Last month I went on a week-long silent meditation retreat. I valued the time away from my routine to dive deep into contemplation and reflection. The schedule, from 6:00 am - 9:30 pm, was a mix of sitting and walking meditation, as well as daily dharma talks from the main teachers. One of them spoke about lessons from her teacher, whom she asked "What is the meaning of life?" And without hesitation, he replied, "To live with compassion and wisdom." Compassion and Wisdom, he explained, allow us live a fuller life of peace and joy. Compassion helps us first to be gentle with our own habits, reactions, and foolishness. Wisdom helps us understand why our habits became so, and gives us tools to de-condition or re-condition the ways we create suffering in our own lives. Compassion helps us understand that everyone else is also fighting their own invisible battles. And wisdom helps us know that "hurt people hurt people" so that we can then more easily accept or forgive those that cause us suffering. If we don't have these Compassion-Wisdom glasses on, we are constantly looking through the lens of delusion (i.e. taking things way too personally), greed (i.e. clinging only to things that bring us pleasure), hatred (i.e. blaming others for woes that have befallen onto us), and jealousy (i.e. not being content with what we have and comparing ourselves to others). I like to think of the Compassion-Wisdom glasses as ultra UV-protection against bullshit, strife, and suffering.
There is a luxury and a privilege to having long stretches of day in silence for these insights of compassion and wisdom to arise. For, as the Buddha said, we need to settle our minds to receive these teachings that are innate within us. But real life is a constant invitation to practice, and I already have had to do so since being back from retreat! One quick mindfulness hack is to ask yourself, "What glasses do I have on right now?" "What lens am I looking through?" And if it's not those of compassion and wisdom, take some deep breaths to help settle the mind and nervous system so that you can soften into a better way to respond. Sending yourself and others metta can also be beneficial.
"Tibetan Buddhists say "the mind is not hidden from us" - in other words, we are the only ones who can really see the qualities of the mind. It is the same idea we express in English when we say that no one knows us better than we know ourselves. We are with ourselves constantly and only we have the ability to discern our true motivations. However, self-attachment and the ego are very seductive. It is very easy to be lured into thinking, based on our self-attachment, that "I'm doing really well. I'm a great practitioner." It is easy to not be objective in evaluating how our practice is going and what we are like as human beings. For example, it is difficult to reflect on situations as an outsider and consider how people perceive us. If we engaged in this mental exercise, we might start to have a different idea about who we are as compared to the person that we typically imagine ourselves to be."
- Anyen Rinpoche (Source: Extracted from Anyen Rinpoche's book titled "Momentary Buddhahood: Mindfulness and the Vajrayana Path")
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🌿Is There a Sin in Buddhism?
🌿When it comes to Buddhists, they do not believe in sinning. Instead, they regard sin as actions that are either unwholesome or unskillful. Therefore, in their belief, man is not sinful by nature as a way of rebelling against .
☞⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯ 🌿In this , every person is taught they are in charge of his/her good and bad deeds, thus being in control of how he/she molds their destiny. It’s believed that every human being is an individual of great worth with a wealth of good and evil. The good in a person awaits the right time to manifest. In short, Buddhism teaches that every evil deed done is by a singular individual, not their relatives or friends, and as a result, only the evildoer will repay for what they’ve done.
🌿When a person places their hand on or in a fire, the hand will be burned, and the scars will remain no matter how hard one prays. The same is believed to occur to individuals that choose to walk into the fires of evil action. approach to problems occurring from suffering is empirical as opposed to being metaphysical, imaginary, or speculative. Buddha’s path to is that it’s an unskillful and unwholesome action that leads to man’s downfall. ☞⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯⎯
🌿To the wicked man is a naïve one. He is an individual that should be instructed more not condemned and punished. The individual is not seen as violating God’s will and shouldn’t have to beg for forgiveness and divine mercy; instead, he should be guided to become enlightened. The wicked man needs an individual who will help him to use reason to understand that he is responsible for his wrongdoings, and there are consequences. Thus, is something alien to Buddhists.
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A true friendship
If, in your course, you don't meet
your equal, your better,
Then continue your course,
There is no fellowship with fools.
☸️ Dhammapada 61
"Particularly critical to our spiritual progress is our selection of friends and companions, who can have the most decisive impact upon our path.
It is because he perceived how susceptible our minds can be to the influence of our companions that the Buddha repeatedly stressed the value of good friendship (kalyāṇamitta) in the spiritual life.
Good friendship, in buddhism, means considerably more than associating with people that one finds amenable and who share one's interests. It means in effect seeking out wise companions to whom one can look for guidance and instruction.
The task of the Noble friend is not only to provide companionship in the treading of the way.
The truly wise and compassionate friend is one who, with understanding and sympathy of heart, is ready to criticize and admonish, to point out one's faults, to exhort and encourage, perceiving that the final end of such friendship is growth in the Dhamma."
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