Peace

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Beyond Appearances

Published July 8, 2018 by tindertender

(You’ll notice the wrinkled shirt. I’ve given you something to judge, are you able to get beyond the need to do so.)

It is not in the appearance of a person which determines their value … but what comes out of them.

Push aside the need for judgement and let be what is meant to be.

Freedom does not come from war … no matter how many generations this message will be pawned off on as truth.

Freedom ~ Peace ~ Joy ~ comes from the power each individual holds within them, through the word, through intention, through conscious and aware utilization of the depths of honor which resides in the deepest aspects of person-hood.

If sects attempt to convince you war is the only way to get to peace, you must come to your own conclusions about your belief in this, no one can do it for you. However I am certain that deep within you, you know already of its falsity.

The power of your word, of your vibration, is the creator tool which made this world possible … ALL humans have this within them.

Claim it, own it, utilize it to change the pain.
Be the alchemist you came here to be.

Plucking Fear From Mind & Body

Published June 22, 2018 by tindertender

This world is a breeding ground for fear. Upon entering this life there is a pure innocence and joy, often stripped away before words are even spoken, or soon thereafter.

Fear lives so deeply within the body/spirit system, sometimes it isn’t even known. Through life a tough exterior is grown, a stiff upper lip, a stubborn thrust of the chin, a bad attitude … whatever it takes to defend the self from the continuous lash of what hurts.

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Photo by Nick Herasimenka

A false joy is developed, many become experts at pretending happiness, they stuff the pain until it cannot be recognized, but it is still there … wrapped in fear. Heck, there are even times when one truly believes they are happy! Then something happens and they begin to question that reality … at least I have.

There are those who coach people to walk into the fear, face it head on … even I have said it, and I believe it! Yet still, knowing this and actually doing it are two different things. Sometimes when we think we are walking into it, we hold back ~ not even knowing we reserved the right to maintain the embedded habit of fear, to hold that wall of protection up just in case.

Yes, this world breeds fear, and also provides what is needed to overcome it … strength is developed, endurance, a stubborn will that calls for us to survive even when we would rather quit.

How does one shed the fear? How does one actually reach so deep inside the core of the being, grab hold of that fear, pinch it, and pluck it right from the body and the mind? There are many theories written and taught by those who say they have no fear … but do they? Neither here nor there, each individual must find a way to their center and have a willingness to honestly evaluate what they find there. It cannot be done for us ~ it can only be done by us, for us.

The question is then, how badly do we wish for peace? At what lengths are we willing to go to create it?

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The Sacred Wisdom Keepers know of this better than many. If we long for the truth, if we truly wish to see a better world, this is a good place to search, beginning of course by looking into our own being. There must be a desire to open the mind in order to receive knowledge, and there ought to be a respect for the sharing one receives from an Elder.

Life is short, even when one lives to be what we now consider old. There isn’t time to waste on stubbornness and pretending, not if we long to see a world full of truth, peace, joy, and love.

Cooperative Union

Published June 17, 2018 by tindertender

Photo by Mario Purisic

Falling back, head into the grass, I turn my face and see you looking at me through its blades. I rest there and I watch the clouds. Logic says they would flow with the wind, but no, the center one moves left and right, and the left cloud moves right, while the right cloud moves left, reaching for and merging into one another.

I’m called to the ladies gathering and we discuss the needs of the group. We plan on how to best serve all members that gather here, we make our lists. I am amazed at the beauty before me. I think of the city and its definition of what beauty is. I am sorry for those who have not had the opportunity to sit with people such as these.

The men are gathered and they discuss repair and modifications that need to me made for the safety and comfort of people living with mobile challenges. They make a mental note of tools needed and schedule a time and day for the “work party”. Although I will not take part in the labor, I will be there to provide nourishment, I am honored with such a task.

I’ve yearned for this type of exchange my entire life. A conscious, cooperative union, working together as a team. It is quite beautiful. At the end of the day my eyes long to close. My heart is at ease and a smile rests upon my face.

Arriving in the city once more I begin to search for, and acquire, items of benefit for the future. This giving of ones self is the most satisfying experience. It is not a challenge, it is a desire to make life a bit easier for others, and for enjoying these little things with them.

My heart remains with each and every one of them as I sit here typing these words. The sun is going to shine on their heads today, and on mine … equally giving of its warmth.

Family & Friends

Published June 16, 2018 by tindertender
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Photo by Daan Stevens

It’s father’s day weekend, may you all be happy with your children. May there be peace between those parents who are separated (and still together) … for the sake of the kids.

Getting ready to go on a drive, meeting my father and new ‘family’. I have met a group of folks who are Sacred Wisdom Keepers, and they accepted me into their family so generously. Grateful to be alive and to have the opportunity to be part of something much larger than myself, or anything I’ve ever experienced.

