Don’t believe me

 

Don’t blindly believe what I say.

Don’t believe me because others convince you of my words.

Don’t believe anything you see, read, or hear from others, whether of authority, religious teachers or texts.

Don’t rely on logic alone, nor speculation.

Don’t infer or be deceived by appearances.

Do not give up your authority and follow blindly the will of others.

This way will lead to only delusion.

Find out for yourself what is truth, what is real.

Discover that there are virtuous things and there are non-virtuous things.

Once you have discovered for yourself give up the bad and embrace the good.

The Buddha

Things are such…

Painting: Orlando Leibovitz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things are such, that someone lifting a cup,
or watching the rain, or petting a dog.
Or singing, just singing
Could be doing as much for this universe as anyone.
Rumi, translated by Daniel Ladinsky

Born and Enlightened on the Full Moon

Vesak – the full moon festival honoring the signal events in the Buddha’s life, is celebrated by millions around the world on the full moon in May, taking place this year on May 24.

The outstanding events in the life of the Buddha took place on full moon days. The Buddha was born on a full moon day. His renunciation took place on a full moon day. His Enlightenment, the delivery of his first sermon, his passing away into Nirvana and other crucial events occurred on full moon days.

For Buddhists, it is an opportunity to reflect on our personal spiritual development and to make others happy. Statues of the Buddha are bathed, an act symbolizing purification. In addition to reflecting on the teaching of universal compassion, many Buddhists to take vegetarian meals on this special day.

 

Then I Found Everyone…

 

Painting: Orlando Leibovitz

Doing as others told me, I was blind.
Coming when others called me, I was lost.
Then I left everyone,
myself as well.

Then I found everyone, myself as well.
  Rumi

Something You Are

Peace is not something you wish for

It’s something you do

Something you are

And something you give away.

John Lennon

The world will freely offer itself to you

You do not need to leave your room.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
Do not even listen, simply wait.
Do not even wait, be still and solitary.
The world will freely offer itself to you
To be unmasked, it has no choice.
It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

-  Frantz Kafka

Metta and the Benefits of Metta

Lise Meitner and Nuclear FissionThe Pali word metta means loving-kindness, friendliness, goodwill, benevolence, fellowship,  and non-violence. Pali commentators define metta as the strong wish for the welfare and happiness of others. Through metta one refuses to be offensive and renounces bitterness, resentment and animosity of every kind, developing instead a mind of friendliness, accommodation and benevolence which seeks the well-being and happiness of others. True metta is devoid of self-interest. Read more…

..to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware

Electron Portrait of the Artist as his Dog Contemplating a Wave PacketThe moment one gives close attention to anything, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

Henry Miller

Ten Practices of a Zen Peacemaker

Zen Peacemakers is an organization of socially engaged Buddhists. It was founded by Roshi Bernie Glassman and his wife Sandra Jishu Holmes in 1996 and its work has been continued by Roshi Joan Halifax of Upaya.

Peacemakers throughout all space and time recognize that they are not separate from all that is. Read more…

Orlando’s Visual Diary

Orlando had been keeping a visual diary since the beginning of the year. Here is a random selection.

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