Sunday, 28 August 2011

To abandon anger | Great Middle Way

To abandon anger | Great Middle Way:

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To abandon anger

Tashi Nyima | August 28, 2011 at 7:49 AM | Categories: Dharma View | URL:

Anger arises
when we fail to obtain that which we want,
or obtain that which we do not.

The root of anger is craving.
Craving’s root is the illusion
that something other will make us happy,
if we possess it.

When we do not accept that which comes our way,
we reject the blessings of wisdom and compassion
that accompany all experience.

To abandon anger, first abandon craving.
To abandon craving,
abandon the illusion of happiness obtained.

To abandon all three,
accept the blessings of experience.

Monday, 15 August 2011

First Earth | Videos | English

First Earth | Videos | English

FIRST EARTH is a documentary about the movement towards a massive paradigm shift for shelter -- building healthy houses in the old ways, out of the very earth itself, and living together like in the old days, by recreating villages. It is a sprawling film, shot on location from the West Coast to West Africa. An audiovisual manifesto filmed over the course of 4 years and 4 continents, FIRST EARTH makes the case that earthen homes are the healthiest housing in the world; and that since it still takes a village to raise a healthy child, it is incumbent upon us to transform our suburban sprawl into eco-villages, a new North American dream.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Difficulties are required | Great Middle Way

Difficulties are required | Great Middle Way

Difficulties are required

While meditating on the body, do not hope or pray to be exempt from sickness.  Without sickness, desires and passions can easily arise.
While acting in society, do not hope or pray not to have any difficulties. Without difficulties, arrogance can easily arise.
While meditating on the mind, do not hope or pray not to encounter hindrances. Without hindrances, present knowledge will not be challenged or broadened.
While working, do not hope or pray not to encounter obstacles. Without obstacles, the vow to help others will not deepen.
While interacting with others, do not hope or pray to gain personal profit. With the
hope for personal gain, the spiritual nature of the encounter is diminished.
While speaking with others, do not hope or pray to avoid disagreement. Without disagreement, self-righteousness can flourish.
–Thich Nhat Hanh