Sunday, June 25, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/25/17

“Many people take pleasure in watching violent scenes and unaware of this, end up feeding their own suffering. The one who feels pleasure in the other’s suffering is the suffering self, an entity that feeds on negative emotions and cruelty, even if it’s just a movie. This is a form of negatively oriented pleasure. It means that the vital energy is joined together with suffering.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: The Pure Land Is in This Life

The Pure Land isn’t like heaven, because it’s not a place that you go to—it’s more a state of mind, and it can be accessed in this life.

—Reverend Patricia Kanaya Usuki, “The Great Compassion

Corruption is Legal in America

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/24/17

“When I say that we need to free ourselves from the past to become truly free, I am referring specifically to the pacts of revenge we carry. These pacts are what keep us trapped in the suffering we experienced in our past. Many unconsciously choose not to succeed in life in order to take revenge, just as they choose to use their life energy to sustain and feed their negative patterns and addictions. These negative behaviors which repeat indicate that our consciousness is imprisoned somewhere in the past.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Keep All Views in Check

Views are colorful and interesting and life-enhancing—as long as we know they are views.

—A. J. Bocchino, “Beyond Language


“When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can't make them change if they don't want to, just like when they do want to, you can't stop them.” 

― Andy Warhol ―

Friday, June 23, 2017

Ian McKellen on Trump failing to protect LGBT rights: 'It’s appalling'

Dissolving the Fear, Finding Your Own Beauty - Ram Dass

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/23/17

“You are like a river running towards the ocean. Sometimes the river runs close to the spring; sometimes it is mid-way through its course, and sometimes, it has arrived very close to the ocean. But, wherever you are, the more aware of who you are and what you have come here to do, the more you feel as though you belong and the greater the chance you have of unfolding the mysteries of existence.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Lovingkindness Shows, Literally

The energy of metta spreads through your bloodstream and nourishes your whole being. You look bright and clear, calm and peaceful.

—Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, “11 Benefits of Loving-Friendliness Meditation

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Stephen Fry on Trump, Liberals, and Bullies - 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken / Flower of the Day: 06/22/17

“The impermanent truth of the smaller self can be absurdly unpleasant. Becoming aware of our own misery can be extremely painful, but it is absolutely necessary. We must face the transitory truth of the smaller self as we travel along the path towards the permanent truth of the real self. Often, it is necessary to live the joys and sorrows of human love in order to open up space for divine love.”
- Sri Prem Baba -

Via Daily Dharma: Why We Suffer

We suffer because we take things to be real, and we suffer in direct proportion to how solid we make the contents of our mind.

—Andrew Holocek, “How Far Are You Willing To Go To Wake Up?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Via FB

Via NPR: Pride Events Honor Memory Of Gilbert Baker And His Rainbow Flag

Via Ram Dass / Words of Wisdom - June 21, 2017

Miracles and gatherings of Satsang, reading or hanging out with holy books, chemicals, they’re all traps, but they are useful because they keep strengthening your faith. Faith can touch that place inside, which is called the Atman. It’s naive to think that any one route will bring you faster than any other route, other than what is supposed to be your route. In Zen, they say, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”

Your work on yourself starts exactly where you are at this moment. Like, at this moment, if you’re thinking about the future or the past, if you’re planning, if you’re collecting this for later, what about right here? Now. This is what it’s all about. Everything you’ve ever done in your life and all your incarnations are for this moment. This isn’t for that, this is it – this is what it’s about.

- Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/21/17

“If you discover that your soul wishes to live in the Himalayas and you are living in New York, you may face severe challenges ahead. After all, this would amount to a radical change of lifestyle. However, it is necessary to understand that when becoming conscious of the purpose of life, what is important is the internal change of focus. Often, it is not necessary to change the country or lifestyle, it is just a matter of acting from your truth, the truth of your Being, and not from your mask.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: You Need Both Wisdom and Compassion

Both wisdom and compassion shift our sense of identity away from ourselves toward the wider human, biotic, and cosmic community to which we belong. But where wisdom involves a cognitive grasp of this fact, compassion operates viscerally.

—Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, “The Need of the Hour

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Via Outsports: Former Patriots and Chiefs tackle Ryan O’Callaghan comes out as gay

Ryan O’Callaghan’s plan was always to play football and then, when his career was over, kill himself.
Growing up in Redding, Calif., he didn’t see any other option. From a deep red corner of a blue state, the conflicted young man had decided in high school that he would never — could never — live as a gay man. While the 6-foot-7, 330-pound offensive tackle didn’t fit any of the gay stereotypes, he decided shortly after coming out to himself in junior high school that he could never let anyone else in on his darkest secret.

Over the years he had heard general comments from friends and family members about gay people. Every utterance of a gay slur or a joke about gay men — and he heard them plenty when he was young — was like a knife to the gut.

"If you’re a gay kid and you hear someone you love say ‘fag,’ it makes you think that in their eyes you’re just a fag too," O’Callaghan told Outsports on a recent visit to Los Angeles for his first-ever Pride celebration. "That got to me a lot."

Growing up in a conservative area light years away from nearby San Francisco, his own views of gay people had been shaped by those off-color comments and the rare image on television showing a gay man he couldn’t relate to. He knew that the people in his world would never accept him being gay, and he could never truly accept it either.

O’Callaghan decided early on that he would hide behind football. The sport would be his "beard," and the jersey on his back would throw off the scent and keep his secret hidden for over a dozen years on a journey that saw him playing college ball at the University of California and in the NFL with the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.

He spent his time in football preparing for his suicide, yet thanks to a small group of people within the Chiefs organization he ultimately found the will to live as the real Ryan O’Callaghan.

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/20/17

“Relationship is a great, if not the greatest, tool in self-knowledge. Any type of relationship has the power to expand loving consciousness. Yet at the same time, relationship can be a great danger because the greater the intimate bond, the greater the possibility for codependency. The more dependent you are on the other, the more you want to make them your slave.  The more dependent you are, the more you want to dominate and control in the relationship. You act this way because you believe that if the other were tied to the foot of your bed, you would be saved.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: The Ordinary is Sacred

No longer leaning toward one form of life (attachment) and away from another (aversion) allows psychic energy to flow from our imagination into reality and transforms our ordinary existence into the sacred.

—Rodney Smith, “From Thought to Stillness

Monday, June 19, 2017

God's Own Country trailer - in cinemas 1 September

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/19/17

“When you deepen into self-knowledge, you will inevitably pass through moments of crisis because once you identify aspects of your personality that you don’t like and don’t accept, you start wanting to change.  This change can only begin when you renounce the defense mechanisms that keep you protected, isolated, and separated from others and yourself. You have strayed so far from your essence that you don’t know who you are anymore. When this happens, you must remove your armor, but this process can be quite unpleasant.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Unicornbooty: Google Gives $1 Million Donation to Preserve LGBT History of Stonewall Inn

Google is donating $1 million to preserve an oral history of the 1969 Stonewall riots that were the groundbreaking moment for the LGBT rights movement.

Sen. Chuck Schumer made the announcement on Sunday that, the company’s philanthropy branch, is donating the grant to the LGBT Community Center in New York City to start the project. Schumer says the purpose of the project is to spread the word and educate future generations about the Stonewall riots.

“The purpose is to spread the word about the Stonewall uprising and the progress we have made as well as the distance we have to go,” Schumer said. “This announcement sends an unmistakable message to Washington: that the America we know celebrates and cherishes its diversity; it doesn’t hide from it or fear it.”

Schumer continued: “With this money, they will translate the legacy of Stonewall from a physical landmark into a digital experience, so that the lessons of its history can reach tens of millions of people across the nation, and across the globe.”

The idea for the project came from William Floyd, Google’s out head of external affairs in New York. He believes that unlike some other national monuments, Stonewall commemorates a struggle that continues to evolve.

“This is a living, breathing, active thing,” he said. “It’s not like Mount Rushmore or a physical natural thing of beauty, it’s civil rights. We thought it was really important that we could provide money and technology to capture those voices and help amplify them.”

The project is slated to be completed for the 50th anniversary of the historic riots in 2019.

During his remarks, Schumer also called out President Trump, who has yet to say anything about LGBT Pride Month.

Schumer said, “This sends an unmistakable message to President Trump and Washington that we’re gonna fight to defend Stonewall because at it’s core what happened here at Stonewall was deeply patriotic.”

Via Daily Dharma: We All Depend on Others

We depend through the whole of life on the support of others . . . .Our dependency is not a cause for despair but rather leads to a sense of wonderment and gratitude, which is the moving force of true spirituality.

