Hahaha, the depraved…
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Feb 12, 2015
Let him not destroy, or cause to be destroyed,
any life at all, or sanction the acts of those who do so.
Let him refrain even from hurting any sentient being,
both those that are strong and those that tremble in the world.
If we fail to understand the universality of this injunction, the Buddha clarifies (Kshudraka Agama):
Whether they be creatures of the land or air,
whoever harms here any sentient being,
who has no compassion for all that live,
let such a one be known as depraved.
“When you can let go of what is bothering you, joy and happiness will naturally re-surface. The really bad thing is reliving a bad event over and over; holding onto it without being able to let go. The issue is not that bad things have happened it’s whether or not we want to live and struggle with them or eventually let them go. That’s the key to meditation; dissolving and releasing trauma into the clear space of awareness.”
When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless..
~ Pema Chödrön ~
“Dear Sangha Friends,
We get a sad news, it says that one of our great master, Thich Nhat Hanh, is passing away in Plum Village, with his disciples around him.They are calm and focused, and so should we be. His continuation is already here in his senior students, and we also are part of that continuation.
There will of course be official announcements as things unfold, and they will be passed on to you. But his passing out of this material manifestation is imminent.
The Sisters ask that you sit, peacefully for Thay, as they are doing, and send him your love. Also, that you might like to chant for him (you could do it along with the monks and nuns) this Avalokiteshvara Chant,
but to us, this day itself should be a very very mindful day in his honour, and because we know that is what would please him more than anything else.”
Awareness of impermanence and disgust with samsara
are the external preliminaries on the Noble Path.
They thoroughly dispel the preoccupation with ordinary life.
Compassion and ethical conduct are the special preliminaries.
They make advancement possible on the Great Vehicle of the Mahayana.
Therefore, at the beginning, cultivate these preliminaries.
Music to ease the suffering:
May all sentient beings who hear this magical song obtain some relief from the suffering that permeates this dimension.
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
- The essence of the Buddha’s teachings
- The 12 Vows of the Medicine Buddha
- A Medicine Buddha Meditation and Mantra
The Meaning Behind the 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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