…what I’m aiming to promote [is] — a universal spiritual oneness for all of us, welcoming to those who may be seeking refuge from a narrow sense of religion.
The more time we spend rejecting who we are, the further we get from the Buddha within. The more time we spend accepting who we are, the closer we get to staying in what you might call the Buddha zone forever.
…as Buddhism teaches, nothing is permanent, not even spring and birthdays.
Originally posted on Finding my Miracle:
I’m going to tell you a story about my wild Friday night. It’s a long story and brevity is not a strength of mine but I’m going to do my best to keep it to the point. This might be a challenge, though, because to be honest, at this…
I wish I could say that my Buddhist equanimity, developed over decades of practice, kept me from panicking, but I’d be violating the Fourth Precept, the one about false speech.
I could tell people that it’s a 9.12 kilowatt system expected to produce 971 kilowatt hours a month, but what does that mean in the real word?
Originally posted on Peace Paul's Weblog:
In today’s media-saturated world, it can feel like we are in perpetual crisis. A full panoply of suffering assaults us on every side – news of murders, wars, disease, famine, environmental destruction, social injustices, etc. Every issue is important and horrifying and overwhelming. Unfortunately, there is little we…
Although my visual memory is close to nonexistent, in real time I follow my monkey mind, which responds to what it sees. But I am not my mind just as I am not my body. I don’t need to let a monkey lead me.
The Buddha said that all of his teachings were about dukkha and the cessation of dukkha. That leaves us with a religion based around single word, whose translation is tricky.
I felt as though I had reached a new level in my spiritual development — a step closer to Buddha-hood. Despite recent severe pain and despite shoulder surgery scheduled for next week, I was happy.
So, indeed, this body is not me. It’s nothing like the body that ran three marathons in 1979 and ’80.
Originally posted on Mind Without Walls:
When we open the gate of suffering within our own hearts we find that compassion is the transforming principle – compassion is the antidote to suffering. By understanding that all people feel the same suffering that we feel we can realize that, in this way, we are all the same…
So what started as a cultural adaptation became a spiritual one. We Buddhists like to live in the present moment — the here and the now — without fixation on past and future.