Monday, November 24, 2014

In Gratitude: Remembering the Words of Thich Nhat Hahn --by Katia Solon

"Every morning we have 24 brand new hours to live. What a precious gift!”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

What would it be like to awaken each morning in gratitude, aware of the precious gift that the new day has to offer us?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Former Soldier Turned Zen Monk Teaches Vets to Use Mindfulness as Body Armor --by Daisy J Lin

Originally Posted HERE

ACOF Members and Community Sangha Friends with Brother Michael
You have to change. If you don't change, you're going to die.

That is the chilling realization that prompted Gulf War Veteran Michael Nguyen to turn to mindfulness practice to save his life when PTSD was running it into the ground.

Although he was back home in the United States, when he went to sleep he returned to the combat zone, battling ghoulish enemies in dreams that were so intense that while he was sleepwalking he would punch out the walls of his bedroom.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Inner Space Consciousness --by Eckhart Tolle

Whenever there is beauty, kindness, the recognition of the goodness of simple things in your life, look for the background to that experience within yourself. But don’t look for it as if you were looking for something. You cannot pin it down and say, “Now I have it,” or grasp it mentally and define it in some way. It is like the cloudless sky. It has no form. It is space; it is stillness, the sweetness of Being and infinitely more than these words, which are only pointers. When you are able to sense it directly within yourself, it deepens. So when you appreciate something simple — a sound, a sight, a touch — when you see beauty, when you feel loving kindness toward another, sense the inner spaciousness that is the source and background to that experience.

Outer And Inner Purpose --by Eckhart Tolle

Astronomers have discovered evidence to suggest that the universe came into existence fifteen billion years ago in a gigantic explosion and has been expanding ever since. Not only has it been expanding, but it is also growing in complexity and becoming more and more differentiated. Some scientists also postulate that this movement from unity to multiplicity will eventually become reversed. The universe will then stop expanding and begin to contract again and finally return to the unmanifested, the inconceivable nothingness out of which it came—and perhaps repeat the cycles of birth, expansion, contraction, and death again and again. For what purpose? “Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?” asks physicist Stephen Hawking, realizing at the same time that no mathematical model could ever supply the answer.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Self and Not-Self --from The Existential Buddhist -- dharma without dogma

Originally Posted HERE

Vacchagotta, a wandering mendicant, visited the Buddha and asked him if there was such a thing as “self.” The Buddha didn’t answer him but just sat silently. Vacchagotta then asked if there was “no self.” The Buddha was again silent, and Vacchagotta left with his curiosity unsatisfied. Ananda, the Buddha’s personal attendant, was puzzled by the Buddha’s silence and asked him to explain. The Buddha replied:

Ego: the source of most of our problems; The Myth of the Self --by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Originally Posted at The Elephant Journal

Imagine standing on a scenic mountain peak
and looking out at the world in all directions without any obstructions.
These days, if we see someone behaving selfishly, we might say they’re “being egotistical.” If someone thinks you have a really “big ego,” they may even post a blog calling you an “egomaniac.” From the standpoint of our mental health, it's important to have self-esteem or what some psychologists call "a healthy ego." 

So when we’re talking with our friends and mention our “ego,” what do we mean?