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Posts tagged “Generosity

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

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

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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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The blossoming of…. “The Six Perfections”….

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The blossoming of… “The Six Perfections”

Generosity
Patience
Ethical Choices
Joyful Effort
Concentration
Wisdom

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And…
“The Immeasurables”
Living with…
Loving kindness
Compassion
Empathetic Joy
Equanimity

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perfections immeasurables and the perfections

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May there be abundant blossoming of….positive qualities…

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Wisteria the blossoming of...abundant blossoms

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Generating a really happy and joyful mind…..

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advice to end each day with a happy and joyful mind for what you were able to achieve

 

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To have good motivation or intention in whatever we do…

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“Friday Wishes”…to develop an appreciation of this wonderful life we have…. warmth, love and appreciation

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warmth, love and appreciation of this wonderful live we have

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One of my very favorite “cards”…one  of the first I ever “made”
with an inspiring and encouraging message

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“A Friday Wish” for us all…
several years ago,  I received this lovely wish…
passing along this encouraging wish to friends, family, loved ones, all beings,
nurturing an appreciation of this wonderful life that we have,
so many opportunities,
so much happiness and generosity,
overflowing with warmth, love and appreciation,
“Friday Wishes”

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5/25/2014 May your heart always be joyful…may your spirit always be true…. forever “young”

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Have you ever noticed how vibrant and joyful some people are…
seeming to embody the potential for one’s outlook to be….
“forever young”

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For all of us…

the body, of course, ages…
impermanence, of course, reigns,
but, may each of our hearts, minds and spirits
continue to be…
forever “young”…

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a birthday wish to all who were born on this day
May 25

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 forever young happy birthday 2014

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“forever young,”
a twinkle in the eye,
a kind, open, flexible, forgiving and loving heart,
a mind that is curious, explores, investigates,
one that discovers and experiences
“forever young….”
“forever true….”

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Forever young show up and choose to be present

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may you stay forever “young”…
with a twinkle in the eye, curiosity in the mind,  love in the heart,
May your heart always be joyful,
May your song always be sung,
forever  “young”

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Pete Seger, at 91 years old, speaking the inspiring and aspirational words of “Forever Young”
with his children’s chorus as background…
….forever young…

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Joan Baez….simply lovely…

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“Life is so generous a giver….” Fra. Giocondo, Christmas Eve, 1513

A selection, below,  from Weekly Quotes, from Linda Graham, Recovering Resilience

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“Fra Giovanni Giocondo (c.1435-1515) was a Renaissance pioneer, accomplished as an architect, engineer, antiquary, archaeologist, classical scholar, and Franciscan friar. Today we remember him most for his reassuring letter to Countess Allagia Aldobrandeschi on Christmas Eve, 1513, a perennial favorite in these weekly quotes.” weekly quotes, Resources for Recovering Resilience, Linda Graham

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life is so generous a giver Fra Giocondo

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life is so generous fra Giocondo beseech you to look

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added several hours later…
a photo of some rainbow lights shining on one of the printed pages…
that page was hanging from a lamp, next to a chair I was sitting in…
the light was coming through a crystal, hanging in the south facing window behind me…
a continuing fascination each day,  as I  watch where the rainbow lights light…
ahhhhhh…the joys of watching the meandering path of the rainbow lights,
honoring and appreciating the wisdom of the lighting lights…
ahhhhh….the de-lightful rainbow lights…
“to see we only have to look…I beseech you to look!”

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life is so generous crystal light friend

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Added 2/14 …
several wonderful “places” I looked….
“Three Principal Aspects of the Path,”  teachings from Je Tsong Khapa,
the transcript of teachings by Ven. Jampa’s teacher, Khensur Rinpoche
and
“The Easy Path,”
teachings from Gyumed Khensur Lobsang Jampa, edited by Lorne Ladner
Several very special months of “study” and reflection

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“May the road rise to meet you….”

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Sung by Roger McGuinn, originally from the singing group, the Byrds
(the Byrds also sang “To everything there is a season….”)

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May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand

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Whatever “road” or “path” each of us may be upon…
may it rise to meet each one of us…
May we each feel held with gentleness, kindness and care,
may we hold each other with tenderness, generosity and love…
as we all travel along our way

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may we meet each moment….may we meet it with ease…

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“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible” The DalaiLama

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HHDalaiLama be kind whenever possible, it is always possible

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Link to a very touching and inspirational article in a Salt Lake City newspaper, the Dalai Lama offering kindness and comfort to two grieving parents:  “The Healing Powers of The Dalai Lama”

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5/25/2013 May your heart always be joyful…may your spirit always be true…. forever “young”

Have you ever noticed how vibrant and joyful some older monks look?
They seem to embody the potential for one’s outlook to be….
“forever young”

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For all of us…

the body, of course, ages…
impermanence, of course, reigns,
but may each of our hearts, minds and spirits
continue to be…
forever “young”…

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a happy birthday wish to Jampa
May 25
(Jampa doesn’t celebrate his birthday, but his friends do.. :D)

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forever young happy birthday

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“forever young,” to kathy,  represents…
a twinkle in the eye,
a kind, open, flexible, forgiving and loving heart,
a mind that is curious, explores, investigates,
one that discovers and experiences
“forever young….”
“forever true….”

