The Heart of Wisdom Sutra
Buddha image taken at Borabador, Java
Introduction: The heart of wisdom Sutra is a short text defining the nature of existence as being non-existent. In other words it is describing the nature of existence that we perceive as an illusion.
What we think of as reality is perceived only within our own minds and consciousness, if you think for a moment that when you see something, the light is refracted from the object and that lighters reflected onto the retina in the back of the eye and from there an electrical signal passes to the brain which then interprets the signal and deciding what one is seeing. This is true for all our five
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But how to change?
It is all very well and good to poke fun at past and current administrations and institutions, but we must also remember that they too are victims of circumstance. It is well known that suffering stems from ignorance and that suffering perpetuates further suffering.
We need to wise up to the mistakes of the past and yet somehow be compassionate even towards prime ministers who look after their rich mates and impoverish the majority who are largely confused and struggling just to survive.
The real question is how do we extract ourselves from this social and economic quagmire?
Clearly Reaganomics is a disaster and we cannot see New Zealand’s situation as being separate from the world
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HH The Dalai Lama says the world needs a global system of secular ethics and I agree
Saying that it’s past time that people stopped relying on religion for their ethical laws, the Dalai Lama has called on the need for humanity to develop a system of secular ethics.
“The reason for this is that there are those who have faith in religions and there are many who don’t,” the Dalai Lama said, adding that even among religious leaders, “there are some who are responsible for injustice, deception, hypocrisy, and exploitation.”
Current education, he said, is almost always geared towards economic development, which “neither helps solve individual mental problems nor society-level problems.”
“Regardless of whether or not one believes in
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A simple solution to world conflict
By practising these principles, you will dress yourself in a suit of spiritual armour. Even in the midst of chaos and in the face of evil, your heart will be unsullied, your relationships strong.
1. Be compassionate: Compassionate in both thought and deed. Learn to recognize that the actions of others is often caused by spiritual pain. Avoid contempt. Avoid those mental judgements we always make of others. Compassion leads to harmony and harmony and balance is the key to inner peace.
2. Be kind: Very simple. In every interaction you have you have an opportunity to add to the sum total of good. No act of kindness or charity is too small. It
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And a solution to end suffering
There are many benefits to putting the instructions of Langri Tangpa’s “Eight Verses of Training the Mind” into practice. The practice helps us to eliminate the ignorant mind of self-cherishing and self-grasping, the root of all suffering and problems. It shows us how to transform adverse conditions into the spiritual path, giving us the opportunity to use our daily problems and issues that would normally be obstacles as our actual daily practice so we can make progress in our spiritual practice.
We live in spiritually degenerate times. Fewer people are able to attain advanced spiritual realizations, and we generally find it more difficult to attain tranquil abiding and other spiritual realizations, or even to
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The energy behind our soul
In Tantric cosmology, the whole universe is perceived as being created, penetrated and sustained by two fundamental forces, which are permanently in a perfect, indestructible union. These forces or universal aspects are called Shiva and Shakti.
Tradition has associated a form to these principles, respectively that of a masculine deity and that of a feminine one. Accordingly, Shiva represents the constitutive elements of the universe, while Shakti is seen as the dynamic potential, which makes these elements come to life and act.
From a metaphysical point of view, the divine couple Shiva-Shakti corresponds to two essential aspects of the One: the masculine principle, which represents the abiding aspect of God, and the feminine principle, which
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A land of mysteries
One of the worlds most exotic countries, Indonesia is a tropical archipelago with more than 17,000 islands of which about 6,000 are inhabited. It straddles the equator between the Indian and Pacific Oceans (between mainland Asia and Australia) and is one of the worlds most crowded countries with and estimated population of over 238 million.
There have been some controversial archaeological discoveries in Indonesia from pigmy men dated to more than 70,000 years ago and more recently architecture has been uncovered dating to more than 30,000 BC. In more recent history, about 5000 years ago Indonesia like much of Southeast Asia came under the influence of Hinduism.
Then Buddhism spread across the region. It complemented Hindu
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All human beings are creative, wise and loving by Nature. Unfortunately, modern cultures and educational systems don’t always recognize or support the development of these qualities in each of us. We live in a fractured and compartmentalized world, where information is presented to us in fragments- science, art and spirituality seen as separate, unrelated.
The result is a feeling of powerlessness, for most of us, with “power” concentrated in the hands of a few. This may help explain why modern civilizations are so out of balance, why our “consumer” lifestyles and economics are sometimes so heartless and destructive. We can change this, beginning with ourselves.
The cultivation of wisdom begins with curiosity and investigation, learning about the world, seeing how
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DEFINITION AND VISION OF TANTRA FROM RIGVEDA Tantra has its root in the Veda itself is evident not only from the prevalence of its elements in the Vedic Samhitas in their denominations such as the Rigveda, Atharvaveda, etc. in the form of reference to nerves, cakras, etc. but also from a holistic reference to it in the form of the essence of it to be integrated and evolved into a system with its possibility of improvement over humanity and even its potentiality to turn into the divine. The mantra as ascribed to its authorship to Saucika reads in translation as follows:
तन्तुं तन्वन् रजसो भानुमन्विहि ज्योतिमज्तः पथो रक्ष धिया कृतान् | अनुलवणं वयत जोगुवामपो मनुर्भव जनया दैव्यं जनम् |
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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
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