kmcnyc:

It often seems as if our mind is like a balloon in the wind—blown here and there by external circumstances. If we practice meditation eventually we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.

(Reblogged from purpleaggregates)

Buddha Shakyamuni under the bodhi tree

kmcnyc:

Bodhi’ means enlightenment and ‘chitta’ means mind. Bodhichitta is a mind that spontaneously wishes to attain enlightenment to benefit each and every living being directly.

kmcnyc:

Bodhi’ means enlightenment and ‘chitta’ means mind. Bodhichitta is a mind that spontaneously wishes to attain enlightenment to benefit each and every living being directly.

(Reblogged from kmcnyc)

April 15th is celebrated as Buddha’s Enlightenment Day. On the full moon of the 4th month, 2,600 years ago, at Bodh Gaya, India in 589 BC., Buddha Shakyamuni showed the example of transcending ordinary reality and the possibility of going beyond suffering. Over the next 50 years he taught 84,000 teachings so that we could do the same.

Every living being has the potential to become a Buddha. Buddha attained enlightenment with the compassionate wish to benefit all living beings and lead them to pure lasting happiness. May we all rejoice in Buddhas compassionate example and continuously use our life to improve our kind heart!

Happy Buddha’s Enlightenment Day! 

Today is Buddha’s Enlightenment Day, a holiday where Kadampa Buddhists engage in the purification practice called Nyungne. Nyungne is a special fasting and purification practice in conjunction with Eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara. It is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech, and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving blessings and improving our experience of love, compassion, and bodhichitta.

Today is Buddha’s Enlightenment Day, a holiday where Kadampa Buddhists engage in the purification practice called Nyungne. Nyungne is a special fasting and purification practice in conjunction with Eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara. It is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech, and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving blessings and improving our experience of love, compassion, and bodhichitta.

self-assassin:

Arya Tara ~ Kadampa statue

Happy Tara Day!

self-assassin:

Arya Tara ~ Kadampa statue

Happy Tara Day!

(Reblogged from purpleaggregates)

self-assassin:

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso ~ meditation on equalizing self and others

(Reblogged from purpleaggregates)

Being Buddha Tara

kadampalife:

Who is supposed to be looking after all these animals?

stargazerMost of the animals we can see are in our human realm, of course, because that is where we are. But there are countless more. According to Buddha’s explanation of the six realms of samsara, the vast majority of animals are packed together in the animal realm. In Washington DC a few weeks ago, at the Smithsonian museum, I watched a short…

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"Taking away everyone’s suffering is Tara’s very nature. As a Buddha, she has already exchanged self with others, imputed her I on all living beings, including the prawns; so living beings’ suffering IS her suffering and she has already happily accepted it, purified it, and transformed it into bliss. We can do that too, generate ourselves as a Buddha, purify everyone through imagination that becomes reality. Everything starts and ends in the imagination. We need to be part of that creative solution if samsara is ever to stop."

(Reblogged from kadampalife)
Just as a farmer needs to prepare the ground before he plants his crop, so we need to prepare our mind before we can hope to harvest a crop of spiritual realizations. There are many people who are very interested in meditation but who, not understanding the importance of the preliminary practices, neglect them and consequently are disappointed when their efforts in meditation do not yield results. They are like a farmer who fails to weed, fertilize, or water his field, but still expects his crop to flourish. The more conscientiously we practice the preliminaries, the more easily we will gain realizations from our practice of training the mind.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”