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A good traveller has no fixed plan …

25th February 2012

A good traveller has no fixed plan …

… and is not intent on arriving.

For the past year now I have been traveling around much of Asia, trying to find myself, trying to rid myself of any insecurities and find a new, better, much improved way of living over the life I had in the UK. Even though I don’t feel even nearly close to pulling on and arriving into the core of Buddhism just yet, I have found a lot of peace within myself, my abilities and what I can offer to the people around me plus the world.

Buddha has a lot of messages about traveling, which are metaphoric in every sense, he once said “it is better to travel well than to arrive”. Life is difficult, and strenuous, you wouldn’t have it any other way really, there is no perfect design, there is no perfect way in which to “do life”. You simply wake up, plan ahead as much as you feel you can, and follow that path until you feel you have arrived, which of course you never will, because life nowadays is moving so fast, objectives, restrictions, tragedy, all to many and too often upset that plan.

Few manage to go through life and follow a path not realizing that you are in fact the path, and you can never arrive until the day of your certain death.

Treat life with respect, enjoy it, make yourself as free as you possibly can, with the expansion of technology there is more opportunity than ever to lead a fulfilling life, not sit and stare at someone else’s life and wish you had that, you are capable within your own skin of getting everything you ever wanted.

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

to be idle is a short road to death

The GOLDEN RULES set by the Dalai Lama XIV - Live your life by these

23rd February 2012

The GOLDEN RULES set by the Dalai Lama XIV - Live your life by these

Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

Follow the three R's:
- Respect for self.
- Respect for others.
- Responsibility for all your actions.

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

Spend some time alone everyday.

Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

Be gentle with the earth.

Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

The Phuket Floods 2011 and shaping your mind

29th August 2011

The Phuket Floods 2011 and shaping your mind

Ever since I moved to Asia from Britain, I find my time is split between chasing the work load down, sleeping, and then working out the new work load I am chasing. In between I am making plans for Christmas, I was due to go home to see Family for the first time in 9 months, but I am delaying those plans for 12 months as I seek adventure as its truly been a hectic period of life where work has taken hold.

Right now I am in Phuket, and they are suffering there worse natural disaster since the 2004 Tsunami that killed so many, there are floods that are causing landslides, destruction of property and all kinds of devastation to people who don’t have much in the first place. It makes you think, how much you need to make time for reflection, not just run through life.

For me, a practicing Buddhist, I only find the ease for peace of mind from a truly hectic life in the bottle, I know these is a difficult thing when you are trying to learn compassion and the way of Buddha, and I often quiz myself, why I find such comfort in the bottom of an empty bottle that I contributed too, and I realise, Rome wasn’t built in a day, shaping one’s mind is a long process, and you should never expect for things to happen instantly.

Drawing back to the loss people have suffered, it brought me to this quote, which I found extremely interesting an strikes true, “His success may be great, but be it ever so great the wheel of fortune may turn again and bring him down into the dust.
” – A common thought on my mind for the past half a year has been, don’t take things for granted, tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.

And always remember how lucky you are to be alive.

19th July 2011

And always remember how lucky you are to be alive.

Being alive is a gift which you are presented with every single microsecond – take advantage and do good.

You won’t always be in the position of safety and comfort, one day it will all change, so don’t hold back on what you want to do and experience. 

Buddhism and Osama bin Laden

5th May 2011

Buddhism and Osama bin Laden

The Dalai Lama has said that the death of Osama bin Laden was justified which is something to dissect for certain.

As the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the 14th Dalai Lama says he practices compassion to such an extent that he tries to avoid swatting mosquitoes "when my mood is good and there is no danger of malaria," sometimes watching with interest as they swell with his blood. The Dalia Lama said "Forgiveness doesn't mean forget what happened… If something is serious and it is necessary to take counter-measures, you have to take counter-measures."

I believe, with the Dalai Lama justifying the killing of one of the World’s most wanted men, comes several variables to how he arrived at the point. And the principle of Karma will be one which heavily influences. If you live your life a certain way where you place harm, and death upon others, then you are going to considerably reduce the quality and length of your own life. Murder cannot be tolerated, and people who murder should be rid from the World for the good of all mankind.

If all variables that Governments and the media report are true, then Osama bin Laden was the author of his own death, and those who ran in the same circles. No man, women, child, animal or insect could defend such a horrible creation that was bin Laden. May his victims rest in peace and the ones left behind find some peace in the fact that this beast has been destroyed and disregarded in such a way that he cannot have a shrine made out of him.

With compassion, you find happiness, with happiness, you discover who you are.

