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Spontaneous Compassion

Great Middle Way

Saraha7895In Enlightenment’s spontaneous display of activity,

upon witnessing the suffering of sentient beings,

tears of overwhelming compassion naturally flow forth.

Taking on their suffering and giving in return our own well being,

we engage in healing others for their sake.

—Mahasiddha Saraha, Treasury of Song

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Masters of Illusion

Great Middle Way

ilusionExamining what is, we find that reality is free

from the three constructs of subject, object, and medium.

Conventional existence is unreal;

it is like a dream or an illusion.

Free of attachment and aversion,

practitioners experience pure joy devoid of sorrow,

and act like masters of illusion,

putting on a performance.

—Mahasiddha Saraha

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Let´s not fool ourselves

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12321362_760147554084722_8038677963105277434_nThe Buddha gives this instruction in the Griha Vinaya (Rules for Householders, Dharmika Sutra, Kshudraka Agama):

Let him not destroy, or cause to be destroyed,
any life at all, or sanction the acts of those who do so.
Let him refrain even from hurting any creature,
both those that are strong and those that tremble in the world.

If we fail to understand the universality of this injunction, the Buddha clarifies (Kshudraka Agama):

Whether they be creatures of the land or air,
whoever harms here any living being,
who has no compassion for all that live,
let such a one be known as depraved.

And in the Anguttara Agama:

I am a friend of the footless,
I am a friend of all bipeds,
I am a friend of those with four feet,
I am a friend of the many-footed.

May all creatures, all breathing things,
all beings one and…

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Here and Now

Great Middle Way

944982_762034337269525_469071648953021850_nEnlightenment is not an evolutionary attainment. On the contrary, ordinary existence is a temporary involution of our true nature.

Because nothing can cease to be what it is, this involution is not enduring. It arises at every instant, caused by wrong views and afflicted emotions, and is sustained momentarily by unwholesome conduct.

Enlightenment is not something to be attained in the future. Involution is to be reversed here and now.

In each moment, it is possible to revert to the natural state, Buddhahood.

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Enthusiasm

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shantideva_1Diligence is zeal or enthusiasm for the path. It is finding joy in practicing what is wholesome and skillful. Diligence is the sustained capacity to ‘do the needful’, regardless of temporary moods or conditions.

Shantideva said in the Bodhicharyavatara:

Having patience, I should develop diligence,

for Awakening will dwell only in those who exert themselves.

Just as there is no movement without wind,

merit does not occur without diligence.  

Four methods of diligence

  1. Avoid unskillful acts or states that have not yet arisen.
  2. Abandon unskillful acts or states that have already arisen.
  3. Initiate skillful acts or states that have not yet arisen.
  4. Increase skillful acts and states that have already arisen.

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Success!

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exito-personal1Success in any endeavor is measured not by the results obtained,

but by the quality and intensity of the intention with which the action is performed;

the beneficial effect on others of the person, thing, or situation that is the object of our action;

the excellence of the method with which we perform it;

and the satisfaction that we derive from its performance.

We can be successful always!

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Freedom and Responsibility

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images (10)To be free, in the worldly and the spiritual sense, it is essential to accept full responsibility for our thoughts, words, and deeds; recognize that it is impossible to avoid the consequences of our previous acts; and establish the necessary causes for our happiness.

Subordination to others —no matter how good and saintly they may appear at the moment— is highly  detrimental, because it allows us to avoid responsibility and turns us into willing victims of external powers.

By oneself is evil done;
by oneself is one defiled.
By oneself is evil left undone;
by oneself is one made pure.
Purity and impurity depend on oneself;
no one can purify another.

—Buda Sakyamuni

Without freedom, there is no responsibility. Without responsibility, happiness is impossible.

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Getting a Grip on Anger

Doug Dickerson on Leadership

For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness – Ralph Waldo Emerson

A story is told of Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of war, Edwin Stanton, and how he was angered by an army officer who accused him of favoritism. Stanton complained to Lincoln, who suggested that Stanton write the officer a sharp letter.

Stanton did, and showed the strongly worded missive to the president. “What are you going to do with it?” Lincoln inquired. Surprised, Stanton replied, “Send it.” Lincoln shook his head, “You don’t want to send that letter,” he said, “Put it in the stove. That’s what I do when I have written a letter while I am angry. It’s a good letter and you had a good time writing it and feel better. Now burn it, and write another.”

Do you know the causes of anger at your place of business? Research by Bensimon…

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How Anger Shapes You as a Leader

Doug Dickerson on Leadership

anger

We boil at different degrees. – Clint Eastwood

A story is told of the 18th-century British physician John Hunter, who was a pioneer in the field of surgery and served as surgeon to King George III, who suffered from angina. Discovering that his attacks were often brought on by anger, Hunter lamented, “My life is at the mercy of any scoundrel who chooses to put me in a passion.” These words proved prophetic, for at a meeting of the board of St. George’s Hospital in London, Hunter got into a heated argument with other board members, walked out, and dropped dead in the next room.

As a leader it is important to know how to deal with anger. Let’s face it, we’ve all had moments when our anger has got the best of us and we’ve said and down things in hindsight that we wish we hadn’t. Yet how we…

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How Anger Shapes You as a Leader

Doug Dickerson on Leadership

anger

We boil at different degrees. – Clint Eastwood

A story is told of the 18th-century British physician John Hunter, who was a pioneer in the field of surgery and served as surgeon to King George III, who suffered from angina. Discovering that his attacks were often brought on by anger, Hunter lamented, “My life is at the mercy of any scoundrel who chooses to put me in a passion.” These words proved prophetic, for at a meeting of the board of St. George’s Hospital in London, Hunter got into a heated argument with other board members, walked out, and dropped dead in the next room.

As a leader it is important to know how to deal with anger. Let’s face it, we’ve all had moments when our anger has got the best of us and we’ve said and down things in hindsight that we wish we hadn’t. Yet how we…

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