BioVerde Teas can are up & shared at Flickr.com As we get our online efforts coordinated & updated, you will begin to see how & why so many drink Tea for PEACE.
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Take a look at the BioVerde message, taste and smell the hand rolled tea, and then sit back in a peaceful state of mind and think about the issues!
When is the last time a cup of tea stimulated so many senses?
Liver, Lover, Fighter, Leader, Dreamer, Hard Worker, Striver, Writer, Helper, Actor, Traveler, Peace Maker, Calmer, Talker, Listener, Laugher, Joker, Collaborator, Mediator.
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To speak Truly of the Middle Way
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by Jetsun Milarepa
Generally, beings in the three realms of existence
Believe in different kinds of enlightenment;
They have different ways of clinging to an "I",
And dependent on these, they conduct themselves in various ways.
So many ways of seeing a "self" are projected onto the basis.
To accord with how your slower minds think,
The omniscient Buddha taught
That everything exists.
From the perspective of genuine reality,
No negative spirits, not even the Buddha exists.
There is no meditator nor anything to meditate upon,
No levels to traverse nor signs along the path,
No fruition [to attain]--no kayas nor wisdoms--
Thus no nirvana, no passing beyond suffering:
[All these are] just imputed by names and by words.
What is stable and moving in the three realms
Never, ever existed: nothing has ever been born.
There is no foundation nor co-emergence,
No actions nor their full ripening;
Therefore, not even the name "cyclic existence" exists.
In actual reality, that's how it is.
E Ma! If sentient beings were not existent,
From where would the Buddhas of the three times come?
Since without a cause, no result can arise,
From the perspective of apparent reality,
All samsara and nirvana exists,
So the Mighty One has taught.
Both existence--the appearance as entities
And nonexistence--the pure being of emptiness
Are of one taste, inseparable in their essential nature.
Thus, self-awareness and awareness of others do not exist:
Everything is spacious union.
The wise ones who realize this
See inherent awareness, not consciousness,
See Buddhas, not sentient beings,
See pure being, not phenomena.
From this and from the power of compassion arise
All the qualities the Buddha has--
The powers, fearlessness, perfect recollection and so forth--
As if [granted] by a [wish-fulfilling] gem.
That is the extent of my realization.
Under the guidance of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, translated by Michelle Martin copyright 1995, and edited by Ari Goldfield, June 1997.
byebye bigfat lie.
now's the time
thru reason and rhyme
to bid adu
to inner crime.
bye bye Mara! Hello inner heavenly abodes.
Crushing dat Craving
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but stop the world i wanna get off, just for an Unlimited Time...!
That is not asking too much NOW is it... !
C an't ... (no, Can, in fact Must- Mooked...)
Would you describe yourself as a Theravada buddhist or a Mahayana buddhist?
Or do you find that denominations aren't of importance in Buddhism?
I am a Thervada Buddhist but am looking at other Buddhist groups and might change. What Buddhist group do you like the most?
There are also a lot of different Buddhist groups at Buddhist Connect.
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Buddhist Connect is really useful-it is a community for Buddhists to make friends, business contacts, date, post events, join clubs, etc. It is becoming really big right now, a lot of Buddhists are joining because there are not a lot of places online for Buddhists to go and this is the first great networking site to meet Buddhists' needs.
These ten day Vipassana courses are a real opportunity to practice meditation and live as a renunciate temporarily. There are courses all over the world including here where I live, on Kauai in Hawaii.
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X-posted to other Buddhist communites I'm a member of. Hope it's ok to post this here? Spread the word if you're in any other communities you think might be interested.
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I've created two new communities you might be interested in, for more specific postings:
dukkhapervades 'Buddhist Depressives'
engagedbuddhism 'Engaged Buddhists: Inner peace, outer peace'
Thadingyut - the Light Festival
Introduction: The end of the Buddhist lent falls on the seventh month of Myanmar lunar calendar. And it coincides with the month of October. The period of Myanmar Buddhist Lent covers the peak of the rainy season, from July, August and September, and ends in the month of October. In this period, Buddhist monks had to take their vow in Waso, (July) that they will stay in their monastery during the whole rainy season. At the end of the lent period, in the month of Thadingyut (October) Monks are free to move about out of their monasteries. The month of October is also the time when the paddy fields are in full bloom with their ears upright turning towards heaven. The entire country side is like artificially covers with green carpet and white paddy birds flying above them.
At this time, the moon in the firmament is in full radiance. Spectacular is the scene in the lakes and ponds with five different species of lotus all in full bloom. All five species lotus flowers are in full bloom: the white lotus, the red lotus, the blue lotus, the Padoma lotus and Poun Najei Kya. This is the season to show their full splendor in the month of Thadingyut. Among the five lotus’s, the white and padoma with their beauty, fragrance and purity pop out from the pond surface are considered as very sacred by the Buddhist, as it signified the symbol of purity.
Buddha Performing the Twin-miracles
The traditional festival annually held in this month originally started at the time of our Lord Buddha. On this full moon day of Waso is a commemoration of the event where our Lord Buddha performed the twin miracles in the royal park of King Kosala. In this twin miracle, both fire and water came out of Buddha’s body – through ears, nose and eyes at the same time. The miracle was performed as a show of his achievement to subdue those who refused to pay homage to him.
