21 January 2012

The Greatest

The Greatest. . . .

The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.

Atisha (11th century Tibetan Buddhist master)

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19 January 2012

Happy New Year!

It is already the middle of January! 2013 is shaping up to be a spectacular year!!


I teach about suffering and the way to end it.

Conquer the angry man by love.
Conquer the ill-natured man by goodness.
Conquer the miser with generosity.
Conquer the liar with truth.


Dhammapada



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07 January 2012

Buddha Eyes

Here is an excerpt from my recent assignment for class. This was written after reading the book Shakyamuni Buddha: A Narrative Biography

My eldest son went for a half hour walk this evening. Upon returning he told me that he thought there should be a law that people should be required to turn off all lights and go outside to enjoy the night sky. He feels that doing so would help people to expand their minds.

Siddhartha was determine to follow his souls desire to become a monk however the birth of his son was an obstacle. Even family attachments were not enough to hold him back. As a mother I find this very difficult. I would have to wait until my children were of legal age before I felt I could completely devote myself to my own goals. Buddha paid dearly by leaving his family behind but the reward was so great and has benefited so many. His goal was not personal it was for the benefit of all. Even so I am not sure if I could do the same. Because of what the historical Buddha did by renouncing his family and life in order to pursue enlightenment we do not need to do the same. He walked before us.

“We have inherited instead an obligation to lead active and productive lives as lay people. We must, however, practice a psychological renunciation;…” pg. 29-30

For me this psychological renunciation is the journey, it is the path.

The Buddha realized that he was not going to be able to find enlightenment merely through following his teacher. He realized that by meditating and going within he could find the answers.

“He realized that he could attain enlightenment only through his own practice and meditation.” Pg. 31

It’s a lot of work but no one can do it for me. We can only do our own practice and meditation. It is not handed to us we must doing our work with faith and we will attain Buddhahood as well.

Each day being aware of the temptations of Mara will bring us a step closer to being able to see clearly with Right View and act with Right Action.

To be able to look at the world through Buddha eyes will be like Heaven. To be able to see everyone as they truly are bathed in glory and brilliance would be something wonderful indeed.


I know even now that I will have to practice lovingkindness and compassion with myself. It is not always easy!

01 January 2012

Happy New Year & Dharma Dragon

Greetings and Salutations!

Top of the year to you 2012! Yeah! And its year of the Dragon.

Soaring high...

On the Dharma path what am I dealing with?

What is the Right View and Right Action when dealing with TEENAGERS??

Yes, my teenagers...and three of them at once.

Anyway....as I contemplate my path for the year ahead please enjoy the Dharma Talk
from my Sensei Rev. Koyo Kubose of Bright Dawn Center for Oneness Buddhism.


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Happy New Year & Year of The Dragon

Reiki Blessings, Grace and Peace,

May such lovely blessings follow you through this year of 2012 on our modern Gregorian calendar.

Where is my Reiki practice taking me today?

Just for Today

I will not worry and I will not anger. I will breathe as I continue to walk down the path of being a mother to three teenagers and a toddler mind you. ;-)

The toddler is the easiest one. He is defiant but does not talk back! Yes, even he acts as though he knows it all!!

I've never been a mother of teenagers before, if I have in a previous life it doesn't matter because I do not remember anyway.

It is nerve wracking, frustrating and emotional. However, overall my boys are very good young men. They make good grades and hang out with decent peers.

Its the learners permit for driving. Its the occasional rolling of the eyes. Its the constant need to have the last word.

Just for today I shall remember to breathe.

Gam zeh ya'vor. That is Hebrew for this too shall pass.

May you soar with the Dragon. Be strong and know your power and use it for good. May your tongue be steady and only sharp when absolutely needed.

I am posting a link to the Dharma Talk given this morning by my Sensei the Rev. Koyo Kubose of Bright Dawn Center for Oneness Buddhism where I am in a 2 year lay minister program.

Enjoy this Dharma Talk.


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