1. What it truly means to Love someone

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    It’s the Energy of Love that binds The Uni-verse together. Love is what breathes life into us and gives all living things this chance to be alive.

    If you say you Love someone because of what they can give you, that’s not Love, that’s selfishness. When you Love someone, it’s always from a place of overflow rather than lack.

    Love is letting go because no one feels Loved when they are controlled or manipulated. No one really feels Loved when they can sense that someone is trying to take from them instead of give.

    By  Mastin Kipp, The Daily Love

    http://leelavadeeflower.blogspot.com/2014/07/what-it-truly-means-to-love-someone.html

  2. 25 Awesome tips for a Beautiful Life

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    1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day and while you walk, Smile. It is the ultimate antidepressant.
    2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
    3. When you wake up in the morning, Pray to ask God’s guidance for your purpose, today.
    4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
    5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli, and almonds.
    6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
    7. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
    8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
    9. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
    10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Forgive them for everything!
    11. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
    12. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
    13. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
    14. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
    15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
    16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’
    17. Help the needy, Be generous ! Be a ‘Giver’ not a ‘Taker’
    18. What other people think of you is none of your business.
    19. Time heals everything.
    20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
    21. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
    22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
    23. Each night before you go to bed ,Pray to God and Be thankful for what you’ll accomplish, today !
    24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
    25.Share this to everyone on your list to help them lead a happier life.

    By Dr. Sanjay Gupta

    http://leelavadeeflower.blogspot.com/2014/07/25-awesome-tips-for-beautiful-life.html

  3. Trying to get you a rainbow so you could smile

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    Be someone else’s sunshine. Be the reason someone smiles today.
    Very beautiful sun ray shining through branches of trees in the forest. A seven-year-old girl shot this photo of me, while my right arm was reaching out to touch a leaf on one of the branches. But looks as though I'm touching a rainbow, in this picture.

    http://leelavadeeflower.blogspot.com/2014/07/trying-to-get-you-rainbow-so-you-could.html

  4. Practice forgiveness with yourself and with others

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    Practice forgiveness with yourself and with others. Being unable to forgive compels you to discontent and internal war. Holding old grudges, being bitter and fueling constant anger create an inner turmoil that chains you to reliving past hurts. Do you really enjoy lugging that ball and chain around? Worst still, your health is impacted by long-lived grievances and your blood pressure, heart rate, physical and spiritual health will be suffering.

    It is hard to live a calm life when you constantly hate, feel a need to avenge and see ghosts in every shadow. Forgiveness allows room for kindness and self liberation. Forgiveness nurtures a sense of calm because you no longer spend a big part of your life resenting other people.

    Remind yourself that when you forgive, you remove the toxic feelings from your life; it is not about condoning what another person did but it is about no longer letting that person's actions run your outlook on life.

    When you feel yourself getting angry at someone that hurt you, try to stop and think. Breathe slowly for a second. Does being angry make your life better? Does the hate you feel make you happy? Would the people that really love you want you to keep suffering like this? The answer to all of these questions is "no"…so release those negative feelings and seek out positive ones instead.

    Source: wikiHow

    http://leelavadeeflower.blogspot.com/2014/07/practice-forgiveness-with-yourself-and.html

  5. 5 Ways to Nurture Love

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    Here are 5 ways that people in loving relationships can nurture their love, provide emotional guidance and support, and build a strong foundation for lasting love.

    1. Respect
    Respect requires a commitment to support each other's needs with mindfulness. One of the strongest characteristics of a nurturing couple is that each person has as much knowledge about the other as humanly possible. The curious thing is that many couples lack complete information about each other, even after 10 years of marriage or a lifetime of being a parent. Without taking the time to know the other person, you won't be able to understand the totality of the person you say you love. The pitcher and catcher know everything about their relationship and the respect is manifested on the field. It takes energy and dedication to know your partner's particular likes, dislikes, thoughts, and feelings. But the investment in time and energy will only deepen your respect for your special person.

