Sharing encouraging ideas….

Wisdom

Others can shine a light that helps you see, but you are still doing the seeing….these qualities are within you

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Simply offer….compassion, love and an abundance of positive qualities

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Throughout each day,
simply offer….
“to have good motivation and intention in whatever we do”

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simply offer... positive motivation and intention Jampa

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simply offer...with positive intention and motivation

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simply offer

nurturing…offering…sharing
The Four Immeasurables:
loving kindness, compassion, rejoicing in positives, equanimity

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simply offer...compassion loving kindness and other positve qualities

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nurturing, offering, sharing
The Six Perfections:
generosity, patience, ethical choices, joyful effort, concentration, wisdom

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simply offer...nurturing generosity and other positive qualities

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Throughout each and every day…
living with positive aspirations and intentions,
as much and as often as we’re able

simply offer…..
nurturing and sharing
such an abundance of positive qualities
offering…to ourselves
offering…to each other

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simply offering...nurturing of so many positive qualities..

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advice good motivation and intention Ven. Jampa

 

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simply offer...nurturing and sharing love,compassion generosity perfections immeasurables

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“Bodhichitta Mind”…wish for, want, take responsibility, request blessings

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Bodhichitta intention w w r b

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Some steps for aspiring and working toward any goal….
no matter what that goal might be

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Bodhichitta intention  wish want take responsibility blessings

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“Bodhichitta Mind”
the specific wish to work for the benefit for ALL beings,
for ALL beings to have happiness and the causes of happiness,
for ALL beings to be free from suffering and the causes of suffering

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Bodhichitta mind 1

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A wonderful wish and aspiration!
Wishing for…
Wanting…
Take responsibility to work for the benefit of…
Requesting blessings to be able to do that…

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Steps for working toward any goals…
Bodhichitta Mind included

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Others can shine a light that helps you see, but you are still doing the seeing….these qualities are within you

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Applying patience, love, kindness and wisdom into our daily lives

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Ahhhhhh….
yes, indeed…..
incorporating
patience….love…..kindness…
into our daily practice,
as we’re nurturing and developing deeper wisdom….

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Emotions arise…abide…and dissolve…not any real concern for worry

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An expanded post with additional ideas and  images on Pocket Perspectives:  “The Progression of Feelings..arise, abide, dissolve”

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Others can shine a light that helps you to see, but you are still doing the seeing….these qualities are within you

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Confusion leads to practice and study … leads to understanding …

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confusion leads to study and practice leads to understanding and wisdom

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Causes lead to effects … past, present, future … from a banana bread perspective

 Cause and effect,
past to present to future
from the perspective of  baking  banana bread

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from Kathy…
I  find it helpful to continue to reflect on “cause and effect”
and the implications of cause-effect in daily life…
realizing that cause-effect dynamic really does exist,
becoming more aware of my own intentions and motivations
learning to restrain more often from doing  “less positive” actions
(not adding  hot pepper sauce to that banana bread dough)
and to make more positive choices
( use good quality ingredients, measure carefully)
ahhh…banana bread….
causes lead to effects
so to choose carefully

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causes lead to effects wisdom

 

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Each loaf of banana bread,
( or any object, thought or feeling )
comes out of dozens, hundreds, thousands of preceding “causes”…
some “causes”  may be more obvious and apparent,
other contributing “causes” might be far more subtle and difficult to realize.

And so to keep this in mind,
not only to become more aware of effects we’re constantly creating,
but to have more awareness and understanding
of how  “effects”  are evolving out of  a multitude of contributing causes,
not separate from those causes ,
an underlying interdependence among them all

 

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decreasing “seeking approval”… going back to our own positive motivation and intention

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positive motivation and intention, instead of seeking "approval"

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“seeking approval”… sometimes, it seems to be an ongoing challenge in everyday life.  At times, creating and sharing our blog posts might also set off  feelings of wishing for “approval”… ( at least it sometimes has for me  (kathy) )   But it can be an ongoing challenge in ordinary everyday life, too!

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So….
again and again and again,
learning to go back to one’s own positive motivation and intention in whatever we do,
and being content with that.

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I’ve received many good ideas for getting past this  “challenge” from Ven. Jampa, and also from other books and websites.  One source with lots of good ideas, the huge website of Ven. Thubten Chondron, a Buddhist nun at Sravasti Abbey, in Washington,  has a list of ideas for “antidotes” for a feeling of need or desire for  “praise.”

