Friday, September 30, 2016

Via Lion's Roar: The Best of Thich Nhat Hanh: Life, Teachings, Quotes, and Books

Photo by Duc.
Photo by Duc.
The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
“We gauge the greatness of spiritual teachers by the depth, breadth, and impact of their teachings, and by the example their lives set for us. By all these measures, Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the leading spiritual masters of our age,” writes Lion’s Roar editor-in-chief Melvin McLeod in his introduction to The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh. In his 89 years, Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh has made a global impact as a teacher, author, activist, and the founder of the Engaged Buddhism movement. His simple yet deeply profound teachings aim to lead students towards a life of mindfulness, joy, and peace—a life that benefits the planet, and all beings.



The Life of Thich Nhat Hanh

Early Life

Thich Nhat Hanh, (now affectionately referred to as “Thay” by his students), was born Nguyen Xuan Bao in central Vietnam in October of 1926. Interested in Buddhism from an early age, he entered the monastery at Tu Hieu Temple in Vietnam at sixteen and worked with his primary teacher, Zen master Thanh Quy Chan That. In 1949, Nhat Hanh, then 23, was ordained as a monk after receiving training in Vietnamese traditions of Mahayana Buddhism and Vietnamese Thien Buddhism.

Nhat Hanh became editor-in-chief of the periodical created by the Unified Vietnam Buddhist Association, Vietnamese Buddhism. He went on to begin his activist work, founding La Boi Press and the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon. Nhat Hanh also founded the School of Youth for Social Service, a neutral corps of Buddhist peaceworkers who established schools, built healthcare clinics, and rebuilt villages in rural areas.

Dr. Martin Luther King announcing that he had nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize. Image via public domain.
Dr. Martin Luther King and Thich Nhat Hanh. Image: public domain.

The Vietnam War and Engaged Buddhism

Nhat Hanh studied comparative religion at Princeton University in 1960 and was subsequently appointed a lecturer in Buddhism at Columbia University. He had become fluent in English, Japanese, Chinese, Sanskrit, Pali, and English. In 1963, he returned to Vietnam in 1963 to continue initiating nonviolent peace efforts.

The founding of the Engaged Buddhism movement was his response to the Vietnam War. Nhat Hanh’s mission was to engage with suffering caused by war and injustice and to create a new strain of Buddhism that could save his country. In the formative years of the Engaged Buddhism movement, Nhat Hanh met Cao Ngoc Phuong, who would later become Sister Chang Kong. She hoped to arise activism for the poor in the Buddhist community, working closely with Nhat Hanh to do so. She remains his closest disciple and collaborator to this day.

Three years later, Nhat Hanh returned to the U.S. to lead a symposium at Cornell University on Vietnamese Buddhism. There, he met with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and requested that King denounce the Vietnam War publicly to his large following. Dr. King granted the request in the following year with a speech that questioned America’s involvement in the war. Soon after, he nominated Nhat Hanh for a Nobel Peace Prize. “I do not personally know of anyone more worthy of [the prize] than this gentle monk from Vietnam. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity,” he wrote.

Photo by Duc.
Photo by Duc.
Nhat Hanh served as the delegate for the Buddhist Peace Delegation at the Paris Peace talks in 1969, and the Paris Peace Accords were later signed in 1973. Nhat Hanh was exiled from Vietnam after these events and remained in France, a turn of events that deeply hurt the monk, and would keep him from his birthplace for many years to come.

Establishing the Order of Interbeing

Today, Nhat Hanh heads the Order of Interbeing, a monastic and lay group that he’d founded in 1966. In 1969, he founded the Unified Buddhist Church, and later in 1975, formed the Sweet Potatoes Meditation Center southeast of Paris, France. As the center grew in popularity, Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong founded Plum Village, a vihara (Buddhist monastery) and Zen center, in the South of France in 1982. Both Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong reside at Plum Village today. The center is open to the public for much of the year and houses retreats that see people traveling from across the globe to attend. Additionally, many dharma centers across the U.S. have been established as part the Order of Interbeing.

