Tag: Buddhism

Buddhism – Universal Emptiness

I enjoy writing about Buddhism and my religious/spiritual thoughts. Maybe it goes back to my childhood when it was often suggested that I might become a minister. But I never did. I am not a church goer, nor a conformist. Just the other day I was called a “part-time Buddhist” as I was rude to a sales call I received 🙂 Probably my colleagues were right but being Buddhist and practising Buddhism are two different kettles of fish. Here is another quote that I read the other day: Once you realize universal emptiness, all objects are spontaneously penetrated: integrating the world and beyond, it contains all states of being within. If you lose the essence, there is nothing after all; if you attain the function, there is spiritual effect. The genuine path of unminding is not a religion for the immature. Universal Emptiness is something I personally haven’t experienced, but I could imagine what it might be like. A Universe that is set up of nothing. A freedom from any attachment and thoughts; one is caught in samsara. Samsara as such is a pain, literally. I almost find it fearful to think to not end up enlightened and being reborn

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Buddhist Thoughts at time of #londonriots

I actually wanted to write about a different topic this week within Buddhism until I came across the following quote from the Dalai Lama which I find ties in with the London Riots. I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one’s own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace. – His Holiness the Dalai Lama We have indeed very challenging times. Kids set our streets on fire, our houses and businesses, they loot and riot. However, the Dalai Lama suggests that we must develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. This is not just about a pair of trainers or kids being bored. This is not only about kids not getting the education or up-bringing from home/school but also about society. Politics, church and communities play a major role. The universal picture, the holistic approach, the over arching principles have to be looked at. Particularly at times like these. When a country lives in fear

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Buddhism – Inner Dimensions & Spiritual Revolution

As this month I will not arouse myself with alcohol, I hope to be able to write a few more posts, particularly about Buddhism. Let us look at the following quote from the Dalai Lama: Our problems, both those we experience externally such as wars, crime and violence and those we experience internally as emotional and psychological suffering will not be solved until we address this underlying neglect of our inner dimension. That is why the great movements of the last hundred years and more–democracy, liberalism, socialism, and Communism–have all failed to deliver the universal benefits they were supposed to provide, despite many wonderful ideas. A revolution is called for, certainly, but not a political, an economic, or a technical revolution. We have had enough experience of these during the past century to know that a purely external approach will not suffice. What I propose is a spiritual revolution. – His Holiness the Dalai Lama I highlighted in bold a few points: a) address the underlying neglect of our inner dimension b) failed to deliver (referring to the outer dimension) c) spiritual revolution Only a spiritual revolution will be able to address whatever is bugging you inside. b) and c)

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Buddhism – being busy

I get a daily newsletter with Buddhist quotes. Hence I like to collect the most inspiring ones and put them in my blog. Similar to what I did with Balamadana back in the days. Most quotes have been in my draft folder for a few months, if not years. So here we go with one: How very happily we live, free from busyness among those who are busy. Among busy people, free from busyness we dwell. – Dhammapada, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Now I recently couldn’t travel due to the sickness of my children. However, as I had holidays booked, I just ended up with two and a half days without any plans whatsoever but helping my wife and spending time (!) with my kids. Time. Free time is almost unheard of. We all work a lot, normally 9 to 5.30, often to 6.30 and most often much longer. We are people that enjoy working (and I speak about people like myself), and we should probably or most certainly take a day off. Or compensate for over time. Not because we don’t value time at work or because it might be our right to do so. No, we should take

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I may die today…

Some people might call me crazy for this thought but I got it out of this new book I am reading, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s “Transform your Life“. So far I have only read a few chapters about Inner Peace and Karma. Also, I love the Buddhist thoughts about reincarnation. And, that if you don’t have fear, you don’t have to worry about your life….and your death. So by saying this mantra, that I may die today, I take off all the fear. But what is happening? In our samsara, the rebirth cycle in which we are born to different levels depending on our karma and previous lives, we travel from one life to another. We wouldn’t remember any of it consciously, and re-birth might not take place for a while. However, the more stressed and fearful you are about the next one, the less likely you go from this life with a good karma – that is additional to everything else you might have done in your life. By thinking that you might die today, you are not saying you will or won’t. All you are saying is that you should be prepared for it. So if it happens, go

