Peace in the world

Neither peace nor war exists independently of us. Political and military leaders have grave responsibilities with respect to peace – but they too are members of the society that we as individuals help to create. Peace in the world depends on peace in the hearts of individuals; this depends on each of us practicing ethics by disciplining our negative thoughts and emotions and developing basic spiritual qualities. ~ His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama

Awakening from the Illusion

Buddhism is really about awakening from the illusion about ourselves and the world, and realizing reality – who we are and what is real and how things are interconnected through karma and causation and so on. In a Dzogchen text, it says, “From the beginning, we are all Buddhas by nature, we only have to realize that fact.” So in Dzogchen the whole practice of what we call the view, meditation, and action is about awakening to – not just our momentary personality – “self” with a small s – but our true Buddha nature, our original nature.

-Lama Surya Das, “Old Wine, New Bottles” (Tricycle Interview)

Quote from ‘Siddharta’ & “Buddha” on US Public Broadcasting Stations

“Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.” from “Siddhartha” by Herman Hesse.

(I am in the process of reading this book. It is profound and enjoyable. ) For your copy go to Buddha Center Library section on the site….you can buy the print book through BC.  Or if you have a reader/cell phone you can Google  “Siddharta.”

For those of you who watch Public Television in the US ~ ~ “The Buddha,” a two-hour documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin, premieres on PBS on April 7, 2010, at 8 PM EST (check local listing). ‘If you are outside of the U.S., stay tuned. We’ll be sure to include information on international broadcasts as they become available.”

Also on Facebook ~ The Buddha and YouTube ~ TheBuddhaPBS