Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thoughts on Death --from Thich Nhat Hanh's 'No Death, No Fear'


Becoming Nothing

Our greatest fear is that when we die we will become nothing. Many of us believe that our entire existence is only a life span beginning the moment we are born or conceived and ending the moment we die. We believe that we are born from nothing and when we die we become nothing. And so we are filled with fear of annihilation.

The Buddha has a very different understanding of our existence. It is the understanding that birth and death are notions. They are not real. The fact that we think they are true makes a powerful illusion that causes our suffering. The Buddha taught that there is no birth; there is no death; there is no coming; there is no going; there is no same; there is no different; there is no permanent self; there is no annihilation. We only think there is. When we understand that we cannot be destroyed, we are liberated from fear. It is a great relief. We can enjoy life and appreciate it in a new way.

Finding a Lost Loved One

The same thing happens when we lost any of our beloved ones. When conditions are not right to support life, they withdraw. When I lost my mother I suffered a lot. When we are only seven or eight years old it is difficult to think that one day we will lose our mother. Eventually we grow up and we all lose our mothers, but if you know how to practice, when the time comes for the separation you will not suffer too much. You will very quickly realize that your mother is always alive within you.

The day my mother died, I wrote in my journal:

Friday, March 20, 2015

Let Go of the Past --by Dick Sutphen

Originally Posted HERE

“There is no vitality to the past except the life our minds give to it. The only thing the past is good for is to keep us stuck in the old patterns from which we’re trying to liberate ourselves. Our personal histories are the parts of our lives which hold us where we are,” says Swami Chetanananda in “Choose To Be Happy.”


Friday, March 13, 2015

Our Readers and Followers Rock! --ACOF Admin.

A couple of weeks ago ACOF asked for a Card Shower for Audrey.  

We are very happy to report that not only did you come through, BUT Audrey received cards as far away as India and Ireland!

Way to be, good people!  

Our blog enjoys a worldwide readership, and times like this --well, this is when that really counts the most!

Thank you for being the best!

Our readers and followers rock!

--ACOF Admin.

What we can learn from Maroon 5… --by Tom Schreck

Originally Posted HERE

There is a 10 year old young man in Maryland who has Downs Syndrome and who loves the band.

With help from a teacher, he made a Youtube video about how much his favorite pop group means to him. A local DJ saw it, contacted the band and they reached out and invited the young man to a show and backstage to meet everyone.

The boy was thrilled but it was all a bit much and while in the presence of his heroes he had an anxiety attack. He did what he does when his anxiety gets high and he got down on the floor to lie down.

Without missing a beat, Adam Levine and the whole band did the same thing. Not only did that erase an awkward moment, it championed the young man’s diversity. Sure, we all don’t lie down in public when the stimulation gets to be too much but…why not?

Amy Purdy Recalls A Stranger's Foretelling That She Would Soon 'Cross Over'

Originally Posted  HERE

Before Paralympic snowboarder and "Dancing with the Stars" finalist Amy Purdy fought off the deadly form of bacterial meningitis that led to the amputation of both of her legs at age 19, she was working as a massage therapist at a Las Vegas hotel. Just one month before Purdy ended up in the hospital fighting for her life, she had a foretelling, if not divine, encounter with a client she wasn't even supposed to see.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Card Shower for Audrey!!


Please share this far and wide! Our dear friend and member Eric Williams has a 10 year old daughter walking with brain cancer right now. She is the babe in the old photo above. WE NEED A CARD SHOWER!!  

Audrey is back in the hospital and her 11th birthday is Friday. Will you send her a card and note of encouragement? From all over the world?!  If so, the address follows. Doesn't matter if it's late.  Thank you for offering her encouragement!  

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Bible Belt Buddhism: An Evangelical Christian reveals how Buddhism has helped him weather a crisis of conscience and faith --by Jim Owens

Originally Posted HERE

I live in the heart of the Bible Belt. When this article is published, many of my family and friends will fear I am destined for hell. Some Christians, like many others, misjudge what they do not understand. Some simply scratch their heads when they hear of a Christian examining Buddhism, meditation, or even just alternative experiences and faiths. Other Christians will have much stronger objections than that.

I know this well, for there was a time when I was one of them.