Returning to Vietnam

After many negotiations, the Vietnamese government allowed Nhat Hanh to return to Vietnam for a visit in 2005. He was able to teach, publish four books in Vietnamese, travel the country, and return to his root temple. Although his first trip home stirred controversy, Nhat Hanh was allowed to return again in 2007 to support new monastics in his Order, organize chanting ceremonies to help heal remaining wounds from the Vietnam War, and to lead retreats in his birth country.

Thich Nhat Hanh in hospital
Photo by Velcrow Ripper.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Health

Nhat Hanh suffered a brain hemorrhage in November 2014. He was taken to a stroke rehabilitation clinic at Bordeaux University Hospital, where he was able to recover enough to enjoy sipping tea outdoors and listen to the sounds of the outside world. As of June 2015, Nhat Hanh continues to reside at Plum Village, where his health has made remarkable process and he is able to enjoy being “out in nature, enjoying the blossoms, listening to the birds and resting at the foot of a tree.”

Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on meditation

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Thich Nhat Hanh on How to Sit

Thich Nhat Hanh’s incredibly simple instructions for meditation.

Thich Nhat Hanh on Walking Meditation

The practice of mindful walking, says Thich Nhat Hanh, is a profound and pleasurable way to deepen our connection with our body and the earth. We breathe, take a mindful step, and come back to our true home. yellow

Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on love

Growing Together

Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how we can use loving relationships to cultivate the seeds of buddhahood inside us.

After the Honeymoon

Falling in love is easy, but staying in love takes work. Thich Nhat Hanh offers advice for cultivating a relationship that’s loving and strong.

Transforming Anger Into Love

Thich Nhat Hanh offers advice on using mindfulness to take care of your anger, and ultimately transform it into love and understanding.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on mindfulness


Five Mindfulness Trainings

The five mindfulness trainings are an expression of the five precepts, the core of Buddhist ethics, and offer a down-to-earth method of practicing mindfulness in daily life.

Thich Nhat Hanh on The Practice of Mindfulness

It is such a simple practice, but it can transform your life. The great meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches five mindfulness exercises to help you live with happiness and joy.

The Moment is Perfect

There is nothing we experience—from the simple act of eating to the complications of work and relationships—that we cannot approach with the mindfulness and compassion we develop in our meditation.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on peace and happiness

5 Practices for Nurturing Happiness

A teaching from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering.

Happiness in Every Breath

When we stop feeding our cravings, says Thich Nhat Hanh, we discover that we already have everything we need to be happy.

There is no path to peace. The path is peace.

Thich Nhat Hanh, in his 2003 address to congress, says that only deep listening, mindfulness, and gentle communication can remove the wrong perceptions that are the foundation of violence.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on Buddhist philosophy

Photo by Paul Davis.
Photo by Paul Davis.

The Practice of Sangha

Thich Nhat Hanh explains that sangha is more than a community. It’s a deep spiritual practice.

The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism

Number one? “Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. Buddhist systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth.”

The Fullness of Emptiness

Emptiness is not something to be afraid of, says Thich Nhat Hanh. The Heart Sutra teaches us that form may be empty of self but it’s full of everything else.

The Four Layers of Consciousness

Abhidharma, Buddhism’s map of the mind, is sometimes treated as a topic of merely intellectual interest. In fact, says Thich Nhat Hanh, identifying the different elements of consciousness, and understanding how they interact, is essential to our practice of meditation.

The Practice of Looking Deeply Using Three Dharma Seals

Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that by looking deeply we develop insight into impermanence and no self. These are the keys to the door of reality.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on saving the Earth

The World We Have

Only when we combine our concern for the planet with spiritual practice will we have the tools to make the profound personal transformations necessary to address the coming environmental crisis. Thich Nhat Hanh offers us the guiding principles for a new ecospirituality of mindful living.

Earth Gathas

Gathas help us to practice mindfulness in our daily lives and to look deeply. Reciting these short verses will bring awareness, peace, and joy to simple activities. Thich Nhat Hanh offers gathas for recycling, touching the earth, and more.

Wake Up to the Revolution

Only when we recognize our connectedness to the earth, says Thich Nhat Hanh, can real change begin.

Thich Nhat Hanh interviews and profiles

Photo by David Nelson.
Photo by David Nelson.

