Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Dalai Lama tells his Facebook friends that religion “is no longer adequate”

George Dvorsky, io9: This past Monday, people who have the Dalai Lama as a Facebook friend found this little gem in their newsfeed.
All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.
The Dalai Lama’s advice sounds startling familiar — one that echos the sentiment put forth by outspoken…

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Via Vida Rz / Adyashanti's photo / FB:

We are the one who are causing our suffering, and it’s we alone who can the find the way out.

Most addicts let go of their addiction when they’ve really seen that there’s no possibility of being happy and being an addict…So when does an addict actually stop? They tend to quit when they hit bottom, when they’ve seen the wisdom of absolutely no escape, that nothing’s going to work except facing themselves and their situation where they are.

…truthfully almost all of us are addicts and the deepest thing we’re addicted to, our drug of choice, is actually suffering. The very thing we want to be without is the thing we’re addicted to, and that’s suffering. ~ Adyashanti

Via Tricycle Daily Dharma:

Tricycle Daily Dharma September 13, 2012

No Quick Answers

Religion should not be giving you explanations or quick answers, which is what we kind of expect—we type something into Google and up comes the answer. Instead, religion should help you to live with questions for which there are no answers, like cruelty and pain and suffering and death, capitalism and injustice. It should teach us to live with these questions so that whatever horror or sorrow or dukkha is going on out there, you can live with it creatively, not turn your back to it.
- Karen Armstrong, "Compassion Restored"
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Via GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) / FB:

Via Vida Rz & Pema Chodron's photo / FB:

"The next time you go out in the world, you might try this practice: directing your attention to people—in their cars, on the sidewalk, talking on their cell phones—just wish for them all to be happy and well. Without knowing anything about them, they can become very real, by regarding each of them personally and rejoicing in the comforts and pleasures that come their way. Each of us has this soft spot: a capacity for love and tenderness. But if we don’t encourage it, we can get pretty stubborn about remaining sour."
(From No Time To Lose by Pema Chödrön)