13th April 2011

With compassion, you find happiness, with happiness, you discover who you are.

Have you ever truly been happy? If you have, you will know it's a truly unnerving experience, I say experience, because that's what it is, exactly that, an experience, its fleeting by nature because of our own strides towards everlasting happiness which negate from that moment when we achieve it.

The Dalai Lama says these very profound words "Every single being, even those who are hostile to us, is just as afraid of suffering as we are, and seeks happiness in the same way we do. Every person has the same right as we do to be happy and not to suffer. So let's take care of others wholeheartedly, of both our friends and our enemies. This is the basis for true compassion."

 
With compassion, you find happiness, with happiness, you discover who you are. The message is simple, when you find a moment of happiness, because thats all it will be, hold on to it, embrace it, and try to remember those vibes you got from it. 

Pain and ignornace

29th March 2011

Pain and ignornace
I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance
I believe all pain is caused by a lack of understanding
I believe forgiveness extends roots of evil
I believe acceptance of evil penetrates prolonged evil
I believe you are not alone in doing this.
I believe pain is inflicted by selfish people
 
I could go on but I will not.
 
Dalai lama says the following "I believe all suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction. Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultiv"
 
If you follow what the Buddha teaches, you will know immediately that he dispels the pain of worldly existence and self orientated peace, you should spread happiness throughout the World, be one, interact, enjoy the surrounding, material possession will causes you no long term happiness, touching, feeling, being one with a fellow human being will do m ore for your self esteem than any 52inch flatscreen tv set cold do.
 
you're not alone, we are all in teh same pursuit, sure we all take a different shot and angle at this ultimate journey, but hey, we are all very much together in a long term goal.
 
You are not doing this alone.

suffering quote

Nothing reminds me of you anymore

21st March 2011

Nothing reminds me of you anymore

 Time is fast approaching for me, I am moving on, moving to the far east, its an exciting time, and reflective all the same when you are given a chance.

 Only a few things really stand out as true events for me while in the UK for te past decade plus. And it's always revolving around the usual love and lost items you find. all so cliché and redundant.
 
"Forget like a child any injury done by somebody immediately. Never keep it in the heart. It kindles hatred."
- Swami Sivananda
 
I like coming out of the end of a period of mourning for a loved lost one, and not through death, but through parting due to differences in opinion and living habits. Often I was left with that kindred hated that Swami talks of. Its hard to avoid, you set your heart on something with love and ultimately when that love fails you feel betrayed and forgotten, like things weren't meant to go that way, like it was written in stone and you guys were meant to live together forever.
 
But then there is silence. And It breaks.
 
No doubt it takes time to move on from lost loved ones, dead or alive, just because any style of split up is equivalent to a death in terms of mourning, you did love that person deeply at one point if you have any substance about you, and you should never deny yourself that emotion, sure you may front to friends and family about yyour feelings but in the darkness and coldness of your own room, you know your feelings deep down, you know what you feel and how you felt.

Take action, if you can fix something, fix it.

17th March 2011

Take action, if you can fix something, fix it.

Touching on the vibe of the Japan Disaster tone, it brings out a lot of emotions about your own problems in life, and how we can often be guilty of exploding a situation into something which is completely different to its original form.

If you can fix a problem, then fix it.

The Dalai Lama has tons of scripture about action, and how one should act, you should note the line is that if you can do something, and affect a situation then you should not worry. If it isn't fixable and then worry is no help to that. Of course human nature is condition to worry and dwell on items that are outside of our control and it would take a lot of reserve programming to achieve a state of relaxation when something is beyond our control.

It is important that no benefit is based in worrying, no benefit can be pulled from that state of human emotion. Benefit is in action, specifically, positive actions.

"An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea."
- Buddha

fix your problems

Buddhism and the Japan Tsunami

16th March 2011

Buddhism and the Japan Tsunami

Watching the Japan disaster unfold on TV has been reality TV of the most extreme degree, I woke up on the morning and turned on the TV and Sky News here in the UK was covering the wave coming in live, as I woke the sleep from my eyes I couldn't get my head around what I was seeing. You immediately know what this means but can't imagine what tragedy is going to wreak on so many life's - really, you don't want to imagine because it makes you somewhat uncomfortable.

Japan is in need, they are in need of human compassion and assistance, I have been looking through quotations for strength for these poor poor people, and I see what Buddha and the Dalai Lama say are words of strength, that's all Buddhism can offer at this point from my view, is strength, to say come on, pick this up and this go forward, together.

The people of Japan need to find that inner strength as the Dalai Lama says

"When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways--either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength."