Profile: The Plum Village Tradition in America

A 2011 Buddhadharma: The Practioner’s Quarterly community profile.

In Engaged Buddhism, Peace Begins with You

Thich Nhat Hanh, who originated Engaged Buddhism, in an interview with John Malkin.

Peace in Every Step

Thich Nhat Hanh’s life of courage and compassion.

You Don’t Need to Be Buddhist

Thich Nhat Hanh explains how anyone can use the five mindfulness trainings to lead a life of understanding and compassion.

Be Beautiful, Be Yourself

Andrea Miller’s exclusive interview with Thich Nhat Hanh.

Thich Nhat Hanh quotes

The ocean of suffering is immense, but if you turn around, you can see the land.

We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.

We really have to understand the person we want to love. If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. If we only think of ourselves, if we know only our own needs and ignore the needs of the other person, we cannot love.

The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s calligraphy

Thich Nhat Hanh began creating calligraphy in 1994 and views his work as a meditative practice. It is estimated that he has created around 10,000 works of calligraphy. Much of his mindful art has been sold to raise funds for his many global humanitarian projects.
In this video from Blue Cliff Monastery, Thich Nhat Hanh describes his “calligraphic meditation” process. Below, you’ll find some of his most loved calligraphies.

Prints of Thich Nhat Hanh’s calligraphy can be purchased in the Lion’s Roar online store. break

Books by Thich Nhat Hanh

Peace is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives

“You have lots of work to do, and you like doing it,” says Thich Nhat Hanh at the beginning of Peace Is Every Breath. “But working too much, taking care of so many things, tires you out. You want to practice meditation, so you can be more relaxed and have more peace, happiness, and joy in your life. But you don’t have time for daily mediation practice.” If this describes your situation, Peace Is Every Breath will be an excel- lent resource. It offers anecdotes, meditations, and advice on connecting with your present experience without putting your life on hold. Thich Nhat Hanh explains: “It isn’t necessary to set aside a certain period exclusively for ‘Spiritual Practice’ with a capital S and a capital P. Our spiritual practice can be there at any moment, as we cultivate the energy of mindfulness and concentration.”

FEAR: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm

In Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm, Thich Nhat Hanh addresses the role mindfulness can play in letting go of our fears. We are afraid of being powerless, he teaches. But if we live in the present moment—if we have mindfulness—we will have the power to look deeply at our fears and understand their source. At that point, fear will no longer control us and we will touch the ultimate joy. We’ll realize that right now we’re okay. Our eyes can see the beauty of the sky and our ears can hear the voices of the people we love.

Making Space: Creating a Home Meditation Practice

Parallax Press
Peaceful places create peace in our minds and bodies. “That is the intention of sacred space,” it says in the introduction of this new release. “But we don’t need to wait until we can find a church, temple, mosque, synagogue, or other space designed for sacred contemplation… If we make a space for contemplation and meditation right in our own homes, then peace and joy are always available to us.” In Making Space, Thich Nhat Hanh begins with the how-tos of stopping, breathing, and sitting. Then he delves into the importance of creating a “breathing room” or “breathing corner,” a calm place at home that you can go to when you’re feeling uneasy, sad, or angry, and thereby come back to yourself. Later chapters explore topics such as how to invite the bell, how to make an altar, and how to make your bed a real place of rest and relaxation.

Love Letter to the Earth

Parallax Press
Environmental activists get a bad rap for being dour. Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, however, is anything but. Instead of finger-pointing and calling for austerity, his solution to our environmental crisis is mindfulness. Through mindfulness, he says, we realize that the Earth is not simply the ground beneath our feet—we are the Earth. Every cell in our body comes from the Earth and is part of it. “We are a living, breathing manifestation of this beautiful and generous planet,” he says. When we know this, we fall completely in love with the Earth, and as with anything we love, we naturally do whatever we can to take care of it. I particularly appreciate Thich Nhat Hanh’s heartfelt description of seeing for the first time photos of the Earth taken from space. He saw a glowing jewel and recognized the Earth’s fragility. “Dear Earth,” he thought, “I didn’t know that you are so beautiful. I see you in me. I see me myself in you.”

