“Mindfulness of breathing is your island, where you can be safe and happy, knowing that whatever happens, you are doing your best thing. This is the way to take refuge in the Buddha, not as mere devotion but as a transformational practice. You do not have to abandon this world. You do not have to go to heaven or wait for the future to take refuge. You can take refuge here and now. You only need to dwell deeply in the present moment.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ
Vajrapani is a Bodhisattva who represents the energy of the enlightened mind and his mantra also symbolizes that quality. He is pictured dancing wildly within a halo of flames, which represents transformation. He holds vajra (thunderbolt) in his right hand, which emphasizes the power to cut through the darkness of delusion. He looks wrathful, but as a representation of the enlightenment mind, he’s completely free from hatred.
“You’ve probably heard the rumor that ‘Life is suffering’ is Buddhism’s first principle, the Buddha’s first noble truth. It’s a rumor with good credentials, spread by well-respected academics and Dharma teachers alike, but a rumor nonetheless.
“The truth about the noble truths is far more interesting. The Buddha taught four truths — not one — about life: 1. There is suffering. 2. There is a cause for suffering. 3. There is an end of suffering. 4. There is a path of practice that puts an end to suffering.
“These truths, taken as a whole, are far from pessimistic. They’re a practical, problem-solving approach — the way a doctor approaches an illness, or a mechanic a faulty engine. You identify a problem and look for its cause. You then put an end to the problem by eliminating the cause.”
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A little light vacation reading. Alan explains Mahayana, the greater vehicle. “In short, to become a Buddha it is only necessary to have the faith that one is a Buddha already.”
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