However, if one turns to the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha for refuge, realizes the Four Noble Truths: Dukkha, Dukkha’s cause, the cessation of Dukkha, and the Noble Eightfold Path that leads to the cessation of Dukkha, this indeed is the safe refuge, this is the supreme refuge, turning to this refuge, one frees oneself from all suffering.
The Dhammapada - Chapter 14 (The Buddha), Verse 12-14
Translated by: Ananda Maitreya
Dukkha is the Pali word for suffering. (via culturejolt)
tribute.ca interview with Keanu
Keanu Reeves talks about what his greatest challenge was in doing John Wick and reveals that he brought the script to directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, who did the stunts on many of his former films. He also discusses the secret ingredients that make this film so entertaining.
simpleyogi said: I live with my parents, and it often feels like they are both my greatest teachers and last stumbling block before awakening wrapped up in one neat little package.
Which is pretty much how everyone feels when living at home with their parents. :P
For most of us, our egoic sense of self was initially shaped by our family. This is why all of our deep-seated neurosis tends to crop up when we are with family. It is where we tend to be most unconscious and reactive.
I lived at home for two years after college and so I can certainly relate to your current experience. It was my mother, my eldest brother, my sister, her husband, and their four daughters ages 13 and under, all living under one roof.
There were good times and bad times. I learned a lot about my hangups and about cooperating with others regardless of personal preference.
My only advice is to cease hinging your concept of awakening to worldly obstacles as well as the linear imagination of time.
Namaste brother :) Much love.
hannahmarymei said: Why is it that the material, non-awakened life is so tempting and easy to fall back into, if the non-material, awakened life is our natural state?
I think it was Ramana Maharshi who said that abiding in peace and harmony is as natural for a self-realized human as delusional habit is natural for the ignorant human.
The naturalness of the two are actually the same. What is natural? Happiness. Bliss.
So what is the difference? The saint knows where happiness is to be found while the ordinary human does not.
The ordinary human feels happiness but mistakes its origin. A kiss from a pretty girl, a stroll on a beautiful day, a glass of scotch and a joint. The ordinary human experiences these pleasures but does not recognize the location and source of the happiness.
Where is happiness felt? Within. What is the source of that happiness? Existence.
This cannot be a belief. It must be examined and verified in your own direct experience.
First we must recognize that no matter how great a pleasure or joy may be, it is never enough. There is never a pinnacle experience of joy that satisfies you for the rest of your life. This is the initial recognition of the many ways in which we unknowingly limit our bliss and happiness.
Then we must be mindful enough amidst the joy of our typical pleasures to stop and look within and recognize that happiness is being felt and enjoyed within.
Once you have known the limited nature of material joys and the unlimited nature of existential bliss, there is no more temptation at play. There may be vestiges of habit but no longer is there confusion.
Material joy is nothing other than limited existential bliss. It is limited by confusion, like confusing moonlight to actually come from the moon. It comes from the sun. Similarly, you shine your bliss onto the material things you enjoy and then mistake those things as the source of your joy.
The point isn’t drawing distinctions between the material and the awakened but rather unburdening and unlimiting your boundless naturalness of bliss.
"Your constant flight from pain and search for pleasure is a sign of the love you bear for your Self, all I plead with you is this: make love of your Self perfect. Deny yourself nothing — give your Self infinity and eternity and discover that you do not need them; you are beyond." ~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Namaste :) Much love.
Early everyday bohemian life of Patti Smith, photographed by Judy Linn.
More than 100 black and white photos of young Patti, sometimes surrounded by her lovers at the time Robert Mapplethorpe and Sam Shepard are published in "Patti Smith 1969-1976, Photographs by Judy Linn".