Recently Deb of Dhamma Matters wrote an interesting post about the Five Remembrances. I really like them because they’re easy to remember and can be quickly brought to mind during various points of the day, but continually thinking about them seems to have an interesting affect on the mind. She explains a way she’s incorporated it into her daily practice, and I thought others might also find it very practical and beneficial.
Recently, the blog was nominated for a Liebster Award on “A Year of Living Wisely.” Originally developed in Germany, the idea behind the Liebster Award is to give attention to blogs with under 200 followers that make an effort to be inspiring and uplifting. I don’t actually know German, but the award is supposed to mean “dearest” or “beloved.” I’m a person that quietly goes about their way and practice, so in a way I like to think that the blog was nominated.
To be honest, if I were to nominate a blog for a Liebster Award, I would actually nominate Angela’s. I haven’t seen many people who write as consistently and openly as she does about her practice and her life. Since she’s already been nominated, I wanted to nominate 5 other blogs. Actually, I think the best part of the Liebster Award is heaping some praise to others.
5 Blogs I Would Like to Nominate as “Dearest” or “Beloved”
Reflection of a Buddhist Monk: I do realize its been nominated already, but who says it can’t be twice? I’m quite fond of this blog and I’m trying to make it part of my practice to praise those that really deserve to be praised.
Dhamma Matters: One of the first blogs I’ve stumbled upon early on and that I still consistently follow, really a treasure of experience.
Wandering Dhamma: Written by a Ph.D candidate in Buddhist studies, Brooke is meditator living in Thailand. She writes very poignant articles that reflect her never-ending passion for Buddhism, both from an academic and practice view-point.
Somewhere in Dhamma: Joseph’s blog is consistent stream of surrealistic photos and interesting observations taken from his practice and life in Korea.
Jonelfernando: Jonel writes very honest posts that are constantly probing and re-examining his world views. He’s written some interesting things in a short period of time, I’m looking forward to see what else he has in store in the future.
As some of you may know, in the past couple of days, 10 Tibetan monastics have set themselves on fire as a way to protest Chinese occupation Tibet. I’m not sure if something this drastic has happened since Vietnamese monastics started setting themselves on fire during the Vietnam War, but it’s definitely caught the attention of people worldwide.
Venerable Caine Das has written an interesting article, entitled “Enough – There is a Tibetan Issue,” that talks about the situation and a way to support Tibetan crisis.
Avalokiteshvara is a popular Buddha in many traditions and appears in many forms. In Tibet, he appears as Chenrezig, and appears in a female form as Kannon (sometimes Kanzeon) in Japan, Gwan-eum in Korea, Quan Am in Vietnam, and Quan Yin in China.
Within the Tibetan tradition, there are seemingly hundreds of tantric deities to practice, with varying colors, multiple arms and different expressions that range from pacifying to wrathful. Despite such a wide selection to choose from, Chenrezig can be easily overlooked and may seem almost common place.
One thing I’ve noticed, is that many of my own teachers keep recommending that people do Chenrezig practice or mantra during times of great difficulty. My feeling about this is that there really isn’t anything as immediate and powerful as generating compassion.
Even living here in Sweden, almost all the front pages of the newspapers are images about September 11. At 1 in the afternoon, they played a memorial ceremony on TV, and there was an official 1 minute of silence.
Venerable Caine Das of Reflection of a Buddhist Monk reflects on the event, entitled September 11, 2011. He also includes an interesting link to a study done by Brown University and the Watson Institute for International Studies, about the effects of this event, 10 years later. The death tolls and monetary costs of the event, and from the wars that followed it are quite shocking.
The Noble Eightfold Path is one of my favorite teachings and something I always come back to. One of the first Dharma books I’ve ever read was from about 10 years ago, a book called Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunarantana.
I didn’t understand all of it, but thing that lingered with me was a section on craving and clinging. He mentioned that the two most tragic things in life is getting what someone wants and then the fear of losing it, or not getting what one wants and experiencing disatifaction from the unfulfilled longing. Over time I compared many events in my life to what he said, and started to understand that maybe he was right. In a way, this started to slowly pull me into a vortex of practice. Continue reading
Deb Of Dhamma Matters wrote an interesting peice about her experience of the mind over the past 4 decades of her practice. She talks about finding ways not to identify with thoughts, but at the same, finding a balance and not going to war with them. I feel that watching the mind is a life-long practice that never gets boring.
She has an interesting article on how contemporary Buddhist teachers have interpreted Buddhist teachings, and how they’ve presented them to western practitioners. Continue reading
I’ve been recently following a blog called A Year of Living Wisely. It’s written by Angela, who is blogging about her life as she spends a year listening to Zen Podcasts. She also happens to travel a lot, and it got me thinking.
Podcasts and audio that can be loaded onto an iPod is a great resource for people who are traveling overseas, are really busy, or who might not have access to a Dharma center. I have hundreds of hours of teachings on my iPod that I walk around with everyday, and I’ve benefitted from this tremendously. Continue reading
Deb of Dhamma Matters recently put up a nice meditation practice for developing love and compassion, by his Holiness the Dalai Lama. It’s very easy to do, doesn’t require much time, but the benefit for your own personal happiness and for the happiness of others is boundless.