Daily Words of the Buddha for December 01, 2020

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Pāli Word a Day for December 01, 2020 — visāradā — skilled, confident, wise

Na tena paṇḍito hoti
yāvatā bahu bhāsati.
Khemī, averī abhayo
‘‘paṇḍito’’ti pavuccati.

One is not wise
because one speaks much.
One who is peaceable, friendly and fearless
is called “wise”.

Dhammapada 19.258
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Daily Words of the Buddha for November 28, 2020

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Pāli Word a Day for November 28, 2020
pārimaṃ tīraṃ — the further shore, nibbāna

Mattāsukhapariccāgā
passe ce vipulaṃ sukhaṃ,
caje mattāsukhaṃ dhīro,
sampassaṃ vipulaṃ sukhaṃ.

If by renouncing a lesser happiness
one may realize a greater happiness,
let the wise one renounce the lesser,
having regard for the greater.

Dhammapada 21.290
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

On Commitment:  “Once To Every Man And Nation”, by James Russell Lowell

 

James Russell Lowell, c. 1855
James Russell Lowell, c. 1855

Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, God’s new Messiah, offering each the bloom or blight,
Parts the goats upon the left hand, and the sheep upon the right,
And the choice goes by for ever ‘twixt that darkness and that light.
Hast thou chosen, O my people, on whose party thou shalt stand,
Ere the Doom from its worn sandals shakes the dust against our land?
Though the cause of Evil prosper, yet ‘t is Truth alone is strong,
And, albeit she wander outcast now, I see around her throng
Troops of beautiful, tall angels, to enshield her from all wrong.
Backward look across the ages and the beacon-moments see,
That, like peaks of some sunk continent, jut through Oblivion’s sea;
Not an ear in court or market for the low foreboding cry
Of those Crises, God’s stern winnowers, from whose feet earth’s chaff must fly;
Never shows the choice momentous till the judgment hath passed by.
Careless seems the great Avenger; history’s pages but record
One death-grapple in the darkness ‘twixt old systems and the Word;
Truth for ever on the scaffold, Wrong for ever on the throne,—
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.
We see dimly in the Present what is small and what is great,
Slow of faith how weak an arm may turn the iron helm of fate,
But the soul is still oracular; amid the market’s din,
List the ominous stern whisper from the Delphic cave within,—
“They enslave their children’s children who make compromise with sin.”

Philosophy | Alan Watts | The Dangers of Ego: How Long Will You Wear That Mask? 

In this gripping lecture Alan Watts points to ego as the illusion, the mask we carry around serving as a layer of protection for our feelings. He also challenges the perceptions and assumptions we hold as pertaining to ourselves, our religious beliefs, and the universe as a whole.

Alan Wilson Watts known commonly as Alan Watts was a British philosopher (1915 – 1973) who popularised Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Watts became an Episcopal priest in 1945, then left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies.

Alan Watts’ ideas and philosophy have primarily eastern roots which through his talks and lectures he ever so eloquently presents to a western audience.

In this video Alan Watts talks about the continuous chatter that goes on in our minds. He explains to his audience what all they could experience (or not experience) if they simply stopped talking to themselves.

Alan Watts also explain the real purpose of meditation and the process one can undertake to reach a meditative state.

 

Energy Update | November 23, 2020

The outcome will be worth the process. You’re in the middle of your manifestation right now. You know this already so don’t fear the unknown. Trust yourself. Listen to your intuition! You will come out on top! You will be okay. If you only knew where your current situation is taking you, you would be celebrating and saying thank you. Every single thing is working in your favor. Even the things that might disturb your peace is teaching you to come back to your center. All and any changes you’re experiencing is expanding and refining your spirit to trust more, to believe, to let go, to surrender, and also to welcome. You can forget this when you’re in the moment. You can forget that you are living what you thought, felt, and spoke into existence. You might not even realize on a subtle level why things are happening the way they are till you look back and smile to realize you needed that for your evolution. You needed that for your clarity and peace. You needed that to reach new heights. That’s all every situation is. The point is to keep reminding yourself when you are caught up in the midst of things that everything is working out for you. Pay attention to the pattens of your life. Look back to learn and see how the universe brought everything together even if the pieces are still coming together right now. Pay attention to the divine guidance happening in your favor right now. Smile about it and breathe. It’s all okay. Release the need to overthink and overwhelm yourself with worries. It’s all okay. Let this bring you inner peace a clarity right now that creates a positive shift within you. It’s all okay.

