The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

Sentient beings

Circle of compassion

Source: Tao & Zen – Timeline Photos

My dear heart

My dear heart..never think you are better than others.
Listen to their sorrows with compassion.
If you want peace, don’t harbor bad thoughts
do not gossip and don’t teach what you do not know.

~ Rumi

Source: Rumi

Real Monastics

Real Monastics | Great Middle Way.


Aug 15, 2015

10703509_589600204495275_8867174697818231324_nNeither going about naked, nor with matted locks,

nor filthy, nor fasting, nor lying on the ground,

nor smearing oneself with ashes and dust,

nor sitting on the heels in penance,

can purify one who has not overcome doubt.

Even though one be well attired, yet if one is poised,

calm, controlled and established in the holy life,

having set aside violence towards all beings,

one truly is holy, a renunciate, a monastic.

―Buddha Shakyamuni

Eating meat does not promote any virtues, and produces many faults

PemaDuddulThe roots of the Dharma are loving kindness and compassion. Do you have real love and compassion in you? How can anyone trained in compassion consume meat?

Look at the suffering is caused by eating meat! The consequences of our own acts will ripen on us, and there is nothing that the Buddhas of the three times can do about it.

Eating meat does not promote any virtues, and produces many faults: it is the source of the four hundred classes of disease, the eighty thousand obstacles, and the eighty four thousand afflicted emotions.

―Nyala Pema Dündul

The depraved

Hahaha, the depraved…

Universal Instruction | Great Middle Way.

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Feb 12, 2015

1467272_549254828492930_841537995_nThe Buddha Shakyamuni gives this instruction in the Griha Vinaya (Rules for Householders, Dharmika Sutra, Kshudraka Agama):

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.

Releasing trauma into the clear space of awareness

“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.”
~ Bruce Frantzis — with Zainish Khan.

This heart is huge, vast, and limitless

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 ~



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