The Blooming of a Lotus

Beacon Press
Thich Nhat Hanh offers guided exercises to bring practitioners into greater harmony with themselves and their world. The text includes music to aid our memories in helping us learn simple principles. The many meditations focus on guiding sentences that glide along with the breath.This revised edition includes five new meditations: They show us how mindful consumption and mindful actions can help prevent suffering and water the seeds of compassion; how to be in touch with our Buddha nature; and how to see our parents more deeply. These meditations will deepen the practice of advanced practitioners, as well as start beginners on the path.

How to Eat

Parallax Press
While some monastic communities de-emphasize food in favor of focusing wholly on the spiritual, Thich Nhat Hanh’s community considers food central to practice. “In the Catholic tradition, in the Eucharist,” Thich Nhat Hanh says, “you see the piece of bread as the body of Jesus. In the Buddhist tradition, we see the piece of bread as the body of the cosmos.” When we mindfully savor each bite, we understand that in bread there’s the sun and rain, the soil and compost, the farmer and baker, because without any one of them there’d be no bread. So, when we eat mindfully, we feel nourished by and connected to the universe. We also become more aware of own bodies and emotions and, thus, naturally eat in moderation, leading to better health. Moreover, mindful eating is a powerful tool for social change. In deeply contemplating our food we find ourselves inspired to advocate for best-farming practices and/or take action on behalf of the world’s hungry. How to Eat is a concise and cheerful guide to mindful cooking, serving meals, eating, and washing the dishes.

A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles

Plum Blossom Books
For many years, Thich Nhat Hanh has been teaching pebble practice to give children and their families a tangible way to return to their breath and connect with the world around them. A Handful of Quiet is a lovingly illustrated book that brings this meditation to life. All you’ll need to practice it is a quiet spot and four ordinary pebbles. Each represents a different image embodying a particular quality. You can certainly choose your own images and qualities, but in Nhat Hanh’s classic version pebble one represents the freshness and beauty of a flower, while pebble two represents the solidity of a mountain. Pebble three represents the reflectivity of calm water and pebble four, the freedom of space. Breathing in and out, you pick up each pebble in turn and in your mind’s eye see yourself as the respective image. If you’re holding the flower pebble, for instance, you see yourself as a flower in the garden of humanity. Connecting with your inner flower, you know that you are fresh, pleasant, and lovable.

Answers From the Heart

Parallax Press
Thich Nhat Hanh gives simple Buddhist advice in response to some everyday questions. The slim volume is divided into seven chapters on topics such as family and relationships, religious practice, engaged Buddhism, and illness and death. It also includes a section on children’s questions about Buddhism. The book’s questions, for the most part, are broadly posed, and the answers tend toward general affirmations of the value of compassionate listening and respect. Yet Thich Nhat Hanh does not neglect issues that often challenge other teachers, such as abortion and homosexuality (“If you are a lesbian, be a lesbian”), and his steadfast insistence that peace and mindfulness are a practical part of the response to any situation is both reassuring and convincing.

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“Muitas vezes, o primeiro vislumbre de Deus é uma grande escuridão. Porque quando você bate na porta da Verdade, as máscaras começam a cair, e você inevitavelmente precisa entrar em contato com os sentimentos negados que até então estavam escondidos por trás delas. Trata-se de uma passagem difícil, mas extremamente necessária. Algumas linhas de conhecimento espiritual, tratam esses sentimentos como ilusão (e talvez seja isso mesmo), mas para que possa compreender e se libertar deles, primeiro você precisa tratá-los como algo concreto e real.”

“Muchas veces, el primer vislumbre de Dios es una gran oscuridad. Porque cuando golpeas la puerta de la Verdad, las máscaras comienzan a caerse, e inevitablemente necesitas entrar en contacto con los sentimientos negados que hasta entonces estaban escondidos por atrás de ellas.Se trata de un pasaje difícil, pero extremadamente necesario. Algunas líneas de conocimiento espiritual, tratan a estos sentimientos como ilusión (y tal vez realmente sea así), pero para que puedas comprender y liberarte de ellos, primero precisas tratarlos como algo concreto y real.”