Daily Words of the Buddha for November 21, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for November 21, 2020 — assāsana — encouraging

Manopubbaṅgamā dhammā;
manoseṭṭhā manomayā.
Manasā ce pasannena
bhāsati vā karoti vā,
tato naṃ sukhamanveti
chāyāva anapāyinī.

Mind precedes all things;
mind is their chief, mind is their maker.
If one speaks or does a deed
with a mind that is pure within,
happiness then follows along
like a never departing shadow.

Dhammapada 1.2
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Energy Update …

Practice being. Practice at odd moments, allowing the self simply to be aware, and resting in that deep peace that is awareness of the Creator. You shall certainly get lost in the sea of confusion again and again. But that too is illusion. Trust that heart within, and as you are given the grace to do so, work with those concepts of being and doing until you begin to have a lucid idea of what it is to be yourself. This is an art of profound moment and we encourage each of you to take it up. In your hopes and in your prayers, surrender all to the Creator and know, in confidence and in quiet, that that which is needed for you to learn and for you to serve will come to you. May you see all things with the eyes of love.

— Q’uo, The Law Of One

Art: Cyril Rolando

For Our World | A Buddhist Prayer for All

May every breath I breathe, help relieve the suffering of the many.
May every step I take, be on the path of truth.
May my eyes see myself in all living beings.
May my heart do the work that compassion demands.
May I feel every tear, every hurt, every need.
May I touch with sacred hands.
May my body be a bridge, and my spirit healing ointment.
May my words fall like rain on the desert of need.
May I give without hesitation, and without expectation.
May I grasp the hand that needs help, and let go of all else.
May my life be both prayer, and the much needed answer.
May my identity be both lost and found in all living beings!

Daily Words of the Buddha for October 31, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for October 31, 2020 -=- kasī — ploughing, cultivation of the soil

Uddhaṃ, tiriyaṃ apācinaṃ,
yāvatā jagato gati
samavekkhitā va dhammānaṃ
khandhānaṃ udayabbayaṃ.

Above, across or back again,
wherever one goes in the world
let one carefully scrutinise
the rise and fall of compounded things.

Itivuttaka 4.111
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Marine Ecology | Hawaiian Group Breaks World Record with Biggest Ocean Plastic Cleanup Ever

The Ocean Voyages Institute just removed over 100 tons of plastic waste from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch The Hawaiian non-profit Ocean Voyages Institute just broke the world record for the largest open-ocean clean-up in history. The crew removed over 100 tons (200,000 pounds) of plastic on a 48-day voyage […]

Source: Hawaiian Group Breaks World Record with Biggest Ocean Plastic Cleanup Ever

Daily Words of the Buddha for October 27, 2020

Pāli Word a Day for October 27, 2020 – aññātāvin — one who has complete insight

Pabbatassa suvaṇṇassa,
jātarūpassa kevalo
dvittāva nālamekassa:
iti vidvā samañcare.

Were there a mountain all made of gold,
doubled that would not be enough
to satisfy a single person:
know this and live accordingly.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.156
Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

Theosophy | Finding Enlightenment in Times of Darkness – The Theosophical Society

As human beings, we all experience times of darkness. These times can be initiated by something external to us such as the death of a loved one, a pandemic, or a natural disaster. Times of darkness can also originate internally, brought about through life events like experiencing a milestone birthday, or feeling that life has lost its meaning. These experiences, whether externally or internally initiated, can leave us suffering intense pain as well as feeling overwhelmed and lost. However, it is possible to reach toward enlightenment during times of darkness, thus alleviating these feelings. In this talk, we will explore, not only times of darkness, but enlightenment, its meaning, how we may strive toward it. Presented on October 22, 2020.