samsara.

Jun 18

(Source: weheartit.com, via sun-moon-starsss)

"The Mind Is Like Space The essential nature of the mind is like space. There is no such thing as a mind that truly exists or a mind that is inherently established even though we might find reasonings, scriptures, or experience to the contrary. Mind is empty. Our ordinary mind, however, becomes confused in thinking that things really exist. The nature of our mind is emptiness, but not a blankness, not the result of mere negation: emptiness is also radiant clarity, the basis for the appearances of both samsara and nirvana. The mind is like space and it also has a clear and knowing aspect, which allows us to say, “This is space.” Resting in mind’s empty, clear nature, we will be at ease as we move along the path of practice. "

- 17th Karmapa from the book “Music In The Sky: The Life, Art, And Teachings Of The 17Th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje” (via thetaooflife)

Jun 2

"The Buddha was asked, “Are you a God?” “No.” He answered. “Are you an Angel?” “No.” Again, he answered. “What are you?” the people asked. The Buddha responded, “I Am Awake.”"

- A Buddha is a True Human Being who has an Awakened Consciousness. (via theperfectsolution144)

Jun 2
pportalss:

The idea of a ‘soulmate’ with Ram Dass
Question: The problem seems to be that when you are in a relationship, in the beginning everything is happening, but when you marry that person it changes.  I’ve been in several relationships, major relationships, and been married and divorced twice and I’m searching for something special.  Something I’ve been told has been called a soul mate.  Do you believe in such a relationship or person and what would that mean?  How would I know that? 

Ram Dass: Got it! Keep looking! I’ll give you the farthest out answer first of all and then we’ll come back to something that everybody can handle.  In the farthest out answer, we have all been around so many times that every one of us has been everything with everybody else.  So when I look at you, you and I have been in so many relationship s together.  It’s just that we don’t remember.   Do you know how many times we have been born and died?  Remember that story, Buddha says:  If you take a mountain six miles long and six miles wide and six miles high, that’s the distance a bullock walks in a day.  And a bird flies over the mountain once every hundred years with a silk scarf in its beak and brushes the tip of the mountain.  In the length of time it takes the scarf to wear away the mountain, that’s how long you have been doing this.  Just think about that.  Once every hundred years the scarf goes over.   A scarf and a mountain.   It goes on and on and on.   In India there are Yugas and Kalpas of hundreds of thousands of years and then they just start cycles all over again.   And we’ve been through all of them again and again and again and again.
Now, behind all of it is the One.  And that is all there is.  All of us here are one in drag, appearing to be many.  So we are all “soul mate”.  There is only one of it.  It’s not mate, because it’s not even two.  It’s only one.  There’s only one of us.  So what you’re really doing is constantly marrying yourself at the deepest level of God marrying God.  Now you come down into soul.  And each soul has a unique karmic predicament  (you could call it a psychic DNA code) that in a way guides which way its life will go.  And it is entirely possible that souls when they take birth into parents that are part of their Karma, will at some point meet a being and they have agreed in advance to come down and do this together and meet.  And that’s what we usually call soul mates.What you have found from your past marriages is that what you are attracted to in a person isn’t what you ultimately live with.  After the honeymoon is over — it’s after the desire systems that were dormant in the relationship that have the attraction in it pass  and all of it passes — then you are left with the work to do.  And it’s the same work.   When you trade in one partner for another, you still have the same work.  You’re going to have to do it sooner or later when the pizzazz is over.  And it just keeps going over.  And you can’t milk the romanticism of relationship too long as you become more conscious.  It’s more interesting than that.  It really is.  And people keep wanting to romanticize their lives all the time.  It’s part of the culture.  But the awakening process starts to show you the emptiness of that forum.  And you start to go for something deeper.  You start to go to meet another human being in truth.  And truth is scary.  Truth has bad breath at times; truth is boring; truth burns the food; truth is all the stuff.  Truth has anger; truth has all of it.  And you stay in it and you keep working with it and your keep opening to it and you keep deepening it.  Every time you trade in a partner, you realize that there’s no good or bad about it.  I’m not talking good or bad about this.But you begin to see how you keep coming to the same place in relationships, and then you tend to stop.  Because it gets too heavy.  Because your identity gets threatened too much.  For the relationship to move to the next level of truth requires an opening and a vulnerability that you’re not quite ready to make.  And so you entrench, you retrench, you pull back and then you start to judge and push away and then you move to the next one.  And then you have the rush of the openness and then the same thing starts to happen.  And so you keep saying “Where am I going to find the one when this doesn’t happen?”  And it will only happen when it doesn’t happen in you.  When you start to take and watch the stuff and get quiet enough inside yourself, so you can take that process as it’s happening and start to work with it.  And keep coming back to living truth in yourself or the other person even though it’s scary and hard.
May 24

pportalss:

The idea of a ‘soulmate’ with Ram Dass

Question: The problem seems to be that when you are in a relationship, in the beginning everything is happening, but when you marry that person it changes.  I’ve been in several relationships, major relationships, and been married and divorced twice and I’m searching for something special.  Something I’ve been told has been called a soul mate.  Do you believe in such a relationship or person and what would that mean?  How would I know that? 