“Often, the first glimpse of God is a great darkness. Because when we knock on the door of truth, the masks begin to fall, and we inevitably need to come into contact with denied feelings that until now were hidden behind them. It is a difficult journey, but an extremely necessary one. Some spiritual schools treat these feelings as an illusion, which maybe they are, but in order to understand and become free of them, we must first treat them as though they were concrete and real.”

Via Daily Dharma / September 30, 2016: Zen Ethics of Circumstance

The source of ethical conduct is found in the way things are, circumstance itself: unfiltered immediate reality reveals what is needed.

—Lin Jensen, "An Ear to the Ground"

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton released her plan to protect and expand rights for the LGBT community. Here’s what you need to know.

Here’s what you need to know.

Hillary is right: “Gay rights are human rights.” Period.

While Republicans are attempting to roll back LGBT rights, Hillary’s moving forward—because even though marriage equality is now the law of the land, we still have a lot of work to do to ensure that all LGBT Americans are treated equally under the law.
Hillary has a plan to strengthen LGBT rights as president. Here’s what she’ll do, and why it matters.
Hillary Clinton released her plan to protect and expand rights for the LGBT community.
In 31 states, people can get married on a Sunday—and then are at risk of being fired because of their sexual orientation on Monday. We cannot allow discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to go unchecked in this country. 
Hillary has called on Congress to pass the Equality Act, and also supports efforts underway in the courts and in the federal government to clarify that discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation is a form of illegal sex discrimination. She will not stop fighting until we secure full equality for LGBT Americans.
Hillary Clinton released her plan to protect and expand rights for the LGBT community.
Conversion therapy is the harmful practice of trying to “cure” LGBT and gender-questioning young people. We should be providing LGBT kids with love, support, and compassionnot trying to change their identities. 
Hillary will support efforts in Congress and the states to end conversion therapy for minors.
Hillary Clinton released her plan to protect and expand rights for the LGBT community.
We have to address the growing crisis of violence against transgender Americans. 
This year, at least 22 transgender women—primarily, women of color—have been murdered. And that doesn’t take into account the violence that goes unreported or ignored. People should not have to live in fear because of who they are. Hillary will work with the Department of Justice and the FBI to gather better data on these hate crimes, so that we have more information about this violence—and can put a stop to it.
Hillary Clinton released her plan to protect and expand rights for the LGBT community.
Being a good parent has nothing to do with sexual orientation or gender identity. Yet adoption by same-sex couples remains illegal in Mississippi, and even in states where adoption is technically legal, LGBT individuals still face discrimination.
This is not only unfair to would-be parents, but also hurts the hundreds of thousands of children in foster care, who are ready to become part of loving families. Hillary will urge Congress to pass the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, a law that would prohibit federally funded child welfare agencies from discriminating against potential foster or adoptive families because of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.
Hillary Clinton released her plan to protect and expand rights for the LGBT community.
Studies have shown that pre-exposure prophylaxis (also know as PrEP) is incredibly effective at preventing HIV infection when used as directed. 
Hillary will make sure that at-risk communities—including transgender individuals and black men who have sex with men (MSM)—have access to PrEP, by increasing the government’s investment in building awareness of and access to the drug.
Hillary Clinton released her plan to protect and expand rights for the LGBT community.
Earlier this year, Republicans in Congress failed to renew the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act, which provided federal funding for homeless prevention resources, emergency shelters, street outreach, transitional living, and rural assistance. 
A disproportionate number of homeless youth are LGBT, and many of them feel like they don’t have anywhere to turn. Hillary will work with Congress to to ensure adequate funding—and safe, welcoming shelter—for homeless youth.

The stakes for LGBT rights are high in this election.

Republican presidential candidates seem determined to undo the progress our nation has made. Every top-tier Republican presidential candidate opposes marriage equality—and Marco Rubio has even suggested he would appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn it. They’ve gone on the record against anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community, and some even oppose LGBT couples adopting.

We’ve celebrated huge gains for the LGBT community in recent years. Now we must work together to protect our progress and make sure we have more to celebrate in the years to come—not hand over the Oval Office to someone who will turn back the clock on LGBT equality.

