‘This is the self before something runs through our consciousness.’ Katagiri RoshiMorning meditation: This is the Self Before.
We can’t change the past
Time is always moving on; nothing can stop it. We can’t change the past, but we can shape the future. The more compassionate you are, the more you will find inner peace. However, education systems today tend not to adequately enhance basic human nature. Nevertheless, since human beings have a natural ability to think things through, education is a key factor in creating a better future. ~ His Holiness The 14th Dali Lama
See it for what it is, pervasive suffering
Sometimes we are hot, sometimes not. Don’t worry. Welcome to the never fully satisfying samsara. Either too much, or too little, never just right, at least for very long. Rather than ignore and disbelieve this ingrown dissatisfaction, recognize it. See it for what it is, pervasive suffering. Pervasive suffering not only for you, but for everyone! On this basis, use this pervasive suffering as a catalyst to get rid of samsara. For yourself it is renunciation For all others, it is unconditional compassion. Seeing the elusive nature of pervasive suffering, is wisdom. Our self, others, and pervasive suffering itself, are all figments of our imagination. They appear independent of our mind, but on deeper inspection, do not exist as they appear. They are empty (absent) of independent existence on their own, from their own side. Yet they do exist, dependent on our minds. Chew on this for a while! Emaho! ~ Barry Kerzin
The Joy of Meeting
The joy of meeting someone you love, the sadness of losing a close friend, the richness of a vivid dream, the serenity of a walk through a garden on a spring day, the total absorption of a deep meditative state – these things and other like them constitute the reality of our experience of consciousness. regardless of the content of any one of these experirences, no one in his or her right mind would doubt their reality. Any experience of consciousness –from the most mundane to the most elevated — has a certain coherence and, at the same time, a high degree of privacy, which means that it always exists from a particular point of view. The experience of consciousness is entirely subjective. The paradox, however, is that despite the indubitable reality of our subjectivity and thousands of years of philosophical examination, there is little consensus on what consciousness is. Science, with its characteristic third-person method – the objective perspective from the outside – has made strikingly little headway in this understanding. ~ The Universe in a Single Atom by His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama
“One who does not exchange his own happiness for the suffering of others surely does not achieve Buddhahood. How could one find happiness even in the cycle of existence?
Not to mention the next life, even in this life, a desired goal of a servant who does not do his work and of a master who does not pay out the wages cannot be accomplished”
~ Pandita Shantideva (From the text Bodhicharyavatara or Introduction to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life)