Joe Biden is a decent, kind-hearted man. The photos are of him hugging and comforting two young men…a black youth, and a kid with Downs Syndrome, who ran up to him as he was walking away. Joe held him and told him he loved him. Joe is a good, decent, compassionate man. He will help us heal this nation more than any of you think.
ABHAYA …fearless Abhaya Dàna – Giving of non-fear, trust, warmness, tolerance. In the consideration of the Gifts, when one gives space and allowance for others to move and time to think, or does not belit- tle their capabilities or show up their weaknesses, one is consid- ered as giving non-fear. In Anguttara Nikàya, the book of the three, verse 172, the Buddha said that one should give in such a way that the donee does not feel humiliated, belittled or hurt. One should give with due consideration and respect, and make the donee feel warmly welcomed and glad to return. Personal involvement in the act of giving – such as giving with our own bare hands and promoting the rapport through our car- ing, willingness and concerned attitude towards the donee – will most definitely enhance the quality of our abhaya-dàna. This will be even more so if we give things that are good, choice, useful and appropriate, and not things which are only fit to be thrown away.
If we look from the buddha to all the different schools of Buddhism, we will notice a single pattern they all took buddha’s teachings and walk their The path of enlightenment is ultimate to understand our true nature but to understand our true nature of course having those great teaching and empowerments lead us to the path.
On this path, we will receive the package that our school or schools give us, “ my advice if we hungry of enlightenment we must keep an open mind at the same time of mastering our path”.
If we took three examples:
1 Tibetan Buddhism: Milarepa took all teaching from Marpa to heart but walk his pathway different from Marpa.
2 Zen: Bodhidharma wasn’t a ritualistic person he understood that the nature of mind is the buddha within us.
3 Shingon: Kobo Daishi brings the mantra of teaching a very esoteric way after having travel china and more.
Those three examples by those great masters to show that yes we all have the Buddha-nature on us but the story isn’t to build a new school is to find the right way to eradicate our ego.
I saw many students practising for year’s and still in nursery stage when they had loads of empowerments. It’s take bodhicitta and load of hardship to go forward in the path after that only us got the power to realise our true nature of mind.
First, a fact about crying: tears have cortisol, the stress hormone, in them. That means it’s a physiological relief to cry.
Crying isn’t the thing we do when we’re giving up, it’s a tool that allows us to keep carrying on. Fuck stereotypes. Crying is for everyone. It’s one of our most base forms of radical self expression in a world constantly trying to strip us of our humanity.
Someone made me really angry this morning. It wasn’t that important though, so I decided to say nothing. A few minutes later, all is well. It’s ok to leave things unsaid. It’s radical to extend that kind of grace and compassion both to others and to yourself. Sometimes we all say dumb shit, or we say something not dumb in a dumb way. Let it go today.
From the 2nd HH Karmapa Karma Pakshi biography: After he (Qubilai Khan) had taken Karma Pakshi prisoner, the Khan tried to kill him as well. When they tried to burn him in a mass of flames, He lived right through it as a god of fire would. When they threw him into the river’s flow, He sailed right along as a great fish would: The larger fish circled him and the little ones bowed down. When they gave him a cupful of poison to drink, He savoured it just as a peacock would. When they flung him over the steepest cliff, He flew through the air as a royal bird would: The larger birds circled him and the little ones bowed down. None of these attempts harmed Karma Pakshi, so he was banished for more than two years to the shore of the ocean, devoid of drinking water and barren of trees. But rains of ambrosia fell and perfect fruits grew, transforming it to a land of gods. The, after being summoned back to the palace, he was shut into its shrine hall with iron lock. For seven days he was left without any food, but many wisdom Dakinis held Ganachakra feasts with magically emanated fruits and other nourishment that Karma Pakshi enjoyed. He enabled others to see all of this as the walls turned transparent like crystal. From the book “The Karmapas and their Mahamudra forefathers”
Most people have so many unnecessary worries, so many unnecessary judgements, so many negative fantasies about the future and spend too long worrying about the future that they forget to live in the present day and before they know it, their whole life has gone by, thats why we must remember to live in the moment and appreciate the gift of life we have every single day. Do not worry about the future when there is so much we can do today. - His Holiness Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche
This is a very helpful technique for relaxing the body and mind before developing meditative concentration on any topic. Begin by visualizing the three psychic channels, or tubes, within your body through which the wind energy moves. The channels are round and hollow, the size of a straw, and very.
