Thursday, December 30, 2010

Life Itself/ 2011


LIFE HAS a role for everyone....may you play the best one in 2011.......

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Greetings...


...TIDINGS of comfort and joy!!

It's good to wish everyone a Happy Holiday...Once a year, at the very least, we can give and receive with a full heart!! 

Beautiful truths pass this way.

Merry Christmas...Happy New Year....


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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cave of the Body....


THE ONE WHO IS VERY ATTACHED to the cave of the body, that one finds detachment very difficult.  Those who constantly crave for pleasure are hard to liberate and certainly cannot be liberated by others, only by themselves.  Sometimes it is only death that brings a realization of endings, and then the sensual person, deeply immersed in the body, will shout: "What will happen to me after death?" 

The way toward liberation is to train yourself to live in the present without any wanting to become anything.  Give up becoming this or that, live without cravings, and experience this present moment with full attention.  Then you will not cringe at death nor seek for repeated birth.

Sutta Nipata

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Boundless...



HOW BOUNDLESS AND FREE IS THE SKY OF AWARENESS!  How bright the full moon of wisdom!  Truly, is anything missing now?  Nirvana is right here, before our eyes; this very place is the Lotus Land; this very body, the Buddha.

Hakuin Zenji,
   "Song of Zazen".


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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

May I...?



WHEREVER I AM born, may I have wisdom and strength.  May I rise above all ignorance.

You only need two tools in life...WD-40, and Duct Tape.  If it doesn'r move and should, use the WD-40.  If it shouldn't move and does, use the Duct Tape.

Life is very serious.  Life is very funny.  One at a time?  Both at the same time?  Sure!!

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Deeds...



THE ONE who does an evil deed carries within themselves the charred remains forever, coloring the whole world an ashen color.

Based on the Dhammapada


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Sunday, August 29, 2010

LEAVING....


Going along in company together, a wise man must mix with other foolish persons.  But on seeing what is hurtful, he abandons them...as a full fledged heron leaves the marshy ground.

UDANA


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Monday, July 19, 2010

Chant...



CHANT FOR INNER STRENGTH

I call the light of golden rays
I seek protection thus,
I pray for heavenly forces at my side
angels, sages, spirit guides or wolves
who walk with cunning skill.

Come to my aid!
Come at my will!
Blackbird soaring light my path
so I am victim to no one's wrath!
And when my journey knows success,
all those who aid me Goddess bless!

source: New Moon/ Beliefnet.com

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Today...



LOOK AT SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL TODAY and know that you have had that.  Imagine owning beauty...we all do!!

Everything is a way to learning, from depression to joy.  Embrace the idea that it's all happening perfectly.  If you don't know why, maybe the bigger picture will reveal itself...maybe not.  The answer within us needs a lot of work to be revealed.  But perhaps at times it's just a bit of Grace. 

Tell yourself that whatever happens in your life, you can handle it.  Yes, tell yourself that..even if it's over and over.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Good Karma...



Karma is not something complicated or philosophical.  Karma means watching your body, watching your mouth, and watching your mind.  Trying to keep these three doors as pure as possible is the practise of karma.

Lama Thubten Yeshe

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Like Water...



DEVELOP A MEDITATION THAT IS LIKE WATER.  Doing this, you will find that the thoughts and impressions that possess you will flow away. 
     Just as people wash away their body liquids, their sweat and spittle, pus and blood.  And yet the water is not troubled or disgusted.
     So this water meditation will bring you peace.

Majihima Nikaya


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Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Greatest...

                                             black elk


The greatest effort is not concerned with results.  The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go

The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.  The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.

The greatest achievement is selflessness.

Atisha


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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ours...



IT IS OUR EARTH, NOT YOURS OR MINE, or his.  We are meant to live on it, helping each other, not destroying each other.

J. Krishnamurti


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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Desire...


ONE OF THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS:

If desire can be removed, then suffering and stress will be ended.

One of the ways to remove desire is through Right Mindfulness.

      BUDDHA


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Friday, April 2, 2010

Just Dreaming...


THANK GOD men cannot yet fly and lay waste to the sky as well as the earth!

Henry David Thoreau / 1817-1862 /  US Transcendentalist Author


WE ARE such stuff as dreams are made on.

William Shakespeare


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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Easy Harmony...


ALWAYS AIM at complete harmony of thought and word and deed.  Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.

Mahatma Gandhi

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Monday, March 22, 2010

The Third Step...


THE THIRD STEP of the Eightfold Path is Right Speech, meaning to abstain from all lying, falsehoods, abusive and frivolous speech. 

I think the frivolous speech part applies to me.  In my opinion, I ought to curb my over-the-top enthusiasm.  Being an Aries, with my birthday today, the second day of Spring, makes this tough!  Still, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to me!

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Arrows...


IN ORDER to be effective, truth must penetrate like an arrow...and that is likely to hurt.

Wei Wu Wei

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ourselves...

REALITY is all encompassing :

Although we may feel separate from our original reality, whether we call it God, peak experience, enlightened mind... through awareness we can contact this essential part of ourselves.

Adapted from Tarthang Tulku

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, in heaven...Dad...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Moments...

THE SECRET OF HEALTH for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past,
worry about the future,
or anticipate troubles,
but to live in the present moment,
wisely and earnestly.
x
BUDDHA

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Kaleidoscope

FIRST DIRECT YOURSELF IN THE WAY YOU SHOULD GO. Only then should you instruct others.......BUDDHAxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx DON'T FALL IN LOVE WITH YOURSELF TODAY. You're tempted because no one else is able to live up to your expectations. Your imagination may be a kaleidoscope, much more imposing than what you see around you. Is that the true way? Which is you? Which is just the changing kaleidoscope?xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx http://www.ellerochelle.blogspot.com/ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx http://twitter.com/lynxny

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Oh Ohm...

GOOD-BYE JANUARY!! You chilled me to the bone!! x x I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing. xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Anais Nin xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx www.ellerochelle.blogspot.com http://twitter.com/lynxny

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Crossing the River..

AS A RAFT is of no further use after the river is crossed, it should be discarded. So, arbitrary conceptions of things and about things should be wholly given up as one attains enlightenment. x BUDDHA

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Way

THE WAY IS NOT in the sky.xThe way is in the heart.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxBUDDHAXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX http://www.ellerochelle.blogspot.com/ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx http://twitter.com/lynxny

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Staying Awake...

WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE that we carry our spirituality with us at all times. Not just when we have a pang of need, or when difficulties arise. Because just when we're overloaded with the prosaic, that's the time to awaken what is not only near you, in you, but is the actual, real you. Your spirit, your soul.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx x Maintain the spiritual structure of your world. Overcome the ego, the foolishness of being self-centered. Our spirituality is unconditional. But most of the time we smother it when our emotions attack us, when our faith drops away. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx x Open your consciousness to the sacred. Take comfort in having a continuous experience of enlightenment. x http://www.ellerochelle.blogspot.com/ x

Monday, January 4, 2010

At Play...

Children are all foreigners.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxRalph Waldo Emerson xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx x xxxxx x x x http://www.ellerochelle.blogspot.com/ http://twitter.com/lynxny