Ram Dass: Got it! Keep looking! I’ll give you the farthest out answer first of all and then we’ll come back to something that everybody can handle.  In the farthest out answer, we have all been around so many times that every one of us has been everything with everybody else.  So when I look at you, you and I have been in so many relationship s together.  It’s just that we don’t remember.   Do you know how many times we have been born and died?  Remember that story, Buddha says:  If you take a mountain six miles long and six miles wide and six miles high, that’s the distance a bullock walks in a day.  And a bird flies over the mountain once every hundred years with a silk scarf in its beak and brushes the tip of the mountain.  In the length of time it takes the scarf to wear away the mountain, that’s how long you have been doing this.  Just think about that.  Once every hundred years the scarf goes over.   A scarf and a mountain.   It goes on and on and on.   In India there are Yugas and Kalpas of hundreds of thousands of years and then they just start cycles all over again.   And we’ve been through all of them again and again and again and again.


Now, behind all of it is the One.  And that is all there is.  All of us here are one in drag, appearing to be many.  So we are all “soul mate”.  There is only one of it.  It’s not mate, because it’s not even two.  It’s only one.  There’s only one of us.  So what you’re really doing is constantly marrying yourself at the deepest level of God marrying God.  Now you come down into soul.  And each soul has a unique karmic predicament  (you could call it a psychic DNA code) that in a way guides which way its life will go.  And it is entirely possible that souls when they take birth into parents that are part of their Karma, will at some point meet a being and they have agreed in advance to come down and do this together and meet.  And that’s what we usually call soul mates.

What you have found from your past marriages is that what you are attracted to in a person isn’t what you ultimately live with.  After the honeymoon is over — it’s after the desire systems that were dormant in the relationship that have the attraction in it pass  and all of it passes — then you are left with the work to do.  And it’s the same work.   When you trade in one partner for another, you still have the same work.  You’re going to have to do it sooner or later when the pizzazz is over.  And it just keeps going over.  And you can’t milk the romanticism of relationship too long as you become more conscious.  It’s more interesting than that.  It really is.  And people keep wanting to romanticize their lives all the time.  It’s part of the culture.  But the awakening process starts to show you the emptiness of that forum.  And you start to go for something deeper.  You start to go to meet another human being in truth.  And truth is scary.  Truth has bad breath at times; truth is boring; truth burns the food; truth is all the stuff.  Truth has anger; truth has all of it.  And you stay in it and you keep working with it and your keep opening to it and you keep deepening it.  Every time you trade in a partner, you realize that there’s no good or bad about it.  I’m not talking good or bad about this.

But you begin to see how you keep coming to the same place in relationships, and then you tend to stop.  Because it gets too heavy.  Because your identity gets threatened too much.  For the relationship to move to the next level of truth requires an opening and a vulnerability that you’re not quite ready to make.  And so you entrench, you retrench, you pull back and then you start to judge and push away and then you move to the next one.  And then you have the rush of the openness and then the same thing starts to happen.  And so you keep saying “Where am I going to find the one when this doesn’t happen?”  And it will only happen when it doesn’t happen in you.  When you start to take and watch the stuff and get quiet enough inside yourself, so you can take that process as it’s happening and start to work with it.  And keep coming back to living truth in yourself or the other person even though it’s scary and hard.

May 15

kiaoratibet:

A crazy weather phenomenon - a sun halo - appeared yesterday morning in the skies of Lhasa. Apparently it indicates that snow is on the way, as the rainbow halo is caused by light refracting through ice particles in the sky.

These photos were taken at Tibet University, from where we could see the halo for several hours until the clouds covered the sky completely.  

mahayanalotus:

The Four Bodhisattva Vows眾 生 無 邊 誓 願 度Sentient beings are numberless, I vow to liberate them煩 惱 無 盡 誓 願 斷Afflictions are limitless, I vow to end them.法 門 無 量 誓 願 學Dharma gates are measureless, I vow to learn them.佛 道 無 上 誓 願 成Unsurpassed is the Buddha-way, I vow to attain it.
May 15

mahayanalotus:

The Four Bodhisattva Vows

眾 生 無 邊 誓 願 度
Sentient beings are numberless, I vow to liberate them
煩 惱 無 盡 誓 願 斷
Afflictions are limitless, I vow to end them.
法 門 無 量 誓 願 學
Dharma gates are measureless, I vow to learn them.
佛 道 無 上 誓 願 成
Unsurpassed is the Buddha-way, I vow to attain it.