    2. Touch
    I'm always fascinated to see a couple who has been together a long time or a parent and child still hold hands, link arms, give each other warm kisses on the cheek and hug each other like they mean it. We know that familiarity through touch is strongest in the early stages of a relationship. Over time, the physical nourishment that comes from touching can easily be lost. Intimacy comes in many forms: an active sex drive can fortify physical contact with partners outside the bedroom; best friends can hug; a son can put his arm around his mother; two sisters can hold hands. Reach out for a kiss, a hug, or a squeeze of the hand. And never let your loving friend or partner leave the house without a touch or an "I love you." Finally, take a clue from the catcher in baseball and make a daily intention to give as many non-verbal communications as possible.

    3. Communication
    It is a wise person who has a mental notebook with stored information about those they love-dreams, drives, emotional triggers, dislikes, goals, joys fears, best friends, favorite teams, movies, books, and every level of importance that affects the partner. The catcher and pitcher keep a running mental log of everything that is important for the pitch. So, too, should a partner remember and bring into the conversation all that is known about the other. After that, make an intention to bring new information into conversations to spark interest, stay curious, and make future plans. Try not to get trapped in negatives and unrealistic expectations. Talk everything out in detail without anger, recrimination, or blame. And make sure you know where the laughs are. There is nothing more exciting than humor to nurture a relationship.

    4. Compromise
    How we love to be right! How we love the other to be wrong! Eliminate the ego's need to be right all the time and the decision-making process in a relationship will be much easier to handle. Park your ego outside the door when you are about to encounter opposing opinions. Agree to negotiate before you negotiate. Like the catcher and pitcher, prepare time to decide the ground rules: no blame, accusations, and neither party will be the enemy. Stick to the pre-agreement rules and compromise will be a nurturing process rather than a prelude to anger. This is undoubtedly one of the most challenging aspects of a relationship and one that takes particular attention and a great deal of stamina.

    5. Attentiveness and Listening Skills
    We all know we don't listen fully in a conversation. How many times have you heard, "Are you listening to me?" It's human nature to tune out what we don't want to hear due to lack of interest or couple or friendship fatigue. Yet, when your partner is speaking, it is the most important time to tune in. What if the catcher signals to the pitcher and the pitcher isn't fully present? Active listening is crucial. Give feedback when appropriate. Don't interrupt someone's thought, let the idea come to fruition and then respond. A wandering mind can miss important information and significant details that impact the future.

    A loving strategy is important to sustain a loving relationship. Remember, everyone is playing on the same team.

    By Joan Moran

    http://leelavadeeflower.blogspot.com/2014/07/5-ways-to-nurture-love.html

  6. What Makes a Soul Beautiful

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    Materialistic items aren’t the main focus of life, they have so much importance in the modern world that it is difficult to realise how little these items mean.  We do not need to have everything to live a happy and fulfilling life.  Society is dictated through media advertisement giving false information on how to move forward as a society. God does not ask us to have these items of luxury. Living a more frugal existence doesn’t mean that you go without the basic needs; it just addresses the need for items that are unnecessary. 

    Their inner qualities will shine through the mortal being of a person. The question of beauty will hold little or no meaning.  Yet making sure that you take care of yourself is not being vain; it is a way to ensure that you are able to give more, your own health is just as important.

    The growing of a soul comes from cultivation, learning that you are not only doing what you think to be true but believing from your inner most sanctums that you serve others and receive more from this work than from materialistic items.

    By Sharon Rowe, Spiritual Living360

    http://leelavadeeflower.blogspot.com/2014/07/what-makes-soul-beautiful.html

  7. Help other people and touch their lives meaningfully

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    The happiest people are those who are contented with what they currently have, not with what they lack. There really is nothing more rewarding in this world than helping other people improve their lives. This activity doesn’t only make you feel great about yourself – it also makes you value what you have in your life. Every little thing counts. You have the ability to make yourself feel to be more grateful in your life – never let anybody tell you different.

