Daily Words of the Buddha for November 21, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for November 21, 2019 — ajjava — straight, upright, direct, honest

Tasseva tena pāpiyo,
yo kuddhaṃ paṭikujjhati.
Kuddhaṃ appaṭikujjhanto,
saṅgāmaṃ jeti dujjayaṃ.

The worse of the two is one,
who, when abused, retaliates.
One who does not retaliate,
wins a battle hard to win.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.188
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika


I intend to let whatever my resolution is to be
An opportunity to take my Time:
May I move just a little bit slower than normal each day,
May I talk just a little bit slower;
May I breathe just a little bit slower;
May I listen just a little bit deeper
So that I make different choices,
Circulate new energy into my life,
And bring out the experiences I am destined to have
At the rate that I invite them into my now.

Reiki | Congratulations to our Fall Semester 2019 Reiki Program Graduates

Introducing HP Mark Luz, Reiki Grandmaster, 16th dan, and ordained High Priest of the A&O Order of Melchizedek, from Athol, MA
Introducing Melissa (“Sage”) Gardner, Reiki Grandmaster, 6th dan, and an Initiate of the A&O Order of Melchizedek, from Witchita, KS
Introducing Tina Warmbrodt, Reiki Sensei Shinpiden, from Coer d’Alene, ID
Introducing Jennifer Holman-Goff, Reiki Sensei Shinpiden, from Savannah, GA
Introducing Keidra Hoskins, Reiki Sensei Shinpiden, from Blairstown, NJ

Aloha e komo mai i Mark, Melissa, Tina, Jennifer and Keidra! Greetings and Welcome to the Halau!

Cartomancy | November 19, 2019


A box of chocolates | Seven of Cups
by Chrisalis

Seven of Cups

The Seven of Cups denotes a situation, or inner state of mind, where things are not as they appear on the surface.

Confusion can be straightforward, as in you don’t know what to do or what to decide upon as the answers you seek are not clear, or it may be the type of confusion that comes from being inebriated.

Whatever it is you need to keep a few things in mind.

The confusion that you have may not be your own, it can come from someone else as they try to navigate through their lives and are not up to par on being clear. It can come from a loss of boundaries, or boundaries which are so loose that you don’t know where you stand, and every time you try get an answer from the other person you are pulled further into a web of what-if’s.

The best way to deal with the Seven of Cups is to put your foot down and draw a line under what it is that you do and don’t want. If you rely on someone else to do this for you then you may be in for a long wait. You are responsible for yourself. If anyone else is driving you crazy through their words and actions, you are the one who needs to take action and extricate yourself from the situation.

This card often comes up where there is alcohol or drug abuse by another and they are not making sense to you. You have to ask yourself “will they ever make sense to me?” and you then need to take stock of how much you have endured and are willing to endure.

Perhaps life was meant to be a box of chocolates and you were meant to be able to have your pick of your favourite flavour, but if you stay in a situation that this card portrays you will never know the answer to this.

Daily Words of the Buddha for November 18, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for November 18, 2019 — uddhaja — upright, honest

Upanīyati jīvitamappamāyu.
Jarūpanītassa na santi tāṇā.
Etaṃ bhayaṃ maraṇe pekkhamāno,
lokāmisaṃ pajahe santipekkho.

Life is swept along, next-to-nothing its span.
For one swept to old age no shelters exist.
Perceiving this danger in death,
one should drop the world’s bait and look for peace.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.100
Translated from Pāli by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Daily Words of the Buddha for November 17, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for November 17, 2019
opasamika — upa + sama + ika = prefix denoting nearness or close touch, under & on, approach from below + calmness, tranquillity, mental quiet = leading to quiet, allaying, quieting

Icchāya bajjhatī loko.
Icchāvinayāya muccati.
Icchāya vippahānena
sabbaṃ chindati bandhanaṃ.

