Baraka is a 1992 non-narrative documentary film directed by Ron Fricke. The title Baraka means blessing in a multitude of languages, deriving from the Arabic بركة, descending from a common Semitic ancestor and cognate to the Hebrew Berakhah.
Maestra Maria Sabina en ceremonia (in ceremony)
Kalpulli Teocalli Ollin
“Dance artist Miyoko Shida was born in Fukuyama-shi, Japan. She performed as a dancer and choreographer at the Rigolo Nouveau Cirque in Switzerland and currently lives in Paris, France.”
Murder, violence, greed, anger and temptation have made the human world a desperate place. A terrible storm has descended upon the human world, and this is carrying the world towards destruction. There is only one way to save the world and that is through dharma. When one doesn’t walk the righteous path of spiritual practice, this desperate world will surely be destroyed. Therefore, follow the path of spirituality and spread this message to your fellows. Never put obstacles, anger and disbelief in the way of my meditation’s mission. I am only showing you the way; you must seek it on your own. What I will be, what I will do, the coming days will reveal. Human salvation, the salvation of all living beings and peace in the world are my goal and my path. “Namo Buddha sangaya, Namo Buddha sangaya, namo sangaya.” I am contemplating on the release of this chaotic world from the ocean of emotion, on our detachment from anger and temptation, without straying from the path for even a moment: I am renouncing my own attachment to my life and my home forever. I am working to save all living beings. But in this undisciplined world my life’s practice is reduced to mere entertainment.
The practice and devotion of many Buddhas is directed at the world’s betterment and happiness. It is essential, but very difficult, to understand that practice and devotion. But though it is easy to lead this ignorant existence, human beings don’t understand that one day we must leave this uncertain world and go with the Lord of Death. Our long attachments with friends and family will dissolve into nothingness. We have to leave behind the wealth and property we have accumulated.
What is the use of my happiness when those who have loved me from the beginning – my mother, father, brothers, relatives – are all unhappy? Therefore to rescue all sentient beings I have to be Buddha-mind and emerge from my underground cave to do vajra meditation. To do this I have to realize the right path and knowledge, so do not disturb my practice. My practice detaches me from my body, my soul and this existence. In this situation there will be 72 goddess Kalis. Different gods will be present, along with the sounds of thunder and of “tangur”, and all the celestial gods and goddesses will be doing puja (worship). So until I have sent a message do not come here and please explain this to others. Spread spiritual knowledge and spiritual messages throughout the world. Spread the message of world peace to all. Seek a righteous path and wisdom will be yours.
Second speech excerpt:
Prayers of Kunchu Suma – message of peace for all living creatures and for the spiritual prosperity of humankind. Salutations to all spiritual seekers, saints, religions and all organizations. After I was commanded by the spirit to save and uplift humankind and the creatures of the world, I have abided by the promise to save the ephemeral world from the ocean of emotions and to free the world from the worldly sins. I have been meditating (dhyana) to free humankind and all living creatures. All sentient beings want to get free from worldly sorrows and pains. But by birth, they are not equipped as humankind to seek after spirituality and get free. They are also praying to God (the source/spirit). They are happy to be in this world.
Humankind is creating traditions that will destroy the entire humanity and living creatures. In the name of religion killings, violence, anger, jealousy and divisions are being promoted. There is only one source; the spirit has one form; the souls of all humans are the same, only the tradition and customs are different. Always embrace the path of mercy, compassion, non-violence, peace; this is the message I want to convey to our society and to all the citizens of the world.
True spirituality, the true human spirit, will always search for truth. The search for truth is the only beneficial way for humans. Despite the existence of thousands of paths, chaos, greed, attachment, anger and jealousy have imprisoned our society and humankind. In this way the world is heading towards destruction. So, it is high time that the citizens of the world think about it. Humans should never forget their ultimate spiritual duty and their society. Refrain from killings, violence, greed, jealousy, attachments and evil character. Shed tears of mercy and compassion; show to the world the way of salvation.