With them finding inner strength, we as people need to support them, I have searched through tirelessly for words of inspiration and backing that this is all our problem and I found this from Za Rinpoche.

"Understanding unity helps to solve humanity's biggest challenges. There is no such thing as an isolated problem. By injuring any part of the world's system, you injure yourself. There is no such thing as a win/lose situation.

Think of life on this planet in terms of systems and not detached elements. Broaden your field of vision and assimilate the knowledge you have. See that the environment does not belong to any single country to exploit and then disregard.

You cannot afford to think of your relationship with the earth as a one-night stand. There's no such thing as a free glass of milk. It's time to buy the cow."


My unrivalled love goes out to Japan and its people. I hope that karma rewards you who have seen badness fall upon you with a good turn. Stay strong.
 

buddhism and the japan disaster

Life is to short to have burdens placed on you

9th March 2011

Life is to short to have burdens placed on you

Recently a lot of changes are coming about in my life, I am moving out to the far east for several years on work based assignments along with a requirement for a fun and more fulfilling life.

I went to dinner not long ago with a friend who recently split up with her boyfriend who was several years younger than her and clearly had an array of issues with intimacy, protection and abandonment issues. She was mentioning how he didn't like her going to large social gathering, festivals or anything which sounds like she would be exposed to many people. The fact which struck accord with me was that she was accepting of these flaws in him. Love can make you accepting of all kinds of things that you really shouldn't and with love comes blindness to a lot of essential facts of life... namely this one...

Life is short.

I say this a lot I know, but love breads contempt and contempt is something which can then create burdens on a relationship, and unneeded stresses. When someone starts to burden you with restrictions that are simply not needed, you should review the relationship and see if it is really worthy of your time. People can be unfair in life due to their own issues. And I am not saying bail at every opportunity, we should help are fellow man, but if they are being unfair and placing restrictions on you, please review the relationship with view to termination. Life is short.

short road to death

 

Wash away the negative

1st March 2011

Wash away the negative

Concentrate on the positive.

For some unknown reason, paying focus to the negative in your life is easy to achieve for many, and the positive isn't so difficult to keep hold of for so long. I think that's a sign of a well grounded person who is aware of themselves and surroundings but at the same time, holding onto the positives in one's life can have a tremendous benefit.

I believe it's about keeping a good balance of being positive in action and emotion but always have an understanding of the things that can negatively impact your life, with a positive reinforcement those negative can be washed away, whether it be financial, relationship or health troubles, with some positive attitude things can be rectified as your positive vibe will push you to sort any money issues or relationship troubles out. As for health, well, I am very lucky not to have been struck with anything which has tested my theory as of yet, but I know people who have been terminal, and there positive attitude towards life and condition lifted them in their last few months and gave a real sense to those surrounding the,

I think sometimes, we just have to try are very best to do well with the situation we are dealt. Media feeds us perfect images of life, money, relationships, health and adventures, and in comparisons everyone's lives look so mundane and ill.

I recommend anyone who pays any attention to movies, papers or magazines to immerse themselves in a different culture, surround them self with a community to get a real sense of life and then truly weigh up there take on things, in the Western World, the images people posses are manufactured, so get out there, experience real people, and only then can you make a true comparisons and obtain a real perspective of self worth. wash away the negative

Time is fleeting

20th February 2011

Time is fleeting

Everyday someone wakes up and looks for inspiration to start that next day, now that may come from there bank balance, their loved one beside them, art, travel or even a holiday booked in the not to distant future. Something we should all realize about the next person is that we are all the same, we all wake up in the same way and the same thoughts run through our mind ... what is the point of getting up today.

I think everyone should hold this little gem solid in their mind whenever they feel like it's not all worth it. Time is fleeting.

I will say it again. Time is fleeting.

With that firmly planted, this is where you gain your ambition and requirement to succeed, explore and interact with the World. You are living, breathing and for the most part untouchable in your own life its only at specific corners that you become venerable from deaths of loved ones or situations that arise to cause mental unrest as of result of carelessness in how you handle your own business.

It's so cliché but I would say, live and plan every day like it is your last, given the  resource restrictions of the average man, planning is essential, but plan for short periods at a time, do not tie yourself down to commitment within one geographical region as there is a whole great World out there ready to be touched, tasted and experienced.

Time is fleeting

 

Buddhism is not a religion

15th February 2011

Buddhism is not a religion

It is a way of living.

I don't buy into religion, not even slightly, I don't understand all these tales handed down of super humans rising from there ashes and dieing in cycles. I think religion was a tool to control people when people knew nothing of the World and it was a way to control the masses. Required measure at the time, I agree with that but now, its outdated and science proves this.
 