I baked an apple/mango cobbler, and am bringing a crock pot full of butternut squash mac and cheese. No one told me it was necessary to do so, but that’s what I wish to contribute to this gathering, and so it is.

Blessings to you as you look for peace in your life this day, this weekend, this go ’round on the planet. May you understand that it is not in collecting things but in being part of something much bigger than self, something which benefits many.

Leave greed and need for power out of it, it has no place in the future of life.

Calling All Lioness of Courage

Published May 31, 2018 by tindertender

Woman of wisdom,
Woman of power,
Woman of strength,
Woman of grace!

Lioness of courage,
She who spins and weaves
And cuts the way.
She who occupies sacred space!

She who spins and weaves
And cuts the way.
She who occupies sacred space!

Stand up Shiv Shakti…
Take your stage!
Stand up Shiv Shakti…
Come their rage!
Stand up Shiv Shakti…
Turn the page!

Take what is ours,
Claim what is ours,
Woman take one….
And all of your powers!

Woman of peace,
Take war form the world!
Woman of silence,
This song is yours!

Woman of glory,
Woman of mercy,
Woman of love!
Woman of love!

Lioness of courage,
She who spins and weaves
And cuts the way.
She who tells the
Heavenly story!

She who spins and weaves
And cuts the way.
She who tells the
Heavenly story!

Stand up Shiv Shakti…
Take your might!
Stand up Shiv Shakti…
Take your flight!

Stand up Shiv Shakti…
Takes God’s Light!

Take what is ours,
Claim what is yours,
Woman take one…
And all of your powers!

Take what is ours,
Claim what is yours,
Woman take one…
And all of your powers!

“On Behalf of Humanity so that Peace May Prevail, May We All Re-member Oneness! In Honor of our Sacred Warrior Protectors of Anonymous, for their Courage, Strength, & Divinity in Protecting and Revealing Truth!”
~Unanimous

“Calling all Sacred Brothers & Sisters of Anonymous, We Invite you to Protect the Divine Feminine in Reality; Our Beloved Sisters, Wives, Daughters, Mothers, and Mother Earth’s Primal Waters, Pure Air, Abundant Food and Free Energy! Defend Her!”
~Anonymous

Shiv is Universal Consciousness Shakti is the Primordial Vital Life Force Energy Moving Through Us Shiv Shakti is your beautiful contribution to humanity! To know thyself… And in service to the Divinity working though you… You become a piece of the peace!!! Lion/Panther are mythological protectors of the sacred crystal cavern within the Entheos (God/essence within).

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

Creating Sanctuary

Published April 27, 2018 by tindertender

We see snippets of peoples lives every day, we have opinions about them, maybe even make judgments about them. It’s quite unfortunate really, for there is no way to know every detail behind an action or way of living for another … yet often speak of others lives as though we know what they should be doing.

This is something I’ve personally been working very hard on for decades, breaking the tendency to have these reactions to people. As a young person I recall knowing everything, needing no instruction. HA! This idea carries over into adulthood and unless a person becomes aware of this ‘habit’ it cannot be changed.

Creating Sanctuary

What can be done to become aware, to release the tendency to assume we know what is really going on … Heart to heart, mind to mind, relating to each other in a way that is kind. People in the world who just want to be loved, who want to see others love each other, yet when they see the opposite they judge and become hopeless or angry or blame for the pain which they see and feel.

Generations of the past have set the ground for our current state. Work hard, survive. They were stoic in their steadiness, their ability to overcome odds put upon them by a government who would rather war and keep the people unsteady. They had to deal with rations and no work and making the best of a bad situation. It was, to say the least, very difficult.

Today, we see the past and the trials that were faced and overcome by our ancestors. Today, we speak loud and clear, thanks to the internet, the world wide web, we can hear each other, see each other, and know that we are for the most part on the same page. We want an end to warring, we want all people to have enough, we want to be lifted and so we are learning how to lift others. With focus and the same determination we’ve inherited we can build a sanctuary for life, all life.

We’ve been in a sort of cocoon, protected from the harshness our ancestors had to face and overcome. They’ve built this haven for us full of tools which we have access to and can use, tools which widen perspective and ability to truly see. We have every thing we need … inside of us, and now, outside of us … we are fully capable of creating beautiful change, a shift toward, and into, a new world where we are helping each other.

All life deserves a sanctuary. This earth is that. Our home is being systematically destroyed by some … even if it be blind … they participate. Counteraction bringing balance is needed. Every person who desires to be loved and to see joy in this world has the power to create it. Every one of us. Let it begin.

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