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Buddhist Proverbs

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This Sunday, April 15th 2012, I have been asked to give the message at the Buddhist Temple of Chicago. I decided to discuss the “Four Dharma Seals.” In my research I came across many Buddhist Proverbs at http://japanlifeandreligion.com, the following ten are the my favorites. I am not going to add commentary at this time but I hope to do so in the future. Furthermore, If you live in Chicago please come on by as I would love to meet you.

I also suggest using these proverbs as an object for contemplation/meditation.

  1. 悪事身にとまる (akuji mi ni tomaru) – All evil done clings to the body.
  2. 頭そるより心をそれ (atama soru yori kokoro wo soré) – Better to shave the heart than to shave the head.
  3. 会うは別れのはじめ (au wa wakaré no hajimé) – Meeting is only the beginning of separation. (This one I am using!)
  4. 凡夫も悟れば仏なり (bonbu mo satoréba hotoké nari) – Even a common man by obtaining knowledge becomes a Buddha.
  5. 仏法とわら屋の雨、出てきけ (Buppō to waraya no amé, dété kiké) – One must go outside to hear Buddhist doctrine or the sound of rain on a straw roof.
  6. 仏になるも沙弥をへる (Hotoké ni naru mo shami wo heru) – Even to become a Buddha one must first become a novice.
  7. 地獄極楽は心にあり (Jigoku Gokuraku wa kokoro ni ari) – Hell and Heaven are in the hearts of men.
  8. 露の命 (Tsuyu no inochi) – Human life is like the dew of morning.
  9. 陰の形にしたがうごとし (kagé no katachi ni shitagau gotoshi) – Even as the shadow follows the shape.
  10. この世は仮の宿 (Kono yo wa kari no yado) – This world is only a resting-place. 

    You can also check out the below sources for many others.

Sources:
  1. http://japanlifeandreligion.com/2010/11/26/ten-great-buddhist-proverbs-by-lafcadio-hearn/ Thanks to Doug 陀愚 for his wonderful kanji.
  2. http://www.sacred-texts.com/shi/igj/igj12.htm
  3. http://oaks.nvg.org/buddhist-proverbs.html

95 Questions to Help You Find Meaning and Happiness

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I tried reblogging this earlier. This one is worth a second shot.

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At the cusp of a new day, week, month or year, most of us take a little time to reflect on our lives by looking back over the past and ahead into the future.  We ponder the successes, failures and standout events that are slowly scripting our life’s story.  This process of self-reflection helps us maintain a conscious awareness of where we’ve been and where we intend to go.  It is pertinent to the organization and preservation of our long-term goals and happiness.

The questions below will help you with this process.  Because when it comes to finding meaning in life, asking the right questions is the answer.

  1. In one sentence, who are you?
  2. Why do you matter?
  3. What is your life motto?
  4. What’s something you have that everyone wants?
  5. What is missing in your life?
  6. What’s been on your mind most lately?
  7. Happiness is a ________?
  8. What…

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Quantum Physics and Buddhism. Do they agree?

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A great explanation of why Quantum Physics agrees with the teachings of Buddha.