If life were based upon what we liked, then not a single one of us would suffer, because nobody wants to be in pain…
Bhante Bodhidhamma’s talk begins with a short meditation then goes on to explore the nature of self as experience.
Equalizing oneself and others means developing the attitude and understanding that: ‘Just as I desire happiness and wish to avoid suffering, so do all living beings, beings as infinite as space; they also desire happiness and wish to avoid suffering.’
The causes of happiness rarely occur, whereas the causes for suffering are abundant. Yet without suffering, there is no renunciation. Therefore, mind, stay firm!
Each of us has an Avalokiteshvara bodhisattva inside waiting to grow. So, this is not exactly a prayer, but more a kind of mindfulness practice. You evoke the name of the Buddha in order to bring about your capacity for listening, because listening is healing, relieving the suffering of the other person…
A Buddhist parable. The story of Kisagotami and the mustard-seed.
Orchestra of young Spanish musicians brought a cheer to a Job Shop waiting room in Madrid when they launched into a rendition of the Beatles’ favourite Here Comes the Sun.
Great photo from @nowthisnews: Tiger rests on Buddha head.