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Self Preservation Amidst Manipulation

Published June 1, 2018 by tindertender

There are those who feel the need to make “I Am” statements for others. Some will never stop and the only way to end the cycle is to step away from them, to stop listening to them as they describe “who you are”.

Often these descriptions are only a reflection of themselves. There is the attempt, and perhaps even habit, of deflection and gas lighting.

This is particularly difficult if a person has a parent who has always behaved in this manner. Confusion sets in to the young mind and they find themselves in traumatic situations, never understanding why they feel so bad, sure they must deserve crap every time it shows up.

This is not so … it is only a method of controlling others. The shame and self loathing was implanted in the mind and simply is not true.

It is hard to shed these stories that have been embedded in the psyche. It is also absolutely necessary if there is to be a halting of the pattern, and something beautiful and peaceful created.

For many, there is little time to make change. There may not be anyone at all to share these creations with … yet. The mind must remain focused.

Walk away, stand your ground. This drama belongs to someone else. The peace you long for is in you, it IS you. For some reason or other there will always be someone attempting to douse your light … do not let it be … there is too little time to waste trying to please those who thrive on chaos.

The only person who should be allowed to make descriptions of who you are is y.o.u. These things coming from a source thriving in chaos and manipulation are false and should never be taken to heart.

It is not easy to love ones self after a life time of programming to the contrary. Gift yourself this wonderful action, and let everything else go.

She Is Such A Person

Published May 17, 2018 by tindertender
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Photo by Nathan McBride

Her mind free from thought,
her appearance calm and tranquil,
her forehead beams simplicity.

Her chill is as elemental as autumn, her warmth that of spring. Her joy and anger flow like the four seasons. She always does what’s suitable, and has no limitations … Without showing affection her blessings extend through ten generations.

She has her likes and dislikes. What she likes is the One and what she dislikes is also the One. What is One is One, and what is not One is also One.

Such a person lets the gold stay hidden in the mountains,
and the pearls sleep in the deep waters.
She doesn’t consider property or money to be a benefit
and avoids riches and honors.
She doesn’t rejoice in long life,
nor grieve over early death.
She doesn’t account prosperity a blessing,
nor is ashamed of poverty.

From scattered pages of the book of Chuang Tzu

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

Strength In Compassion

Published April 3, 2018 by tindertender

The past will always attempt to lure us back into it. Memories take us there where old habits remain, continuously we must choose to stay in change, rising above them. Even those memories which included love … for if we hold tight to them, the door shuts to future possibilities.

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True care and compassion must be nurtured, just as the little one in need. It is our responsibility to heal the inner child, and then we will be better equipped to reach into the world and offer assistance elsewhere.

A mother who has been damaged beyond repair clings to life as her young one clings to her neck. We must be willing to step in and provide relief. One day it may be us that requires relief and if we do not give, we will  not be able to receive.

It all takes effort, and choice. Being vulnerable is quite courageous, all the while embracing others who share their vulnerabilities. In so doing, true strength arises, which otherwise would never be,

It Is Time

Published March 31, 2018 by tindertender

There is a time to hold the council of silence
There is a time to speak Truth.
There is a time when ancient seeds, long dormant,
Are once more planted and fully bloom.
When the future of humanity is being dreamed, created,
and activated.
Death begets new Life.
Humanity’s future will be different from its past.
~ Gaia Codex, Sarah Drew

Gaia

This is Easter weekend. It is a grand opportunity to practice what it is we would like to see in the world. Rather than react to what people may say, or do, we have the option to hold empathy in our hearts for that person, or people, we perceive are doing wrong.

In the midst of pain it is quite difficult to release the need to be defensive, to attack and protect our self. Mind you, I speak only of the non physical here. Should our very lives be in peril, of course I do not recommend just standing there and taking it.

Before it comes to blows though, there is a point where a situation can be deflated, or escalated. Often the choice is ours, and with practice, we can become masters at deescalation.

In today’s world we see military’s who are experts at escalation, they always come to blows with whoever disagrees with their agenda. The entire planet seems to be on the brink of mass destruction … it is laughable really, how these ‘powers that be’ pretend to hold authority on peace.

Each individual, YOU, have the power to create that which you wish to see in the world. Through your actions and responses to those around you, a major shift can take place in the minds and hearts of others. Everything we say and do affects those around us, everything.

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If this body was crafted 
from the same intelligence 
that created the miracle of the living universe,
rainbows, river banks, whale song and forest floors,
why on earth would I not listen, 
trust and follow its voice 
as it speaks through me? 
Surely it would only guide me in
the fullest expression of myself?
~ Clare Dubois, Founder of TreeSisters

You are that …
That which you create …
More powerful than you may have realized.

It’s Important!

Published March 28, 2018 by tindertender

Hand On Heart
And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling,

“This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!”

And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.”

 

Life Is A Garden

Published March 27, 2018 by tindertender

It needs tending to, watered, tilling the soil, pulling the weeds. If we do not tend to our garden and gift of it to others then we are wasting the offering of this life.

Soul energy

When we gift of ourselves and what we have to offer, be it an ear to hear, a hug, a lift to wherever someone may be going, whatever … it must be done with full attention to the moment. Although we may not do these things for reward, there will be one, greater than we imagined. However, when we gift too much of our self while the effort isn’t reciprocated it could stifle progress in our own life. Be willing to receive, it may not be comfortable, but you deserve it

Let yourself be vulnerable, therein lies great strength.

You’re always co-creating with the Divine. Every intention we set is in fact, contagious, with the power to influence others, not by force, but by sharing and allowing. Be mindful of your thoughts and actions, they are both influencing your outer world.

Expect to be inspired and to meaningfully touch others with all you create!

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