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Via Sri Prem Baba: Flor do dia - Flor del día - Flower of the day - 29/09/16

“A autorrealização ou iluminação espiritual é um processo de integração e harmonização com todas as partes, dentro e fora de nós. É um desmanchar dos muros que geram a separação. Um coração puro não tem barreiras. E purificar o coração significa derrubar as barreiras e muros que criamos para nos proteger, pois estes também são os muros que nos aprisionam.”

“La autorealizacióno iluminación espiritual es un proceso de integración y armonización con todas las partes, dentro y fuera de nosotros. Es derrumbarlos murosque generan separación. Un corazón puro no tiene barreras. Y purificar el corazón significaderrumbar las barreras y muros que hemos creado para protegernos, pues tambiénestosson los muros que nos aprisionan.”

“Self-realization or spiritual enlightenment is a process of integrating and harmonizing with all parts, both within and outside of us. It is a dismantling of the walls that create separation. A pure heart has no barriers. To purify the heart means to tear down the barriers and the walls that we create in order to protect ourselves, which are the walls that imprison us, as well.”

Via Daily Dharma / September 29, 2016: The Patchwork Self

The defining teaching of the Buddhist tradition, that of non-self, is merely pointing out the limitations of this reflexive view we hold of ourselves. It’s not that the self does not exist, but that it is as cobbled-together and transient as everything else.

—Andrew Olendzki, "Self as Verb"

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Via Ram Dass

September 28, 2016

When you can learn to accept love, you can give love. You can give love to all you perceive, all the time. I am loving awareness. You can be aware of your eyes seeing, your ears hearing, your skin feeling, and your mind producing thoughts, thought after thought after thought. Thoughts are seductive, but you don’t have to identify with them. You identify not with the thoughts, but with the awareness of the thoughts. To bring loving awareness to everything you turn your awareness to is to be love. This moment is love.

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“A evolução da consciência só é possível quando curamos as feridas emocionais do passado que nos impedem de manifestar nossa verdadeira identidade no momento presente. Na esfera psicoespiritual, curar significa fechar essas feridas que ainda se encontram abertas no corpo emocional, o que representa também a libertação dos sentimentos negados e a dissolução das imagens congeladas no corpo mental. Tais imagens se traduzem em rigidez de pensamento e em condicionamentos que limitam nossa capacidade de percepção. Mas, para que a cura seja possível, precisamos descer nos porões do inconsciente, ou seja, precisamos ter coragem de entrar em contato com as tristezas e sentimentos mortificantes dos quais temos tentado fugir durante a vida toda.”

“La evolución de la conciencia sólo es posible cuando curamos las heridas emocionales del pasado que nos impidenmanifestar nuestra verdadera identidad en el momento presente. En la esfera psico-espiritual, curar significa cerrar esas heridas que siguen abiertas en el cuerpo emocional, lo que representa también la liberación de sentimientos negados y la disolución de imágenes congeladas en el cuerpo mental. Tales imágenes se traducen en rigidez de pensamiento y en condicionamientosque limitan nuestra capacidad de percepción. Pero para que la cura sea posible, necesitamos descender a los sótanos del inconsciente, es decir, necesitamos tener coraje de entrar en contacto con lastristezas y sentimientos mortificantes de los cuales hemos intentado huir durante toda la vida.”

“The evolution of consciousness is only possible when we heal the emotional wounds of the past that prevent us from manifesting our true identity in the present moment. In the psycho-spiritual sphere, to heal means to close the wounds that we still find open in the emotional body, freeing denied feelings and dissolving frozen images in the mental body. These images are translated into rigidity of thought and conditionings that limit our capacity to see. However, in order to heal, we need to descend into the dungeons of the unconscious. We need to have the courage to face our sadness and the feelings of humiliation we have fled from our entire lives.”

Via Daily Dharma / September 28, 2016: Consciousness Garden

Any intentional, emotional, or cognitive impulse in us plants a seed in the storehouse that will cause a similar intention, emotion, or thought to arise in the future in the form of fruit. In each moment our experience is determined to a great extent by seeds from the past that are bearing fruit right now.

