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3 years ago

ssMary, that quote is one of my very favourites. It's so visible in one's mind. No wonder so many vigils are held with candles.

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3 years ago

Hi dear Thubten! Wow, that is a beautiful posting. I must admit that my mind certainly fit the first category for a long time! I have found such a difference since starting daily meditation. It's hard to explain why and how I feel and think in such a different, more calm, way. It is a blessing to not have constant chattering in one's head.

The quote from the Dalai Lama is so joy-filled! It is a wonderful way to greet each day. The woman I met yesterday in the grocery store who turned 100 today suggested, in our conversation, just that -- "Don't waste a day of your life" she said. I really think she was an angel sent to give me, and probably others, that message and it's just what I needed.

Thank you for your contribution on this thread and I hope you come back with more!


3 years ago

Thank you for this beautiful thread!

- This mind is like a fish out of water that thrashes and throws itself about, its thoughts following each of its cravings. Such a wandering mind is weak and unsteady, attracted here, there and everywhere. How good it is to control it and know the happiness of freedom.

- Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
- Everyday, think as you wake up: Today I am fortunate to have woken up. I am alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself to expand my heart out to others for the benefit of all beings.

QUOTES attributed to BUDDHA
- Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned
- You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger

3 years ago


Isn't that little girl's face one of the most beautiful you've ever seen?! To see her laugh with glee and the laughing camel can't help but make you smile, I bet! Right?

3 years ago

Perfect, Les. Thank you! I wish people would say this to themselves every morning before getting out of bed. It may change the day for one another.

4 years ago


Such a simple message. In a world where "I want.." and "I need.." rule the day with so many people, what is it going to take to bring us back to doing what this message says? We are getting many wake-up calls like hurricanes, earth quakes, flooding, and other devastations. All of a sudden people change... they help one another, they share what they have, they are startled into a whole new world of forgetting about themselves and caring about the welfare of others.

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4 years ago

Talia Joy Castellano is so delightful! After you watch the above video, more of her video blogs will appear and you can choose another to watch. I just watched one where she is in a pink hospital gown and has painted her nails, which I think is one of her delights to do!

She is so expressive and makes faces as she tells of her treatments. She makes me want to cry but at the same time laugh. What a beautiful child - just turned or is turning 13. SHE LIVES IN THE MOMENT, as we all should.

4 years ago
I have put this amazing young girl on this thread in among some of the greatest teachers because I believe she is a teacher. She delivers a message about quality of life over quantity of life eloquently and gives us all something to think about and learn from. Please take time to watch her video. It is enlightening. It will touch your heart. She is a beautiful SOUL and perhaps she came to deliver this messages and return to God at an early age.

12 Year-Old’s Heart-Breaking, Life-Affirming Videos By Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! blogger | Beauty – Thu, 9 Aug, 2012 1:08 PM EDT

An incredible girl is teaching hundreds of thousands of Internet followers what courage means. Talia Joy Castellano, who turns 13 August 18, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer that forms in the nerve cells, in 2007. Numerous rounds of chemotherapy left her bald, and about a year and a half ago, she started a video blog channel featuring make-up tutorials and has uploaded over 150 videos. "I love makeup," she says, "using it as my wig"-- which she isn't a fan of. Her mom, Desiree, beams that her daughter "has made bald beautiful."

Watch: Exhibit Brings Attention to Childhood Cancer

Castellano appears to be a normal, slightly hyper 'tween excited about her latest "fashion haul" and achieving the perfect "smoky eye" but she's also an exceptionally poised individual who speaks with candor and soulful intelligence about her disease. On Tuesday, through a blog entitled "idk what to say" she delivered the heartbreaking news that she's also just been diagnosed with preleukemia, a bone marrow cancer, which may not be curable.

To the video:

4 years ago

No, I didn't make it. But I feel the person who did chose just the right font for it, don't you think? It has the right feeling to match the quote. 

4 years ago

Beautifully stated, Cheryl. The quote is so true and so lovely as is the tag, itself. Did you make it?

