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Whether an action is good, bad, or neutral depends principally upon the intention that motivates it. Good actions come from good intentions, bad actions come from bad intentions, and neutral actions come from neutral intentions. Good, or virtuous, actions are the main cause of rebirth in the higher realms, and of future happiness, while bad, or non-virtuous, actions are the main cause of rebirth in the lower realms, and of future suffering.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Introduction to Buddhism” (via dancingdakini)

The hamsa (Arabicخمسة‎ khomsah, also romanized khamsa, meaning lit. “five”) is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and commonly used injewelry and wall hangings.[1][2] Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the hamsa is believed to provide defense against the evil eye.

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Westerners must stop romanticizing spirituality and just practice. There is no need to convert to a particular religion, to do so is to become partial to a particular viewpoint and effectively blind ourselves to other vantage points. This leads to violence. There is no need to go off in search of truth. The place to practice your dharma is right here and right now. There is also no need to vilify religion or mistakenly separate it out from your practice. Just practice. Practice and engage life when your rise from your cushion.
The Zen Humanist (via zenhumanism)

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lazyyogi:

Peace is not an experience. It is a lack of confusion regarding what you are experiencing. In that clarity, there is contentment and the joy of liberation from the suffering of confusion.

The human experience is filled with moments of positivity and beauty interchanging with moments of negativity and pain. This human experience is characterized by the body, its associated physical senses and sensations, along with the mind’s thoughts and moods. 

When some embark on the journey to discover peace, they search for it in the world of human experience. The hope is that the experience of this body can be made permanently happy and positive, forever forsaking the negative. 

Such a perspective is dependent upon your experience being a certain way; and since experiences themselves are transient, so is the happiness and pleasure they bring. 

You are not your experiences and the conviction of this truth born of direct perception will take the pressure off avoiding negative experiences and clinging to positive ones. You become less fixated on your experiences, enjoying what comes and no longer lamenting letting go of what goes. 

But where does peace fit in? Peace is not an experience but the way you regard experiences. It is not a thought or a mindset but rather the place of eternal awareness from which you live. 

By the place, I mean your Self. When you no longer mistake yourself to be your body or mind, where does that leave you? It is the opportunity to become aware of your own existence without the context of human form. 

In that clear awareness, you are at ease and at peace. Or rather, you recognize yourself as ease and peace itself. There are endless ways to release our confusion in order to re-discover clarity, and I like to recommend meditation and self-enquiry.

We are a lot less like individual beings and more like a spaceless and timeless dimension that is endlessly conscious of itself.

Trippy but true. :P

Namast, sangha.  

Delusions are distorted ways of looking at ourself, other people, and the world around us. The way a deluded mind views these phenomena does not accord with reality. The deluded mind of hatred, for example, views another person as intrinsically bad, but there is no such thing as an intrinsically bad person.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness” (via dancingdakini)
Usually anger is triggered off by something quite insignificant, such as a comment that we take personally, a habit that we find irritating, or an expectation that was not fulfilled. Based on such small experiences, anger weaves an elaborate fantasy, exaggerating the unpleasantness of the situation, and providing rationalizations and justifications for the sense of disappointment, outrage, or resentment. It lead us to say and do harmful things, thereby causing offence to others and transforming a small difficulty into a great problem.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “The Bodhisattva Vow” (via dancingdakini)
To stay present in everyday life, it helps to be deeply rooted within yourself; otherwise, the mind, which has incredible momentum, will drag you along like a wild river.
Eckhart Tolle (via lazyyogi)