I did a copy paste in May of that online list of ideas from Ven. Thubten Chodron’s teachings  and find the ideas helpful.  (I had changed several words in that list, for sharing with several friends who don’t practice Buddhism, so it wasn’t just specific to Dharma/Buddhist practitioners…I think the ideas are potentially helpful for anyone )  I’ve searched and searched, but can’t find that original document in the website, so can’t directly link it in this post.  Here’s a link to part of her website that has many, many good ideas for practicing positive living in daily life. “Ven. Thubten Chodron, Daily Life Dharma”

I’ll share some of those ideas here, in case any of the ideas might be helpful to anybody else.

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antidotes for "seeking" approval  from Thubten Chodron's website

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And so… going back, again and again,
to acting out of our own positive motivation and intention…
“a mind that wishes to be be helpful and positive”
our positive motivation and intention are what counts

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Postive motivation and intentions are what counts

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Link to a related previous post on Pocket Perspectives,
with some ideas I’m learning about “Eight Worldly Winds”
(one pair of which is “seeking praise- not wanting blame” )
from my other blog…. Pocket Perspectives….
“Eight Worldly Concerns…developing greater understanding, awareness and balance”

“Eight Worldly Winds” that tend to “drive us”…
and might send our minds into “spins”
seeking pleasure – avoiding pain,
seeking gain – avoiding loss,
seeking praise – avoiding blame,
seeking positive recognition – avoiding disrepute

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My (Kathy’s) version of understanding of ideas I’m learning… image is one of several from that linked Pocket Perspectives post

Eight Worldly Winds

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Another link to an excellent Ven. Thubten Chodron one page explanation of  Eight Worldly Concerns: gain – loss, praise – blame, good reputation – bad reputation, pleasure – pain

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I hope some of these ideas might be helpful….
they’re helpful for me, so I thought I’d share a few of them with others…

(Kathy)

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Added a few hours later: a photo, below, of a “windspinner” mobile that  I recently made… each section of it  being like a “representation” of one person’s mind… nice and still,  until a bit of breeze or wind comes along…and then…whoosh!… away it goes…spinning around!  Oh, the power of those 8 Worldly Winds to set off spinning!

My purpose in making this was to use this physical representation to help me to see how our minds can spin….and how the minds of those people around us, the other spinners,  start spinning, too!  In addition, I wanted to become more aware of how we might start spinning around, just being next to one of those spinners…or they get spinning around being near our spinning….or all together…. a large, interconnected, interdependent mobile…with the potential for “spinning”  away.

  (btw….those spinners do spin, but they don’t seem to spin as much, or as fast,  as others that I’ve made…not the way I “expected” they would. Perhaps I accidentally created “minds” more similar to  monks’ or nuns’ minds???… rather than overly active minds more similar to my own? Perhaps, I created a possibility…the potential in each one of us…. of slowing it all down?…. 🙂    I sure hope so! )

Eight Worldly Winds windspinner mobile

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Watching the mind “minding”…..perhaps, no need to “mind” what it’s “minding”….

I had given 3 very  pretty photo cards to a friend, but then the friend mentioned that he hoped I didn’t mind, but the cards were so special that he had given two of the cards away to other friends.

I thought in my mind….”what????….you gave them away???….well, yes I do mind”…and my awareness of my thoughts set off a progression of very helpful awarenesses about how my mind can be so busy “minding” so many things…being bothered, having opinions, over thinking, going into habitual thought patterns…too much minding.

So, it occurred to me that I could simply not “mind” what the mind was “minding.”…it’s simply doing what it does…a bit of play with words, but an important awareness.  And so I made a “re-minder” page about that  for myself…

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I don't need to "mind" wha the mind is "minding"

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the mind wants things to be a certain way....

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Perhaps, a lot of the time….
that is all there “is”….
simply  the mind being very busy  “minding”….
the thoughts seeming solid and significant,
but perhaps more similar to a dreamy, blurry illusion…
so….often no need to mind what the mind is minding,
it’s simply “minding”

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Is that all there is? simply the mind "minding"

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6/27/13 Why worry? …. “If we have a problem and …..” advice from Shantideva, 8th Century

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Shantideva why worry

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Some “wisdom” Kathy is trying to keep in mind right now…

During “in-between times”….
when there may be a possible “problem” developing,
but not yet happening or certain…
to recognize and remember this  wisdom,
originally from Shantideva, in the 8th century,
rephrased by Jampa
“If we have a problem and can’t fix it, then worry solves nothing.
If we have a problem that can be fixed, why worry?”
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And if we are in that period of time when we “don’t know” or are “uncertain,”
that “in-between” period,
to develop and use patience
and NOT  create imagined hypothetical scenarios or worries,
to rest calmly and steadily
during those periods of uncertainty

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(now THAT  is ambitious, at least for some of us!
positive and helpful, but ambitious!)

