Tag Archives: bodhisattva

If You Dislike Christianity, You’ll Hate Buddhism!

Although I didn’t plan it, an emerging theme of posts this week seems to be the skillfulness of challenging of orthodoxy and mere conceptual thinking. Whether we agree or disagree with them, iconoclast teachers make us think—or maybe in the case of these two teachers, not so much think, as pay attention and wake up! […]

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Avatar-A Movie that Inspires Loving-kindness

As followers of this blog know, I also have a science blog, Goodheart’s Extreme Science, and a blog about the wonders of nature in the Berkeley Hills of the San Francisco Bay Area called Berkeley, Naturally! Since the practice of metta includes loving-kindness mediation for all creatures and beings everywhere, I have occasionally mentioned posts […]

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More Buddhist Forgiveness-Using Tonglen

Tonglen for Self-forgiveness ~♥~ In my last post, All-Embracing Compassion-The Heart-Practice of Tonglen, I shared some introductory teaching on the Tibetan Buddhism practice of tonglen. In tonglen, we learn how to take suffering into our hearts—but without harm to us! And then to breath out love and compassion to the source and sense of suffering. […]

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All-Embracing Compassion-The Heart-Practice of Tonglen

The devastating earthquake in Haiti is a terrible blow to good hearts everywhere.  Already there has been a huge outpouring of physical aid and spiritual support to the suffering people of Haiti.  In the days and months ahead, this support will need to grow and continue to help bring recovery and healing to Haiti. As […]

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Christmas Metta 2009-The Four Immeasurables

My Christmas gift to all is this wonderful explanation of The Four Immeasurables from the wonderful Naljor Prison Dharma Service, located in Boulder, Colorado. Metta is one of the four sides of the Four Immeasurables, and though this site’s emphasis is on metta, or loving-kindness, you can no more separate metta from compassion, sympathetic joy, […]

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The Ten Ox-herding Images of Zen

I thought I’d do something different and fun in this post, and take a look at probably the most beloved images in Zen Buddhism. Known as The Ten Ox-herding Pictures, they have been the source of endless commentary and inspiration in Zen since at least the 12th century. From the first time I saw them, […]

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The wisdom of a fox and the compassion of a woman

Today, I’m going to do something slightly unusual and refer to a post of mine at one of my other blogs, Berkeley, Naturally, entitled: Gray Fox in Strawberry Canyon and a Mother Fox’s Wisdom Although my posts there are nature oriented, all the posts there arise from my great love of our natural world, and […]

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The Compassion of the Swans

I’m a big animal lover and have been as long as I can remember, but I always seem to have had a special connection with birds. Even when I was a youngster, I was always finding wounded birds that I would bring home and nurse back to health. I’ve rescued sparrows, starlings, pigeons, and wild […]

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Loving others-a skillful means, not a principle

When the heart awakens No matter what one’s spiritual path, I believe there comes a time when when one’s heart so expands in love and compassion that helping alleviate the suffering of others becomes just as much an aspiration as the alleviation of one’s own suffering. Of course, sometimes we may need a lot of […]

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Metta Care-Four officers slain in Seattle

Metta Care: Four officers slain in Seattle Today, my heart and metta goes out to the families, friends, and co-workers of four police officers in Seattle that were murdered this Sunday, November 29th. Authorities identified the victims as Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39; Officer Ronald Owens, 37; Officer Tina Griswold, 40; and Officer Greg Richards, 42. […]

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Listening with the heart of a Buddha

Listening with the heart of a Buddha One of the practices that my heart teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, stresses is listening deeply.  This kind of listening involves the whole heart and complete presence.  It means really being there for the other person, putting aside all our self-defenses and self-interests, and really listening.   Of course, this […]

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How Buddhists Give Thanks at Meals

How Buddhists Give Thanks at Meals Every day Buddhists all over the world recite “The Five Contemplations” at mealtime.  These five simple sentences have endured for over twenty-five centuries because of the depth of compassion and wisdom inherent in them. These verses gently remind us to be fully present in the moment.  They remind us […]

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Brave Heart—Michael J Contos, Vietnam Veteran

“I lied to my platoon to prevent a mutiny from bursting to a head some 40 years ago. Today, I granted myself forgiveness. I cleansed a wound that never seemed to heal until now…” http://contoveros.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/finally-light-shines-on-my-mutiny-quash/ Don’t miss this moving account of a young lieutenant in Vietnam who courageously put the good others above his own […]

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A Beautiful Short Translation of the Metta Sutta

This is an especially beautiful translation of the Metta Sutta and one I often work use in my  own practice. May All Be Filled With Joy and Peace May all be filled with joy and peace. May all beings everywhere, The strong and the weak, The great and the small, The meek and the powerful, […]

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Loren Eiseley – The Star Thrower

Today’s post shares something that is very close to my heart. It’s an excerpt from the writings of the great anthropologist and nature writer, Loren Eiseley. I think I was only 17 or 18 when I first read it, but the story has been a touchstone my whole life. To me, what Eiseley discovers on […]

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