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Aloneness and loneliness

Loneliness is the illness of our time

Excerpt from:

Source: What 5 Great Spiritual Leaders Have to Say About the Deadly Sickness of Loneliness – Waking Times

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July 21, 2017

Thich Nhat Hanh

Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, also the author of many books including You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, gives us perhaps the most thorough assessment of the roots of loneliness. He discusses the idea that we must come home to ourselves to find peace and happiness.

Once we are home, we no longer feel lonely. Home is a place where loneliness is happiness. But where is home? It is within the self, it is an island, a place inside ourselves where we must return to in order to be happy. Many of us have forgotten how to take this place with us in our day to day lives, and as such we drift further away away with each communication. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Furthermore, he offers an explanation as to why technological connection and being part of a group does not always alleviate the sense of loneliness. We are disconnected with ourselves.

Loneliness is the ill being of our time. We feel very lonely. Even if we are surrounded by many people. We are lonely together. And there is a vacuum inside of us and we do not feel comfortable with that kind of vacuum, so we try to fill it up by connecting with other people. We believe that when we connect with other people that feeling of loneliness will disappear. And technology supplies us with a lot of devices in order to connect. Stay connected. We always stay connected but we continue to feel lonely.

We use technology to try and dissipate that feeling of loneliness but we have not succeeded.

In our daily life we are disconnected with ourselves. We walk, but we do not know that we are walking. We are there, but we do not know that we are there. We are alive, but we do not know that we are alive. We are losing ourselves, we are not ourselves.

How can you connect with another person when you cannot connect with yourself? ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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When you are lonely or in darkness


I wish I could show you,
When you are lonely or in darkness,
The Astonishing Light
Of your own Being.

~Hafiz~

 Tao & Zen.


One day of silence

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Inspiring Elephant Orphan Story

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 “Daphne Sheldrick has dedicated her life to raising orphaned elephants. Once they are old enough, they are taken to protected areas and integrated with other orphan groups. When Daphne visits, the elephants gather around her for a hug.”~Rob Gerardi
“To be a baby elephant must be wonderful. Surrounded by a loving family 24 hours a day. Touched by the family, cuddled and comforted. A tremendous love and compassion exuded by every family member. I think it must be how it ought to be, in a perfect world.”~Daphne Sheldrick
Elephant Orphans… Wisdom of the Wild
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeTmE71uEaw

You are never alone

sky bud

“You are never alone because all the time there are numberless buddhas and bodhisattvas surrounding you, everywhere loving you, guiding you. That is what they do.”

Lama Zopa Rimpoche


It’s beautiful to be alone


Medicine Buddha Mantra

May all sentient beings who hear this magical song obtain some relief from the suffering that permeates this dimension.

▶ Medicine Buddha Mantra with words – YouTube.

 

The Medicine Buddha: The Meaning and Symbolism of The Healing Buddha | Buddhaful Living.

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The Meaning Behind the Medicine Buddha

The Medicine Buddha – The Meaning, Teachings, Mantra & Empowerment

“If one meditates on the Medicine Buddha, one will eventually attain enlightenment, but in the meantime one will experience an increase in healing powers both for oneself and others and a decrease in physical and mental illness and suffering.” Lama Tashi Namgyal

The Healing Buddha or Medicine Buddha is usually referred to as the doctor of the world. Not only is the Healing Buddha the granter of wishes for perfect health, the Medicine Buddha path of light is one that leads the practitioner to enlightenment.

The Medicine Buddha was the first Buddha statue I ever owned. It was a gift to me. I had become extremely ill and had just spent three months in the hospital.

One of my dearest friends gifted me the Medicine Buddha statue. A gift that I treasure to this day.

In this article we’ll look at:

The Meaning Behind the Medicine Buddha

Medicine Buddha

Every depiction of the Buddha has significance and meaning. Each hand gesture, posture and in the Medicine Buddha’s case even color has deep psychological inferences.

Why is the Medicine Buddha blue?

The deep blue that the Medicine Buddha is normally portrayed in wasn’t done so at random. It ties back a master healing stone – Lapis Lazuli.

For more than six thousand years this stone has been honored and cherished as the most precious of stones. Valued even more than the diamond or gold.

It may be because of how hard it is to obtain. Primarily mined in the Badakshan region of northeast Afghanistan, which is pretty much an inaccessible area located behind the Hindu Kush.

This deep blue is usually associated with the brow chakra. The main attributes of the brow chakra are discernment, clarity, vision and seeing beyond illusion,

What is the plant that the Medicine Buddha is holding?

The plant that the Medicine Buddha is holding is the myrobalan fruit. This plant represent all of the best medicines in the world.

What does the Medicine Buddha’s hand gestures mean?

The Medicine Buddha’s right hand gesture represents and symbolizes the eradication of suffering. Especially the suffering of sickness using the means of relative truth.

The Medicine Buddha’s left hand gesture – resting in his lap, palm upward symbolizes meditative stability or meditation as a whole. Meditation is is looked upon as a tool to aid in the eradication of sickness and suffering. How? By digging deep into the very roots of samsara. This will lead the practitioner to the realization of absolute truth.

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The Medicine Buddha: The Meaning and Symbolism of The Healing Buddha | Buddhaful Living.