1. Solitude

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    Solitude is
    When you do not need anyone around
    And even if you are sick,
    You are still happy.
    Solitude is
    To be wrapped in silence
    By a mind unattached,
    Sinking deep into a foundation of stability.
    Solitude is
    A clear understanding that
    All of us, everything
    Are just mental creations, conditioned.
    Solitude is
    To have abandoned the “I am” conceit,
    And is free.

    ~Venerable Sujiva

  2. In order to change

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    In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired. ~Author Unknown

  3. The True Meaning of Love

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    Love is available to all
    Love is steady, unshakable, and does not fall.
    Love is unconditional and is easy to obtain
    Love covers and eschew all sickness and pain.
    Love abides deep within the heart
    Love is a substance and it never should depart.
    Love is caring for others and taking them as your own
    Love is taking time to call old friends on the telephone.
    Love carries and brings peace, humility and joy
    Love spreads through the soul of every girl and boy.
    Love never lies and keeps secrets inside
    Love helps your conscience and soul collide.
    Get some love and keep it forever
    You will need it when going through the stormy weather.
    Love is your weapon for all evil and hate
    Love is like a two-edged sword; to help or to hurt
    Love is silent and never screams nor blurt.

    © Carl McKever

     

  4. Praying in Buddhism

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    Why We take Refuge in the Buddha

    Buddhists do not take refuge in the Buddha with the belief that He is a god or son of god. The Buddha never claimed any divinity. He was the Enlightened One, the most Compassionate, Wise, and Holy One who ever lived in this world. Therefore, people take refuge in the Buddha as a Teacher or Master who has shown the real path of emancipation. They pay homage to Him to show their gratitude and respect, but they do not ask for material favors. Buddhists do not pray to the Buddha thinking that He is a god who will reward them or punish or curse them. They recite verses or some sutras not in the sense of supplication but as a means of recalling His great virtues and good qualities to get more inspiration and guidance for themselves and to develop the confidence to follow His Teachings. There are critics who condemn this attitude of taking refuge in the Buddha. They do not know the true meaning of the concept of taking refuge in and paying homage to a great religious Teacher. They have learned only about praying which is the only thing that some people do in the name of religion. When Buddhists seek refuge it means they accept the Buddha, Dhamma and the Sangha as the means by which they can eradicate all the causes of their fear and other mental disturbances. Many people, especially those with animistic beliefs, seek protection in certain objects around them which they believe are inhabited by spirits.

    ~By Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda

  5. Practice Peace

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    Peace is built on the foundations of other spiritual practices: connections, compassion, justice, unity. It is a goal of all spiritual people. Peace is an inner state of well-being and calm. It is also an outer project of promoting nonviolence, conflict resolution, and cooperation in the world.

    Practice peace by refusing to participate in violence either directly or indirectly. Try to stay composed no matter how agitated the people around you become. Meet conflict with equanimity. Disarm yourself — lower your guard — as a first step in disarming the world.

    The inner mirrors the outer. Those conditions that upset the equilibrium of the world — anger, aggression, discord — upset our inner peace as well. You need to deal with them on both levels. Encounters with violence — a contrast to peace — invariably demonstrate the importance of this practice.

    Feeling worried, upset, or “crazed” can also get you started doing peace. These states often signify that your emotions have gotten the best of you, and a practice to restore your equanimity is needed. Being even-tempered creates a feeling of serenity. And whereas being agitated can drain your energy, inner calm increases your stamina so that you can sustain your efforts to make the world a more peaceful place. This time the inner supports the outer.

    Source: Spirituality and Practice

     

  6. A Beautiful Day

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    Wishing you a beautiful day, my friend
    With lots of happiness without end
    And even though we are far apart
    You are a friend that warms my heart.

    A beautiful day brings butterflies
    Birds and flowers as a gift
    They enrich our lives like friends,
    That give to us a special lift.

    So I am wishing you a beautiful day
    Oh yes, one more thing I want to say
    May God send many blessings your way
    And may you always walk in joy, I pray.

    Glenna M. Baugh @2006

  7. A Pink rose…

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    A Pink rose is for the one,
    Where love has blossomed and bloomed,
    Where passion and purity,
    With love and peace,
    Combines and grows,
    That brings forth the Pink rose,

    Of the Red rose,
    And of the White rose,
    When both entwine,
    Comes the Pink rose,
    For all the blushing brides,

    When the proposal is asked,
    With the Pink rose as a sign,
    Is one asking another,
    In love and loves first
    Red and White,
    That all will show,
    And carry a wedding bonquet,
    Are all the Blushing brides to be,

    For the Pink rose if for the one,
    Where love has blossomed and bloomed,
    Representing passion and purity,
    That has love and peace,
    Combining and growing, Continue reading

  8. I Will Reach That Place

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    What is this feeling known as inner peace,
    do I have to buy it? take it out on lease?
    I don’t think it’s too much to ask
    but its so hard to gain, a simple task

    But every day, as I wake,
    it’s a task I continue to take
    doing what I can, for a better day
    doing it different, each and every way.

    Because one day I’m sure,
    I’ll reach that place,
    where the sun shall fall,
    with warmth upon my face.

    So to all out there, aiming for the same
    take responsibility, don’t pass blame,

    But most importantly, never cease
    as one day you will find,
    your inner peace.

    Poem title: Serenity
    ~Written by Will_i_am

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