After we die it is extremely difficult to get back a human life. Everyone thinks that we do not reincarnate after death. No, we receive a human life due to our virtuous work. We earn the fruits due to the merits of our work. Now the world is governed by three forms. The first form is greed, the second form is anger, the third form is attachment and jealousy that are ruling this world. May all the religious traditions change. All the religious people need to first find the truth and by cultivating mercy, compassion, non-violence and peace in their hearts they need to beautify the world with the way of salvation. I will continue to contemplate and meditate for the salvation of living beings by being focused in my path of wisdom until I find the ultimate form of enlightenment, the Samyak Sambodhi. Salute to the ultimate form of enlightenment and may peace be with everyone.
- Ram Bahadur Bomjon: Reincarnation of the Buddha (jssherald.wordpress.com)
When you begin to practice samādhi you want peace and tranquillity. But you don’t get any. You don’t get any because you have never practiced this way. Your heart says, ”I’ll sit until I attain tranquillity”. But when tranquillity doesn’t arise, you suffer. And when there is suffering, you get up and run away! To practice like this can not be called ”developing the heart”. It’s called ”desertion”.
Instead of indulging in your moods, you train yourself with the Dhamma of the Buddha. Lazy or diligent, you just keep on practicing. Don’t you think that this is a better way? The other way, the way of following your moods, will never reach the Dhamma. If you practice the Dhamma, then whatever the mood may be, you keep on practicing, constantly practicing.
The other way of self-indulgence is not the way of the Buddha. When we follow our own views on practice, our own opinions about the Dhamma, we can never see clearly what is right and what is wrong. We don’t know our own heart. We don’t know ourselves.”
~ Ajahn Chah ~
Full Dhamma talk:
- The biggest tragedy (zenflash.wordpress.com)
“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” -Carolyn Myss
Jhanas are degrees of freedom from anxiety.. Successive degrees of diminution of one’s desire to interfere willfully in the natural course of events. Jhanas are shifts of interest increasingly, from what ought to be, to what is…
~ A.J. Bahm
Philosophy of the Buddha
“From the Buddhist point of view, there is a really big tragedy that is happening all the time.The fact that all beings, like you and me, you know, sentient beings, even so they are adorned with an enlightened-nature – wherever they go, enlightened-nature goes – they just miss it all the time. That is the biggest tragedy. It is so near, it is just so close, it is right here in front, even closer than in front of you. But most of us, we miss it. That is the biggest tragedy.”
Researchers have discovered the oldest known ape and old world monkey fossil in a riverbed in Tanzania. The fossils are approximately 25 million years old, and until now we knew little about this period of primate evolution. The finding sheds light on the divergence of old world monkeys and apes.
- Fossils Indicate Common Ancestor for Old World Monkeys and Apes (scientificamerican.com)
- Fossils indicate common ancestor for two primate groups (nature.com)
― Gautama Buddha
Best viewed in HD, this is a video I made a year ago, during the same week in April 2012 when Mike and I launched Tao & Zen… Christopher
Joy and sorrow, these are of the mind only. They are not yours. It is not really you who acts or enjoys. You are everywhere, forever free. The single witness of all things.But if you see yourself as separate, then you are bound. “I do this. I do that.” The big black snake of selfishness has bitten you!Know you are one, pure awareness. With the fire of this conviction, burn down the forest of ignorance. Free yourself from sorrow. Be happy! For you are joy, unbounded joy. You are awareness itself.
The Self looks like the world, but this is just an illusion. The Self is everywhere. One. Still. Free. Perfect.
Awareness without action, clinging or desire. Meditate on the Self. One without two. Give up the illusion of the separate self. Give up the feeling, within or without, that you are this or that.
Because you think you are the body, for a long time you have been bound. Know you are Pure Awareness, your Nature is Pure Awareness. You are flowing in all things, and all things are flowing in you.
~ The Ashtavakra Gita ~
Thomas Byron translation
People kill and are killed because they cling too tightly to their own beliefs and ideologies. When we believe that ours is the only faith that contains the truth, violence and suffering will surely be the result.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~