as space remains,
As long as sentient beings remain,
Until then, may I too remain
And dispel the miseries of the world

– Bodhisatva Vow

“I am the thread that runs through all these pearls,” and each pearl is a religion or even a sect thereof. Such are the different pearls, and God is the thread that runs through all of them; most people, however, are entirely unconscious of it.
Swami Vivekananda (and Sri Krishna Bhagavad Gita 7.7).

It’s crazy ya know, love. All the times I thought I was…I wasn’t. It’s crazy how you give everything to someone when they don’t need it because they already have themselves. Love makes you vulnerable to where the only thing you want is that one particular persons attention. You’re annoying when you want their attention but only get it on their time, when they want it, when they want to give it to you. You fall deeper and deeper into a black hole of disappointment and second guessing every decision and every choice you agreed on doing, just for them. That isn’t love, love isn’t half assed, and it’s not 50/50. Love is more than just knowing it’s about not knowing. It’s feelings that you don’t even know you have but are discovered because of the right love, the one true love you were lucky to find. Finding the right love makes you feel silly when you think about the love you thought you had with someone else. It’s just not right to think about because when you have it all nothing else compares. When you find the love of your life, the one that you feel deep deep in your soul, and far back in your past life, the one that’s been with you for eternity, you’ll know. You’ll know from the colors you feel in your stomach and the emotions you taste behind your tongue. Love is love and it shouldn’t be hard.

situational-irony asked:

What exactly happens during the Buddhist equivalent of a religious service? Also, what initially made you interested in Buddhism?

Different schools/traditions and temples have different forms of service. It’s very rare to find two temples with identical forms of services. In most cases it involves meditation, a Dharma talk and chanting. 

I “found” Buddhism by accident, really. I’ve been meditating almost twice as long as I’ve been practicing Buddhism, unknowingly meditating Buddhist techniques. When I was about 14-15 I did some major soul searching. My then religion was just not cutting it. I didn’t believe in someone or something telling me how to life my life. I wasn’t atheist, I just thought that all these prophets and messengers were extremely high on something to be getting “messages” from god.

For a good chunk of my younger teenage life I considered myself a Pagan or a Spiritualist. I was extremely interested and fascinated by spiritualism and mysticism, so that became my religious/spiritual path for about 7-8 years. When I started college my interest in spiritualism and mysticism was slightly diminishing and I felt like even though I have great interest and respect for this, it wasn’t giving me any answers or what I needed.

My meditation was getting stronger and my mind clearer, but I just didn’t know what to do with it. Freshman or Sophomore year of college I read my first Buddhist book and until today my favorite, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh. It gave me a guide and a path that I felt like I was already living, so that was my initiation into the world of Buddhism.

In early 2011 I watched PBS documentary The Buddha and something clicked in me and I felt like it changed my life. That summer I traveled to Thailand for 3 months and did a solitary meditation retreat. From there, the rest is history. I took my precept and refuge vows and eventually my Bodhisattva vows, and hopefully one day my ordination vows.

Smile and be well!

  • Me:*casually adding things to my Netflix list*
  • Dad:youre watching a lot of lesbian films
  • Me:maybe im trying to tell you something

anonymous asked:

Do you think having a teacher is necessary to practise buddhism? I live in a country where buddhism is not very popular so it's hard to find someone to guide you. I read a lot of books and internet articles about Dharma and I try to follow Buddha's teachings, but I'm not sure if I can do it on my own. Every book I've read said it's best to practise with a teacher's help. What do you think?

In some traditions/schools, having a teacher is necessary. But in our great modern times where teachings and instructions are only a few clicks away on Google, the need of a teacher is becoming less and less necessary.

I’ve studied on my own for about 4 years before I decided to go to a temple and have a teacher. I never felt like I needed a teacher because I was always reading books and teachings by great teachers, so it was kinda the same thing! But, I made the decision to seek one out because I have a very powerful pull and aspiration to ordain as a monk one day and I wanted to do it locally instead of traveling to do it. 

Aside from having a teacher, being part of a Sangha is also very powerful sometimes. Being surrounded by like-minded people whom all have the ultimate same goal can be very helpful in our practice when we have questions or concerns.

You can also have “virtual” teachers, I think. Many great teachers like the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh or Ajahn Brahm have their teachings on YouTube, so it is very easily accessible. 

