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A new day a new chance to get it right

Posted by David Lynch on September 13, 2011 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Here it is Tuesday already.  Well the really cool news is if you are reading this it means you woke up and that means we have been given another day to get things right.  Just remember put others feelings and well being fist but remember that doesn't mean to not consider your own well being either.

Have an awesome Tuesday everyone!

With Love and Prayers,

David

A Smile to Remember By Charles Bukowski

Posted by David Lynch on September 13, 2011 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A Smile to Remember

 By Charles Bukowski

 we had goldfish and they circled around and around  

in the bowl on the table near the heavy drapes

 covering the picture window and

 my mother, always smiling, wanting us all

to be happy, told me, 'be happy Henry!'

and she was right: it's better to be happy if you

can.

  

 but my father continued to beat her and me 

several times a week while raging 

 inside his 6-foot-two frame because he couldn't

 understand what was attacking him from within.

  

my mother, poor fish,  

wanting to be happy, beaten two or three times a

 week, telling me to be happy: 'Henry, smile!

 why don't you ever smile?'

   

and then she would smile, to show me how,  

and it was the saddest smile I ever saw.

 

one day the goldfish died, all five of them,

they floated on the water, on their sides, their

eyes still open,

and when my father got home he threw them to the cat

there on the kitchen floor and we watched as my mother

smiled.  

 

 

New look for us at buddhistthoughts.webs.com

Posted by David Lynch on September 5, 2011 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi again everybody, just a quick heads up about our new look at buddhistthoughts.webs.com 

I am getting ready to stay on top of the website and try and add a new message or two every week and hope you all will join in and add your own thoughts and photos here as well. 

Here is the thought for today:  Buddha's teachings are meant for one individual: me." - Gelek Rimpoche

Here is a really cool link to a great interview with Gelek Rimpoche from tricycle Magazine: http://www.tricycle.com/interview/lama-all-seasons?page=0%2C0

Please note there is a typo in this article when Rimpoche is asked about  the antidote to anger his response is not "passions," but patience. Helen Tworkov misheard him, and/or... didn't know any better...

Enjoy and please pass the sebsite link to all your friends.

With Love and Prayers for Happiness for all sentient beings, yours in the Dharma,

David

Afterthoughts on the Jewel Heart Summer Retreat....

Posted by David Lynch on September 5, 2011 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Just wanted to stop in today and comment on the AWESOME teachings and Oral Transmission of "Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand" given by Gelek Rimpoche during the 2011 Summer Retreat at Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center in Ann Arbor Michigan the past 10 days.


All I can say is WOW Rimpoche completed the oral Transmission of the entire book in 9 1/2 days, mind you it took Pabongka Rimpoche 24 dsays to give them.  So this was no small feat but what was truly amazing was the 200+ students were "reading along" as Rimpoche was giving the oral transmission completely in Tibetan and we laughed when he did and for the entire retreat we all were on or about the same page at all times.  Rimpoche is truly a gifted Master and a living Buddha.


I can't say enough about the awesomeness of the entire experience!!!


Please go to the Jewel Heart website and take a look around it is at:

http://www.jewelheart.org/Also check out the Jewel Heart International Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jewel-Heart-International/140972062647174



Ocean of Dharma | Work, Sex, and Money

Posted by David Lynch on January 21, 2011 at 2:12 PM Comments comments (0)


January 21, 2011

WORK, SEX, AND MONEY


As Buddhist practitioners or practitioners of meditation, we are supposed to be immersed in the contemplative tradition and spiritual practice. Why would we discuss work, sex, and money? On the other hand, we are not strictly spiritual or religious at all. People have to look for work. They have to find a J-O-B. We work for money. We may find that we are building our lives around sex and more generally on relationships. Then the question is, are we really working on spirituality or not? Do you think spirituality is something purely transcendental? It's questionable. Real spirituality might have something to do with ordinary life.