fine, smooth, flexible, and luminous. The central channel is blue. It starts at a point midway between the eyebrows, curves up and back along the inside of the skull, like the handle of an umbrella, and then down along the inside of the spine to a point four finger widths below the navel. The right channel is red and runs from the right nostril back and then downward along the right side of the central channel to end at the point four finger widths below the navel. The left channel is white and also runs from the left nostril down along the left side of the spine to also end four finger widths below the navel. For this meditation, imagine that the ends of the three channels join together at this point four finger widths below the navel. Focus for a moment on this visualization. Now, holding the left nostril closed with an index finger, inhale slowly and fully through the right nostril. Imagine that you are sending the breath all the way down to the end of the right channel. Imagine that the breath flows from the right into the left channel as you move your index finger to hold the right nostril closed. Now exhale slowly and fully through the left nostril. As the breath leaves the left nostril, imagine that all impurities (such as distraction and mental dullness) are expelled with the breath. Repeat two more times (three breaths in all), inhaling through the right nostril and exhaling through the left and imagining the impurities being expelled with each out-breath. Now reverse the process. Holding the right nostril closed with your index finger, breathe in deeply through the left nostril, sending the breath all the way down to the end of the left channel. As the breath moves into the right channel, move your index finger to hold the left nostril closed. Exhale slowly and fully through the right nostril. As the breath leaves the right nostril, imagine that all impurities are expelled with the breath. Repeat two more times (three breaths in all), inhaling through the left nostril and exhaling through the right. Now inhale slowly and deeply through both nostrils, sending the air down through the right and left channels. As you exhale, imagine that the breath is expelled up and out through the central channel. As you breathe out, imagine that you are expelling all impurities out through the point between the two brows. Repeat two more times (three breaths in all). Now imagine that the three channels are completely clean and luminous. If at the end of these nine rounds, you find that the mind is still scattered and distracted, repeat the nine rounds again. Once you have completed as many sets as you intend to do, then spend a few moments just breathing gently and evenly, imagining your breath flowing freely through the inner channels of your body.
Variation 2: In this variation, conjoin the above meditation with the visualization of white light and black smoke. For each of the nine rounds, as you inhale, imagine that you are inhaling purifying white light. The light descends through the channel (right, left, or both, depending on where you are in the meditation), pushing all the impurities of body and mind through and cleansing the channel. As you exhale, imagine that all those impurities, in the form of black smoke, are pushed upward and out of each channel and exhaled into space, where they completely disappear. Imagine the white light and black smoke with each of the nine rounds, purifying your body and mind with each breath.
Generate a sense of enthusiasm for the benefits of bodhicitta, as explained in the first chapter of the Introduction to the Way of the Bodhisattva.  This free and well-favoured human form is difficult to obtain. Now that we have the chance to realise the full human potential, If we don’t make good use of this opportunity, How could we possibly expect to have such a chance again?  Like a flash of lightning on a dark and cloudy night, Which, for just a single instant, sheds its brilliant light, Rarely, through the buddhas’ power, A mind of virtue arises, briefly, to people of the world.  All ordinary virtues therefore are forever feeble, Whilst negativity is strong and difficult to bear— But for the mind intent on perfect buddhahood, What other virtue could ever overcome it?  Contemplating wisely throughout the ages, The mighty buddhas have seen its great benefit: That it helps the boundless multitude of beings Easily to gain the highest states of bliss.  Those who long to triumph over life’s distress, And who wish to put an end to others’ sorrows, Those who seek to experience abundant joys— Let them never turn their backs on bodhicitta.  For the very instant that bodhicitta is born In the weary captives enslaved within saṃsāra, They are called heirs of the bliss gone buddhas, Honourable to gods, humans, and the world.  Like the alchemists’ supreme elixir, It takes this ordinary, impure human form, And makes of it a buddha’s priceless body— Such is bodhicitta: let us grasp it firmly!  With their boundless wisdom, beings’ only guides, Have investigated thoroughly and seen its value. Thus whoever longs for freedom from conditioned states Should grasp this precious bodhicitta and guard it well.  All other virtues are like the plantain tree: They bear their fruit, and then they are no more. Yet constantly the marvellous tree of bodhicitta Yields fruit and, undiminished, grows forevermore. Extracted from: Brightly Shining Sun A Step-by-Step Guide to Meditating on the Bodhicaryāvatāra by Patrul Rinpoche