I'm a man of science, therefore religion is not something I can have faith in.

I do however follow Buddhist beliefs to a certain degree, I pick and choose what sections and how deep I go into, because my religion, Buddhism, allows that for me.

Buddha said you should question the World, even Buddhism, for if man questions things then he can learn, and his fellow man will learn in turn.

Buddha teaches me how I can live a better more fulfilling life, be happy, and after all, being happy and healthy, arent they the two main things we all chase?abandon buddhism

Learn to laugh on your own,

10th February 2011

Learn to laugh on your own,

When you laugh - on your own, you can really, truly see things outright. Do not ever miss a moment, impossible not too, but try not to0 ..

Time is always moving

8th February 2011

Time is always moving

"Time is always moving. The important thing is to learn from the past and then look forward to the future."
- Tenzin Gyatso

Tenzin is one of my favourite Buddhist philosophers, he speaks so deep and so true in everything he writes about. I have recently been pouring over text of his given that I am moving to Asia in a few months. I am ploughing more time into my Charity (Orphanage Volunteer Work http://www.orphanagevolunteerwork.co.uk/), the Charity aims to connect people who wish to give their time to help those less fortunate and avoid the pitfalls of going with volunteer networks that look to make some money out of you in the process.

Moving back to the point of Tenzin, he clearly recognizes, which not a lot of people do, is that time is fleeting, people often don't learn and are doomed to repeat their mistakes because they are comfortable knowing what they know, at some point we all have to take a leap of faith in our own abilities and truly upset our balance to test and stretch ourselves.

Standing still is not what a wise man would do, and neither should you.
  Time is always moving

Sleep is the best meditation - fact

23rd January 2011

Sleep is the best meditation - fact

I have had trouble sleeping lately, no specific reason, workload is heavy and I have a lot planned for this year, so maybe these points play on my mind somewhat. It got me searching through text related to Buddhism and sleep. The Dalai Lama says that sleep is the best possible form of meditation, one should make sure you get a sound amount of it to keep a clear mind, without it, you will surely falter. The mind clouds.

If I was going to provide any advice this week, it would be to concentrate on your sleep, make time for it, it's important to a stable life.

To achieve enlightenment

20th January 2011

To achieve enlightenment

Thich Nhat Hanh says there is no enlightenment outside of daily life,  Buddha also points out that you won't be aware of your own enlightenment in several quoted scriptures.

We all travel through life, looking to find our place, trying to figure out what waking up in the morning really means, where we should be heading, in what manner do we work to achieve the ever evolving goals we set ourselves.

This is a fundamental mistake if you really probe, you should BE, don't try to become, setting yourself goals is of course something you cannot help but do to give your life direction. But what I believe is, set your moral compass up correctly, by doing this you are being, you are in the moment. Then everything else you seek will come to you as a result of holding the right morale's and being in existence instead of chasing it.

But whatever you do, don't be reckless with other people's hearts and emotions.

There is no enlightenment

I can be a little insecure, and a little overwhelming.

6th January 2011

I can be a little insecure, and a little overwhelming.

Insecurity can run very fast through my body when I find myself in situation I have no control of, or that have presented due to moments of being careless. I try extremely hard to control every aspect of my life so I do not have a negative impact on those peoples life's I am involved in. With that being said I am very aware that due to my own selfish requirements I am still being reckless with people's feelings on a daily basis, it's something I am learning to manage, but I am prone to the odd slip up, more so than late, which I blame to my head not being clear.

With these clouded thoughts I sat down and thumbed through a Dalai Lama book I own, and I came up to a particular chapter where the Dalai Lama XIV said the following:

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.

Keeping a cool mind is essential, I know this, and I always feel the need to surround myself in the words that remind me of this fact. A level head is one of the great attributes one can possess, to gain a level head I think that you should not speak evil of others, nor discuss their actions. Evaluating others can lead to nothing good.
 

Your love should always outweigh your need ...

6th January 2011

Your love should always outweigh your need ...

The Dalai Lama XIV said the following:

Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

I look at a lot of friends and family who have been together for a period of time, where their existence is based on the requirements that they are together, love has long left the relationships on that ever so special level, and people merely use each other to get through life as painlessly as possible.

This is all well and good if it serves the purpose of existing, and that is your life goal, but surely, by staying with someone for the need of it rather than the love, then you leave yourself open to having other areas of your life exploited. You will close doors that would be open to you if you wasn't so willing to simply get by and not take risks.