—David Brazier, “Living Buddhism

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/18/17

“Addiction is a great power because it operates in the unconscious sphere. Since we are not aware of the forces that drag us back into addiction, it can completely dominate us.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: The Meaning of Dharma

First, one must get to know oneself. Then, having become familiar with oneself, one can live one’s life more deeply. Living one’s life more deeply is the meaning of dharma.

—Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, “Intelligence & Investigation

Via Ram Dass

I’m for the long, long view. Every time things like this happened, Maharajji would say, “It’s perfect. It’s perfect.” Now I know that many of you are feeling repulsed or apoplectic about that statement, but we’ve got to keep our quietness inside. We’ve got to keep our love. Our compassion. We’ve got to keep our wisdom during this time.

In this political scene, I don’t think we all should sit back and say, “It’s just perfect.” But I want to say you should not do social action with frustration and anger, but with love. The fear, the anger, and all those things, that’s the work. Is that inside you? Love it. Those things are thoughts, and those thoughts are not productive. If you identify with your soul, you love those thoughts. And I think it’s hard to do that. The hardness is the work.

- Ram Dass -

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/17/17

“That which we fear, we attract. This is a law of the mind. Why is that so? Because our minds are trapped in fear. Our energy is being used to create a certain reality which reflects our thoughts. We start to undo this mechanism by watching fear without feeding it. We simply witness it and let it pass.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: The Mind's Clouds

The light of the sun is always naturally present. Clouds are just temporary . . . . In the same way, the nature of the mind is naturally present, and the obscurations and the afflictions are just adventitious.

—Kenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, “On What Is Most Important

Friday, June 16, 2017

Via Enough Passivity / FB:

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/16/17

Karma is a law on this planet. This law determines that in order to evolve in the direction of freeing consciousness, we must first sweep away our own footprints, which are the traces of our past we left behind along the way. Beyond our own footprints, there are also the footprints of our ancestors, who are looking to make amends through us. They wait until we become mature enough to love and forgive them and ourselves. This is yet another service we can offer in the form of karma yoga.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: What We Project

We will attract the same kinds of people we really are. If we have a mind full of defilements, we will attract that to us. Therefore we have to purify our mental state, because whatever is within we will project out.

—Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, “No Excuses

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/14/17

“Those who are able to complete their daily spiritual practices are able to weather these moments of turbulence without too much suffering. It is normal to pass by a few potholes in the road, and we often have to adapt in one way or another. That’s how the law of karma works. But in these moments, it’s important that you stay present in order to maintain control of your vehicle. Try to accept the situation that presents itself and then do what needs to be done. Keep your focus and don’t be distracted from your gola - your soul’s purpose.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Ram Dass

“Christ was lost in love.”

– Neem Karoli Baba

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/15/17

“When you’re present in your relationship, you stop wanting the other to do things your way and meet your expectations. This presence is God in you. To give it another name: it’s the higher Self that inhabits you. This higher Self in you respects everyone and everything. It knows that everything has its time; that there is a time to plant and a time to harvest. It also knows that it’s impossible to stop the flow of a river. You can’t force a blossoming. All you can do is give your love and caring, and even then, sometimes a little seed just doesn’t take. There’s nothing for you to do but just accept it. You can’t control it; you can only watch.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Understanding Difference Will Deepen Practice

A spiritual tradition is neither generic nor universal. To see what makes one’s own tradition uniquely itself is to be disabused of the notion that it is what all sensible, thinking people would arrive at if only they would get enlightened.

—Rita Gross, “Buddhist to Buddhist

Via Daily Dharma: First Comes Hope, Then Action

Hope opens the door to possibility and allows us to envision change, particularly change that we desire. But hope alone will not affect change—that requires movement.

—Andrew Mellen, “UnStuff Your Life

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Via Pinter...

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/13/17

“Ahimsa is a virtue of the soul. Developing it is absolutely fundamental to spiritual realization. Only when you awaken ahimsa in yourself will you truly participate in the eradication of violence in society as a whole. The first step is to understand that the external is a reflection of the internal—that the violence manifesting in the world around you is a product of the violence inside of you."
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Practicing Meditation as an Art

If we take up meditation as we would any other artistic pursuit, it is unlikely we will have any regrets. Quite the contrary, the practice’s significance will grow and unfold throughout our lives.