 


Teachings by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, taken from works published by Shambhala Publications, the Archive of his unpublished work in the Shambhala Archives, plus other published sources. TO SUBSCRIBE, unsubscribe, see and share  the quotes online or read the Ocean of Dharma blog, visit the website at http://oceanofdharma.com ;

Some words of wisdom

Posted by David Lynch on January 20, 2011 at 1:02 PM Comments comments (0)

Thirty-six streams are rushing toward you!

Desire and pleasure and lust . . .  

Play in your imagination with them

And they will sweep you away.

-- Buddha Shakyamuni

 


Many people, even some psychologists, seem to think that you

can stop the emotion of craving-desire by feeding it with some

object or other: if you're suffering because your husband or

wife has left you, getting another will help solve your problem.


That's impossible.


Without understanding the characteristic nature of your feelings

of pleasant, unpleasant and neutral, you will never discover the

nature of your mental attitudes, and without discovering that,  

you can never put an end to your emotional problems.

-- Lama Thubten Yeshe

 


You might feel slightly disenchanted with samsara,

develop a vague determination to be free of it,

and take on the semblance of a serious dharma student

to the point that ordinary folk are quite impressed. 

But at that point, unless you take a very rigorous look

at yourself, you could easily start thinking you really

 are as other people see you.  Puffed up with pride, you get completely carried away by appearances and start to

think that you could do whatever you want.   

-- Patrul Rinpoche

 


The boat is safer anchored at the port;

but that's not the aim of boats.

-- Paolo Coehlo


They danced down the streets like dingledodies,  

and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life  

after people who interest me, because the only people  

for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live,  

mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything  

at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say  

a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous  

yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across  

the stars and in the middle you see the blue center-light  

pop and everybody goes "Awww!"

  -- Jack Kerouac

 


The truest characters of ignorance

are vanity and pride and arrogance.

-- Samuel Butler

 

 

 

Arrogance diminishes wisdom.

-- Arabian proverb

 

 

 

 

 


Once you are possessed by an idea,

you find it expressed everywhere,

you even smell it.

-- Thomas Mann


Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. 

-- Timothy Leary

 

Everyone has to die, but I always believed

an exception would be made in my case.

Now what?

-- William Saroyan

(statement made to the Associated Press

five days before his death in 1981)



 

 


 

 

 


 


Dalai Lama Quote from Snow Lion Publications

Posted by David Lynch on December 23, 2010 at 10:19 PM Comments comments (0)

Dalai Lama Quote of the Week

When we focus our attention on the passage of breath, we break the usually continuous flow of thoughts of attachment, hostility and so forth, whatever they might be. This causes such thoughts to subside for the moment. Thus, by occupying the mind with our breath, we cleanse it of all positive and negative conceptual thoughts and thus remain in a neutral state of mind unspecified as either constructive or destructive. This is the meaning of the line in the root text, "Thoroughly clean out your state of awareness." This unspecified or neutral state of mind, cleaned out of all positive and negative conceptual thoughts, is the most conducive one to work with. Because an unspecified state of mind like this is unburdened and supple, it is relatively easy to generate it into a constructive state.



--from The Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra by H.H. the Dalai Lama and Alexander Berzin, published by Snow Lion Publications

 

Just some new photos of my home altar

Posted by David Lynch on December 19, 2010 at 6:49 PM Comments comments (1)



I really must thank my dear friends Ujjen Tsewang from Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center Jewel Heart Store for his awesome gift of the Guru Rinpoche Tonka and Victoria Rainone for all of the amazing Tsa Tsa's that she lovingly made.  You can find her Tsa Tsa'sat The Foundation Store website for FPMT at

http://shop.fpmt.org/ then click on the new arrivals.  You can also contact Victoria personally at  https://www.facebook.com/Thubten.



These  tsa tsa's are hand made by a student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche using only quality materials and the most current practices recommended by Rinpoche, as well as containing grains of rice blessed personally by Rinpoche.   Each tsa tsa is hand carved and molded using the highest quality silicone for the best details - all the carving and mold making are done by monks in a workshop in France.


