Compassion and the Buddha

The Weeping Buddha …

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It takes strength to come face to face with our own suffering and the suffering of the world.

The weeping Buddha, as seen in the picture, represents the power and strength of compassion, of connecting deeply to our own sorrows and the sorrows of the world. At times this burden is just too much and all of us , including the Buddha , and we can be brought to tears.

There is power in emotions and there is strength. We experience  transformation in its release… We experience  compassion and connection.

Let’s Not Be Serious – Let’s Just Be Sincere.

Every master knows that we are all Buddha disguised as the Self. It’s just that some of us are playing the victim and some of us are free. Like Alan Watts asked,

“Do you define yourself as a victim of the world, or as the world?”

Most of us are walking tragedies, suffering in a cruel world. We all experience pain. We all have scars.

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Happy Feet!

 

But true masters choose happiness without reason. They choose laughter and joy over anger and spite. They honor their scars rather than resent them. They choose dancing rather than depression.

“You must change in order to find your truest self,” writes Bradford Keeney in The Bushman’s Way of Tracking God. “And keep changing. The false idol is any form that hangs around too long and gets fossilized. It’s worth considering that if your ideas of God don’t change, then your ideas are dead. God is not dead. He simply went elsewhere because you were too boring.” Yes! Buddha is us.

Let’s not be serious, let’s just be sincere. Continue reading

Yes – You Are the Center of the Universe!

“I use to believe that there was a you and a me.

Then I discovered that there’s no you, that in fact you are me.

There aren’t two to take care of, or three or four or a billion. There’s only ONE. The relief of that! It’s enormous!

“You mean there is nothing to do? That if Im okay, everything is ok?”

Yes, that’s exactly it. It’s self realization. Everything falls sweetly, effortlessly, into your lap. You are not only the center, you are the circumference. You are the whole circle, and your everything outside the circumference, too. Nothing can limit or circumscribe you.. you are all of it. Nothing exists that doesn’t come out of you. Do you understand? If it doesn’t come out of you it cannot exist.

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What are you manifesting? Stars? Universes? A tree? A bird? A stone? Well, who is the thinker? Take a look: Did anything exist before you thought it? When you’re asleep and not dreaming, where is the world?

When I first realized there was only me, I began to laugh and the laughter ran deep. I preferred reality to denial. And that was the end of sorrow”.  

Byron Katie