—Ben Connelly, "Cleaning Out the Storehouse"

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Katy Perry Votes Naked

***OMG!*** NEW “Will & Grace” scene about 2016 Election.

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“Trabalho para que você se liberte do passado e para que possa, então, viver no momento presente. Porém, você só se liberta do passado olhando de frente para ele, sem fingir que ele não existe. Você se liberta através da compreensão. Por isso, eu sugiro que você vá atrás das vozes inconscientes do passado ainda insistem em dizer: “Eu não vou perdoar”, “eu quero ficar isolado”, “eu quero fracassar”, “eu quero me vingar”. Ao olhar para o passado com honestidade, inevitavelmente você chega na autorresponsabilidade, que é quando você percebe que está onde se coloca.”

“Trabajo para que te liberesdel pasado y para que puedasvivir en el momento presente. Pero sólo te liberas del pasado mirándolo de frente, sin pretender que no existe. Te liberas a través de la comprensión. Por eso, sugiero que busques las voces inconscientes del pasado que todavía insisten en decir: `no voy a perdonar´, `quiero estar aislado´, `quiero fracasar´, `quiero vengarme´. Al mirar el pasado con honestidad, inevitablemente llegas a la autoresponsabilidad, que es cuando percibes que estás donde te colocas.”

“We work to free ourselves from the past so that we can live in the present moment. However, we can only become free from the past by facing it, not by trying to pretend it doesn’t exist. We become free through comprehension. For this, I suggest you go after the unconscious voices of the past that still insist to say, ‘I won’t forgive’, ‘I want to remain isolated’, ‘I want to fail’, ‘I want revenge’. When we look atour past with honesty, inevitably we arrive at self-responsibility, which is when we understand that we are exactly where we place ourselves.”

Via Daily Dharma / September 27, 2016: The Mahayana’s Moral Economy

All happiness comes from altruism and all suffering from selfishness. Altruistic attitudes and bodhicitta, their greatest expression, bring such benefits because they are related to the true nature of the mind, whereas selfishness does not because it is the expression of an illusion.

—Karma Trinlay Rinpoche, "What We’ve Been All Along"

Monday, September 26, 2016

Tina Turner spiritual message

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Via Sri Prem Baba: Flor do dia - Flor del día - Flower of the day - 26/09/16

“O valor mais urgente para o desenvolvimento da consciência humana é a honestidade. Em primeiro lugar, honestidade consigo mesmo - com seus sentimentos mais profundos, com o seu coração. Por isso, quero sugerir um exercício: identifique suas insatisfações - pergunte a si mesmo: você está aonde gostaria de estar? Você está trabalhando com o que gostaria de trabalhar? Você está se relacionando com quem gostaria de se relacionar? O que você gostaria que fosse diferente na sua vida? As suas insatisfações são expressões do seu auto-ódio. E, na medida em que se aprofunda no autoconhecimento, você descobre porque esse ódio se voltou contra si mesmo. Mas, para isso, é preciso ter coragem de olhar para o passado e fazer relações de causa e efeito.”

“El valor más urgente para el desarrollo de la conciencia humana es la honestidad. En primer lugar, honestidad contigo mismo, con tus sentimientos más profundos, con tu corazón. Por eso, quiero sugerir un ejercicio: identifica tus insatisfacciones, pregúntate: ¿Estás dónde te gustaría estar? ¿Estás trabajando con lo que te gustaría trabajar? ¿Te estás relacionando con quien te gustaría relacionarte? ¿Qué te gustaría que fuera diferente en tu vida? Tus insatisfacciones son expresiones de tu auto-odio. Y en la medida que profundizas en el autoconocimiento, descubres porqué ese odio se volvió contra ti mismo. Pero para eso, es necesario tener corajepara mirar al pasado y hacer las relaciones de causa y efecto.”

“The most urgently needed value for the development of human consciousness is honesty; primarily, honesty with ourselves, with our deepest feelings within our hearts. For this, I would like to suggest an exercise; identify your dissatisfactions. Ask yourself, ‘Are you where you would like to be? Are you working in the area of work you would like? Are you in a relationship with whom you want to be with? What do you wish was different in your life? Our dissatisfactions are expressions of self-hatred. And to the extent that we dive into our own self-awareness, we discover why this hatred turned against ourselves. But in order for this to happen, we have to have the courage to face our past and make the necessary cause and effect relationships.”

