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Buddha’s Return From Heaven Day

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Indra, the king of the Land of the Thirty-Three Heavens was Buddha’s disciple. He invited Buddha to come to the Land of the Thirty-Three Heavens, where Buddha’s mother had been reborn. Buddha accepted Indra’s request and went to benefit not only his mother, but also the other gods living there. Buddha stayed three months, and then returned on this day.  Therefore, this day is celebrated as Buddha’s Return From Heaven Day and it is a very special day. 

http://kadampa.org/en/buddhism/buddhas-return-from-heaven-day/

(Reblogged from kadampapenny)

Happy Buddha’s Return from Heaven Day
On this day we celebrate Buddha’s return from the desire god realm called Land of the Thirty-three Heavens, where he had been to visit his mother who had been reborn there.
Traditionally this day also marks the end of the summer retreat. Every year, during the summer months, Buddha did a three-month retreat with his disciples. His reason for doing this was to avoid harming insects and other animals.

First, we must take a critical look at each subject, trying to understand its meaning and relevance for our lives. Judging, testing and trying to understand the teachings in this way is called analytical meditation. Once we have done this and have come to some conclusion concerning the object of meditation we should place our mind upon it single-pointedly. This is what is known as placement, or formal, meditation. If we think that meditation is sitting with an empty mind we shall receive no benefit no matter how long we meditate.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Meaningful to Behold”
Many people nowadays are attracted to tantra because they believe it will provide a shortcut to enlightenment - or at least endow them with magical powers - but these people have no understanding how important the foundation of renunciation, bodhichitta and emptiness is to this higher path. Practicing tantra solely for the sake of benefiting this life, hoping to gain notoriety or special powers, does nothing but plant seeds for hellish suffering in future. Anyone who practices like this is like a misguided person who uses precious sandalwood to kindle a fire. Or, to cite other examples, such an ill-motivated practitioner is like a person who uses pound notes to light his cigarette or a Rolls Royce to cart manure. If we wish to make the practice of tantra meaningful, bodhichitta is indispensable.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Meaningful to Behold”
When King Prasenajit asked Shakyamuni Buddha for a spiritual practice he could follow without having to abandon his family or his kingdom, Buddha advised him to practice rejoicing, cultivate bodhichitta and dedicate his merits. Even someone who is very busy with the affairs of the world has time to engage in these three practices and a great deal of positive energy can be generated by each of them.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Meaningful to Behold”
An attitude of regret can only be cultivated when we recognize the connection between the harm we create and the harm we receive. However, it is important not to misunderstand what it means to regret our unskilful actions. We should not view the suffering we experience as an externally applied punishment for our sins; nor is it necessary to feel guilty, thinking that we have offended some authority or force that is prepared to take revenge upon us. True regret is not concerned with such extraneous attitudes.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Meaningful to Behold”

I’ll be teaching a day course this Saturday at our Richardson branch. Any local followers are welcome to attend regardless of experience level.

Join us on Saturday, September 20 from 10:00 AM to 1:00PM for a half-day course “Stepping on the Path: 21 Meditations to Increase Our Happiness.”

We all want to experience lasting happiness and contentment, however, these experiences are usually short lived in our busy daily lives. The Indian Buddhist master Atisha presented a series of practical meditations that comprise all of Buddha’s teachings. By learning about twenty-one of these meditations, we can learn to increase our happiness and remove negativities from our mind such as stress and anger. Anyone whether Buddhist or non-Buddhist can benefit from these practical teachings especially suited to busy modern day people.

Click here for more information and to register:
http://www.meditationintexas.org/
workshops-and-events/stepping-on-the-path-21-meditations-to-increase-our-happiness/

Due to the imprints of self-grasping accumulated since beginningless time, whatever appears to our mind, including our I, appears to be inherently existent. Grasping at our own self as inherently existent, we grasp at the self of others as inherently existent, and then conceive self and others to be inherently different.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”
There are no valid reasons whatsoever for thinking that we are more important than others. For Buddhas, who have unmistaken minds and see things exactly as they are, all beings are equally important.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”