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#3270 - Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - Editor: Gloria Lee

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"When one is rough, one tends to be aggressive, inconsiderate, and unkind to others.  This behavior inevitably rebounds on oneself.  When one is rough, one is also insensitive to the subtle truth of the universe.  Roughness can lead to the destruction of one's connection with the spiritual realms, for the level of gentleness of one's being is the level of refinement of one's soul, and the more gentle and subtle one's energy, the closer one is to union with the subtle truth of the universe."
~Lao Tzu

From the book; "Hua Hu Ching, The Later Teachings of Lao Tzo", published by Shambhala
posted to Daily Dharma    


Compassion is Union

In Mahayana Buddhism in particular great emphasis is laid on realizing the union of wisdom and compassionate action. Human fulfillment is seen to lie in the integration of the inner and outer dimensions of life, not in transcendent wisdom or world-saving compassion alone. As long as we remain delusively convinced of our egoic separation, then we remain cut off from the capacity to empathize fully with others. Such empathy is nothing other than the affective response to insight into the absence of egoic separation. For when the fiction of isolated selfhood is exposed, instead of a gaping mystical void we discover that our individual existence is rooted in relationship with the rest of life. For Thich Nhat Hanh, this is the realization of "interbeing"; for the Dalai Lama that of "universal responsibility": two ideas at the heart of contemporary Engaged Buddhism.

-- Stephen Batchelor, The Awakening of the West


The Maitreya Would Appreciate Birth into a Pleasant Earth

When we throw a banana peel into the garbage, if we are mindful we know that the peel will become compost and be reborn as a tomato or a lettuce salad in just a few months. But when we throw a plastic bag into the garbage, thanks to our awareness, we know that a plastic bag will not become a tomato or a salad very quickly. Some kinds of garbage need four or five hundred years to decompose. Nuclear waste needs a quarter of a million years before it stops being harmful and returns to the soil. Living in the present moment in an awakened way, looking after the present moment with all our heart, we will not do things which destroy the future. That is the most concrete way to do what is constructive for the future.

--Thich Nhat Hanh, Our Appointment with Life

  IN SEARCH OF SHANG SHUNG to play movie. (orange icon on film screen will enlarge movie) spoken in English with Dutch subtitles

Gelek, a Bon monk, accompanied by an American photographer undertakes a
journey from Kathmandu to discover for himself the ancient kingdom of
Zhang Zhung where the Bon religion flourished centuries ago. In search
of mythical palaces and holy sites, they journey to the shadows of Mount
Kailash in far Western Tibet. Along the way they are joined by dhamis
(oracles) and shaman priests, and together they make an odd group of
contrasting characters.

As they travel through the starkly beautiful landscape of Nepal and
Tibet their journey begins to shed light on Bon, a religion different
and arguably older than Tibetan Buddhism, though it is largely unknown
and neglected. Throughout the pilgrimage Gelek contemplates about what
it means to be a Bon monk, struggles with his doubts and seeks to
uncover the roots of his religion and identity.

It is a pilgrimage where both the spiritual and temporal realms are
fluid realities and obstacles constantly need to be overcome. And while
pursuing jeweled palaces and fantastic dreams, Gelek and Tom attempt to
strip away their confusion in an attempt to find the essence of Zhang Zhung.

Thanks to Ben Hassine

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