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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
11:27 am - Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche retreats

For those who may still be unaware, Rinpoche is visiting Toronto, NYC, and Conway MA this year.


Saturday, April 19th, 2008
07:25 pm - For the People of Tibet

Please visit this site:


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Saturday, April 12th, 2008
01:09 pm - The Dalai Lama visits Seattle

My BFF in Seattle got involved with Seeds of Compassion, the presenting organization,via the all-ages community that was created to sing for His Holiness ... and she says it has ballooned to 2000 members!!

Coverage in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper:


Dave Matthews says HHDL is “cute as the dickens.”

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds tear up Key Arena

Seattle P-I feature story

May all beings be happy!

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
05:49 pm - Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Anyone else see this article in the BBC


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Thursday, February 28th, 2008
09:47 pm - Without walls of the mind


Therefore, Shariputra, without attainment,

bodhisattvas take refuge in Prajnaparamita

and live without walls of the mind.

Without walls of the mind and thus without fears,

they see through delusions and finally nirvana.

All buddhas past, present and future

also take refuge in Prajnaparamita

and realize unexcelled, perfect enlightenment.

- The Heart Sutra, translated by Red Pine

Our suffering is never caused by pain. Our happiness is never caused by pleasure. Pain and pleasure are the same thing, because they both cause us to suffer through attachment, through the story we tell ourselves.

When we let go of the story, ego starves to death, and there is no suffering and no one to suffer, only Buddha-Nature, perfectly happy, fearing nothing, wanting nothing, having everything.

In zazen, when we realize we're getting caught up in thoughts, we just acknowledge it, shut off the narrative, label it "thinking," and return to the breath. If we do otherwise - if we think, "Damn, I'm no good at this, I'm getting caught up in thoughts like I always do" - then we're only getting deeper into the thoughts that are distracting us. So, instead, we just acknowledge that we were distracted, and, without further reaction or analysis, return to the breath, to the present moment.

We have to do the same thing when we're not on the cushion. When we become angry, it's not another person that makes us angry; it's the story we tell ourselves about what happened. "He's such a jerk. He always does this. And look at what he did last week. And how about what he said to..."

Cut off the story. "I'm angry because he - No. I'm just angry. Yeah, I'm angry because he's such a - No. I'm just angry. "

"I'm afraid because - No. I'm just afraid. What I'm afraid of is - No. I'm just afraid."

Not angry about anything. Just angry.

Not afraid of anything. Just afraid.

No story. Just the feeling itself. Be there with it, fully present, neither welcoming it nor fighting it. When we do that, the anger or fear can't survive. It needs fuel, needs a story, and without a story it falls apart and becomes something else. It was never real in the first place, just a passing reaction we had. When we look into ourselves and search for the person who's angry or afraid, we can't find that person. There's no one there.

Wake up. Let go of the story, and experience the present moment in all its perfection. Stop narrating your life, and live your life instead, with no gap, no separation. You are the Buddha; live the life of a Buddha.

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
12:13 pm - Kuanyin spectactular!

Here is a glamorous interpretation of Kuan Yin's /Avalokitesvara's vow to save all living beings. The only thing missing for me is that it isn't on ice!


current mood: contemplative

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Sunday, January 13th, 2008
07:34 am - 2008 Buddhist Calendar

I just found a 2008 calendar of Buddhist holidays from all traditions.

Here is just an example of some of the January holidays it lists:

* 1/5: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful of the peace, joy, and beauty of the moment.

* 1/8: Shakyamuni Buddha Day--Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on the Buddha's teachings and strive to fulfill the Precepts. [a/k/a Siddhartha Buddha Day, 30th Tibetan day, UT New Moon day]

* 1/16: Day for meditation on Tantric Buddha Deities Amitayus and White Tara, who grant good health and long life. Buddhists study sacred texts, meditate, pray, chant mantras, and make devotional offerings to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. [a/k/a Medicine Buddha Day, Tara Puja, 8th Tibetan day]

* 1/22: Amitabha Buddha Day--Day Tibetan and Mahayana Buddhists do good deeds and chant the name of Buddha God Amitabha/Omito/Amida to gain entry to His Pure Land and aid in attaining nirvana. [15th Tibetan day, UT Full Moon day]


Saturday, January 12th, 2008
06:59 am - Nativity of the Buddha, Nativity of the Christ

Taken from http://ecumenicalbuddhism.blogspot.com/2008/01/nativity-of-buddha-nativity-of-christ.html

Some interpretations of the life story of the Buddha attribute his birth to a virgin birth. This is likely due to a specific interpretation of the prophetic dream Queen Māyā is said to have had prior to conception and is not a widely held view amongst Buddhists. As she is described to have been married to King Śuddhodhana for many years, there is no indication that she would have been a virgin at the time of Siddhārtha's conception. Nonetheless, this interpretation has led to parallels being drawn with the birth story of Jesus. [more…]


Friday, December 21st, 2007
12:14 am

When you feel anger …
It can be not just an emotion, but also an opportunity …
Do not follow your anger and do the action …
And do not suppress it …
Go to the Source …
It is the same as to jump into a volcano …
Look attentively, be accurate…
There is pain, grief, fear, horror and despair under the anger …
Suddenly … There is Peace and Silence …
And if you’re lucky one, you will see Bliss and Pleasure!

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Thursday, December 6th, 2007
08:18 am - Hollywood takes action hero Jesus to India

Hollywood is to fill in the Bible's "missing years" with a story about Jesus as a wandering mystic who travelled across India, living in Buddhist monasteries and speaking out against the iniquities of the country's caste system.

The theory that Jesus's teachings had roots in Indian traditions has been around for more than a century. In 1894 a Russian Orthodox doctor, Nicholas Notovitch, published a book called The Unknown Life of Christ, in which he claimed that while recovering from a broken leg in a Tibetan monastery in the Ladakh region, close to Kashmir, he had been shown evidence of Christ's Indian wanderings. He said he was shown a scroll recording a visit by Jesus to India and Tibet as a young man. Indian experts claim that documentary proof remains of this Himalayan visit.

[read more here … ]

current mood: excited


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