Category Archives: Buddhism

Ted Talk on how to reach your goals (Its not how you think)

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I have been amiss in posting but trust me I am working on new project but I can’t tell you about it.

Why? Watch the video.

Empathy is what this World needs!

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There is not much I can add to this except my thoughts that we all must connect and come to understand that if we want to survive as a species we must learn to show compassion for all beings. After watching the video consider trying this: The next time you feel “sorry” for someone, instead of being sympathetic try and empathize with them. Find a time that you felt the same and understand where they are and not how it can be fixed.

Empathy and sympathy are not just two different approaches to confronting the emotional challenges of others; they are diametrically opposite responses in many important ways. Sympathy places another’s problems at a distance from us, places us in a position of superiority, and “drives separation”, says the film’s narrator, Dr. BrenĂ© Brown. Empathy, on the other hand, requires that one internalize the feelings of another. That shared experience drives interpersonal connection, she says. “What makes things better is connection. – See more at: http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=4646#sthash.PadjDzSC.dpuf

A film by RSA Animate.

Video from KarmaTube

Shared from Daily Good

Controlling your fears.

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Today take time to think about what is one influence in your life that helps to generate a feeling of scarcity or fear? Then think about how can you change this piece of your life or at least how you react to it.

Compassion in action

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runner heading
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coward hides his face

In reading about the explosion in Boston I was moved by one runner who had just FINISHED the race. They had just put the heat blanket wrap on him when he heard the first blast.

“I started running toward the blast. And there were people all over the floor,” he said. “We started grabbing tourniquets and started tying legs.

This is compassion in action.

Mosquito Buddha

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mosquito larva
on the stagnant pool-
future Buddhas

Our mind is the stagnant pond. If we recognize the Buddha within ourselves the larva will hatch and our mind will flow in harmony.

Flower festival

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chicks breaking
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flower festival

Today is Hanamatsuri or Flower festival. It is also the time we celebrate the birth of the Buddha. Just as a chick breaks through its shell to be born we too must break through our ego to be born a compassionate being. May today be your birth too.

Special delivery

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mailman delivers
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Avalokiteshvara

Today a package arrived from on of our former students. Opening the package we were surprised to find a beautiful Avalokiteshvara! This present was for our 10th year wedding renewal. More beautiful than the gift was the knowledge that my wife and I had an impact on this young college student and artist. Thank you Jazz for remembering us.

Avalokiteshvara is a manifestation of all Buddhas’ compassion. He is known as the ‘Buddha of Compassion’. He usually appears as white in color with four arms. His first two hands are pressed together at his heart, symbolizing his respect for his Spiritual Guide, Buddha Amitabha, who is on his crown. Even though Avalokiteshvara is an enlightened being he still shows respect to his Spiritual Guide.

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Nirvana Day

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no regrets
come as you are
nirvana day

Cause of death

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obituary
cause of death…
birth…

The other day Sensei Kubose told us a joke.

Q. Why did the Buddhist coroner get fired.
A. He kept putting “Birth” as the cause of death on the death certificates.

Life is short and the moment we are born we start to die. This is not sad, but a fact. Live life to its fullest with compassion for all beings.

Never to bloom again. 9/11

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seeds of violence
take root on arid soil-
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Compassion must replace anger so that the seeds of violence never bear fruit again.