Compassion

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To An Ending Of Suffering

Published May 9, 2018 by tindertender

The Dalai Lama is believed to be a manifestation/Reincarnation of Avalokiteshvara aka Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are believed to be enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity…

In the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon of enlightened beings, Chenrezig is renowned as the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.

Avalokiteshvara aka Chenrezig is the earthly manifestation of the self born, eternal Buddha, Amitabha. He guards this world in the interval between the historical Sakyamuni Buddha, and the next Buddha of the Future Maitreya.

According to legend, Chenrezig made a a vow that he would not rest until he had liberated all the beings in all the realms of suffering. After working diligently at this task for a very long time, he looked out and realized the immense number of miserable beings yet to be saved. Seeing this, he became despondent and his head split into thousands of pieces. Amitabha Buddha put the pieces back together as a body with very many arms and many heads, so that Chenrezig could work with myriad beings all at the same time. Sometimes Chenrezig is visualized with eleven heads, and a thousand arms fanned out around him.

Chenrezig may be the most popular of all Buddhist deities, except for Buddha himself — he is beloved throughout the Buddhist world. He is known by different names in different lands: as Avalokiteshvara in the ancient Sanskrit language of India, as Kuan-yin in China, as Kannon in Japan.

As Chenrezig, he is considered the patron Bodhisattva of Tibet, and his meditation is practiced in all the great lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. The beloved king Songtsen Gampo was believed to be an emanation of Chenrezig, and some of the most respected meditation masters (lamas), like the Dalai Lamas and Karmapas, who are considered living Buddhas, are also believed to be emanations of Chenrezig.

Whenever we are compassionate, or feel love for anyone, or for an animal or some part of the natural world, we experience a taste of our own natural connection with Chenrezig. Although we may not be as consistently compassionate as some of the great meditation masters, Tibetan Buddhists believe that we all share, in our basic nature, unconditional compassion and wisdom that is no different from what we see in Chenrezig and in these lamas.

We might have trouble believing that we are no different than Chenrezig — but learning about the nature of compassion, and learning about Chenrezig, repeating his mantra Om Mani Padme Hum and imagining that we would like to be like Chenrezig, pretending that we really are just like Chenrezig, we actually can become aware of increasing compassion in our lives, and ultimately, the lamas tell us, awaken as completely wise and compassionate buddhas.

Avalokiteshvara Mantra Long Version;
Namo Ratna Trayaya,
Namo Arya Jnana
Sagara, Vairochana,
Byuhara Jara Tathagataya,
Arahate, Samyaksam Buddhaya,
Namo Sarwa Tathagate Bhyay,
Arhata Bhyah,
Samyaksam Buddhe Bhyah,
Namo Arya Avalokite
shoraya Bodhisattvaya,
Maha Sattvaya,
Maha Karunikaya,
Tadyata, Om Dara Dara,
Diri Diri, Duru Duru
Itte We, Itte Chale Chale,
Purachale Purachale,
Kusume Kusuma Wa Re,
Ili Milli, Chiti Jvalam, Apanaye Shoha

Translation:
Homage to the Three Jewels,
Homage to the Ocean of that Superior,
Exalted Transcendental Wisdom,
The Appointed King, Vairocana,
The Tathagata, the Arhat,
the Pure and Complete Buddha,
Homage to All the Tathagatas, the Arhats,
the Pure and Complete Buddhas,
Homage to the Supreme Avalokiteshvara,
the Bodhisattva, the Great Being,
that Great Compassion,
Thus, Om, Apprehending the Deity of Sound,
Apprehending the Deity of Form,
Apprehending the Deity of Sign,
and the Surrounding Entourage.

* Please note this is the long version, the more commonly known Avalokiteshvara Chenrezig Mantra is the short verison which is known as ” Om Mani Padme Hum”

Mantra of Avalokiteshvara by
Margot Reisinger, Lama Tenzin Sangpo

On the meaning of:
OM MANI PADME HUM The jewel is in the lotus or praise to the jewel in the lotus by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso The Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet It is very good to recite the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast.

