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Do not blame others for your unhappiness, for everything is due to cause and effect

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“What makes karma a major problem for people is their inability to deal with it, to recognize their own responsibility for it, and to do something about it. Most people blame their problems on other people or on circumstances: it was their upbringing, the fact that their parents did not love them, or got divorced, or left them wanting, or that their husband left them, or did not leave them. All these experiences are shed onto someone else, but of course it is all to do with karma, our own responsibility.


We have to learn to deal with karma equably and say: “That’s life; it is, simply, life. C’est la vie.” Life is another name for karma. What we call ‘life’ is a flow of karma, good and bad, pleasant or unpleasant – it is all one flow of life. When it is unpleasant we say: “What a life!”…

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Between the tigers and some strawberries

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A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him. Two mice, one white and one black, little by little began to gnaw away at the vine root. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Clinging on to the vine with one hand, he reached out and plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted!

From Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, by Paul Reps. (Penguin)

Source: Being Awake, by John Snelling | Buddhism now

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Avoid These Three Defects

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13367In studying the Dharma, we must avoid these defects:

A pot turned upside down cannot be filled.

When we are distracted, unwilling to learn, or preoccupied with other matters, it is not possible to receive the teachings. This mental state is compared to a pot turned upside down, because no matter what substance may be poured into it, there is no opportunity for it to enter the vessel.

Whenever we approach a teaching, we should be fully attentive, willing to learn, and undistracted.

A pot with a hole cannot retain.

If we listen attentively to the teaching, but immediately turn our minds to other things, we will not retain anything of what we have learned. This is compared to a pot with a whole, because whatever substance may be poured into it, it will not long remain.

Whenever we listen to a teaching…

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Important Tip for Leader Transitions

No leadership position is permanent. There is always a transition to a new role coming in the future. This article is about a mistake I have seen many leaders make in the transition to a new role.

Maybe this leadership tip is in a book somewhere, but I have not run into it yet. A mistake is made during the delicate time when a leader is assigned a new position and first moves into a new area interfacing with different people.

The first few days are critical and set the stage for how smoothly (or not) the transition goes. All signals sent during the first days and weeks are important as both the leader and the new constituents learn how to work together.

For illustration, let’s say our leader has just been moved from the Design Department into the Manufacturing Department. The new job is in a new physical area…

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The truth is that you already are what you are seeking

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“Enlightenment is a destructive process,the crumbling away of untruth.

It’s seeing through the facade of pretence.
It’s the complete eradication of everything
we imagined to be true…All that is necessary to awaken to yourself
as the radiant emptiness of spirit
is to stop seeking something
more or better or different,
and to turn your attention inward
to the awake silence that you are.The truth is that you already are
what you are seeking.”

― Adyashanti ―

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Where beauty is, then there is ugliness

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Where beauty is, then there is ugliness;

where right is, also there is wrong.
Knowledge and ignorance are interdependent;
delusion and enlightenment condition each other.
Since olden times it has been so.
How could it be otherwise now?
Wanting to get rid of one and grab the other
is merely realizing a scene of stupidity.
Even if you speak of the wonder of it all,
how do you deal with each thing changing?
~ Ryokan ~
painting by Haruyo Morita

— with 胡瑞苓, Melissa Popp and Sue Murray.

 

Source: (29) Poetry Gardens

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Avoid These Three Defects

Zen Flash

13367In studying the Dharma, we must avoid these defects:

A pot turned upside down cannot be filled.

When we are distracted, unwilling to learn, or preoccupied with other matters, it is not possible to receive the teachings. This mental state is compared to a pot turned upside down, because no matter what substance may be poured into it, there is no opportunity for it to enter the vessel.

Whenever we approach a teaching, we should be fully attentive, willing to learn, and undistracted.

A pot with a hole cannot retain.

If we listen attentively to the teaching, but immediately turn our minds to other things, we will not retain anything of what we have learned. This is compared to a pot with a whole, because whatever substance may be poured into it, it will not long remain.

Whenever we listen to a teaching…

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Getting nothing from meditation

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“Remember you don’t meditate to “get” anything, but to get “rid” of things. We do it not with desire but with letting go. If you “want” anything, you won’t find it.”

~Ajahn Chah~

Source: (27) Tao & Zen

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What if…

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Here are some questions you might ask yourself:

Have I loved enough?

Did I tell those that I love that I love them?

Have I achieved what I wanted?

Did I discover and work on my purpose in life?

Have I been to the places I wanted to see?

Did I have as much fun as I could have?

Have I seen the people I love most as much as I could have?

Did I do things that mattered?

Have I done what I wanted enough?

Did I laugh as much as I could have?

Have I enjoyed my work?

Did I forgive those that wronged me?

Have I apologised to those I wronged?

Consider what you might ask yourself and add them in the comments. Then ask yourself this: If this isn’t my last day, what shall I do with it?

Enjoy

Stu

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Reclaiming Your True Identity

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With the new year imminent please take the time to watch this enlightening video of Tony Robbins helping a woman identify who she really is.

It won’t be up for long so watch it quick…

TonyCLICK HERE to watch the video

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