Daily Dalai Lama

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by Rafiki, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    Thursday, January 29, 2009
    One who is caught in thought loses one´s original nature. All he knows are words and descriptions, when he sees the actual thing, he fails to perceive it.

    - Dalai Lama

    Note: I was going to post this to the Daily Dalai Lama thread I started a while back but when I revisited the thread I found our old quarrels there. We have come such a long way in compassion.
  2. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    The Dalai Lama and The Buddha say never blind faith - Being and experience. Not merely accepting.

    Back later to share my take on what I think he's saying.

    peace out...
  3. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    “Bhikshus and the wise should examine my teachings like goldsmiths analyze gold, by cutting, rubbing and scorching it.

    Examine my teachings in the same way and then put them into practice.

    Do not practice Dharma on the strength of blind faith alone.”

  4. Doznclan3

    Doznclan3 New Member

    I'm like Rainbow, pondering..could this also have the thought...enjoy the journey while here?

    I came to this board to find love and compassion from anyone here. I love people! I love to visit!
    I enjoy reading the posts here. Everyone seems to be helping through their sharing, and also through prayers and thoughts.
    I like Rainbow's board name. There are so many different ways, and, I am really enjoying the different people, and ways out there. I am learning a lot about people here. We are a rainbow of people here. :) Love, Cynthia
  5. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    Saturday, January 31, 2009
    If one's life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation.

    - Dalai Lama
  6. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    You might enjoy reading the Buddha on Kindness thread which contains the Metta Sutta. It's beautiful, I think.

    You seem like someone who is interested in Kindness!

  7. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    Sunday, February 01, 2009
    With warm-heartedness... there is no room to exploit or to bully others.

    - Dalai Lama

  8. windblade

    windblade Active Member

    If everyone followed this teaching, our world would be majorly changed instantly.

    The exploitation of commercialism I feel strongly , living in such a consumerist society. It is manipulative, and deadens and trivializes people's minds.

    That is just one form.

    Just to think of the world without these pervasive harms!

    But I can look at myself - and be aware of any tendencies and actions that I have to harm people this way. I can work and pray for my own growth!

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful teachings.

    Peace and Blessings.
  9. Doznclan3

    Doznclan3 New Member

    I know what you mean about being happier in life..with less. I was married to a man that was from a family that were literally millionaires. What an experience in life that was. We were always on the go. Whether it be going in a nice car, a private plane, or a very nice motor home. Was I enjoying the moment in life at that time? As you may have guessed...since I'm speaking of a man that I used to be married to...the answer is no! I was enjoying the temporal part of life, not the spiritual part. He knew that I wanted to be active in church. He didn't, after we were married. I could say that I didn't respect his ways, but it went further than that, he didn't care about anything spirtually, in any way. He was unfaithful to me..big surprise ey? I tried for a year to "make" things work out. I finally couldn't put our two children, myself or him through what we were doing to ourselves any longer. As I see it now, we were too caught up in who was wrong and who was right. Now I see things differently as I grow into this old mortal body. I would like to think that I have learned some things from my past. Ha, am I perfect? NO!! Can I keep on learning: yes. I'm trying, and will continue to try and learn what I can from life here on earth. So much to learn, and we won't get into the technology part of things..because I'm barely computor savvy..:p But I am thankful for life's experiences, for life itself, for being able to help others in need. I am the most happy I've ever been in my life right now. I've met a man that loves the Lord and enjoys going to church with me. This is us. Are we rich? No. Am I a happier camper?? yep... :) Rainbow, I think it's great that you have good memories of your little cottage. It sounds great. My husband and I have often said we wouldn't mind moving away from the "noise." For now, I will do my best in learning, and enjoying the journey where ever I may be. I can now enjoy the "right type" of moments in my life. Loving life, living it to the best of my ability in the way that I feel is best for me.
    Oh my goodness, thanks for the ear. Love, Cynthia
  10. windblade

    windblade Active Member

    Where are the current 'Daily Dalai Lama's?

    Looking forward to reading more.

    Peace and Blessings to you and your household.
  11. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    How kind of you to ask! I'm trying not to be too pushy with my path but I'm more than happy to oblige with today's Daily Dalai Lama.

    Thanks again, Wind!

    Thursday, February 12, 2009
    Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself,one's own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind.
    - Dalai Lama

    ET Remove a quote on religious diversity that, on second thought, I felt could probably sustain its own thread.

    [This Message was Edited on 02/12/2009]
  12. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    Friday, February 13, 2009
    The whole point of transforming our heart and mind is to find happiness. We all have the natural desire to be happy and the wish to overcome suffering. This is a fact, so we can make it our starting point.

    - Dalai Lama

    When people first encounter Buddhism they sometimes find the focus on happiness as hard to understand as they do the fact that the First Noble Truth is often translated as: Life is Suffering. If life is suffering, how in the world can or should I be happy?

    Why is it so important to be happy? And, why, in this troubled world, should any of us be happy? Is it not proof of our goodness that we suffer with the suffering world?

    I know I once suffered most enthusiastically over the terrible injustice and tragedy in the world. And, I know that I have been asked, by good and compassionate people, how anyone can be happy when there is so much suffering.

    There are many complex and fascinating answers to this question. The story of the Buddha's life (found many places on the www) and a close look at his teachings makes it evident in all its complexity but, if I may, I would like to suggest just one simple concept that, I hope, helps to illuminate why this is so important.

    When we are happy, we contribute to the total store of happiness in the world. When we are happy, and generating happiness, we have it to spread, to give away, to share with others. When we are unhappy, or overwhelmed by the pain in the world, that is all we have to share.

    If we heed the message of the Metta Sutta, to be compassionate and humble and committed to happiness for all, our happiness is a precious source of happiness. We become like wellsprings of happiness filling cup after cup for others.

    In fact, we don't need to do too much more than that to make a positive impact in the world. As we have discussed here, taking a smile out into the world is a totally transformative act.

    with metta to all,

    Late last year a study was released that "proves" the contagious nature of happiness scientifically.