With desire the world is tied down.
With the subduing of desire it’s freed.
With the abandoning of desire
all bonds are cut through.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.69
Translated from Pāli by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Daily Words of the Buddha for November 16, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for November 16, 2019 — abhaya — that which is free from fear, fearless

Kodhaṃ chetvā sukhaṃ seti.
Kodhaṃ chetvā na socati.
Kodhassa visamūlassa, madhuraggassa devate
vadhaṃ ariyā pasaṃsanti,
tañhi chetvā na socatī.

Having killed anger you sleep in ease.
Having killed anger you do not grieve.
The noble ones praise the slaying of anger
— with its honeyed crest & poison root —
for having killed it you do not grieve.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.71
Translated from Pāli by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Daily Words of the Buddha for November 15, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for November 15, 2019 — amosadhamma — that which doesn’t have a false nature, true, unerring, unfailing

Attānañce piyaṃ jaññā
na naṃ pāpena saṃyuje,
na hi taṃ sulabhaṃ hoti
sukhaṃ dukkaṭakārinā.

If you hold yourself dear
then don’t fetter yourself with evil,
for happiness isn’t easily gained
by one who commits a wrong-doing.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.115
Translated from Pāli by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Can You Feel This Full Moon Energy?

Can you feel the Full Moon Energy?

The energies have been strong the past couple of days and especially with the 11:11 portal yesterday. I have had mystical and emotional dreams and at the same time felt deep grounding.

The Full Moon today helps us complete an emotional cycle related to Taurus which is the first earth sign. It is ruled by Venus and is our physical and tangible life which is grounded into earth and our senses. It is about physical pleasures and assets.

The opposite of Taurus is Scorpio which leaves the physical world and dives deep into the inner realms of our emotions, deep and mystical dimensions and karmic wounds. Sun is in Scorpio and reminding us to merge and unite our physical experience with the deeper and spiritual experience.

Mercury is retrograde and traveling very close to the Sun right now, which also highlights our thought patterns. The asteroid Vesta is conjunct the Moon and brings in energy of devotion and clarity. We are asked to also create a stable and patient relationship with our body and with Mother Earth.

These are the areas which affects your Sun/Ascendant at this Lunation:

Aries: physical and material matters as well as the body
Taurus: the Self
Gemini: Spiritual and hidden areas
Cancer: Friends, groups and organisations
Leo: Career and status
Virgo: Higher learning and long distance travel
Libra: Hidden areas and secrets/ loans and the psyche
Scorpio: relationships and partnerships
Sagittarius: Health and daily work/routine
Capricorn: Children and love
Aquarius: home and family
Pisces: communications

Happy Full Moon!

Daily Words of the Buddha for November 13, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for November 13, 2019 — upasama — still, calm, quiet

Na paro paraṃ nikubbetha
nātimaññetha katthaci na kañci,
byārosanā paṭighasaññā
nāññamaññassa dukkhamiccheyya.

Let no one deceive another
or despise anyone anywhere,
or through anger or irritation
wish for another to suffer.

Sutta Nipāta 1.14
Translated from Pāli by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Reflections on Loneliness, with Matt Khan

“Loneliness is a bridge between feeling left out in the world and being one with all that is. When loneliness arises, it invites you to slow down and deeply experience exactly how it feels, without an interest in imagining what is missing from your life. While it may first seem like the heartbreak of personal despair, such feelings equally have the power to reveal an unsuspecting communion with your true eternal nature. It is here where nothing is actually needed for you to be happy, peaceful, and free. This is by far the most threatening realization any personal boundary may encounter, but the most liberating insight you were born to explore.”

“Loneliness isn’t a matter of feeling ignored or unsupported by others. It is noticing how infrequently you love yourself along the way. When loving yourself becomes a primary response to whatever transpires, the pain, despair and isolation of feeling alone blossoms into the grace and solitude of heartfelt relief.”

  • Matt Kahn

Health | ‘Serial’ flu shots may limit body’s ability to fight virus in future: researchers

Although doctors maintain that flu shots are life-savers that everyone should receive, some researchers are uncovering hints that ‘serial vaccination’ — that is, consistently receiving annual flu shots — may in fact limit one’s ability to fight the virus in the future.  […]

Source: ‘Serial’ flu shots may limit body’s ability to fight virus in future: researchers