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GRATITUDE

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Beth Lee-HerbertLeave a Comment

The cornerstone of my spiritual life can be summed up with one word: gratitude. Without gratitude, no matter how “spiritual” I might look or act, my heart is closed and cold, and there is no room for the mystery of the divine.

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SONG FROM GUHYAGARBHA TANTRA

In TANTRIC POETRY by Erik Pema Kunsang

The voice is the voice of the awakened state and by singing it you grow closer to being what you fundamentally are. Herein lies a tremendous inspiration and blessing. This is the religion for our times, which transcends cultural limitations.

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BOUDHANATH THE HERMITAGE OF AWAKENING

In PILGRIMAGE by Erik Pema Kunsang

It is from here as well that the Buddha’s teachings flow to the rest of the planet, the wonderful teachings on respecting all living beings, on uncovering our humanity and finding the deepest insight possible, the awakened state that is the nature of our minds.

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THE CORE

In INSIGHTS by Jacek Dziubiński

Suddenly his heart filled with an anxiety so terrible he felt as if someone had turned off the power. Everything he had been thinking of up to that point, what he had prized and planned, suddenly lost its meaning.

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COMMON GROUND OF BUDDHISM AND ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

In LIFE by Erik Meier Carlsen

I’ve always sought, that this prayer ask for an attitude, which I found so characteristic and fundamental in Buddhism. And some years ago I was struck, when I found a very similar advice in the famous Bodhicaryavatara by 8th century Indian Buddhist master Shantideva of Nalanda Monastic University.

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A GATEWAY TO SHAMBHALA PART I

In STORYTELLING by Douglas J. Penick

The vision of Shambhala is not a vision of something seen, but rather a way of seeing and perceiving and acting in the context of the phenomenal world. The Kingdom of Shambhala is an innate and spontaneous longing to realize the freedom of the awakened state within the context of our existing social life.

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TAKING PICTURES WITHOUT JUDGEMENT

In VISUAL ART by Kimberly Poppe

In this way, photography is part of my spiritual practice, not spiritual in a special way, but in a very ordinary way, just simply being with whatever is. My teacher speaks about meditation not as meditating on something but being with. I find this to be an incredibly helpful instruction.

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YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE

In LIFE by Heidi Nevin

I sit in the darkness, my son nursing in my lap, my daughter lying beside me under a pile of warm blankets, holding my hand. The room is still as I sing the familiar lullaby lyrics I sing every night. You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.

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BUDDING IN BETWEEN

In VISUAL ART by Jon Solomon

It’s spring here in France, and flower trees have started to bloom. Spring blossoms, a perennial source of metaphor, conjure up associations with new growth. According to a well-received tradition, they might also present a parable for transmission of spiritual realization.

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PILGRIMAGE, A JOURNEY ON FOOT

In PILGRIMAGE by Tara Trinley Wangmo

Each step can turn into an act of giving, making room for compassionate awareness. This is how to make trekking into a sacred journey, this is a walking meditation. A sense of humor should be brought along as well.

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ATARAXIA

In SACRED WORLD by Jacek Dziubiński

There would never be any disruptions to mental stability if extended difficult situations and ways of coping with them were included in the general education curriculum before young people become warped and twisted by general expectations and the search for permanent happiness and safety.

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YOU THE LOVE

In SACRED WORLD by Sascha Alexandra Aurora2 Comments

Imagine a simple stalk with a small white flower at its peak. Held up by two gentle fingers. Gazed upon by a being of the heart. His two eyes merges with that little flower. He is not judging or evaluating that flower, he simply sees the flower, as the wonder it is.

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RETREAT IN DARKNESS

In RETREAT by Erik Pema Kunsang

Darkness retreat is for the yogi who come to a point in life of readiness to go beyond the normal pattern of experience that is shaped by habitual concepts of the known. The darkness is merciless, the open sphere of experience is the playground for confusion or liberation.

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DANCING WITH HABITS

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Niels Viggo Hansen

Habits and lifestyle change has made it more and more clear that self-control is a poor strategy in lifestyle change in the long run, because it is as if part of the body must be in a permanent state of effort to control another part.

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SPACIOUS MORNING

In TRAINING by Tara Trinley Wangmo

The early morning, before the light of the day arrives, offers a space where the body is resting in a wonderful way. The mind is still free of all the objects from the illuminating daylight. In that space we find a little wonder: no stress, no activity and sometimes even thought-free awareness.

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MUSIC, MYSTICISM AND HEALING ARE INTERVOVEN

In TIMELESS MUSIC by Johan Vedel

Music, especially the indigenous types, contain a certain element of mysticism, in that music can be used to experience unity with the divine or a higher power. Being a practitioner of Hindustani classical music for many years, I have experienced the healing properties of this music.