—Ken McLeod, “The Progress Question

Monday, June 12, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken / Flower of the Day: 06/12/17

“Ahimsa is a Sanskrit word that has become quite popular in the West. But even in the East, where the term originates, very few people truly know it’s deepest meaning. What is ahimsa? People mechanically respond, ‘non-violence’. And the word becomes empty. While ‘non-violence’ is a potential translation, the concept behind this word goes far beyond this. Ahimsa means to not harm a single thing, in any conceivable way—to not harm yourself and, therefore, not harm anyone else, whether it’s on the physical, emotional or mental plane. Ultimately, ahimsa means to be congruent in thought, word and action.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Going Against the Stream

The Buddha described his teaching as “going against the stream.” The unflinching light of mindful awareness reveals the extent to which we are tossed along in the stream of past conditioning and habit.

—Stephen Batchelor, “Foundations of Mindfulness

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/11/17

“If you really love someone, it’s natural that you want to share your knowledge with them, because love really wants to see the other doing well. Love wants to see the other shine. But love also respects free will. You can share your knowledge and give your opinion if the other asks for it, but you can’t prevent the other from passing through its own mistakes and victories.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Ram Dass

I would say that most of us stay locked in our separateness, and we are very frightened of coming out of it. We feel very vulnerable. In truth, you are not vulnerable at all… You just think you are vulnerable. Who you think you are is vulnerable; who you are is not. This is the truth of it. That’s what Christ was saying over and over again, but nobody seemed to want to hear him. It’s very hard to open your heart when you are not vulnerable, but your experience says that you are.

When you are in the presence of unconditional love, that’s the optimum environment for your heart to open, because you feel safe. You realize nobody wants anything from you. The minute that heart opens, you are once again letting in the flow, and that flow is where you experience God.

- Ram Dass -

Via Daily Dharma: Simplifying a Complicated Life

If we can allow some space within our awareness and rest there, we can respect our troubling thoughts and emotions, allow them to come, and let them go. Our lives may be complicated on the outside, but we remain simple, easy, and open on the inside.

—Tsoknyi Rinpoche, “Allow for Space

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Via Daily Dharma: Lifting Others Up

Equality is about giving up the constant desire to lift yourself above others so that you appear superior to them. Awakening is about lifting everybody up together with you.

—Dawa Tarchin Phillips, “What To Do When You Don't Know What's Next

Friday, June 9, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/09/17

“The child is born free and, as a result, loving. But he or she quickly learns to manipulate, to feel jealousy, to be possessive, to hate, and to get revenge. The child builds armor for its own protection, made up of masks. Then at some point, it forgets its true identity and believes that it is this armor. Without the power to be who he or she is, the child stops being free and, consequently, stops loving."
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: An Invitation to Presence

The invitation to open to our experience—whatever it is from moment to moment—is always there, no matter how many times we need to rediscover it.

—Aura Glaser, “Into the Demon's Mouth

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/08/17

“When you see that you can’t accept that the other wants something different than what you had in mind and you become angry and frustrated, stop and ask yourself, ‘Who in me wants to control the other? Who in me can’t allow the other to follow their own path? Who is feeling threatened by the other’s freedom? Even if you see that this ‘freedom’ is dragging the other one down a hole, who in you needs to prevent the other from falling down? Sometimes, the other needs to fall in the same hole over and over again in order to learn how not to fall.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Tune In to What Matters Most

Whatever you most care about, let this tenderness of heart energize your meditation. The sincerity of your longing will carry you home.

—Tara Brach, “Finding True Refuge

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Via Ram Dass

Love doesn’t know boundaries. The mind creates the boundary of separation between me and you. The heart just keeps embracing and opening out, so that things that open your heart open you out into the universe and allow you to experience preciousness, the grace, the sweetness, and the thick interconnectedness of it all.

It’s even more than interconnected. It’s all one thing, and it just keeps changing its flow and patterns, and you’re just a part of it.

- Ram Dass -

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/07/17

“When you become aware of negative aspects of your personality, do not despair, just try to let the feelings pass. Become the passive observer creating distance between you and the false self. See that it is not you because if it were, you would not be able to observe it. Just perform this practice and soon you will be guided on how to reverse the situation and redirect the vectors of the will. Until now, your will - the major power of the soul - was used by negative impulses and the only way to redirect this energy into something positive is through a form of intelligent austerity.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Where to Find Enlightenment

The path of enlightenment is not the path to enlightenment, a way to get to this so-called awakened state. The path of enlightenment is what is underneath our feet.

