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Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

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How to end stress and transform to enlightenment
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Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
Siddhartha Gautama (563 BCE-483 BCE), practiced dhyana (meditation) andbecame enlightened at age 35after 6 years of searching. He was the father of Buddhism. He founded The Middle Way  between worldly self-indulgence andasceticisms self-denial. His teachings lead one to transcend suffering: from aging,sickness and deathto overcome the 3 poisons: Greed, Ignorance and Anger to ablissful world beyond separate selfhood. He died at the age of 80.Bodhidarma (470-543 AD) brought Siddharthas teachings dhyana) toChinac.520AD. Dogen brought Chinese Buddhism (Chan) to Japan in the 13
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C. The Soto school  to create Zen Buddhism. Suzuki brought Japanese Zen (Buddhism)to the West (U.S.) c. 1900 AD.each of us, deep within, is inherently perfect, whole and complete, with thecapacity to overcome suffering, transform ourselves into forces for good, and, in sodoing, liberate the world. We are perfect as we are.Bodhisattva  an awakened being (Sanskrit), dedicated to the ultimate liberationand spiritual enlightenment of all (sentient) beingsa teacher with wisdom andcompassion, he gently, brings out the best in everyone.Bodhisattvasexhude a senseof peace, joy, fulfillment and naturalness and use it for the benefit of allextremegiving. Giving creates joy in the world for all involvedWe must give to live.Non-judgmental observation encourages you to express your inner gifts and talentsand allow them to blossomTo become the best you you can befrom moment tomoment.Dharma  Buddhist teachingsgiver and receiver are one. Spiritual truths that leadto wisdom, compassion and joyful enlightenment. Suffering comes from self-clingingand egotistical attachment. Happiness comes from thinking unselfishly of thewellbeing of others.Meditation (your life) leads to self-inquiry, nonattachment and enlightenment.Samsara is the world of suffering. Mother Theresa  do small things with great love. A smile is the shortest distance between two people.You and I and life are all One. Avoid doing harm and seek to do good.By liberating and helping others we liberate and help ourselves. Think, speak andact in the service of others. Liberating others liberates oneself. Healing others healsoneself. Transforming others transforms oneself. See yourself in others and othersin yourself.
 
Anger (lack of patience) leads to hatred, cruelty and violenceselfishness, greed,ignorant delusion and separationbased on fear.Life is difficult and full of sufferingunenlightened life: impermanent and full of dissatisfaction and disappointment. But, through difficulties pride is dissolved,karma is purified, inner strength is furthered and peace attained. Hardships andobstacles become opportunities for spiritual growth. Life is difficult because of ourdeluded, desire-based clinging and craving.Ego has to die. See things as they are without trying to control them. We have thechoice to respond to events with fear or love, negatively or positively, destructivelyor constructively. We are not in control of all that comes our way but we are incontrol with how we deal with what comes our way. Attitude is everything.Bodhisattva operates through generosity, discussions regarding truth and reality,encouraging others to implement what they have understood and through being aliving example of his/her teachings.This (temporary) life is a rare opportunity, precious and brief, to attain trueliberation. We all come with expiration dates, so now is the time to act toward thismost meaningful goal of enlightenment.Service to God through service to humankind.Service can be as simple as a smile or arandom act of kindness. To renounce entry into nirvana until all sentient beings maylikewise join in is the bodisattvas way.Be kinder, more loving, more giving, more accepting and more patient.Meditation leads to waking up to ones true selffrom separateness, delusion andconfusionto enlightenment. It leads to profound wisdom and Buddhahood. We areall Buddhas. In fact, we are all the one Buddha.Meditation can lower stress, tension, blood pressure, anxiety and relieves chronicpain and insomnia. It can elevate energy and tame self-destructive patterns (habits).Meditation can increase our sense of happiness, joy and wellbeing. We learn toappreciate things as they are.While you are meditating you are living the enlightened life and your life as it is canbe your meditation. Meditation leads to non-meditation, which is the suprememeditation.  lama MingyarRinpoche.Transitory distractions  bodily discomfort, emotional turmoil, ceaseless mindchatter. These keep us from focusing on the presentThey keep us in the past forthe future.Trust your intuition: your non-rational way of knowing things.Let your mind andthe universal mind be in sync.
 
Be mindfulaware, and meditate. Be focused in the now. Let your daily life becomeyour (focused) meditation, 24/7, by paying full attention to the present; the task at hand. Surrender totally to your present activity. Get lost in your own life.Our natural state is joyful and free, at one with all that is with unconditional loveand selfless compassion.Transcendental wisdom  wisdom beyond ideas and intellect. The third eye is thewisdom eye. It sees unity (within) while the two normal eyes see duality without Wisdom is nonattachment and non-clinging. Trust things to proceed without tryingto control them. With wisdom comes peace of mind, compassion, unselfishness,generosity and kindness.The aspiration to realize enlightenment for the benefit of others is the Bodhisattvaspathof wisdom and compassion. Reveal anothers riches to them. Enter nirvanaafter all others. Nirvana is a wondrous place with nowhere to go, no one to go andnothing to get or strive for.Become a player and not a prop. Be a power for positive change in the world. Beinclusiveall is one. As pure, clean water can flow from an imperfect (dirty) pipe,our innermost purity can flow from a less-then-perfect form. Be part of the solutionand no longer part of the problem.When we are our best, we benefit and the world benefits. We are spontaneous,creative, flexible, blissful and enlightening.As you lose your (lower) self to find your (higher) self, your best self, yourBodhisattva self, you create paradise wherever you are.Who am I? What is real? What is the meaning of life? When we awaken to our trueselves we answer these questions and more. We then live our everyday life morefully, productively, dynamically, intentionally, gracefully and meaningfully. We livewith greater wisdom, compassion, clarity and powerattuned to reality as it is.Begin to see whats beautiful in yourself and others. Open up to others, freely, aschildren do before being taught to do otherwise. Let down your guard and welcomelifeas it is, from moment to moment. Be the person youd like to meet. Dance asthough no one were watching and sing as though no one were listening and allowothers to do the same. Remember, love is the only thing that you accumulate themore you give it away.As the Dalai Lama has said: We need each other to become enlightened.

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