4 years ago


This reminds me of the book "Broken Open" which explains how we need to go through pain and come out the other side as basically a person with more wisdom, strength, empathy, maturity...

Pain, from the loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship, fighting and coming out of a depressive state, and so many other human situations, teaches and changes us forever. It's all part of our journey.

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5 years ago

And I love that little tiny bird in the palm of that person's hand.  He is so precious!

5 years ago

Thank you Les for the beautiful calming video.  Thank you Lynn for your calming poem.  Cheryl yes I love the flute also and love native American flute music.

5 years ago

May today there be peace within.

May you trust that you are exactly
where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite
possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.

May you use the gifts that you have received,

and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content with yourself just the way you are.

Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul
the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.

                           ~ Anonymous ~

5 years ago

Les, thank you for that lovely relaxing video. I love the gentle chant. This is what calms the mind and quietens that chatter we get in our head - well, at least I do. 

Lynn, you must have loved looking at the beautiful mandalas, which you love to make. I have this sudden urge to go and create some mandalas! Honestly!

5 years ago

Beautiful video, Les. I found it so calming and relaxing as I breathed deeply and watched the lovely visions. Thank you so much for the quote and the video.

the calm and reflective
5 years ago

One family influences another, and then another, then ten, a hundred, and a thousand, and thus the whole of society will be better off.--The Dalai Lama



5 years ago

aa With Every Breath

With every breath I take today,
I vow to be awake;

And every step I take,
I vow to take with a grateful heart--

So I may see with eyes of love
into the hearts of all I meet,

To ease their burden when I can
And touch them with a smile of peace.

Source: Blue Iris Sangha



5 years ago

In my own experience, the period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one's life. ...Through a difficult period, you can learn, you can develop inner strength, determination, and courage to face the problem. Who gives you this chance? Your enemy.

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama

From "The Pocket Dalai Lama," edited by Mary Craig, 2002. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston,

5 years ago

HI there dear Barb! We were almost in the "room" at the same time.

I couldn't stop looking at this pic when I first saw it. The bird represents (to me) the most fragile and vulnerable of life on Earth. Humans often have the 'power' or choice to destroy or protect it. It looks like this little one is being protected.

5 years ago

I love this baby chick in the palm of this man's hand.  How adorable!

5 years ago

Where have I been for three weeks

Les, the flute music is beautiful. When it first came on I thought.. "This is Native American" (or in Canada they would be First Nations). Then when I heard the drums... the music was complete. Did you ever hear of a fellow named Paul Horn? Many years ago he used to play to injured whales and they responded by coming very close to him. Something about the flute resonates through one's soul, I think, as do drums, and chimes are supposed to as well if they are the right ones. I suppose that's why in meditation many people do OMmmm... for the same reasons. It's supposed to be healing to feel the vibrations of all these sounds. That was a beautiful piece. Thanks, Les.

And Lynn, that was sooooo relaxing as well... lovely and gentle to soothe the furrowed brow! And don't we need that nowadays. Thanks, Lynn.



5 years ago

Beautiful, relaxing and meditative video, Les. Thank you for helping me be calmer than I was.

This is another meditation video that I found to be very relaxing and if, while listening you look at the picture, it can be quite mesmerizing. Enjoy!


5 years ago

Thank you Lynn and Les.  I will view these asap!    I need to relax.

the calm and reflective
5 years ago

Thought I would share this simple yet truly powerful quote from The Dalai Lama--

Most of our strong emotions arise from assurming the reality of something that is unreal.


I feel that this video falls very much into the calming, relaxing and meditative feelings of this thread.



5 years ago

This meditation video is not from the teachings of Buddha, but is so calming and reflective, that it could be.

5 years ago

Exactly, Lynn. When I read that quote, it reminds me of the Charles Mansons and Jim Jones in the world. Listen, learn, and watch and take from it what you think is good and leave the rest behind as we continue our journey.