—Douglas Penick, “What Are You Meditating For?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Via FB: Senator Kamila Harris -- as shared by Jim Hardwick

"I was speaking to a high school class a few weeks ago and one of the students asked me what we are going to do about a divided America.

"I said I rejected the premise. America isn’t divided. When people wake up at three o’clock in the morning, often in a cold sweat, they are never thinking about life through the lens of being a Democrat or a Republican. The vast majority of folks are thinking about their personal health, the health of their children, the health of their parents, can they get a job, can they keep a job, can they pay the bills by the end of the month, can they retire with dignity?

"The point is that the vast majority of people have so much more in common than what separates us. 

The way we come out of this political nightmare is to reject the false premise that we are a divided country.

"And that means we have to acknowledge what unites us: the universal truths and the universal values that define us. It means we have to listen to one another. It’s why, for example, about once a month I’ve been asking supporters like you to take our issues survey—it’s because I want to know how you’re feeling right now. Not through the lens of partisan politics, but through your eyes, your hopes, and your fears.

"The problem with Washington is that too many people have accepted the false premise that there are core party issues, not issues that are important to those we are supposed to protect and empower.

"I’m a realist, but I’m also an optimist. I believe we can listen and push past the cliche in Washington to get things done that will help people.

"That means we have to be ready to both listen to one another and to fight for the values and the concerns that keep all of us up at night."

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/06/17

“Love does not control, it frees. Wanting to control the other is not love, it is fear. If you are taken by fear, allow yourself to investigate it. Allow yourself to get to know this fear until you discover that this fear does not exist. Fear belongs to the realm of darkness and darkness has no existence of its own - it is the absence of light. Fear only exists when you feed it. How do you feed fear? You feed it by believing it to be true, when you believe there is a threat. But when you open your heart, fear disappears and the lack of trust and neediness dissipate.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Why Awareness Matters

With awareness, there is space—allowing us to interrupt habitual response patterns and bring intention to our responses, choosing to form a different association. In time, we can begin to carve a new path into the riverbank.

—Wendy Hasenkamp, “Brain Karma

Monday, June 5, 2017

Chaim Tannenbaum - "America the Beautiful"

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/05/17

“When I say that it is necessary to let the other be free, free even to not love you, it is a play on words because what happens is that you become free. You break free. When you are free, you don’t get disturbed by the choices of the other, because freedom respects freedom. It is love that liberates, because only love has this capacity to let the other be free.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Do You Live Well with Others?

Even if you have awakened to your enlightened nature, there is still further to go in your spiritual journey if you’re not living harmoniously with others.

—Haemin Sunim, “The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/04/17

 “The mask is a seduction strategy. If we grew up in an environment where we needed to be cold and self sufficient in order to have our needs met, we most probably became experts in dominating the other through the mask of the indifferent one. In this way, we try to seduce and control the other by making them believe that we do not care, that we feel nothing, and that we are above everyone and everything. This is the way that this type of neediness manifests.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: On Questioning and Faith

When one is analyzing and studying, it is good to ask questions and to have doubts . . . . Analysis produces a faith that is certain.

—Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, “The Path of Faith and the Path of Reasoning

Via Ram Dass

The only thing that ever dies is the model you have in your mind of who you think you are. That’s what dies. 

- Ram Dass -

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Via Lion's Roar: What is the Buddhist view on sexuality?

The Buddhist flag (right) debuted in Sri Lanka in 1855 and was adopted internationally in 1952. The rainbow pride flag, designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978, has become a symbol of LGBTIQ hope and progress worldwide.
Last week, Taiwan became the first — and only — predominantly Buddhist country to rule in favor of gay marriage. Despite Buddhism’s traditionally conservative roots, in the West, we usually think of it as an LGBTQ-positive spirituality. Western Buddhist teachers have encouraged an understanding of the Buddha’s teachings that helps us “heal, find our true selves, and free ourselves from roles and ideals that do not fit our real nature,” as Roshi Enkyo Pat O’Hara has written.
But, forward-thinking Buddhists are challenged to reconcile their inclusive values with traditionally conservative Buddhist texts that seem to place restrictions where, when, how and with whom one should have sex. How do we respect tradition without compromising our values? As José Ignacio Cabezón explains, when we disagree with Buddhist teachings, we get a chance to initiate illuminating discussions. May this Weekend Reader illuminate your view of sex and sexuality. —Sam Littlefair, associate editor,

