Thursday, March 31, 2011

Loving Yourself

"You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." Buddha

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Italian Buddhist: Urban Buddhism #2: The Worth Of Our Words

"The worth of our words is measured by how much they improve the silence." Talking about "Right Speech" Bhodi Daishin brings up points from the Noble Eightfold Path....How do we use our words? Does what we say actually "improve" the silence afterwards?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Urban Buddhism #1: Compassion

This is an installment on compassion from a a feature I do called "Urban Buddhism." We need not wait until something tragic happens to generate compassion in our lives...Compassion and generosity are innate in all is a wellspring that has been present in us through lifetimes...This stream of kindness and love is just waiting to be drawn from...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Be Still

 I went running today...and, as I customarily do while running, I chanted...repeated a mantra to myself....Then it occurred to me..."Be still!" Even while running, just simply "be!" Lately I have been "having" to occupy my mind. Actually, it can get very tiring. Pain is a good motivator. I find that I if I make myself believe that I must do something other than be present, even in my Buddhist practice, then I can suffer needlessly. I know that I must do certain things other than mindfulness within my practice as a Tibetan  Buddhist but sometimes it's just good to "BE." So, I found a great article written by Leo Babauta. I have posted his work before and he really nails it...May you be peaceful and happy! Bhodi

Be Still.

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter.
Be still.
Just for a moment.
Listen to the world around you. Feel your breath coming in and going out. Listen to your thoughts. See the details of your surroundings.
Be at peace with being still.
In this modern world, activity and movement are the default modes, if not with our bodies then at least with our minds, with our attention. We rush around all day, doing things, talking, emailing, sending and reading messages, clicking from browser tab to the next, one link to the next.
We are always on, always connected, always thinking, always talking. There is no time for stillness — and sitting in front of a frenetic computer all day, and then in front of the hyperactive television, doesn’t count as stillness.
This comes at a cost: we lose that time for contemplation, for observing and listening. We lose peace.
And worse yet: all the rushing around is often counterproductive. I know, in our society action is all-important — inaction is seen as lazy and passive and unproductive. However, sometimes too much action is worse than no action at all. You can run around crazily, all sound and fury, but get nothing done. Or you can get a lot done — but nothing important. Or you can hurt things with your actions, make things worse than if you’d stayed still.
And when we are forced to be still — because we’re in line for something, or waiting at a doctor’s appointment, or on a bus or train — we often get antsy, and need to find something to do. Some of us will have our mobile devices, others will have a notebook or folder with things to do or read, others will fidget. Being still isn’t something we’re used to.
Take a moment to think about how you spend your days — at work, after work, getting ready for work, evenings and weekends. Are you constantly rushing around? Are you constantly reading and answering messages, checking on the news and the latest stream of information? Are you always trying to Get Lots of Things Done, ticking off tasks from your list like a machine, rushing through your schedule?
Is this how you want to spend your life?
If so, peace be with you. If not, take a moment to be still. Don’t think about what you have to do, or what you’ve done already. Just be in the moment.
Then after a minute or two of doing that, contemplate your life, and how you’d like it to be. See your life with less movement, less doing, less rushing. See it with more stillness, more contemplation, more peace.
Then be that vision.
It’s pretty simple, actually: all you have to do is sit still for a little bit each day. Once you’ve gotten used to that, try doing less each day. Breathe when you feel yourself moving too fast. Slow down. Be present. Find happiness now, in this moment, instead of waiting for it.
Savor the stillness. It’s a treasure, and it’s available to us, always.

From the Tao Te Ching:
It is not wise to dash about.
Shortening the breath causes much stress.
Use too much energy, and
You will soon be exhausted.
That is not the Natural Way.
Whatever works against this Way
Will not last long.