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Sometimes it feels good just to
Give
Ourselves
Permission
to protect our energy.

Being strong in body also translates over to being strong mentally, spiritually, in business and in life in general. Always pursue your personal best time and time again. #mystory #overcome#buildandgrow #ketogenic #onlinecoaching #mealplanning #jheneaiko #buddhistthoughts #krusadersfitnessathlete

John Steinbeck on lurve, 1958 ❤️🤓 . . . . . #Steinbeck #howtolove #buddhism #buddhistthoughts #wordstoliveby

PLASTIC BAG FLOATING IN THE WIND
BY
@thethomasdavis

On my commute to work today I saw a plastic bag floating in the wind as I continued on my way, I thought about how we should all be like the plastic bag and float freely from place to place, without a care in the world. Imagine what it would be like to be the plastic bag, unsure of where your going to be going. All without a care in the world. That is the way of the plastic bag that floats in the wind.
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Representation of the Three Poisons or Three Unwholesome Roots of Craving, Anger, and Ignorance.
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Carl Jung once said that, 'One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.' When I first read this, my reaction was a mental protestation. It seemed to strike at the root of my faith in Amida, the ultimate Being of Unhindered Light. It felt like a rebuke, an insult even. But then after this initial ire had waned, I gave it more thought.
Jung's quote is a reminder to me that any being of light is inseparable from our own True Self. It is an admonition not to hold solely to a dualistic recognition of Amida, as an entity 'out there.' Rather we must make the 'darkness conscious' by acknowledging the sleeping Amida within us all. This realisation of Ultimate Oneness is Awakening, Enlightenment.
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Small blossom on our basil plant
Our good deeds might only seem small, like this flower. But even the smallest flower brings hope of life to the desert.
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Reflections on Reality
The problem is that when people talk about what is 'real' or 'literal', they do so within the framework of conceptual ideas of reality and literalism. If I say, 'Amida is real', it will be surmised that this means a reality according to our conditioned realm, so that any other definition will be seen as contradicting my original claim. This is because we have an idea of reality that is wholly subjective and experiential. It is an idea that is merely the conclusion of the deluded ego-mind. But when I say that Amida is real, we need to broaden the definition and understand it in terms of what is ultimately true. It is no contradiction to hold to the reality of Amida and further insist that Amida is one and the same as our own Buddha-self. It is no contradiction to say that the Pure Land is real, yet hold to the teaching that Bliss is inseparable from our minds. The reality is not lessened, it is merely qualified in the light of our awareness of the emptiness and impermanence of our conditioned realm, and the Suchness or Oneness of All. Were Bliss conventionally real, then it would be an impermanent realm, subject to conventional laws and degradation. It is not. It is an eternal state, unchanging, a state achieved by that mind that has been fully awakened to its true identity as Amida, the One Universal Consciousness. And this is a reality that our conventional minds cannot grasp, but which is more real than they can ever imagine.

Namu Amida Butsu!

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The colour of a flower, its fragrance, are all in the eye and nose of the perceiver. They are experienced through the sense doors only. Your experience of each flower is unique to you. No one will see or smell it in exactly the way as you do.
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The Middle Path....
There are no answers to be found at the extremes of experience -- only more questions. There is no more benefit in starvation than there is in the most frivolous banquet. Resistance brings as much suffering as the grossest indulgence. Walking in the perpetual glare of the midday sun blinds as much as walking always in the darkness. The most beneficial path lies not out on either fringe, but right through the middle. Where is the calm in the storm? In its eye, right in the centre. And that is where Amida is, and it is where we plant our feet -- where we are neither swept along by the winds of attachment, nor feel the need to fight our way against the gale. And the path is not the route to a place in the far distance, as much as it is the means of fixing our awareness on the sacred value of the eternal present. The Dharma Way is the original road to Nowhere that is Everywhere.
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The trees have eyes... Spotted on a short walk we took this afternoon. The universe has expressed itself in myriad forms. All is Buddha. All is Amida's dream.
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I was admiring these in our garden when our daughter, Emma, said she didn't like them because they're prickly. Such is life. The Third Dharma Seal states that all emotion is pain. That includes love and desire. Because the emotions that lead us into being prepared to toss cares to the wind for the sake of receiving that same love from another will only end in the suffering that inevitably follows, as time wreaks its worst. Impermanence tracks us all. But this is not to discourage the sacrificing of ourselves for love. It is who we are. If we did anything less, we would not be human.
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Thoughts are like clouds. We can choose to let them float on and out of sight, or we can dwell on them that they whip up into a storm and obscure the bright blue sky of the mind.
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I think ballet is one of the best ways to let go of one’s ego.
발레는 ‘나’ 를 버리는 가장 좋은 방법인 것 같다
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#letgoofego #freefrom #ego #buddhistthoughts #egoistheenemy #ballet #iloveballet #adultballet #mirrorselfie #에고버리기 #에고라는적 #발레 #취미발레 #진발레 #진발레포토스팟 #근데에고를버려도발레가될까

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