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Buddhist Thoughts – being better

Happy New Year again! I came across this quote and in all honesty I am not sure if I understand it totally. If, in your course, you dont meet your equal, your better, then continue your course firmly, alone. Theres no fellowship with fools. – Dhammapada, 6, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Does it say that if you are on a mission or project and you don’t think that you are meeting your equal, e.g. you are superior and better than everyone else, then you should continue as you were? Alone. As no one is following you if you are a fool. So are we fools thinking that we are the best and better than anyone else I suppose? Is that true? It reminds me a bit of NLP where you create your own map of the world. Where you make up your own ideas and thoughts and then you are the person in charge, you are going the way alone as you think this is the only right way. But maybe, it is foolish to go this way in the first place. Have a think.

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Sunday Column (85)

I might be a bit lazy writing my blog at times, but you might have seen the posts last week. An up and down that usually depends how much time I have at the weekend. This week I had a good week. I think anyway. No alcohol all week which was nice. I even managed to meet some friends without drinking. Whilst this sounds awful to admit, I think we all drink to much. Tony Blair admitted it in his book too. The whole society likes a tipple. It is just when you decide not to, you stand out, and almost feel awkward. Like an alcoholic because you don’t do it. It will be, similar to smoking, one day socially unacceptable to drink. It’ll come. This week had one story. A story that will write or already wrote history. The story of the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners. 33 men. 33 stories. 33 families. I was crying when I saw the first one coming to the surface. It is human tragedy, and we all like to watch it. But it is real. The psychological pressure, the strain on the health, being separated by their families. I remember more human

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Buddhism and Islands

In my daily newsletter, the following quote was displayed the other day: Awake and rejoice in watchfulness. Understand the wisdom of the enlightened. By watching keenly and working hard, the wise one may build himself an island which no flood can sweep away. The thoughtless man does not care, but the attentive man looks on wakefulness as his greatest treasure. Meditate, and in your wisdom realize nirvana, the highest happiness. Dhammapada I used to write those blog posts over at Balamadana but haven’t for a while. So I would like to share it here. My Island Theory kind of fits with the above. It states that you move from island to island in order to develop, and only settle when you are where your body is in 100% harmony with your spirit. The wise man building himself the island he can develop in. No one can touch him or his thoughts whilst he moving up through personal development. And, the island becomes a nice analogy for your little space. Doesn’t it? If you are interested in the theory, let me know. It is a bit out of date, and I believe the download link doesn’t work anymore. Love and Kindness,

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Becoming a Vegetarian

I wrote a blog post about Buddhism and Vegetarianism. Also, I found a video promoting a vegan lifestyle: You can see over at Balamadana, Buddhism and Management what my thoughts are, but I think that 2010 will bring a lot of positive changes. I keep you posted.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama – Daily Wisdom

It is not too long ago, I was writing about me reading the Dalai Lama and the Path to Tranquility. A book you can purchase at Amazon. For the 21st of September it says: Western brains work, they work a great deal, but always in the direction of efficiency. In that way the mind puts itself at the service of the result. Like all servants, it renounces its independence. I am talking about another form of spiritual life, more detached and deeper, free form the obsession of a goal to be reached. In a way, the universal invasion of technology, everywhere it goes, lessen the life of the mind. I like that thought. We are always trying to achieve more: more money, more status, more respect. We seem to always want to achieve more in less time and better quality. Hence, so the Dalai Lama, we become servants. By abandon this life, we are becoming free, and we can reach a life that is less obsessive. And, we can focus on our spiritual development. It is however a challenge to balance life in that way. Our western lifestyle is asking us to be productive, efficient and delivering more and more

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