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Related Post  on Pocket Perspectives:  “Keeping our pets healthy and safe…guess how much we love you?”

Kathy, Peter and Julie’s  dog Denali ate parts of a grill cleaning brush on Monday night…..the vet will need to operate this afternoon  (Thursday in California) to remove the clump of bristles and plastic in her stomach.  Sooooo….. to keep going back to Shantideva’s advice and wisdom on that “card.”  Monday update…Denali died yesterday, of lung complications from the operations. Link to a Monday post honoring Nali: “Comfort….shhhhhh…it’s going to be okay… with time it will be okay”

Another post with helpful advice: “To not worry so much over things we have no control over”


4/13/13 Confusion will occur… slowly we come to understand these states in a different way

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confusion will occur...slowly we come to understand these states in a different way

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4/11/13 How we choose or try to react is what matters….

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How we choose or try to react is what matters

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2/12/13 Others can shine a light that helps you see, but you are still doing the seeing….these qualities are within you


Ocean waves… “arise, abide, dissolve”…as does everything in life

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(added by Kathy)
I’m plugging away at developing
more “patience”
in the middle of the sequence of
“arise…abide…dissolve”
So…using images and wisdom from the natural world
to promote understanding, acceptance and patience of this process…

arise abide dissolve impermanence

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“arise…abide….dissolve”…
the progression of waves, thoughts, emotions, events, weather…
something starts…then it develops…then it dissipates

arise abide dissolve impermanence

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every moment… this progression,
using nature as a teacher….
the patterns in nature, as in our lives,

arise abide dissolve impermanence

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Sometimes,  abide might feel “good”….other times,  maybe not so good…
possible ideas for each situation

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coping with arise abide dissolve

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arise abide dissolve impermanence

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1/21/13 “Why worry?” ….advice from Shantideva, 8th Century

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Shantideva why worry

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ideas from Kathy
(Jampa is in retreat for several more weeks)

So during those “in between” times….
to recognize and remember this  wisdom,
originally from Shantideva, in the 8th century,
rephrased by Jampa
“If we have a problem and can’t fix it, then worry solves nothing.
If we have a problem that can be fixed, why worry?”
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And if we are in a period of time when we don’t know or are uncertain,
that in between period,
to develop and use patience
and not create hypothetical scenarios or worries
to rest calmly and steadily
during those periods of uncertainty

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(now THAT  is ambitious, at least for some of us!
positive and helpful,
but ambitious!)

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“To know the truth, only cease to cherish opinions”….. Third Zen Patriarch

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More explanations of pages and ideas are in today’s post on Pocket Perspectives: “To know the truth….”  All explanation below are by Kathy

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Additional quote from beginning of Faith Verses, Third Zen Patriarch
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Pocket “reminder” Cards

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Related Pocket Perspectives post: Similarity of these  ideas in with “The Eight Worldly Concerns”

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9/9/12 Applying patience, love, kindness and wisdom in our daily lives

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7/17/12 Causes lead to effects…past, present, future… from a banana bread perspective

 Cause and effect,
past to present to future
from the perspective of  baking  banana bread

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from Kathy…
I  find it helpful to continue to reflect on “cause and effect”
and the implications of cause-effect in daily life…
realizing that cause-effect dynamic really does exist,
becoming more aware of my own intentions and motivations
learning to restrain more often from doing  “less positive” actions
(not adding  hot pepper sauce to that banana bread dough)
and to make more positive choices
( use good quality ingredients, measure carefully)
ahhh…banana bread….
causes lead to effects
so to choose carefully

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A  somewhat shorter version of that top “page”

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7/11/12 Real happiness is equanimity and stability….

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from Kathy
ah yes…
“equanimity and stability”

avoiding the inflated “wow’s” and  “uh oh’s” ….
…still learning this…
but “constant and rich” sure sounds good to me… 😀
link to related, expanded post on Pocket Perspective: “day in a life, part 1, the ups and downs within a day”

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from that linked PP post:  the “wow’s” and the “uh oh’s”


6/27/12 To make the most of this precious life and the opportunities we have, day by day

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6/22/12 So many opportunities to sit, reflect and enjoy the mind and its potential

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6/4/2012 “We must each lead a way of life with self awareness and compassion….to do as much as we can” DalaiLama

From DailyDalaiLama.com


5/27/12 It’s nearly impossible to truly understand the interactions of others