(via mahayanalotus-deactivated201406)

anarchized:

Bradley.
Apr 29

anarchized:

Bradley.

tryppi:

Seraphic Transport - Alex Grey
Apr 28

tryppi:

Seraphic Transport - Alex Grey

"The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation."

- Milarepa (via thecalminside)

Apr 28

"Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt."

- Saint Francis of Assisi (via thecalminside)

Apr 28
ozonebabys-temple:

A great Zen Buddhist master, who was in charge of the Mayu Kagi monastery, had a cat which was his true passion in life. So, during meditation classes, he kept the cat by his side – in order to make the most of his company. One morning, the master – who was already quite old – passed away. His best disciple took his place. – What shall we do with the cat? – asked the other monks. As a tribute to the memory of their old instructor, the new master decided to allow the cat to continue attending the Zen Buddhist classes. Some disciples from the neighboring monasteries, traveling through those parts, discovered that, in one of the region’s most renowned temples, a cat took part in the meditation sessions. The story began to spread. Many years passed. The cat died, but as the students at the monastery were so used to its presence, they soon found another cat. Meanwhile, the other temples began introducing cats in their meditation sessions: they believed the cat was truly responsible for the fame and excellence of Mayu Kagi’s teaching. A university professor developed a thesis – which was accepted by the academic community – that felines have the ability to increase human concentration, and eliminate negative energy. And so, for a whole century, the cat was considered an essential part of Zen Buddhist studies in that region. From the Book: Like a flowing river~ 
When I meditate I my cat  usually ends by my side, or in my lap,  as I sit cross-legged on the floor. I call this practice Cat Meditation. As others have said, cats don’t come looking for attention, they simply approach and settle in. It’s quite powerful. The cat’s purr has a healing vibration and I find it one of the most soothing sounds and sensations. What’s better than having a peaceful, warm and loving companion who is  an expert at meditation to accompany one’s practice? I’ve always been fascinated by how incredibly sensitive to energy, cats are.
ozonebabys-temple
Apr 28

ozonebabys-temple:

A great Zen Buddhist master, who was in charge of the Mayu Kagi monastery, had a cat which was his true passion in life. So, during meditation classes, he kept the cat by his side – in order to make the most of his company. One morning, the master – who was already quite old – passed away. His best disciple took his place. – What shall we do with the cat? – asked the other monks. As a tribute to the memory of their old instructor, the new master decided to allow the cat to continue attending the Zen Buddhist classes. Some disciples from the neighboring monasteries, traveling through those parts, discovered that, in one of the region’s most renowned temples, a cat took part in the meditation sessions. The story began to spread. Many years passed. The cat died, but as the students at the monastery were so used to its presence, they soon found another cat. Meanwhile, the other temples began introducing cats in their meditation sessions: they believed the cat was truly responsible for the fame and excellence of Mayu Kagi’s teaching. A university professor developed a thesis – which was accepted by the academic community – that felines have the ability to increase human concentration, and eliminate negative energy. And so, for a whole century, the cat was considered an essential part of Zen Buddhist studies in that region. From the Book: Like a flowing river~

When I meditate I my cat  usually ends by my side, or in my lap,  as I sit cross-legged on the floor. I call this practice Cat Meditation. As others have said, cats don’t come looking for attention, they simply approach and settle in. It’s quite powerful. The cat’s purr has a healing vibration and I find it one of the most soothing sounds and sensations. What’s better than having a peaceful, warm and loving companion who is  an expert at meditation to accompany one’s practice? I’ve always been fascinated by how incredibly sensitive to energy, cats are.

ozonebabys-temple

(via ozonebabys-temple)

Apr 27

(Source: thisteenspirit, via thisteenspirit)

invisible-syndrome:

Want to do thisss on We Heart It.。.☮*°Fire, Transform Me°*☮.。
Apr 22

invisible-syndrome:

Want to do thisss on We Heart It.

。.☮*°Fire, Transform Me°*☮.。

(via aerienette)

c-ertaindarkthings:

you don’t need to worry about me,
i’ve been holding on since before.

before when? he asks.

since before my skin was my own,
before i grew bones, before i knew
the womb —

before, i was the dance
of the air in colors of lonely tides;
before everything grew from the
earth, before the sprout emerged
to welcome the sun into itself—
yes, before. before. i was
something so much more. 

Apr 22
past lives