Holy objects like tsa tsas are of great benefit not only to the practitioner, but also for any animals or insects that see them.


You guys ROCK, hey Victoria Happy Birthday as well.  Friends like you make the whole Facebook experience awesome!!!!


Merry Christmas to all of you and have a very Happy New Year and a happier forever....


With Love and Happiness,

David

19Dec2010


Dharma 101: Yakity-Yak . . www.ChenrezigProject.org .

Posted by David Lynch on December 12, 2010 at 6:13 PM Comments comments (0)

The following leaked diplomatic cable of sensitive nature was published on the

WikiLeaks website (well, not really, but . . . )

 

  << begin cable >>

 

 

  From: Senior diplomat (identity redacted);

 

            Langley, VA

  To: All security-cleared personnel

 

  Dated: May 2006

 

 

Please be aware of a small but rapidly growing threat not only to the policies of our government but to the vary fabric of the American lifestyle and culture as we know it..

 

 

 

I'm referring to the spread of what is lumped under the title of "Buddha-dharma" ideas and practices. (Note: other names for this might be "The Mahayana" or "Tibetan Buddhism" or simply "the Dharma" or "The Teachings.")

 

Once a condition that was pretty much limited to coastal cities (i.e., New York and San Francisco) and college towns (i.e., Boulder, Madison, Ithaca), this Dharma is now being taught and practiced by otherwise ordinary people in cities, towns and villages, and even some rural areas throughout the country.

 

These teachings originated in Asia, spread quickly, and because they reach so deeply into the minds of those who study them, they have integrated with cultural norms and tendencies, becoming deeply ingrained. To see them as brainwashing is not a stretch.

 

 

 

It is clear that what we are seeing is, in many ways, seriously detrimental in spirit and philosophy to what we, as the greatest nation on earth, are truly about.

 

***

 

For example, this Dharma teaches that there is no God or creator, that individuals have, deep in their mind, something called "Buddha-nature" in that everyone has the ability to become an omniscient, completely happy, wise and compassionate being.  This is called being realized, or awake, or a Buddha.

 

As a result, these people have lost any fear of God they might have, and actually behave in ways that they have determined are the most beneficial for themselves to be, based on self-examination, analysis, deeply focused thinking and meditation. 

 

 

They believe nothing simply because it is told to them, even by religious leaders, developing their faith by reasoning rather than by scripture and simple acceptance.

 

Without a sense of subservience to God, and the deeply fostered unique connection that has been established between God and (our great) country, how can we count on on these Dharma people to live by and uphold our basic American values?  If they question or doubt the Divine Lord can Lady Liberty be far behind . . .

 

Because they consider all living beings to possess this Buddha-nature, it becomes a unifying commonality preventing them from considering themselves superior to those in other countries. No matter how different others may live or dress or speak, or how varied their religious or societal beliefs may be, these people see kinship, not peculiarity and/or competition.

 

 

 

How can we possibly depend on these people to put America first when it comes to global financial, environmental, geopolitical or life sciences issues? 

 

 

 

Imagine the children of these people, emerging from households with ideas of an equanimous global community, or with the notion that the essence of Asian or African or South American or Middle Eastern lives might be as special or valuable as American ones . . .

 

Closer to today's home front, visualize the undermining social chaos that will exist if large groups of people begin to really believe and act as though people of means aren't more important or more rightly entitled to a "happy" life than those who are less well off . . . that the American dream of amassing great personal wealth, of living the "good life" is not something to strive for but is instead individually selfish.  And then believing that the living of a "truly good life" stems from seeing others as equals while understanding that each person has a role to play within some (imagined) interconnected tapestry of life, and then acting accordingly.

 

 

 

These people believe that their viewpoints lead not just to being a more beneficial person, but are ultimately much more likely to produce the sense of well-being everyone is seeking.  How can "everyone" have a sense of well-being?  Where would the anxiety and compulsive grasping that drives our country to be the best be?

 

 

 

Clearly, this is dangerous thinking.