Often excuses such as "Not at my age", "I wouldn't know what to do if my routine got mucked up", "I like it at this pace" are said. These I hear over and over again, people make a shut away situation for themselves. I say avoid this, sure, take on any activities you have to get to the end you require, but always keep in mind thre has to be an end result for everything you are doing, never let a day slip by.

I will leave you with these words from Buddha
 

love wins all

All religions are the same

24th December 2010

All religions are the same

"A lot of the powerful religious leaders, from Jesus to Buddha to Tibetan monks, they're really talking about the same things: love and acceptable, and the value of friendship, and respecting yourself so you can respect others."

Religion is a device of acceptance, Buddha, Jesus, others, they all want the same for you, you should be learning and acting in love. Love your fellow man, but only after understanding the, you shouldn't be worried about what your fellow man thinks of you as opinions are fleeting, as are emotions.

Simply wake up, take today at face value and move forward knowing you have tried to make a difference.

Buddhism and Christmas

23rd December 2010

Buddhism and Christmas

... go hand in hand, why? Because Buddha teaches that you question the World, you respect all religions, you take from them what you can and learn from your fellow man. The Dalai Lama said it best when he said:

"The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, forgiveness."

I am going to share with you some of the most profound items the Dalai Lama has ever spoken in my opinion.

"One great question underlies our experience, whether we think about it or not: what is the purpose of life? From the moment of birth every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education no...r ideology affects this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness."

Having said all this the Dalai Lama tells us one of the most important items that you should carry with you always:

"If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it."

I believe he is saying, if your state of mind is right, then you can go forward, you can excel, anything is possible
 

We are responsible for our future happiness.

15th December 2010

We are responsible for our future happiness.

Many people miss this fact, this tiny yet complete and utter truth, we are all responsible for our futures and our own levels of happiness, only we can decide what are state of mind will be.

In today's World, if we are completely honest, people rely on finding 'the one' or some girl or boy they meet to provide them that happiness, which is a massive task for anyone to fulfil, and sadly, often cannot be achieved.

Tenzin Gyatso said it perfectly when he said " The main difference between us, Buddhism and other philosophies, is that we do not accept the notion of a living god, but rather that we are responsible for our future happiness."

I think as a human, if you stop relying on everyone else and concentrate on your own mind then you can truly be complete, you can gain that future you want for yourself, but if you take the easy way out and lay all your troubles and failures on someone else's door step then you are destined for a mind of ill direction.

I would say, every day, do not lie, do not seek excuses, do not pass blame, do not seek out someone to make you happy, only you have the power to make yourself happy, and thats not by material possessions or how people regard you but how you act in life, how you treat your fellow man, compassion, I believe is the key to happiness. But to gain compassion you must first rid your mind of any ill thought.
 

future happiness

Buddhism teaches you good business lessons

8th December 2010

Buddhism teaches you good business lessons

Tenzin Gyatso once said " Compassion, forgiveness, these are the real, ultimate sources of power for peace and success in life" - Tenzin was a great pupil of Buddha and taught many valuable lessons.

Having compassion and the willingness to forgive in business can help you get ahead and give you much success if handled right, this is very obviously a life lesson to, compassion is the root of everything good.
 

When we meet real tragedy in life

1st December 2010

When we meet real tragedy in life

1st December - The year is approaching its end, always time for reflection for myself personally during this period of time. This past year has been nothing to note, I repeated mistakes I made in my past and swore I never would again, but got back on track by making a heart wrenching decision when strength built up for me. The hardest thing to do in your life is separate from someone you have grown dependant on to be there, but at the same time, there is something amazingly wonderful about leaving it all behind and moving forward, making plans and envisioning new experiences.

Today I was reading quotes from Dalai Lama XIV and this one struck true with me

"When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways--either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength."

It is amazing how you can go either one of two ways, having been in that position myself in the past, as I'm sure you who are reading has been, its amazing how we are all fundamentally the same. Scary infact.

When we meet real tragedy

 

Wipe out the persistence of ego

29th November 2010

Wipe out the persistence of ego

Ego is an ugly selfish thing, that is only to common place in the World today, you see it everywhere, even when making a purchase at a store where simple transactions should have no place for such an enemy.

Tenzin Gyatso says that the persistence of ego is the number one enemy of compassion, to truly be free you have to let go of all of your vices that breed your ego and misinformed self confidence and concentrate on compassion, bringing compassion and love towards your fellow man, try your hardest to forgive and forget.

I personally believe forgiveness in some situations is near impossible, as I have adapted Buddhism in my life, compassion I understand needs to be taught, and nurtured, you have to be true to yourself and those around you. If you cannot be compassionate then you need to try harder, and not involve yourself with people on such a level where your ego inflates and you breed the inner enemy.

I hope in time I will look back on these posts and tap into my way of thinking now, and hope work towards making my future self a much more open minded and reasonable one.Compassion Buddha

Today is your own

29th November 2010

Today is your own

Every moment is fleeting, leaving you, but with that arrives a new moment, a chance to turn it all around, make it right, bring peace to your mind.

I think with a lot of Buddhism related text out there, it talks about making the most of what is now, doing things that give you inner peace and peace of mind. My belief is that this text isn't saying, drop and disregard everything that places you in a vice but make every moment count towards your ultimate goal, work towards what you want, you are born alone and you will leave this World alone, do not place dependency in someone, as the likelihood that person will be hanging onto you for dependency, which creates nothing but a void stopping you from reaching the ultimate goals you set yourself.

Get out of here, make a difference, be somebody who made changes.
today is your own  

Attachment is the source of all suffering.

26th November 2010

Attachment is the source of all suffering.

When you become attached to someone, and their ideals, you leave yourself at risk, Buddha, teaches love and compassion in conjunction with this, and to look at the World with objection.

Never ever let yourself be drawn into someone's words, especially if you lust after them or feel yourself in love with them, you must understand your own universe first before you can begin to truly understand someone else's. 

attachment is suffering

If you desire ease, forsake learning.

9th November 2010

If you desire ease, forsake learning.

Recently, with the weather, clock, life changes everything has been a little difficult to swallow. So I have booked up for a break next week in Prague, I desire a little ease, then this little snippet struck home with me.

There is no hundred percent winner, no hundred percent loser

19th September 2010

There is no hundred percent winner, no hundred percent loser

Today's quote of the day holds a very true lesson, when I look around I see to many people bragging about achievement and glory. Glory and achievements are fleeting, you should be gracious about your experiences in life as you've carved a very good opportunity for yourself, but by inspiring and inducing jealousy in others you take some of the glory from the situation.

Just a thought. Winner Loser

The purpose of our lives is to be happy

18th September 2010

The purpose of our lives is to be happy

This won't be a long drawn out blog, I was doing my random check for inspiration this morning and got presented with this one straight away, just made me think how often we lose sight of this definite truth. 

Purpose of life

 

We are all the same.

17th September 2010

We are all the same.

I have noted a lot of visitors recently paying attention to a quote by his holiness the Dalai Lama XIV about everyone being the same (http://www.buddhaquotes.co.uk/Buddha-Quotes/Whether-one-is-rich-or-poor/). The quote reads as follows:

"Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or non-believing, man or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same.

Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal.

We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety, and love.

We all aspire to happiness and we all shun suffering.

Each of us has hopes, worries, fears, and dreams.

Each of us wants the best for our family and loved ones.

We all experience pain when we suffer loss and joy when we achieve what we seek.

On this fundamental level, religion, ethnicity, culture, and language make no difference."

It never ceases to amaze me how much inspiration and how humbled I feel by experience and digesting these words. Sadly, from experience, not everyone around the World can digest such words and still see barriers between people based on Colour of skin, Love, Sex, Hopes, Worries and Financial Status. One thing is for sure though, the World appears a lot more tolerant of one and another and less tolerant of wrong doing than it ever has in Human history, that I am thankful for.

The point is to have a long-term perspective.

17th September 2010

The point is to have a long-term perspective.

At the moment, my business has exploded in such a positive manner, it is really something I can't wait to wake up for in the morning, this isn't down to the material gain or increased income from it (although I would be wrong to deny that financial security is a goal of mine), but no, its because I get to work with people who are growing in Professional attitude, I am able to be selective about who I do work with and why.

I have been in web development for near gone a decade now and seen a lot of changes and worked with a lot of differing types of people. Only really this year have I really started to press my skill set and get my company name out and about more so that I can start working with people I feel will enhance my life.

That brings me to now, due to the increased work load I have started to feel a bit burnt out, I keep saying to myself I shouldn't complain, which really I am not, I am extremely grateful to my good karma for all of the opportunities that have come my way of late, but it is okay to rest, and restore yourself, I stumbled across this quote which encapsulates everything perfectly.

The point is to have a long term perspective

What do you have to do to become a Buddhist?

16th September 2010

What do you have to do to become a Buddhist?

This simple question ... What do you have to do to become a Buddhist? Has been an item I have been asked time over and over again. I thought writing a blog post about what it entails would be useful to people.

When undertaking a religion many people believe there should be a ceremony such as a Christening like when becoming a Christian. Buddhism is the same in many respect here, as you may know, Buddhism is about a way of life, about freeing your mind and looking beyond day to day material possessions and material motives. The most important thing of all when becoming a Buddhist, is time and understanding.

To become a Buddhist, you must take your time, learn, consider, ask questions, study and then gain that understanding of exactly what being a Buddhist is. The Buddha was concerned that people should follow his teachings as a result of understanding and conviction.

You see, in Western society, you are born into your religion, for example in England, many are born into Christianity more often than not without ever really being given the opportunity of practicing it, it doesn't offer any improvement to your minds condition, it's just a label upon you. That is my experience anyway, and through study, I understand that religion should be used to improve your mental state and being.

So, when you're at the stage of being convinced you want to practice Buddhism what next?

Well, a person becomes a Buddhist by taking the Three Refuges, that is the Buddha, The Dhamma or his Teachings, and The Sangha or the community of enlightened beings. The Buddha said:

"To take refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha and to see with real understanding the Four Noble Truths... Suffering, the Cause of Suffering, the Transcending of Suffering and the Noble Eightfold Path that leads to the transcending of suffering, This indeed is a safe refuge, it is the refuge supreme. It is the refuge whereby one is freed from all suffering."

To take refuge, it is recommended to be undertaken with the guidance of a monk. However, you may not have access to a monk so you may take refuge before an image of the Buddha. Place this image, which may be a statue, a picture or even a computer graphic such that when you kneel before it, it is at the level of your head or higher.

To highlight the last point:

- you should take refuge with an image, statue or computer graphic of the Buddha
- Kneel before it
- Kneel so it is level of your head or higher

Now while you are kneeled before the image, put your palms together at your chest. Compose yourself, calm your mind and bow three times to the image such that your palms and forehead touches the floor. Then recite the following formula in Pali, which is the ancient language of the scriptural texts.

 Namo tassa, bhagavato, arahato samma sambuddhasa
 Namo tassa, bhagavato, arahato samma sambuddhasa
 Namo tassa, bhagavato, arahato, samma sambuddhasa

 Buddham saranam gacchami,
 Dhammam saranam gacchami,
 Sangham saranam gacchami.

 Dutiyampi Buddham saranam gacchami,
 Dutiyampi Dhammam saranam gacchami,
 Dutiyampi Sangham saranam gacchami.

 Tatiyampi Buddham saranam gacchami,
 Tatiyampi Dhammam saranam gacchami,
 Tatiyampi Sangham saranam gacchami.

This translate as:

    Homage to Him, the Exalted One, the Worthy One, The Supremely Enlightened One
    Homage to Him, the Exalted One, the Worthy One, The Supremely Enlightened One
    Homage to Him, the Exalted One, the Worthy One, The Supremely Enlightened One

    I go to the Buddha as my refuge.
    I go to the Dhamma as my refuge.
    I go to the Sangha as my refuge.

    For the second time, I go to the Buddha as my refuge.
    For the second time, I go to the Dhamma as my refuge.
    For the second time, I go to the Sangha as my refuge.

    For the third time, I go to the Buddha as my refuge.
    For the third time, I go to the Dhamma as my refuge.
    For the third time, I go to the Sangha as my refuge.

That is it ... you are now officially a Buddhist! The ceremony isn't 100% complete at this point though, we need to turn you into a practicing Buddhist the Buddha recommends that all his disciples keep the minimum of the Five Precepts. It sounds kind of scary at this point but do not fear this is not a rigid commandment that determines your authenticity as a Buddhist, no not at all, they are more like training rules that are taken voluntarily. These Five Precepts establish your virtue and protect you from harm in this life as well as in future lives. It is the foundation of your spiritual journey.

The Five Precepts if you choose to follow them are as follows:

    Panatipata veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
    Adinnadana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
    Kamesu micchacara veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
    Musavada veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.
    Sura meraya majja pamadatthana veramani sikkhapadam samadiyami.

     This translate to:

           I undertake the precept of abstaining from destroying living creatures.
           I undertake the precept of abstaining from taking anything not freely given.
           I undertake the precept of abstaining from sexual misconduct.
           I undertake the precept of abstaining from false speech.
           I undertake the precept of abstaining from taking intoxicants which lead to carelessness.


Now the process and ceremony has completed, you are a practicing Buddhist. The Three Refugees and Five Precepts can be repeated anytime you wish, either at regular intervals or when you feel you need to do this, there is no time limitation to this.

You are now on the Path, this is only the start and its recommended that you join a Buddhist community in large to support you while on the Path. In coming months I plan to dig out more information on this for the Western World.
 

What is my work?

16th September 2010

What is my work?

Buddha once said: Your work, is to discover your World, and then with all your heart give yourself to it.

Those are some of the wisest words I have heard in 25 years of life.

Before I sleep every night I scroll through several dozen pages on this website, hitting the next quote button which randomly brings up a selected quote, each as inspiring as the last. And from looking at site statistics I know a lot of you do too.

In the past 5 years my life has taken shape, and it has been shaped by Births, Deaths, Weddings and partings of people, its only at this point now do I feel strong enough to tak eon the lessons are there for all of us to learn from Buddha.


What is my work?  

An Introduction to Buddhism by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

16th September 2010

An Introduction to Buddhism by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

As part of my learning process with Buddhism I am submersing myself in a lot of material, I find myself purchasing g a lot of books such as An Introduction to Buddhism by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. I intend to read as many Introduction books on the subject as Buddhism as possible, as I want as many takes as I can get while going through this.

I live in England, which is extremely materialistic, and given this, I find it is very hard to openly talk about Buddhism without being giving certain glances, its not accepted or understood so much here, I think the less educated people look at it a bit like Scientology.

I have been impressed so far with what I read that I add the following quote to the database, stands true.

Introduction to Buddhism

Letting go to all that doesn't concern you; Embrace your enemy

15th September 2010

Letting go to all that doesn't concern you; Embrace your enemy

Some of the key elements I have struggled with over the past few years has been

1. Letting go
2. And choosing my words wisely

Buddha says "Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill" - I have often been caught short in the past by speaking ill of people, when it isn't there fault that there behaviour is the way it is, they haven't been given the tools to learn, and grow and proceed in a fitting manner with life. Rather than curse and berate them I should be helping them.

Now helping them.. how can you help your enemy? This one puzzled me, if you go through many  Buddha quotations you will find lots of script on ones enemy. From what I can determine Buddha believe the enemy is important for practice

" The enemy is the necessary condition for practicing patience."

He has delivered these words in a manner that doesn't suggest that you should use your enemy simply for your own end but eventually go onto help them, now you may not want to go on and socialize with your enemy, and not for a single moment does Buddha suggest this, what Buddha simply says is by not reacting, by carrying on with your own existence and things that are of importance and are due attention for smiles sake in your own life you are helping your enemy, you are not placing more pressure onto there already unguarded mind.

Slowly but surely in my own life, I attempt to reduce my harsh words, one day at a time, I try to practice compassion and understanding, one day at a time. I am taking the line with it that Rome wasn't built in a day and nor will my ability to practice Buddhism to the due care and attention it deserves. I live in a Western society, with Western materialism all around me so things often creep into my behaviour but slowly I will get where I need to be.

Moral values
 

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and 7 Years in Tibet

15th September 2010

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and 7 Years in Tibet

I for the first time today watched Seven years in Tibet (IMDB) - I know, I know, late or what considering the movie is over a decade old, but I remember trying many years ago with seeing this movie and Brad Pitts poor acting and extremely dodgy and ever evolving accent put me right off the sense. This outing I managed to put that to one side and concentrate on the story of the young Dalai Lama which I found was nothing short of amazing.

I have read a lot of material about Tibet and the Dalai Lama but it was quite sensational to see many things that I have read acted out in such away. Buddhism and in particular the Dalai Lama's words mean a lot to me, they have helped a lot in recent times and to get this kind of insight helps bring me closer to understanding what an incredible human being the Dalai Lama is.

I'll leave you with this quote ... dalai lama quote

Starting out as a Theravada Buddhist

14th September 2010

Starting out as a Theravada Buddhist

I thought it would be a good idea to launch a blog with the site given the amount users wish to be interactive, this also allows us to provide feedback about how we are expanding the website.

A little about myself, my name is Stuart, and I have recently come to Buddhism, and wanted to embrace it in the best way possible. Converting from an atheist to a Buddhist was not an undertaking I took lightly. I was first introduced to Buddhism in 2008 while travelling around Southern Asia, I started out by travelling with a friend but both of our desires for different horizons split our paths and we both travelled solo. I remember, with this brought an apparent amount of free time which I used to read and study, that's when I encountered Buddhism.

It has taken me around 2 years of gently gathering information, life experiences and understanding myself before I have officially allowed myself to convert over to Theravada Buddhism. I will be using this website to impart wisdom I find on my own journey of discovery along with providing useful resource to existing, new and veteran Buddhists from around the World.

Please bare with me if I seem naive at time, it is all a learning curve for me.