Via Daily Dharma / September 26, 2016: Seeing Clearly

By opening, by dropping our self-conscious grasping, we see not only the surface of an object, but we see the whole way through.

—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, "Love Story"

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Via Ram Dass: Ram Dass, love everybody

September 25, 2016

Maharajji said to me, “Ram Dass, love everybody.” And I said, “ I can’t do it.” And then he said again, love everybody, but then I realized it had to do with the soul, and not the ego, because the ego judges, but the soul love everybody, because everybody is a soul and a soul loves another soul. Its not that the small, limited, ego “I” loves you, but it’s unconditional love, it comes from the ocean of infinite love.

Via Sri Prem Baba: Flor do dia - Flor del día - Flower of the day - 25/09/16

“O verdadeiro Amor é um fenômeno, um poder que a mente não pode compreender – ele é um mistério a ser desvendado com o coração. O Amor se manifesta em diferentes dimensões como empatia, perdão, compaixão e gratidão. Mas, em todas as suas manifestações, o Amor real ou o Amor maduro, é a fragrância da comunhão com o Ser. Esse amor é desinteressado, ou seja, você quer ver o outro feliz; quer ver o outro brilhar, sem querer nem mesmo um olhar em troca. E essa capacidade de doação sincera e desinteressada é, sem dúvida, sinônimo de iluminação espiritual.”

“El verdadero Amor es un fenómeno, un poder que la mente no puede comprender; es un misterio a desvelar con el corazón. El Amor se manifiesta en diferentes dimensiones como empatía, perdón, compasión y gratitud. Pero, en todas sus manifestaciones, el Amor real o Amor maduro, es la fragancia de comunión con el Ser. Este amor es desinteresado, es decir, quieres ver al otrofeliz; quieres ver al otro brillar, sin querer siquiera una mirada a cambio. Y esta capacidad de donación sincera y desinteresada es, sin duda, sinónimo de iluminación espiritual.”

“True love is a phenomenon, a power that the mind can not comprehend. It is a mystery to be unveiled by the heart. Love manifests itself in different dimensions as empathy, forgiveness, compassion and gratitude. But in all of its manifestations, true love or mature love, is the scent of communion with the being. This love is selfless. It is a love that wants to see the other happy; wants to see the other shine, without even wanting a glance in return. It is the capacity of true and selfless giving which is, without doubt, synonymous with spiritual illumination.”

Via Daily Dharam / September 25, 2016: Fluid Mind, Fluid Views

Our minds are potentially fully fluid, but we often think of them as not fluid because our bodies are not. What one would hope is that realizing how truly fluid everyone is would make it a little harder to have firm ideas about one’s enemies.

—Jaron Lanier, "Comparative Illusions"

Friday, September 23, 2016

Via JMG: Trump Taps Frothy Mix For Catholic Advisory Group, Vows To Legalize Anti-LGBT Business Discrimination


Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade:
In one fell swoop, Donald Trump has fortified the anti-LGBT positions he expressed over his campaign and tapped as an adviser former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a two-time presidential candidate with a notoriously anti-LGBT history.
The actions are the result of Trump’s creation of a 35-member Catholic Advisory Council, which includes, in addition to Santorum, other individuals with anti-LGBT histories.
Accompanying the creation of the council is a new statement from Trump outlining “Issues of Importance to Catholics” and reiterating his support for the First Amendment Defense Act, a federal “religious freedom” bill seen to enable anti-LGBT discrimination.
Emphasizing his commitment to “religious liberty,” Trump hints at opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage and President Obama’s executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination among federal contractors.
“Religious liberty is enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution,” Trump said. “It is our first liberty and provides the most important protection in that it protects our right of conscience. Activist judges and executive orders issued by presidents who have no regard for the Constitution have put these protections in jeopardy. If I am elected president and Congress passes the First Amendment Defense Act, I will sign it to protect the deeply held religious beliefs of Catholics and the beliefs of Americans of all faiths.”
The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) would legalize business discrimination against married gay couples on the basis of “deeply-held religious belief or moral conviction.” The American Family Association, the Liberty Counsel, and the Family Research Council have all withdrawn their support for FADA because recently added language also permits businesses to discriminate against straight married couples on the same grounds.

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