28.7.05

Defilements are like a cat

Defilements are like a cat. If you feed it, it will keep coming around. Stop feeding it, and eventually it will not bother to come around anymore.

Ajahn Chah, "Still Forest Pool"

24.7.05

Feeling for others as for oneself

All tremble when there is a weapon,
Everyone fears death;
Feeling for others as for oneself,
One should neither kill nor cause to kill.

Dhammapada

8.7.05

A heart of love

A mother, even at the risk of her own life, protects her child, her only child. In the same way should you cultivate love without measure toward all beings. You should cultivate toward the whole world--above, below, around--a heart of love unstinted, unmixed with any sense of differing or opposing interests. You should maintain this mindfulness all the time you are awake. Such a state of heart is the best in the world.

Majjhima Nikaya

7.7.05

Dalai Lama marks 70th birthday

Born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family in north-eastern Tibet, he was recognised at the age of two as the incarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.

Since then he has lived much of his life as a simple monk, spending many hours praying and meditating.

"Brute force, no matter how strongly applied, can never subdue the basic human desire for freedom and dignity. It is not enough, as communist systems have assumed, merely to provide people with food, shelter and clothing. Human nature needs to breathe the precious air of liberty."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

6.7.05

the Awakened One shines

By day shines the sun;
by night, the moon;
in armor, the warrior;
in jhana, the Brahmin.
But all day & all night,
every day & every night,
the Awakened One shines
in splendor.

Dhammapada, 26

Every good fortune

Every good fortune,
Wives, friends, houses, lands,
All these gifts and riches ...

They are a dream,
A juggling act,
A traveling show!

A few days, and they are gone.


Ashtavakra Gita 10:2

5.7.05

Consider.

Consider.

Wherever there is desire,
There is the world.

With resolute dispassion
Free yourself from desire,
And find happiness.

Desire binds you,
Nothing else.
Destroy it, and you are free.

Turn from the world.
Fulfill yourself,
And find lasting happiness.

Ashtavakra Gita 10:3-4

1.7.05

Walking the spiritual path

Walking the spiritual path is a very subtle process; it is not something to jump into naively. There are numerous sidetracks which lead to a distorted, ego-centered version of spirituality; we can deceive ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques.

Chogyam Trungpa, "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism"