The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step



Source: Reconsider! | Great Middle Way


Aug 11, 2017

13872803_819791568120320_3096403631283864264_nAll tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting ourselves in the place of another, we should not kill nor cause another to kill.

All tremble at violence; life is dear to all. Putting ourselves in the place of another, we should not kill nor cause another to kill.

If, while seeking happiness ourselves, we oppress with violence other beings who also desire happiness, we will not attain happiness hereafter.

If, while seeking happiness ourselves, we do not oppress with violence other beings who also desire happiness, we will find happiness hereafter.

Speak not harshly to anyone, for those thus spoken to might respond in kind. Indeed, angry speech hurts, and retaliation may overtake us.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Udanavarga

What happens in death


 “When we are at last freed from the body that has defined and dominated our understanding of ourselves for so long, the karmic vision of one life is completely exhausted, but any karma that might be created in the future has not yet begun to crystallize. So what happens in death is that there is a “gap” or space that is fertile with vast possibility; it is a moment of tremendous, pregnant power where the only thing that matters, or could matter, is how exactly our mind is. Stripped of a physical body, mind stands naked, revealed startlingly for what it has always been: the architect of our reality.”

~ Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Source: 11 Quotes from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying to Light Up Your Path ~ Fractal Enlightenment

True spirituality

True spirituality is to be aware that if we are interdependent with everything and everyone else, even our smallest, least significant thought, word and action have real consequences throughout the universe.

Rhythms in life as natural events

“There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures. There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life feels in full bloom, energized and expanding. And there are times of fruition, when things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade. And finally of course, there are times that are cold, and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream. Those rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are.”
Chögyam Trungpa

Source: Chögyam Trungpa Quotes (Author of Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism)


Source: Consequences | Great Middle Way

15726784_1252205801512964_2640775987217528107_nThese are karmic consequences in accord with the cause:

Killing leads to short duration of life.

Theft leads to lacking possessions and enjoyments.

Sexual misconduct leads to much enmity.

Lying leads to being maligned by others.

Slander causes friends to turn against me.

Harsh words ripen as hearing unpleasant statements.

Frivolous speech ripens as being disregarded by others.

Covetousness leads to disappointment.

Malice ripens as pain and fear.

Wrong views ripen as stupidity and ignorance.

What to do with negative thoughts

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Thoughts, words, actions, and consequences

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