The Five Mindfulness Trainings

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Five Mindfulness Trainings are an expression of the Buddha’s traditional five precepts (the core of Buddhist ethics), updated for the modern world. He updates the third precept, “avoid sexual misconduct,” to, simply, “true love.”
Aware of the suffering caused by sexual misconduct, I am committed to cultivating responsibility and learning ways to protect the safety and integrity of individuals, couples, families, and society. Knowing that sexual desire is not love, and that sexual activity motivated by craving always harms myself as well as others, I am determined not to engage in sexual relations without true love and a deep, long-term commitment made known to my family and friends. [...]
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In a historic 1997 meeting with LGBTQ community leaders, the Dalai Lama acknowledged that it’s time to revisit traditional Buddhist texts that prohibit gay sex. Buddhist scholar José Ignacio Cabezón explores the Dalai Lama’s words and the traditional Buddhist views on sexuality. ...

The texts are not the endpoint of reflection, but rather the beginning of it, and the great masters of old are not irrelevant "dead brown men," but living conversation partners whose thought, as reflected in their writings, can help us reconstruct our lives so that they lead to the flourishing of self, of others, and of the communities in which we live. [...]
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When Rev. Kiyonobu Joshin Kuwahara investigated whether LGBTQ members of his community felt unwelcome due to conservative traditional views, he discovered an opportunity to have inspiring conversations. ...

The LGBTQ community has not been openly accepted in Japan—those who stand out are forced to adapt themselves to the norm. I knew there were a number of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members in the Buddhist Churches of America. However, I was not sure if they felt accepted within their respective sanghas or if they were comfortable being open about their sexuality in that context. [...]
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Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/03/17

“Emotional neediness is perhaps the greatest evil of humanity. It is the root of all suffering. Neediness has caused us to develop strategies that are true weapons of seduction. During our childhood, if we learned that it was possible to dominate others by using the mask of the victim, then we likely became an expert in this role. So, we became the best of all victims knowing exactly how to seduce the other through our victimhood. The victim is always suffering and creating a drama. The victim goes out of their way to make sure that they look helpless and incapable because this is the the way they learned how to get attention.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: An Unedited Life

We think we know our own life, but what we know is only an edited version, colored by our emotions and narrow vision. How close can we come to the original draft?

—Gregg Krech, “Naikan Therapy

Friday, June 2, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/02/17

“Having awareness of the different aspects of the lower self is the first step towards manifesting the real self, regardless of how unpleasant they may be. Once you reach this point, you no longer need to worry about knowing what to do, for the path is the polar opposite; you must learn to stop doing. Up until now, you have just been reacting to the past. You have been taking revenge by trying to take justice into your own hands, wanting to prove to the world that life has not been generous with you. Stay calm, breathe and try to create some distance between you and this vengeful self that chose to self-sabotage in order to get attention. Simply observe.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: A Noble Person's Mindset

A noble person does not do good because of willpower. She does it through a combination of, on the one hand, modesty about self, and, on the other hand, faith in a higher purpose, a higher meaning, in powers more potent than self-will.

—David Brazier, “Other-Power

Via Google: Gilbert Baker, criador da bandeira LGBT, é homenageado com doodle

O artista e ativista americano, que completaria hoje 66 anos, criou um dos maiores símbolos de representatividade do mundo

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Via Sri Prem Baba – Awaken Love / Flower of the Day: 06/01/17

“Relationship is an instrument that allows us to see our enchantment and dream. What allows us to awaken from this sleep is self-knowledge. When we find ourselves skating on the thin ice of neediness, feeling sad or irritated due to our needs or expectations not being met by the other, this is the alarm that tells us we have fallen asleep and are dreaming. We have lost presence and have been taken over by unconscious impulses. We are projecting our misery on the other. It is our past that is busy reacting while our present self has actually left the scene. The other is just there interacting with characters of our past that manifest in the forms of jealousy, insecurity, fear and many other consequences of this past.”
Sri Prem Baba

Via Daily Dharma: Facing the Dark Sides

It is only when one identifies totally with mumyo, the heart of darkness, that the walls of the proud ego-self are shattered and the true light of wisdom can shine through in one’s actions.

—Reverend Patti Nakai, “Confronting the Heart of Darkness