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State of Inner Tranquility

State of Inner Tranquility

 

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A Buddhist text describes the state of inner peace as such: “Tranquility of mind comes from having successfully transcended greed, hatred and ignorance.”

The state of inner peace can therefore be achieved by bringing all deluded impulses or inner poisons under control.

 

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The greatest achievement is selflessness. The greatest worth is self-mastery. The greatest quality is seeking to serve others. The greatest precept is continual awareness. The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything. The greatest action is not conforming to the world’s ways. The greatest magic is transmuting the passions. The greatest generosity is non attachment. The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind. The greatest patience is humility. The greatest effort is not concerned with results. The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go. The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.

Buddha

 

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Here’s a Breathing Meditation, one of several ways to achieve peace of mind:

When you start to meditate, you may want to focus the mind by using some kind of external object of concentration. It need not be a physical object—the most common meditation ‘object’ is the breath—but it should be something simple and still. If moving, then it should be something repetitive, like the breath.

 

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A good practice is to count to 21 breaths in and out, and then rest your mind by letting your attention wander for a bit. Then, gently bring your attention back to your breath, counting to 21 again. Rest again, and then repeat this cycle for the duration of your meditation session. You will develop quickly if you focus on counting your breaths in this way.

 

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After a while, once you are accustomed to concentrating, you can stop using an external object of focus. Instead, you can then start to focus on mind itself. At this point, you can also focus on the passing moments of mind. Before starting this more advanced practice, you should first go through the concentration training of shamatha. Later, once your concentration is stable, then you can begin to meditate on mind itself.

Shamar Rinpoche

 

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Upon rising, when you are most rested, before you get out of bed, quietly tune in to the mind. Listen to what your mind is telling you. Is your mind filled with the dream you had just before waking? What is the feeling tone of your thoughts? Are you geared up for the day with a list of things to do?

 

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Whatever is on your mind, begin your day with an intention to be mindful, to pay attention to one thing at a time, one task at a time. Take a few deep breaths and remember that no matter what you are doing, no matter where you are, you can breathe and quiet your mind for a moment.

 

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Each time you do this, you are training your mind to be still, and with practice, those still moments make a big difference.

Saddhamala

 

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Peace

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Waves on a Pebble Beach

Waves on a Pebble Beach

Click to see the video:  Waves on a Pebble Beachhttp://youtu.bejU88U0BotSo

“Tentative, as if fording a river in winter,

Hesitant, as if in fear of his neighbours;

Formal like a guest;

Falling apart like the thawing ice;

Thick like the un-carved block;

Vacant like a valley;

Murky like a muddy water.

Who can be muddy and yet, settling, slowly become limpid?

Who can be at rest and yet, stirring, slowly come to life?

He who holds fast to this way,

Desires not to be full;

It is because he is not full,

That he can be worn and yet newly mad. “

Tao

 

The Discontented Baby Turtle

The Discontented Baby Turtle

All of Earth’s creatures would be contented with what they have, however little, until another comes along to upstage them.

It is in the nature of all creatures to boast and to outshine the other.  It is the enigmatic engine of truth and knowledge mired in contention and competition that inevitably robs all living beings of a peaceful heart.  So they hurtle at top speed towards that unwarranted need for a profusion of worldly goods. More is preferable, more is better, more is best, or is it?

Once upon a time there was a nice turtle family living happily in a modest pond inside a greenhouse. Their other turtle neighbours and the fish coexisted with them in perfect harmony sharing the bounty of the pond, never lacking for food, always sheltered from the harsh elements and happy to have all the space they needed to swim freely or wander about.  During the summer months the diligent groundskeepers, for variety sake would transfer some of these inhabitants to the outside pond. On such a happy excursion, the baby turtle found himself in the outside pond. With the eagerness of youth he spent many a good day exploring his new surroundings. He loved every new experience, every new blade of grass, every lotus flower, rocks and so forth. When it rained the droplets and the rushing wind delighted the baby turtle’s senses.  Then there were the other interesting creatures in the air that captivated his imagination; some were small but others were incredibly huge.

With a contented air the baby turtle was sunning on his favourite rock one day, when quite absently he heaved a sigh and exclaimed, “Can things be any better than this? I have everything I need right here. This pond is the biggest and best place ever!”

“It’s adequate, yes, but certainly not the best or the biggest.”  The nearby seagull wryly grunted, startling the baby turtle.

“What you mean?” The baby turtle demanded an explanation, quickly overcoming his surprise.

The seagull could not miss this chance to amaze this little thing and boast of the places he’d seen and the existence of a vast lake not too far away. “The lake is so expansive that you cannot fly over it from one end to the next. It’s limitless.  It is so deep that no amount of drought affects the levels very much or ever can drain it.”

By the time he was through listing  the scope and grandeur of the vast open waters he had invoked in the baby turtle such curiosity and yearning that all joy and contentment had left the poor little thing. No longer was this baby turtle happy, imagining far better places he could never be.

Long after the seagull was gone the baby turtle was still unhappy and for days on end just moped about. His parents were greatly concerned about his well being and eventually, after much prying, learned the source of his troubles.  They were wise enough not to scold him for his naiveté, ingratitude or greed. Instead, his father had simply shaken his head, and then said, “To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have.”

The little turtle nodded, and went back to the happy way he was.

Bo and Steve



How to Cease Negative Thinking

How to Cease Negative Thinking

The best way would be to replace negative thoughts with good ones.  When you concentrate on just blocking it, you are in fact reinforcing or furthering the negativity. Negativity begets negativity. If you can make light of them, all power to you! If not, just try shrugging it off and direct your concentration only on the positive thoughts, actions and images.

Keep this saying in mind: There is a good thing in every bad thing that happens.

Practice good thoughts often and it will become easier in due course. Start by appreciating being alive for example, each breath of air you inhale, the five senses, happy sounds, the food you eat,  loved ones, family and friends. Be grateful for good health and the absence of serious pain, recount your favourite hobbies, and meditate on the beauty of nature expressed by all living creatures, objects and places.  Be generous in your charitable acts and deeds. When you come upon another being lavish unstinting compliments and praises on them. Each time you focus on good things and inwardly give thanks, that feeling of contentment reenergizes your spirit.  As you plant the seedlings of joy deep within your heart your life will be transformed into a more favourable state where you shall reap with the least effort all the benefits of a bountiful harvest of peace, good health, joy and prosperity.