The first, OM, is composed of three pure letters, A, U, and M. These symbolize the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; they also symbolize the pure exalted body, speech and mind of a Buddha. Can impure body, speech and mind be transformed into pure body, speech and mind, or are they entirely separate? All Buddhas are cases of being who were like ourselves and then in dependence on the path became enlightened; Buddhism does not assert that there is anyone who from the beginning is free from faults and possesses all good qualities. The development of pure body, speech, and mind comes from gradually leaving the impure states and their being transformed into the pure. How is this done? The path is indicated by the next four syllables.

MANI, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factor of method- the altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love. Just as a jewel is capable of removing poverty, so the altruistic mind of enlightenment is capable of removing the poverty, or difficulties, of cyclic existence and of solitary peace. Similarly, just as a jewel fulfills the wishes of sentient beings, so the altruistic intention to become enlightened fulfills the wishes of sentient beings.

The two syllables, PADME, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom. Just as a lotus grows forth from mud but is not sullied by the faults of mud, so wisdom is capable of putting you in a situation of non- contradiction where as there would be contradiction if you did not have wisdom. There is wisdom realizing impermanence, wisdom realizing that persons are empty of self-sufficient or substantial existence, wisdom that realizes the emptiness of duality (that is to say, of difference of entity between subject and object), and wisdom that realizes the emptiness of inherent existence. Though there are may different types of wisdom, the main of all these is the wisdom realizing emptiness.

Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable, HUM, which indicates indivisibility. According to the sutra system, this indivisibility of method and wisdom refers to one consciousness in which there is a full form of both wisdom affected by method and method affected by wisdom. In the mantra, or tantra vehicle, it refers to one conciousness in which there is the full form of both wisdom and method as one undifferentiable entity. In terms of the seed syllables of the five conqueror Buddhas, HUM is the is the seed syllable of Akshobhya- the immovable, the unfluctuating, that which cannot be disturbed by anything.

Thus the six syllables, OM MANI PADME HUM, mean that in dependence on the practice which is in indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech and mind into the pure body, speech, and mind of a Buddha. It is said that you should not seek for Buddhahood outside of yourself; the substances for the achievement of Buddhahood are within.

As Maitreya says in his SUBLIME CONTINUUM OF GREAT VEHICLE (UTTARA TANTRA) all beings naturally have the Buddha nature in their own continuum. We have within us the seed of purity, the essence of a One Gone Thus (TATHAGATAGARBHA), that is to be transformed and full developed into Buddhahood.

(From a lecture given by His Holiness The Dalai Lama of Tibet at the Kalmuck Mongolian Buddhist Center, New Jersey.) Transcribed by Ngawang Tashi (Tsawa), Drepung Loseling, MUNGOD, INDIA

Healing The World

Published April 5, 2018 by tindertender

Healing the planet
During your morning meditations, or prayers … feel the pulse of life that flows through your hands. Imagine the planet there, between the cupped palms of your hands and feel the pulse of compassion emanating from them into the planet … ending suffering for all life, allowing a realization of compassion for each other, allowing the love for all of the animal kingdom. The contribution you make to this cause is much more powerful than you may have been taught to believe. YOU are a healer of the world.

Reflections

Published February 4, 2018 by tindertender

A lovely day can turn into a nightmare very quickly. Doing the same old things and expecting a different outcome is the REAL craziness in the world. Having a different reality than others is not what some deem to be ‘crazy’ … no.

Old habits which caused much trouble, tossed to the curb long ago … picked up again, if only for a moment, bring a shocking awareness of stupidity … or better said, misdirected will.

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The will of humanity is quite strong. Some are determined to be angry, some are determined to heal wounds which cause them anger. Some are determined to remain surface, not dwelling too deep. Some try to bury emotion with substances. Some give up on love, while others ponder the reflection received. It is difficult to own responsibility for action, yet reflection will give it to us, every time.

It is tempting to not really give a care for what others think or feel, yet if it is wished that they consider ones personal thoughts and feelings, that one must be willing do the same.