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Saturday, May 25th…
Saka Dawa…a very, very special day…
(posted on the 24th in California= 25th in Australia)

But also… May 25…Jampa’s birthday…
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Happy Birthday Jampa….
(“merely labeled”… 38 )
may you stay forever “young”…
with a twinkle in the eye, curiosity in the mind,  love in the heart,
May your heart always be joyful,
May your song always be sung,
forever  “young”
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The kinder we are with ourselves…the happier we’re going to be…and passing that along to others

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Throughout the  past 4 years, I’ve been kindly and consistently nurtured along with many ideas, particularly the ideas  in this post. (and the entire blog)  I’ve been encouraged to develop the understanding and awareness that nurturing and developing more “happiness” within oneself isn’t “selfish” or “self absorbed”… that nurturing our own happiness can be of tremendous benefit to others, too.  These “perspectives” seemed so surprising to me for such a long time…but now, I’m seeing how “true” and helpful they are.   My sincere thanks to Jampa, for helping me, and all of us who stop by and read his ideas,  realize how important these perspectives are.  I’m still learning…but am progressing along. I hope these ideas might be helpful to others, too.  Warmly, Kathy

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the kinder we are with ourselves, the happier we'll be

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Ideas from Kathy…based on ideas from Jampa….

Perhaps some of us who tend to be “helpers” or “nurturers” may not be offering as much kindness or compassion to ourselves?  Maybe we’ve “misunderstood” or  misperceived, and think it’s  bit “selfish” or “self absorbed” to be more nurturing or compassionate with ourselves?

Or perhaps we’ve held ourselves up to overly high “standards” or “demands”  for ourselves?…. at times, comparing ourselves unfavorably with others?  seeing where there might be perceived areas of need in ourselves, rather than focusing on areas of strengths? It’s so easy to slip into those less kind points of view…and so potentially harmful for both ourselves and others. Maybe we thought those overly high expectations led to happiness?  I suppose I might have thought that they would. But…they didn’t…and they don’t!

Through the past few years I’ve learned differently!  I’ve observed that the kinder, more nurturing and compassionate I am with myself, the happier I’ve become. And the happier I’ve become,  the more I’ve passed that happiness along to others in my life.

Strangely enough, this increasing of self kindness, self compassion and nurturing my own happiness  (which did not come “naturally”),  has led to more happiness in others, too!  What a wonderful surprise that’s been!

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kinder with ourselves..happier we become

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I added this post to Pocket Perspectives today, too…
I think these ideas are so important for each one of us…


Generosity…bringing and offering food to others….generosity

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From Daily DalaiLama.com, Monday, 4/29/13

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The generosity of bringing or offering food to others…
especially when it’s yummmmmmy food….
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Denali, in photo, didn’t get that food…
…we got that…
But she did get lots of other yummy foods and treats!
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“Taking in the good….of being cared about, of your thoughts words and deeds, the goodness at the core of your being…”

Added by Kathy: Kathy created these pages a few years ago, using some very kind and encouraging ideas from Rick Hanson’s Just One Thing Weekly Newsletter, “Creating a Sanctuary in My Mind,” October 22, 2011.   Rick gave his permission for me to put these ideas together and to add music to them. I find that there are some very helpful, reassuring and soothing ideas in here.

I often watch and listen to this “video”… I sit, quieting my mind as much as I can, and try to take in and resonate with each idea. I find it helpful and  hope it might be helpful to others, too.

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Rick Hanson is the author of  the books Buddha’s Brain and Just One Thing, and has a huge, helpful website, Wisebrain.  Rick also has many of his talks on youtube.  Link to Rick Hanson’s Youtube talks.

A clip from a  really lovely, soothing song, Metta, Karuna, Mudita, Uppeka  (Loving kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity),   by Betsy Rose, of Betsy Rose Music.


4/12/13 Friendship is valuable

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Wishes for generosity, kindness, love, compassion and encouragement

(added by Kathy)

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All of these qualities have been kindly and generously offered,

and been happily and  gratefully received by many….

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Friday wishes and encouragement

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I hope that the sharing of the ideas within this blog
has lead to the continuing warmth and glow of these qualities
so much has been kindly offered…
and  it has all been thankfully received,

the generous and compassionate rekindling of light
rekindling light

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Friday wishes and encouragement rekindling

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And so with gratitude and appreciation for all that is offered….
and passing the ideas along to others
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encouraging  warmth, love and appreciation,
offering  gifts of generosity, kindness, love, compassion and encouragement,
rekindling so many lights

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Friday wishes and encouragement and rekindling

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Passing them along,
rekindling light,
…Friday Wishes…

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Buddhist nun, Ani Choying Drolma singing “Smile-Muskaan”…a very gentle and loving song and video

Buddhist nun, Ani Choying Drolma…singing Smile, Muskaan. I saw this wonderful video on the blog, This Time, This Space, where there are further descriptions about Ani Choying and the Ani Foundation. The song is very special, and hence Kathy is adding it here today.


12/27/12 Set a positive intention and grow as much as you are able this coming year

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advice positive intention grow as much as able

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12/22/12 “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible” The DalaiLama

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HHDalaiLama be kind whenever possible, it is always possible

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Link to a very touching and inspirational article in a SaltLakeCity newspaper, the DalaiLama offering kindness and comfort to two grieving parents:  “The Healing Powers of The Dalai Lama”

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Link to today’s Pocket Perspectives post: “Be kind whenever possible…”

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“Loving kindness” wishes….may you feel happy and contented…

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loving kindness wishes may you feel

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as one wishes for others, so too, to wish for oneself and for all beings

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loving kindness wishes all

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Everyday wishes…kindness, compassion, generosity, encouragement, joyful effort

everyday wishes…across the miles, from Kathy

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9/18/2012 “To really use to its fullest… this precious life we have been given”

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photo by Clark Little

from longer quote, posted in June:  “To use to its  fullest…”

 


8/2/12 What could be more welcome than…a basket full of kindness

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added by Kathy…
with sincere thanks to so many people
who offer so much kindness to others

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3/27 Today I am truly grateful….


11/24 Shantideva’s Prayer

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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

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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.


11/8 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.