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From Advice for Dying & Living a Better Life by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“It is crucial to be mindful of death — to contemplate that you will not remain long in this life.  If you are not aware of death, you will fail to take advantage of this special human life that you have already attained.  it is meaningful since, based on it, important effects can be accomplished.

Analysis of death is not for the sake of becoming fearful but to appreciate this precious lifetimes during which you can perform many important practices.  Rather than being frightened, you need to reflect that when death comes, you will lose this good opportunity for practice.  In this way contemplation of death will bring moreenergy to your practice.

You need to accept that death comes in the normal course of life.  As Buddha said:

A place to stay untouched by death

Does not exist.

It does not exist in space, it does not exist in

the ocean.

Nor if you stay in the middle of a mountain.

If you accept that death is part of life, then when it actually does come, you may face it more easily.

When people know deep inside that death will come but deliberately avoid thinking about it, that does not fit the situation and is counterproductive.  The same is true when old age is not accepted as part of life but taken to be unwanted and deliberately avoided in thought.  This leads to being mentally unprepared; then when old age inevitably occurs, it is very difficult.”

Deep gratitude to His Holiness for all of the teachings he has shared with us over the past seven decades, but no teaching more precious than the teaching he has given us of the example of his life.

May His Holiness have a continued long and healthy life.  May He live to see His people politically free and safe from harm.

Blessings, Jennifer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAjCzEAdlng — Peace Panel Pt 10 with Roshi Joan Halifax

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIX3tdFPolg&feature=related — Finding Happiness in Troubled Times

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XFhWI6QOHg&feature=relmfu — 76th Birthday Celebration

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeryKuwHqUU&feature=relmfu — On Birthdays

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYpLaQ56Cdw&feature=related — News clip on Richard Gere going to see HH

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2wZh6wbXJI&feature=related — Clip from the Today Show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyAoFdx6914&feature=related  — Richard Gere interview from 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxhVvXqBiDc&feature=relmfu — Talk for World Peace

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MORE OF A PHILOSOPHY THAN A RELIGION. BUDDHISM...

“For as long as space endures

And sentient beings suffer

May I also remain

To dispel the world’s sorrows.

~~Shantideva

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Français : Matthieu Ricard, philosophe français

Français : Matthieu Ricard, philosophe français (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a clip of Matthieu at a Google Talk.

Don’t  you want to go work for them or what?

 

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Upaya's Zendo Green Tara

Here is a track from Lama Surya DasChants to Awaken the Buddhist Heart with Steven Halpren

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFwFM2FmU9Y

 

I’ve been listening to this MP3 a lot this month.  Mostly listening to the Heart Sutra.

http://www.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/greentara — Click here for an explanation of the chant.

If you have a favorite chant that you use on the cushion, please leave a comment and share with us!

Much happiness and peace,

Jen

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“Life is possible. Situations are possible. And anybody can start to gain some kind of insight and appreciation of their lives. That’s what we call ‘sacred.’ It doesn’t mean something dramatic, but something very simple. There’s a sacredness to everyone’s life.”

~~Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, “A New Place, A New Time”

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Chögyam Trungpa

Chögyam Trungpa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Anxiety comes from not facing the current situation.”

~~Chogyam Trungpa

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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama brings togeth...

“If you are not aware of death, you will failure to take advantage of this special human life that you have already attained.  It is meaningful since, based on it, important effects can be accomplished.”

~~  HH the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

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