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Archive for the month “July, 2011”

A final few words on a very educational little book

“A Scientist’s Report on the Study of Buddhist Scriptures” while not very long is the type of book that will take time to read and grasp. Mr. Yiu Chi Biu has presented us with a report that should not only answer questions we might have, but raise more questions within us. The only place we will find the answers to those arising questions, is within the teachings of the Buddha. As of tomorrow I’ll be back to my usual approach of looking at problems we face in life, and how one might solve them. Please realize that what I present is my view, based on what I have experienced, been taught and accepted to this point. As I walk one step at a time along the path to enlightenment, I hope I will be more understanding, loving and compassionate to all beings. Take what I say weigh it, look to other sources for solutions, and when you find what feels right in the deepest recesses of your soul, implement your solution. Once again I remind anyone who is reading, these are writings to reflect everyday, what I feel is worth sharing. I am not a scholar, professional counsellor, rather I am me, a being trying to minimize suffering and promote love, compassion and understanding to all. Metta

But the day only has 24 hours!

Most of us have had this thought at one time or another, perhaps we are so frazzled by the pace of things it is an everyday thought. Time to take a short meditation break. As I have described the routine a few times, I will ask those not sure to either search my blog or use Google to find the basics of Buddhist meditation. If it is your first time set aside 20 or 30 minutes for this. I can already imagine a few are saying, but I don’t have time, you will soon have more time. After meditating, you should feel a little more peaceful, and slightly calmer. Great now that you have achieved this, look at that pim, day-planner, or calender on the fridge, and prioritize the things on your lists. Put family functions as the highest except when you need to be earning a living, to support your family. Next the chores that must be done, and on this give yourself some slack here, don’t be fixated on doing say the laundry always at the same time on the same day. If it is a nice summer day and tomorrow might rain, have a picnic, go for a walk on the beach wth your family, and do the laundry in the evening or tomorrow.

If we eliminate those things that are not truly important we can make time for the people and thing that are most valuable to us.

 

Buddhism is infinite potential exists in all

From the book of the last couple days, I came across the perfect rebuttal to those that say Buddhism is al negative or about suffering. As Buddha taught us all sentient beings have the same desire, to minimize pain, and to be happy. As we gain experience and knowledge, with practice we come closer to Nirvana. This can be summed up as every sentient being has the potential of infinite virtue and happiness.Things are neither identical no differentiated. In other words they are neither the same nor different. Regardless of our actions life goes on like the flow of water, it may move fast, it may slow down and cover wide expanses, it may drop as a waterfall, but eventually it reaches the ocean, where it will at some point evaporate form part of a cloud, traverse a distance, and fall as rain to start the cycle over again.So is our journey in life, we are born into a physical body, live, die, leave our physical existence and at some point return in a new body to start the cycle over again.Just as the drop of water may become a rain drop, a snowflake, a part of an iceberg, or a vapour, so do can our physical form change from one life to the next. The potential is still there, and if when we have the ability to choose actions we follow the teachings of the Buddha we will eventually achieve Nirvana.

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