After this performing the twin-miracles, he ascended to the heaven of the thirty three Gods, Tavatimsa heaven to deliver Abhidhamma to his mother (Maha Maya) now taken rebirth as a Deva named Santussita deva (male Deva) in the assembly of Devas and Brahmas.
Our Lord Buddha observed his seventh Lent in Tavatimsa heaven. There, sitting on the brown emerald slab, “Pandukambala” the throne of Sakka, King of devas, he expounded the seven sections of Abhidhamma to his mother Santussita deva in the assembly of devas and Brahmas. The preaching of the Abhidhamma took the entire lent and ends in the full moon day of Thadingyut. In commemoration of this event, Buddhist all over the world celebrates this day as Abhidhamma day.
The Light Festival
On his return to the human world, the King of the Devas, Sakka, created three stairways:
1. one of gold on the right side for the devas,
2. one of silver on the left side for the Brahmas and
3. one in the middle of rubies for the Lord Buddha.
Many deities accompanied the Lord Buddha. They held several celestial regalia.
- Panca Thinkha deva on the right played the “Veluva” harp in praise of the Lord Buddha.
- Matali deva on the left carried flowers and fragrance to honor the Lord Buddha.
- Suyama deva carried the yak tail fly whisk,
- Santussita deva held the ruby-studded gold fan and
- Sakka deva blew the “Vizayuttara” Conch Shell to celebrate the occasion.
All deities from the entire Universe gathered to pay homage to the Lord Buddha. The three stairways thus illuminated by the radiance from the Devas’ body lead the way to the gateway of the City of Sakassa on earth. When the Lord Buddha set foot upon the earth, the crowd that awaited at the city gate all paid obeisance to the Lord Buddha and a grand ceremony was held to welcome the blessed one. The Buddha with his miraculous power opens the sight for the human to see the grandeur of the accompanying Devas and Brahmas.
Thadingyut Light Festival
To commemorate this great event in the life of the Lord Buddha which took place on the Full moon day of Thidingyut the Myanmar people hold “Tawedeintha” (Tavatimsa) festival or “Myint Mo Festival” because Tavatimsa is said to be on the summit of Mt. Myint Mo (Mt-Meru). In Myanmar replicas of Myint Mo are constructed to represent the three stairways and candle-light lamps are lit in the Thadingyut festivals replicating the Lord Buddha descend from Tavatimsa heaven to the human world on this day of Thadingyut. Many made their offerings to shrines and pagodas and alms are given to the monks. Hymns are sung in praise of the Buddha and his teaching, the Dhamma. There are receptions where many are entertained with fruits, cakes and light refreshments.
The religious festivals held in the month of Thadingyut are: Pawa rana and Puja.
The function is performed by the monks at the end of the Buddhist Lent where a monk has to ask other monks to reprimand him for any sin he may have committed. This function takes place every year on the full moon day of Thidingyut in the ordination hall of the monastery. Before the function takes place, junior monks sweep the floor, clean the place, and fill the pots with drinking water. Seats are prepared for the monks and the monks led by the most senior monk assemble to perform the Pawa rana function.
The origin of Pawa rana dates back to the lifetime of the Lord Buddha. While the Lord Buddha was residing in Jetavana Vihara at Savatthi, some monks observed lent at a village in Kosala. These monks believed that unity and happiness among them could be achieved by not talking to one another because talking could cause argument and dispute. So they kept mum through out the lent period. When the Lent was over they visited the Lord Buddha and paid homage to him. The Lord Buddha greeted them by asking after their health, happiness and unity during Lent. The monks explained how they kept mum and silent so as to gain unity and happiness.
The Lord Buddha admonished them, saying that keeping mum was like a deaf mute and that, that kind of behavior was disrespectful to the donors and supporters of Sangha. It is sinful for a monk to behave in such a manner. The best way to achieve unity and happiness among monks is by means of Pawa rana – by inviting monks to assemble and letting each monk by turn ask other monks to point out if he has seen, heard or suspected of committing any sin and if so, letting other monks reprimand the sinful monk. By so doing the sinful monk will become repentant and so be pardoned and the monks will live in harmony, unity and happiness.
Devotional Homage –Puja
The Puja is performed by laymen to worship or making devotional offering. In Buddhism there are five infinite debts of gratitude –
1. the gratitude owed to the Buddha,
2. the gratitude owed to the his teachings i.e. the Dhamma,
3. the gratitude owed to the Sangha (the assembly of monks)
4. the gratitude owed to the parents and
5. the gratitude owed to the teachers.
It is a religious obligation to worship and make devotional offerings to Buddha, Dhamma, Samghas, the parents, teachers and the elders... In addition those who are senior in age, rank, and position and those who have helped you while you are in difficulty should be respected, worshipped and given due puja.
Offerings of Gifts
The Full moon Day of Thadingyut is an auspicious occasion for Myanmar Buddhists to visit the aged, the seniors, the teachers and old friends to pay them reverence and give them devotional gifts. In return they receive blessings and loving kindness from them. To the minors some pocket money may he given by the aged for their enjoyment at the light festival of Thadingyut.
