Monday, March 30, 2009

Now More Than Ever



Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love,
a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

----Mother Teresa

Monday, March 23, 2009

Breathing Glory Into Your Day



Inhale, and God approaches you.

Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you.

Exhale, and you approach God.

Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.

----Krishnamacharya

Sunday, March 8, 2009

I Get a Kick Out of You



This dancing bunny just makes my whole body smile.

The happiness emanating from this image is palpable.

Breathe this energy in deeply. Feel the happiness manifest in your breast.

Feel as good as the bunny. Be the bunny.

Spring is here.

Rebirth is in the air.

Let your light shine.

Shine bright.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Tibetan "Serenity Prayer"





Om Mani Padme Hum

Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer), Om Mani Padme Hum, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. There is no wrong or right way to pronounce this mantra. Even the process of looking at the words will invoke the blessing.

In reciting Om Mani Padme Hum, one will "gradually reduce and eventually remove the fixation on your personal self, which expands your loving kindness and compassion, toward yourself and toward others, and your intelligence and wisdom becomes enhanced, allowing you to see clearly what someone really needs and to communicate with them clearly and accurately" (from an excellent website, www.dharma-haven.org).

There is so much despair in the air these days. The media is on over drive, shoving negative holograms down our throats, making it hard for people to breathe. Saying this mantra is a positive step in helping one unplug from these harmful paradigms. This enables one to reconnect with the divinity within ourselves, and to recognize it in others. The universe (God, the Divine Mother, Buddha, dogs, trees, a rose by any other name...) is the source of all love and compassion.

And, like the loving universe, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, is said to be an incarnation of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. As a humble and gracious being, His Holiness would probably just smile at this comparison.

As a teacher, His Holiness translated the mantra as follows:

"It is very good to recite the mantra Om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking on its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast... The first, Om [...] symbolizes the practitioner's impure body, speech, and mind; it also symbolizes the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha[...]"

"The path is indicated by the next four syllables. Mani, meaning jewel, symbolizes the factors of method: (the) altruistic intention to become enlightened, compassion, and love.[...]"

"The two syllables, padme, meaning lotus, symbolize wisdom[...]"

"Purity must be achieved by an indivisible unity of method and wisdom, symbolized by the final syllable hum, which indicates indivisibility[...]"

"Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha. You should not seek for Buddhahood outside of yourself; the substances for the achievement of Buddhahood are within."

-- H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, "Om Mani Padme Hum"

Considering what a joyful being His Holiness is, listening to his words of wisdom is akin to hearing from the source.