I have lived in my own little world for my whole life, just as every one reading this has as well. This ‘house’ we call a body and mind allows a separation, so our inner thoughts can be worked on without disrupting the whole … but many choose not to do this, they instead create chaos wherever they go.

Life is a gift, and we can present ‘gifts’ to our fellow human beings, or we can bring them destruction. Hurt feelings and anger have been given far to much pull when it comes to actions in this world. There’s only one who can make it right … and that is the one each and every one of us sees when we look in the mirror.

“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.”
     ~ Cicero

May The Force Be With You

Published November 15, 2017 by tindertender

Mind PrisonThere are plenty of people in the world who think they are “in charge of you”. They run around and put forth a lot of ‘stolen‘ energy into creating this illusion. They prey, and feed upon, the fears and pain of people. They lord their perceived power over folks, saying, “Look here, I am your king, you must do as I say.” They forget that we are ALL sovereign beings … or perhaps it is only WE who have forgotten.

These life-force robbers preoccupy society while they siphon the impulses needed in order to keep alive this facade.

I am tired of leeches. I am sick of seeing their infectious, implanted thought patterns ruin lives, ruining whole societies. I am sad that the affected ones seem to idly stand by as it occurs, waiting for someone to come save them, chewing on the hate, the pain, the grudges, the blame, embracing victim-hood, while all of these things, and more, lessen the glory of their light.

Leech Man

Numbing the mind with substances (legal and non) will not make these thing stop, in fact, it will only serve to build up this heap of crap that is suffocating all of life.

Greed, and a manipulative way of living, are the two most valid mental disorders. Those suffering this illness infect perfectly healthy people and coerce them into believing it is they who are ill. Most of us are willing to trust others, we want to see the good side of everything, we live, hoping that we are correct in thinking care and compassion still exist in humanity.

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In showing vulnerability we assist in allowing the putridness of this nauseating infection rise to the surface. It seems to be growing, however, it is only being uncovered. It must be uncovered so that it can be eliminated.

Rather than fall into unbelief and denial, it would be wise to learn techniques which dissolve these things … like cysts of the eye, they need removed.

Kindness vs Greed

Published October 26, 2017 by tindertender

Intestinal crampsAs I sat there in pain, pale as I’ve never seen myself, one says, “Lift your feet, lean back, just sit there for awhile,” while another says, “Are you okay, are you on the clock?

I think on this event as I sit here drinking my morning coffee. The first, is a hard worker, intense and studious to task, she works the land she dwells on and states it is not easy owning property, it requires a lot of hard work, and yet she comes in daily to earn her pay as well. The second, I am told does not really need the money or this job, she comes in as a favor to the owner. While quite nice, (I had believed her to be one of the nicest), yesterdays statement/question leaves me pondering her heart.

Thinking of ‘money’ before the ‘well-being’ of our fellow mates is an awful thing to wear in the heart. Imagine a soul whos only care is what is given, not considering for a moment what is received.

I clock out, every day, and continue to work while I eat my lunch. It has always been this way, I am dedicated to getting the work out in as little time as possible and do not mind giving a little, every day, to see that this happens. It is apparent that my gift of time is not noticed, or seemingly taken into account on this one occasion when I am hit with a surprise, intestinal malady. Twenty minutes is what it took for me to be able to move, the sweating subsided and color returned to face, no longer feeling as though I might pass out.

Actions Speaking TruthIt is these little things which tell the hearts of humanity. The subtle things which can be explained and justified. I am certain the second feels no shame in thinking of money before my health, if she even thinks of the situation at all.

Today, as she walks in cheerily saying good morning, I will return the greeting, yet I know now a little more than before of the inner workings of this one in particulars heart, and it is not something I would choose as friend.

Be observant, notice these things. As you remain cordial, even friendly, beware the hearts that only take, and do not give.

The Heart Speaks

Published October 18, 2017 by tindertender

“Seeking love keeps you from the awareness that you already have it – that you are it.”
~ Byron Katie

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“An authentically empowered person is one who is so strong, so empowered, that the idea of using force against another is not a part of his or her consciousness.”
~ Gary Zukav

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