    Source: Lifehack

    http://leelavadeeflower.blogspot.com/2014/07/help-other-people-and-touch-their-lives.html

  8. I'm so in Love with Mother Nature

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    Life is beautiful, when you learn how to forgive, forget and let go. Nothing is easy – takes a lot of practice. You just have to keep forgiving, forgetting, and let go. Soon your heart will know how to do that naturally, without trying. Why holding on to something that cannot produce a pure smile on your face. Why do we need to be so attached to that unpleasant feeling? I have learned to accept everything in front me – good or bad, happiness or suffering. I just acknowledge them, without reaction because I know none of those things are permanent. Happiness comes and goes, so does suffering. Why wasting time and energy over something that can only make us sad, lonely and depressed…~Jendhamuni

    http://leelavadeeflower.blogspot.com/2014/07/im-so-in-love-with-mother-nature.html

  9. Never Complain

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    Complaining keeps us locked in negativity, right? I mean, think about it. Who wants to hang out with someone who complains all the time? No one. So why complain even to yourself? 

    Try it for a week, see what happens. See how your life opens up for you. If you need more motivation, start a complaining fund—every time you catch yourself complaining, drop a quarter (or a dollar or a twenty, whatever keeps you in line) into a jar. The ego always wants to improve on the current moment. Don’t let it draw you down that path. Breathe. Find something beautiful. Focus.

    Source: By Amy Jirsa, Mind Body Green

    http://leelavadeeflower.blogspot.com/2014/07/never-complain.html

  10. Space and Freedom

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    Space here does not mean loneliness. Space here means freedom because you are not busy inside–you don't have a lot of worries, fears, projects, things to think about. That is space. Space here is the basic condition for you to enjoy life. If you are preoccupied with so many things, you don't have that condition. ~By Thich Nhat Hanh

    http://leelavadeeflower.blogspot.com/2014/07/space-and-freedom.html

  11. Don't let other people upset you

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    Realize you cannot control other people.  They are going to do the crazy, stupid, incorrect things they are going to do.  You can’t force them to do anything else.  You can’t force someone to stop being lazy or lying to you or cheating on you.  The only person you can control is you.  You get to decide how much you’re going to let this person’s behavior impact you.  Your worrying, obsessing, venting, etc. has zero impact on them – and only hurts you.

    Source: Fire Star

    http://leelavadeeflower.blogspot.com/2014/07/dont-let-other-people-upset-you.html

  12. The road to righteousness and arrogance

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    When you think yours is the only true path you forever chain yourself to judging others and narrow the vision of God. The road to righteousness and arrogance is a parallel road that can intersect each other several times throughout a person's life. It’s often hard to recognize one road from another. What makes them different is the road to righteousness is paved with the love of humanity. The road to arrogance is paved with the love of self. ― Shannon L. Alder

    http://leelavadeeflower.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-road-to-righteousness-and-arrogance.html

Live and Die for Buddhism

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Wall of Remembrance…

Wall of Remembrance…

BUDDHA OF THE BATTLEFIELD
His Holiness Maha Ghosananda
Supreme Patriarch of Cambodian Buddhism
His whole life for the Khmer Nation,
Buddhism & Peace (5/23/1913 - 3/12/07)
He will always be in my heart...

Major Differences in Buddhism

Major Differences in Buddhism

There is no almighty God in Buddhism. There is no one to hand out rewards or punishments on a supposedly Judgement Day ...read more

Lotus Flower

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What makes the lotus flower so special?

The lotus flower is one of the most ancient and deepest symbols of our planet. The lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. At night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again. Untouched by the impurity, lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind.

Eternal Beauty

Eternal Beauty

The best way to fix a broken Heart

The best way to fix a broken Heart

My Reflection

My Reflection

This site is a tribute to Buddhism.
Buddhism has given me a tremendous inspiration to be who and where I am today. Although I came to America at a very young age, however, I never once forget who I am and where I came from. One thing I know for sure is I was born as a Buddhist, live as a Buddhist and will leave this earth as a Buddhist. I do not believe in superstition. I only believe in karma.

"My religion is very simple.
My religion is kindness"

"The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, forgiveness." ~ Dalai Lama

Because it’s who you are

Because it's who you are

You don't do kind deeds expecting kindness in return. You don't do kind deeds because you deem the recipient worthy. You do kind deeds because it's who you are, and because you understand the powerful difference your gentle hand makes in this dreary world. ~Richelle E. Goodrich