Monday, March 17, 2014

Contemplative Monday


The following is from 'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes From Pema Chodron'.

HOW CAN JOY AND PEACE BE FOUND?


"Recently I was teaching from a Buddhist text called The Way Of The Bodhisattva 


which offers guidance to those who wish to dedicate their lives to alleviating suffering
and to bringing benefit to all sentient beings.


This was composed in the eighth century in India by a Buddhist master named Shantideva.


In it he has an interesting point to make about peace.
 He says something along the lines of


"If these longed-lived, ancient, aggressive patterns of mine that are the wellspring
only of unceasing woe, that lead to my own suffering as well as the suffering


of others, if these patterns still find their lodging safe within my heart,


how can joy and peace in this world ever be found?"


Shantideva is saying that as long as we justify our own hard-heartedness 


and our own self-righteousness, joy and peace will always elude us.


We point our fingers at the wrongdoers, but we ourselves are mirror images;


everyone is outraged at everyone else's wrongness."







16 comments:

  1. Wonderful food for thought this morning, Jim. Sometimes letting go of certain habits, or changing them, no matter how comfortable we are with them, makes a world of difference. In a good way. Have a great day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Martha, welcome back!
      Just think of all the habits we have gathered over a lifetime.......some good and some not so good. A little tweak her and a little tweak there may help in the long run.

      Delete
  2. Was contemplating the state of the world last night and how little has changed in the name of greed and power. Have a wonderful Monday Jim!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Nancy. I hope your day is going smoothly.
      Oh yes, contemplating the 'state of the world'. Can be daunting most of the time.

      Delete
  3. Wise thinking Jim and hope that both of you are doing well!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wise on Pema Chodron's part, Jeanne. I like to share her thoughts.
      We are both doing so much better now. Things are settling down now.
      Thanks.

      Delete
  4. Beautiful, peace-inspiring shots of the sea.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I could have stared at that view of Halifax Harbour, Pat, for much longer than I did. You nailed it.....it is very peace-inspiring.

      Delete
  5. The sun-sparkled sea under the dark clouds is magnificent! Sometimes it's easy to forget how deeply people thought so long ago. I wonder what profound thoughts and ideas have been lost from ancient times. I keep hoping we'll find a preserved library filled with ancient knowledge in some forgotten corner of the world. I hope your week is getting off to a good start, Jim!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That sun-sparkled sea always gets my attention Louise.....it is so magical! As YOU will see very soon! Have a great time in 'paradise'!!

      To think that we still study and appreciate the thoughts of very wise human beings from long ago, shows us, I feel, that some ideas/thoughts are 'time resistant'.

      Delete
  6. wow, so beautiful and inspiring, thanks for sharing, amazing and calming photos too, I like how the water looks like it is sparkling

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was sparkling Hayley-Ezsti, like bright shining stars hopping all over the water!
      Hope you day /evening is going well.

      Delete
  7. Such a timely contemplation. I like resting my eyes on the glittering sea.

    ReplyDelete
  8. An interesting quote.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Yes. Thank you. These posts always help me.

    Love,
    Janie

    ReplyDelete
  10. Some really spectacular photos here, Jim! Great post overall, thank you.

    ReplyDelete

Hey, I really like your comments and appreciate the time you took to do so.

Related Posts with Thumbnails