Insights

Dec. 31st, 2009 10:05 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
May I become at all times, both now and forever
A protector for those without protection
A guide for those who have lost their way
A ship for those with oceans to cross
A bridge for those with rivers to cross
A sanctuary for those in danger
A lamp for those without light
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
And a servant to all in need.


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Thus concludes our year long journey with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I hope you've not only enjoyed his words but also taken the time to think about them.

Next year I'm going to step away from the inspirational type posts and post something a bit more "useful". Not that inspirational messages aren't useful, but you'll just have to wait until Monday to see what I mean. ;)

Insights

Dec. 30th, 2009 08:44 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
Merely thinking that compassion and reason and patience are good will not be enough to develop them. We must wait for difficulties to arise and then attempt to practice them.

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Genuine compassion involves analyzing the situation regardless of whether the person is close or not.

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When you entertain evil thoughts like hostility and hatred, there is no joy in your heart and you are a nuisance to others. On the other hand, if you develop kindness, patience, and understanding, then the whole atmosphere changes.

Insights

Dec. 24th, 2009 08:47 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
All human beings come from a mother's womb. We are all the same part of one human family. We should have a clear realization of the oneness of all humanity.

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I speak to you as just another human being; as a simple monk. If you find what i say useful, then I hope you will try to practice it.

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Given human beings' love of truth, justice, peace, and freedom, creating a better, more compassionate world is a genuine possibility. The potential is there.

Insights

Dec. 23rd, 2009 10:06 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
if we are truly to help one another and protect this home of ours, each of us needs to experience a vivid sense of compassion and responsibility. Only these feelings can remove the self-centered motives that cause people to deceive and misuse one another.

Insights

Dec. 22nd, 2009 08:08 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
A mind committed to compassion is like an overflowing reservoir--a constant source of energy, determination, and kindness.

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I pray for a more friendly, more caring, and more understanding human family on this planet. To all who dislike suffering, who cherish lasting happiness, this is my heartfelt appeal.

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We don't give our compassion to such and such a person by choice. We give it spontaneously, entirely, without hoping for anything in exchange. And we give it universally.

Insights

Dec. 18th, 2009 10:24 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act. There are two aspects to action. One is to overcome the distortions and afflictions of your own mind, that is, in terms of calming and eventually dispelling anger. This is action out of compassion. The other is more social, more public. When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved.

Insights

Dec. 17th, 2009 09:00 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
The seed for Nirvana exists in all of us. The time has come to think more wisely, hasn't it?

Insights

Dec. 16th, 2009 09:13 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
While for certain religions the principal practice is to recite prayers and for others it is mainly physical penance, in Buddhism the crucial practice is understood to be transforming and improving the mind.

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Dec. 15th, 2009 09:16 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
If we compare the mental and physical levels of happiness, we find that the experiences of pain and pleasure that take place mentally are actually more powerful.

Insights

Dec. 14th, 2009 09:53 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
All religions are meant in principle to help human beings to become better, more refined, and more creative people.

Insights

Dec. 11th, 2009 08:20 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
Regardless of race, creed, ideology, political bloc, or economic region, the most important and basic aspect of all people is their shared humanity--the fact that each person: old, young, rich, poor, educated, uneducated, male, or female, is a human. This shared humanness and thus the shared aspiration of gaining happiness and avoiding suffering as well as the basic right to bring these about are of prime importance.

Insights

Dec. 10th, 2009 08:46 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

Insights

Dec. 9th, 2009 09:43 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
Fulfilled desire may provide a sense of temporary satisfaction; however, the pleasure we experience upon acquiring a new car or home, for example, is usually short-lived. When we indulge our desires, they tend to increase in intensity and multiply in number. We become more demanding and less content, finding it more difficult to satisfy our needs.

Insights

Dec. 8th, 2009 09:17 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
Blessings are not enough. Blessings must come from within. Without your own effort, it is impossible for blessings to come.

Insights

Dec. 7th, 2009 09:11 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

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If science proves some belief of Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change. In my view, science and Buddhism share a search for the truth and for understanding reality. By learning from science about aspects of reality where its understanding may be more advanced, I believe that Buddhism enriches its own world view.

Insights

Dec. 4th, 2009 09:16 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
If one assumes a humble attitude, one's own good qualities will increase. Whereas if one is proud, one will become jealous of others, one will look down on others, and because of that there will be unhappiness in society.

Insights

Dec. 3rd, 2009 09:05 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
Basically, universal responsibility is feeling for other people's suffering just as we feel our own. It is the realization that even our enemy is entirely motivated by the quest for happiness.

Insights

Dec. 2nd, 2009 09:25 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
In religion there are no national boundaries. A religion can and should be used by any people or person who finds it beneficial.

Insights

Dec. 1st, 2009 08:23 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
Just as the world of business has been paying renewed attention to ethics, the world of science would benefit from more deeply considering the implications of its own work. Scientists should be more than merely technically adept; they should be mindful of their own motivation and the larger goal of what they do: the betterment of humanity.

Insights

Nov. 30th, 2009 08:53 am
macdobhran: Whoop Ass (Dalai Lama)
Whether they belong to more evolved species like humans, or to simpler ones such as animals, all being primarily seek peace, comfort, and security. Life is as dear to the mute animal as it is to any human being. Even the simplest insect strives for protection from dangers that threaten its life. Just as each one of us wants to live and does not wish to die, so it is with all other creatures in the universe.

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I believe that spirituality and science are different but complementary investigative approaches with the same greater goal, of seeking the truth. In this, there is much each may learn from the other, and together they may contribute to expanding the horizon of human knowledge and wisdom.

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Ideals are very important in one's life. Without ideals you cannot move--whether you achieve them or not is immaterial. But one must try and approximate them.

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Naturally, every action that is destructive is against human nature. Constructiveness is the human way. Therefore, I think that in terms of basic human feeling, violence is not good. Nonviolence is the only way.
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