Smile and be well!

sugaffeine asked:

rec me filipino songs pls take ur time omg ily

/cracks knuckles/ LET’S DO THIS

(english songs, filipino artists)

nightlockswing asked:

Would you ever get a lost themed tattoo?

YES I WANT ONE REALLY BAD. a lost tattoo is actually on my list of tattoos to get, though i am still undecided as to what *exactly* i want.

part of me wants the numbers, part of me wants the hieroglyphs from the swan station, or even one of the dharma symbols.

i’m always randomly thinking of things i want. decisions, decisions!

Purification ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

You will fall sick, experience pain, and encounter many adverse circumstances. At such times do not think, ‘Although I am practicing the Dharma, I have nothing but trouble. The Dharma cannot be so great. I have followed a teacher and done so much practice, and yet hard times still befall me.’ Such thoughts are wrong views. You should realize that through the blessing and power of the practice, by experiencing sickness and other difficulties now, you are purifying and ridding yourself of negative actions…. By purifying them while you have the chance, you will later go from bliss to bliss. So do not think, ‘I don’t deserve this illness, these obstacles, these negative influences.’ Experience your difficulties as blessings…when you do experience such difficulties, you should be very happy and avoid having adverse thoughts like, ‘Why are such terrible things happening to me?’

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book “Zurchungpa’s Testament”
ISBN: 978-1559392648 - http://amzn.to/19RFPbO

translated by Padmakara Translation Group

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche on the web:

When I first started this journey I was under the misconception that my time spent in meditation & yoga were the spiritual journey itself. However, after a few years of self-evaluation I have learned those are simply just tools…My spiritual journey is practiced in every conscious moment of my life. The real goal for me is to bring the peace and happiness that my “tools” provide me into my everyday activities. This is the real spiritual path, to be bring that unconditional love for yourself and others into your conscious awareness. This practice allows me to put my big ego aside and know that at all times, I am EXACTLY right where I’m supposed to be. The true spiritual path (for me) is not isolation tucked away in some far away place or temple. It is bringing bringing that peace, love, and happiness into every day challenges. Though I highly recommend meditation and yoga for anyone trying to understand their own spirituality, I also use other tools such as running, golf, & weightlifting. Whatever brings you into a place of no thought will catapult you into the present moment and get you closer to understating your true spiritual nature. #spiritual #spirituality #path #ascension #meditate #meditation #yoga #bodybuilder #powerlifter #consciousness #dharma #karma #goodvibes #happiness #heal #intent #optimism #innerpeace #positivity #personalgrowth #raiseyourvibe #soul #synchronicity repost @spiritualtwin11

dharmapizzatopping asked:

How do you feel about Kerouac?

I love Dharma Bums, passages of Visions of Cody are brilliant, others unreadable.  Not a fan of On the Road.  His correspondence with Joyce Glassman big inspiration for me in what I would like to do in fiction (published as Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters, 1957-1958)

anonymous asked:

Are there any essential Dharma texts that I should have as a Buddhist?

It depends on what school/tradition of Buddhism you follow. Though there are many “main” texts out there for both Mahayana and Theravada, depending on the route and school you take, most likely they have their root/main text. So if you follow a certain school or tradition, then you should constantly study and practice their main text(s).

Smile and be well!

anonymous asked:

I understand your frustration! But I really think sid keeps his distance from actresses except for Alia Bhat ( because they debuted together and she is much younger to him). And I think he tries keep more of a professional relationship with shraddha and parineeti (even though he is fond of them as people) because at the end of the day- they are like coworkers and if he spent more time with parineeti-- I am sure they would eventually catch Romantic feelings with each other which I think he doe

Thats actually nowadays why I strongly believe they are not YET (!).

He also cant stay away from Alia, they will always see eachother when they continue to do only dharma movies.

But ya, I do believe at times he’s just not willing to date an actress, coz no one really is. I mean Pari is at the end one of the only few ppl who said she’ld prefer someone from the industry, but even she said later, not an actor. Sid on the other hand keeps it pretty much open. He also doesn’t prefer the idea of dating an actress but said he wouldn’t judge some1 for their profession. And both said it’s easier to date someone from the industry. Now Sid just has to trust his own words that he feels she’s a regular girl who could be from any industry and is very much detached from being an actress. For him to get hit by that epiphany is what we have to wait for ;)