Lol! Okay so, a lot of the times when talking about "no attachments", someone will say to me "but, isn't that cold? Where's the passion?" No! Practicing dettachment does NOT mean that you can't be passionate and expressive! It doesn't mean that you can't love with all your might! Dettachment simply means that you are keeping an open mind about whatever is coming. People get attached to a lot of things, relationships, believes, habits, dreams... But what happens when you're proven wrong? What happens when you lose that person? What about when those habits do not serve you? When the things you're clinging onto fail you have two choices for response, you can cling to the desire in your mind and become seriously ill and depressed, or you can accept that you still have your life ahead of you and stay open minded to "this too shall pass". We can't change fate, we can only change the way we feel about it. It's important to accept that everything comes to an end and new things, BETTER THINGS are constantly beginning. So we can continue to grow and learn and welcome those better things. Attachments block one's growth! First step, work on letting go of your attachment to your perspective ESPECIALLY if your perspective is totally pessimistic and self-destructive. #attachments#Buddha#Buddhism#awakening#attached#openmind#optimism#change#changeisgood#growth#spiritualgrowth#selfhealing#judgements#pessimism#happiness#monk#buddhistmonk#funny#jokes#jeditraining#Jedi#fate#lettinggo#letgo
Here's my photo contribution for the @rubinmuseum 's #FullFrameChallenge . As per request, this is probably "the most important picture" I've taken.
Our small crew of 3 American students and Nepali guide and translator was descending from a peak into the remote Himalayan valley of Helambu, Nepal.
After spending the previous 3 months studying Buddhism in India, and now trekking in the Himalayas, I was living out a lofty archetypal journey. Ama Yangri, the name given to the mountain that marked the climax of the whole trip, was that one last step toward a romanticized dream of enlightenment.
Except it didn't turn out that way—not immediately, at least. In Helambu I was forced to confront the relative truth that the local traditional Buddhism was vastly different from my Western perceptions of spirituality and Dharma, which were largely secular and without culture. I was focused on the peak experiences of mysticism where there is no fear, no worry, and no self, and I overlooked all of the circumstantial groundwork that perhaps infinitely comes before that point.
This moment made me curious about the layers and layers of subjectivity that make up my unique perspectives in life, as well as my own karma. It made me want to revise and update how Buddhism applied to the person I was before starting that climb—the person I would soon go back to.
What are books that are sort of enlightening self helpy kind of books but not straight-forward self helpy sort of books that you think I might like? 📚⠀
I've just finished reading The Dharma Bums which I bought on a whim to hit the free delivery mark on Amazon and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I think Wild by Cheryl Strayed is next but I'd love your recommendations! I'm on a self help kick at the moment and I want to keep the momentum going. #MySummerofSelfHelp ⠀
"And how is one made pure in three ways by bodily action? There is the case where a certain person, abandoning the taking of life, abstains from the taking of life. He dwells with his rod laid down, his knife laid down, scrupulous, merciful, compassionate for the welfare of all living beings. Abandoning the taking of what is not given, he abstains from taking what is not given. He does not take, in the manner of a thief, things in a village or a wilderness that belong to others and have not been given by them. Abandoning sensual misconduct, he abstains from sensual misconduct. He does not get sexually involved with those who are protected by their mothers, their fathers, their brothers, their sisters, their relatives, or their Dhamma; those with husbands, those who entail punishments, or even those crowned with flowers by another man. This is how one is made pure in three ways by bodily action."
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Fragment from the "Cunda Kammaraputta Sutta: To Cunda the Silversmith" (AN 10.176), translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
So much talent in you, going wasted! Time to change it up. Remember these are insightful and reflective draws. It means do not receive it as a prediction, but rather as a message for thought. To inspire you, to improve your daily life. For personal, in depth and predictive readings I can be reached at 1-347-932-9168.
The magician brings forth a message today, "do not let your talents go to waste". It's likely that you've been thinking about change. You've become aware of your talent, skills or potential but feel stagnant in them.
It's time to put your skills and knowledge to work. Make the calls, go on the interview, go audition, go launch that business, write that book, start your journey.
In addition, those very skills and talents can help you in your personal and spiritual life. Tap into your untapped resources and in that your most desired miracles will take form.
Spread the love and the message, tag a friend.
When we are training in the art of peace, we are not given any promises that, because of our noble intentions, everything will be okay. In fact, there are no promises of fruition at all. Instead, we are encouraged to simply look deeply at joy and sorrow, at laughing and crying, at hoping and fearing, at all that lives and dies. We learn that what truly heals is gratitude and tenderness.
It isn’t that we say, “It doesn’t matter about me all that much, but if I changed the world, it would be better for other people.” It’s less complicated than that. We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts. - Pema Chödron. #Repost @thismoment.thisbreath
There is so much beauty in the representation of balance between the spiritual and material worlds...and in discovering beautiful, meaningful art right when you need it most --- Dainichi Nyorai, 12th Century Buddhism, Japan.
“And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.”
1 John 5:11-13 NLT
Believers in Christ are the only people on earth that has the full assurance of eternal life with the Almighty. No other religion on earth CAN promise this because it is not a religion, it is a relationship with God himself thru the person Jesus Christ. The truth is revealed in the Word, in nature, in world history, and in You. ☀️I lost my parents, my Uncle and my Aunt early in this life, but I have this hope, this golden ticket-that is I will be with them once again for eternity loving and being loved by God.🏃🏻How about you? Haven't answered his call? Still working on the bonus points to get into his kingdom? Works is a hopeless pursuit. You can never ever get rid of your sins without Jesus in your heart. #faith#truth#God#relationship#inChrist#assurance#salvation#the -promise #islam#muslim#hinduism#Hindu#judaism#Buddhism#atheist#RIP
\\ we'll chase fairies and fireflies, battle the beasts in our brains. we'll watch sunsets and try to outrun the rain as it nips at our heels. but the one thing we won't do? we won't grow up.\\ thank you for being my person, my adventure buddy. 💜✨🌱☀️🍑🌻
It's Friday!!! Shoutout to the lovely Elizabeth Gilbert for being so on point with this quote. To end the week, I am starting to review Pema Chodron's Compassion Cards. This deck includes slogans from Tibetan Buddhism which have been the primary focus of her personal practice and teaching. They can teach us how to awaken our hearts ♥️ in the midst of everyday life. These slogans are from an old text called The Root Text of the Seven Points of Training the Mind by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje. Enjoy! 😊 "This time, practice the main points. In this very life do not waste the opportunity to practice the main points: 1. Seeking to help others is more important than only looking out for yourself. 2. Practicing what your teacher has taught you is more important than scholarly study. 3. Awakening compassion (and thus lessening selfishness) is more important than any other spiritual practice."