 

 

The truth is, desire for material things, i.e., having more than our neighbor or the guy in the next cubicle, is what makes our world spin, and if people begin to understand that trying to satisfy unquenchable desire -- well, they don't know it's unquenchable -- is not the answer to their discontent but the cause, and then stop wanting everything they see, we'll stop spinning as intensely as we do.  And where will that leave our nation's greatest powers: Wall Street, corporate America and our government itself? 

 

 

Yes, there are many threats represented by the way these Buddhists see things, more than I've mentioned in this cable, but the essence is this:  How could our society operate without self-centeredness and arrogance, without a striving for superiority, establishing and confirming the sense that my family and I, my countrymen and I, are better, more worthy and more entitled than others? 

 

 

 

To feel successful and satisfied each of us needs to confirm, over and over, that our religious beliefs are more right, our politics are better, our bank accounts are richer, our children are smarter . . .  these are the things our happiness depends on . . . favorable comparisons and judgments, confirmation and credibility . . . indeed, what else is there?  Even our Declaration of Independence states the pursuit of happiness to be an unalienable right; and the chase never stops.

 

 

 

(Think about it: if we're not pursuing the things that will make us happier than the next guy -- which in itself makes us happy -- what's the point of anything, really?) 

 

 

We Americans are uniquely special.  We have more than anyone, the greatest appetite for consumption, and the right to satisfy that appetite however we choose.  Tame that appetite, as these Dharma people are trying to do, and we're, er, uh, we'll find that we're really not special at all, in fact, we're no different than anyone else.  As individuals, as communities, as a nation.  And therein lies the threat . . . there is nothing worse than not being special . . . ordinariness is the gateway to obscurity.

 

 

***

 

Surely, we in government are all aware of the Chinese menace: the colossal financial growth potential of the oriental marketplace, the sophistication of their technology, the industriousness behind their dams and railroads and other large-scale engineering projects, the sophisticated computer hacking they are so adroit at, their currency manipulations and their aggressive stance toward Nepal, India, Japan, Taiwan and the Koreas.

 

It is said the Chinese mind is a patient one, and perhaps the greatest threat of all is finally coming to fruition after many years --   the modern day Trojan Horse full of Tibetan lamas and teachers who "slipped" through the Chinese defenses and were allowed to go over the mountains and off in the world, ultimately finding safe harbor and putting down their intertwined roots in our country.

 

 

They have been here writing books and teaching these Dharma ideas for years now, their students have grown to become teachers with many students, the cat's out of the bag.  There are Buddhist centers everywhere, more and more people are hearing these alarming ideas . . . actually believing that they can (and will) be truly happy from the inside, without chasing after and amassing capital things. 

 

 

 

We are in a crisis situation with the hearts and minds of the American people at stake and our place of worldly prominence at risk. Surely, the ideas and practices of this person called the Buddha, who lived 2,500 years ago, are among the most subversively dangerous with which our nation has had to contend.

 

 

 

I await further communiques re: engaging and derailing this intensifying homeland threat.

 

 

May God bless America (yes, only America . . . and specifically those Americans who worship Him).

 

<< end cable >>

 

 

(With a nod to WikiLeaks for the notion; am stopping my finger now, thanks for reading, Mark)


Lamps, Lifeboats and Ladders . . .


 


See yourself in others.

Then whom can you hurt?

What harm can you do?

-- Buddha Shakyamuni

 

If we are speaking of a way out all the time

then we are dealing in fantasy, the dream of escape,

salvation, enlightenment.  We need to be practical. 

We must examine what is here, now, our neurotic mind.

 Once we are completely familiar with the negative aspects

of the state of our being, then we know the "way out"

 automatically.  But if we talk about how beautiful and

 joyous our attainment of the goal will be, then we

become extremely sincere and romantic; 

and this approach becomes an obstacle.

  -- Chogyam Trungpa


The more and more you listen,

the more and more you hear;

the more and more you hear,

the deeper and deeper

your understanding becomes."

-- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche


 It was only when I lay there on rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, not between classes, not between political parties either -- but right through every human heart --  and through all human hearts . . . And that is why I turn back to the years of my imprisonment and say, sometimes to the astonishment of those around me: "Bless you prison."

                                  -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


In difficulties, we can learn the true strength of our practice.  At these times, the wisdom we have cultivated and the depth of our love and forgiveness is our chief resource.  To meditate, to pray, to practice, at such times can be like pouring soothing balm onto the  aches of our heart.  The great forces of greed, hatred, fear and ignorance that we encounter can be met by the equally great courage of our heart.  Such strength of heart comes from knowing that the pain that we each must bear is a part of the greater pain shared by all that lives.  It is not just "our" pain but "the" pain, and realizing this awakens our universal compassion.

-- Jack Kornfield


The high title "lama" alone does not qualify someone as a lama; the good qualities associated with the title must also be present. Three word -- foremost, holy, and lama -- set forth the three qualities of a lama.

 

 

"Foremost" describes a person who has diminished emphasis on this lifetime and is primarily concerned with future lifetimes and deeper topics. Such a person has a longer perspective than the shortsighted one of those who mainly look to the affairs of this life and thus, in relation to common beings whose emphasis is mainly on this life, is the foremost, or a leader.

 

 

"Holy" refers to one who, as a result of developing renunciation for all forms of cyclic existence, is not attached to any of its marvels and is seeking liberation. A holy person has turned his or her mind away from attachment outside to the better things of cyclic existence and focused it within.

 

 

In the word "lama", "la" means high, and "ma" is a negative, which indicates that there is none higher; this is a person who has turned away from self-cherishing to cherishing others, has turned away from the lower concern for personal benefit in order to achieve the higher purpose of attaining benefit for others.

 

                            -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama


(Lamps, Lifeboats and Ladders; a phrase

from a poem by Rumi, drawing attention to

 the qualities of individuals; words published

above do not necessarily represent the views

of the editors but are included to provoke

thought; it is our wish that wisdom

for all is derived from reading.)


 

 There's lots happening out there,

and we try to bring notice of it to you. 

 

Please see our news items of interest at

the Chenrezig Project website.

 

 


I want to thank Mark Winwood and the Chenrezig Project for their awesome newsletter and dedication to the Dharma. 


Be wll and may all beings have happiness and it's causes, may hey be free from suffering and it's causes, may they find joy that has never known suffering and may they be from attachment and hatred.


Have a greay week everyone

Love and Prayers,

David


Dharma Quote from Snow Lion Publications

Posted by David Lynch on December 10, 2010 at 3:53 PM Comments comments (0)

Dharma Quote of the Week

Cultivating Memory and Joyful Effort

[This] foundational practice is engaged upon awaking in the morning. It further cultivates strong intention and also strengthens the capacity to remember the events of the night.

Begin by reviewing the night. The Tibetan term for this preparation is literally "remembering." Did you dream? Were you aware that you were in a dream? If you dreamt but did not attain lucidity, you should reflect, "I dreamt but did not recognize the dream as a dream. But it was a dream." Resolve that next time you enter a dream you will become aware of its true nature while still in the dream.

If you find it difficult to remember dreams, it can be helpful, throughout the day and particularly before sleep, to generate a strong intention to remember dreams. You can also record dreams in a notepad or with a tape recorder, as this will reinforce the habit of treating your dreams as something valuable. The very act of preparing the notebook or recorder at night serves to support the intention to recall the dream upon waking. It is not difficult for anyone to remember dreams once the intention to do so is generated and sustained, even over just a few days.

If you did have a lucid dream, feel joy at the accomplishment. Develop happiness relative to the practice and resolve to continue to develop the lucidity the following night. Keep building intention, using both successes and failures as occasions to develop ever stronger intent to accomplish the practice. And know that even your intention is a dream.

--from The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, published by Snow Lion Publications


THE TIBETAN YOGAS OF

DREAM AND SLEEP

by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche,

edited by Mark Dahlby


 


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