The procedure of puja is simple. The young’s sit in front of the aged or superiors and clasps the two hands and palms together in the form of a lotus bud and bows three times, asking forgiveness for any offense he or she may have committed physically, verbally or mentally. The aged then give in return pardon the young and some words of advice on good behavior, good conduct, good deed, and good way of living given in the Mangala Sutta.
The Festival of Lights in the month of Thadingyut is an occasion for rejoicing and merry-making but in essence it is an auspicious occasion for spiritual delight and merit making.
Thadingyut, the Month of the Light Festival by Dr. Khin Maung Nyunt
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The Light Festival of Thadingyut
I'm new, both to the community and to buddhism. I've been using it as my mode of spiritual expression for about 4-6 months. I don't 100% ascribe to the cosmology/theology of buddhism, but I like the teachings and practices, and I'm trying to learn more. Most of what I've read talk a lot about the philosophy of buddism (the noble truths, the eightfold path, etc.) but I've had a bit of difficulty finding information about the customs and rituals of practice (forms of meditation, chants and their meanings, statues and their signifigance, etc.) Can anyone either reccommend a source (web preffered... I'm a starving student) or give me the low-down?
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also, how does one go about finding the nearest temple? I would like to visit one. I don't think there are any quite near where I live (southern indiana), but I'm in Las Vegas for the summer, and there might be one out here.
finally, I have a question regarding monasticism and the middle way. Perhaps it's only my skewed western perspective, but it seems to me that monks engage in somewhat ascetic behavior. They can't drink, have sex/marry, eat after noon, etc. I understand the principle that these attatchments in life can be distracting, but it still seems to be immoderate, to the denial end of the spectrum. Any thoughts?
And I apologize, but this is getting cross posted in several buddhist forums. It won't be a habit.
Read the book ISHMAEL by Daniel Quinn. It will change how you think about everything.
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That link to amazon has some good info. And the first 22 pages available to read online. But the purpose of the book picks up on page 25..
Borrow it from a friend, buy it at a bookstore, or get it from your school or public library.
I feel very alone and lost spiritually and not sure what to do.
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I have been having conflict with my beliefs. The two spiritual traditions that appeal to me the most as you know are Buddhism and Islam. I am not sure what to do or believe and im tired of looking like some kind of hypocrite going back and forth. I practiced Pure Land Buddhism for a lil bit, than felt a void like i needed something larger than me(ie: higher power, God, etc). I always loved Islam and believe for me personally that its the right path for me in terms of Monotheistic religions. But seeing The Last Samurai several times already, listening to oriental music, always being a lover of nature, Buddhism is calling me back, but not so much in the Pure Land way, but in the Zen way.
Im forever having struggle and sometimes i just want to die and not fight myself anymore. I have never once had a single moment of peace, never once can i recall having one of those moments in life where I felt at ease.
I don't know what to do. A part of me loves Islam for its practice towards the worship of God, how inspiring and beautiful it is, then a part of me loves Buddhism due to its harmony with the self and nature(nature is a big part of my life being vegan and i love animals and nature intensely), i love the poetic expression buddhism gives to life. Yet with Buddhism sometimes im not sure WHAT to do, i mean how to be mindful when in buddhism there is no belief in God, no belief in a soul. yet at times i feel that im at my happiest when im not being mindful of God, and im mindful of the moment and what is around me, and what is beyond me. yet in Islam(like all other God centered religions) i feel the essence of the moment, the love for nature and creation is lost, i find it hard to connect with a God that created us solely to worship him.
I am not sure what to do.
I was so pleased to see this comment posted in the challenging_god community i could not have said it better myself and it got a whopping 92 comments!! hah
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Read the post here...
Last night i watched the documentary that was on TV about Micheal Jackson, i found it very interesting and i also sat and watched and listened carefully to everything he had to say.
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Now for Micheal Jackson to have done the exclusive interveiw must have very hard for him at times as i thought that Martin Bahsir (The interviewer) really pushed Micheal Jackson to talk about some distressful issues all about his abuse, his face and also his relationship with children, all these things are what the media tear him up about time and time again, at times Micheal Jackson seemed very distress to having to be practically falsed to go into such detail about his abuse as a child, i thought that the interviewer certainly pushed a bit to far on that subject, as a victim of abuse as a child myself i could well understand what Micheal was going though because if somebody was asking me those sorts of questions about my childhood abuse, and kept digging i would be very upset myself!
As for the questions about his face,( Read more...Collapse )
True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason.
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Therefore, a truly compassionate attitude towards others does not change even if they behave negatively.
Through universal altruism, you develop a feeling of responsibility for others: the wish to help them actively overcome their problems.
I was looking at some sites about Buddhist Festivals here are some useful link for anyone that is interested...
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* You take refuge in the Buddha not as a savior-not with the feeling that you have found something to make you secure- but as an example, as someone you can emulate.
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He is an example of an ordinary human being who saw through the deceptions of life, both on the ordinary and spiritual levels....Trungpa