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Archive for November, 2011

11/30 Reflections….live life in the moment

I originally separated the ideas on this card up onto multiple cards…so I could focus more clearly on each idea. Those cards with individual ideas are in earlier posts.

11/27 Some of the concepts of Buddhism are easy, but putting them into practice is the hardest part


“Putting them into practice is the hardest part….”

……ahhhh, indeed it can be….

Some positives….

11/26 Happiness and impermanence go hand in hand







11/24 Shantideva’s Prayer



A wish on Thanksgiving Day….for all beings everywhere

“The Four Immeasurables”

May all beings have happiness and its causes

May all being be free of suffering and its causes

May all sentient beings not be separated from sorrowless bliss

May all beings abide in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger


Shantideva was a Buddhist monk, scholar and poet who lived in the 8th Century.  I’ve read that  Shantideva’s Prayer is a daily prayer of HHDalai Lama.  I think the  longing, compassion, love, kindness and aspiration expressed in this prayer are exquisitely beautiful.  Post added by Kathy

This is one of H.H. the Dalai Lama’s favourite prayers, extracted from “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” by Shantideva, a Buddhist master from the monastic university of Nalanda, India and composed in the eighth century of the Christian era” FPMT brochure.

11/22 Passing along the Liebster Award

Thank you so much to  Ben Naga at The Book of Guff    for his  nomination of Reflections from a Friend  for the Liebster Award.   Ben has a very special blog, with wonderful and insightful poetry and ideas.

Quoting from Marie, at Love is the Answer and Tales of the Heart:

“This Award is given to bloggers who have fewer  than 200 followers, all in the spirit of fostering new connections.  Leibster is German and  means ‘dearest’ or ‘beloved’ but it can also mean ‘favorite’ ”

I follow so many wonderful blogs….but can choose only 5 blogs, from this blog,  to pass the award along to, so here are 5 out of my many, many, many “favorites”   (I’m not sure how many followers each one has…some may have more than 200 ???  And I see that several blogs I follow have already gotten this award in the past few days, too, so I won’t include those. Pocket Perspectives, one of my other blogs, was also offered this award in the past few days, so I’m spreading the honors around to 5 different blogs over there.)

Tari Brand at  Celebration of Now, a blog that continues to amaze me with the helpful, informative and insightful posts

Robin  at Life in the Bogs, a perfect site to go to each day for a soothing and calming  photo walk in the woods..nature, beauty and wonderful wisdom, too…

Roberta, from In Other Words and Pictures, another wonderful photo site for viewing nature, beauty and a sense of peace and calm

Tristan at Peeling Back the Layers, a blog with such honest and wonderful perspectives and ideas.

Art at Zendictive, who was also nominated from Pocket Perspectives…he is so positive and supportive with wonderful, insightful zen wisdom stories.

Pat Cegan from Source for Inspiration, a blog full of  loving and powerful poetry and insights

Those who are  nominated are encouraged to write a post and  pass along this award to 5 other blogs that they read and value… and to go to each blog to let those bloggers know that they received the award.  Thank  you to all of you for making such a special contribution to the blogging world….thank you from Kathy   (I told Jampa about this award, but he doesn’t have internet access for opening the blog, at this point.)  Some of you may not be familiar with this blog, but have visited my other blog, Pocket Perspectives….your blogs seemed to fit in so nicely with the kindness, calmness and  encouragement in Reflections)

11/22 Have a strong sense of love and compassion


A  deep and heartfelt wish today that we/I  can  learn to accept this….
that sometimes, no matter how deep and fervent our wish,
there may be  little we can do, in this moment, to help another or change things….
May all beings be happy….as much and as often as possible


11/20 Encouraging you to focus on what you do have control over




11/19 Honoring children: Dalai Lama and Raffi


HHDalai Lama meeting with Raffi…discussing the importance of honoring and nurturing children.  I spent so many hours singing Raffi songs with my daughter, Julie…and the songs still resonate in my heart….so my thanks to the DalaiLama and Raffi.


11/19 Step back and take a deep breath

11/17 May we nurture that gentle fawn

This was a photo from the 11/17 post by Art at zendictive, a wonderful poem and post about a fawn found along the road:  “The Fawn”

11/14 Keep at it

11/11 Learning to increase those positive tendencies we have

11/8 May we all help each other out in whatever ways we can…

Added by Kathy…a mother bear carrying cub across a one mile wide lake.
Posted on Pocket Perspectives, but it seems like it fits nicely here on Reflections, too. 

11/8 We can take personal responsibility

11/7 Nurture the positives

11/4 It’s nearly impossible to truly understand interactions of others