5 years ago

That's a sublime quote, Cheryl. It specifies not to be a follower and believe what other people are saying, but to be your own guide and follow your heart. Believe in yourself and in your own thoughts. So true.

5 years ago

Hi Lynn. That's some great reading. I've seen parts of the above quote saying "..Believe nothing.." but without the entire quote, it means nothing. With the entire quote, it really means a lot.

5 years ago

About three hundred years after the Buddha died, structures were built to honour him. Although the monuments were built to honour the Buddha, he was never shown in the decorations as a man. Instead, symbols are used to represent the Buddha himself, different events in his life and his teachings.

In about the sixth century B.C. Siddhartha Gautama was born into a royal family. When he was a young adult his experiences with the outside world drove him to seek out a greater understanding of life and spiritual fulfilment.

Through seeking guidance and meditation, Siddhartha achieved Enlightenment. From that point, he was known as the Buddha, which means 'Enlightened One'. For the rest of his life, the Buddha travelled great distances teaching people about one path to salvation.

After the Buddha's death, his pupils continued to spread his teachings. Buddhism developed at a time when Hinduism, the most widespread religion in India, had become tightly controlled by priests and the upper classes. Buddhism offered hope and access to spiritual understanding and satisfaction to ordinary people.

Throughout the world today, people still follow the teachings of the Buddha.

aa   aa

"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly."


Such important advice
5 years ago

                   Believe nothing on the faith of traditions, 
                  even though they have been held in honor
                 for many generations and in diverse places. 
       Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it. 
          Do not believe on the faith of the sages of the past. 
            Do not believe what you yourself have imagined, 
              persuading yourself that a God inspires you.
   Believe nothing on the sole authority of your masters and   priests. 
   After examination, believe what you yourself have tested  and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.

                                                                 ~ Buddha ~

5 years ago

On life's journey
Faith is nourishment,
Virtuous deeds are a shelter,
Wisdom is the light by day and
Right mindfulness is the protection by night.
If a man lives a pure life nothing can destroy him;
If he has conquered greed nothing can limit his freedom.

                                           ~ Buddha ~

5 years ago

Very interesting article, Cheryl. I especially like the last paragraph, which reads:

"Like the rainbow and these nuances, the variety of buddhas appear to us like various reflections we might see in a true mirror, one that is completely clean with us gazing bright and wide eyed. Depending on who we think we are or what is going on with us at the time, we will probably recognize certain qualities in our reflection; we will notice different things about ourselves. After all, there are many to choose from no matter how often we decide to look. This is the principle involved in representations of buddhas: as the human experience is infinitely nuanced, there are numerous images, implements, colors, faces, heads and arms that appear in the iconography. But although the qualities might accentuate different aspects of awakeness, the images are all just that: a variety of expressions of the true nature of every sentient being.
Like the rainbow and these nuances, the variety of buddhas appear to us like various reflections we might see in a true mirror, one that is completely clean with us gazing bright and wide eyed. Depending on who we think we are or what is going on with us at the time, we will probably recognize certain qualities in our reflection; we will notice different things about ourselves. After all, there are many to choose from no matter how often we decide to look. This is the principle involved in representations of buddhas: as the human experience is infinitely nuanced, there are numerous images, implements, colors, faces, heads and arms that appear in the iconography. But although the qualities might accentuate different aspects of awakeness, the images are all just that: a variety of expressions of the true nature of every sentient being."

5 years ago


Buddha is often misunderstood as the name of an historical figure from India; but this is not the case. Buddha is a principle, not a person. Buddha actually means "awake." When asked, "Are you a god?" Gautama, the person who became a buddha way back when in India replied, "No." "Then what are you?" the man asked again. Gautama's answer was, "I am awake."

Nowadays many statues of buddhas are common, and they can easily be mistaken as signs of polytheism. But all these images are not portraits of superheroes each with their own "superpersonality" that exist somewhere out of this atmosphere, deigning to involve themselves selectively in the affairs of this world. Rather, they are symbolic presentations of qualities of "awakeness."

5 years ago

You're quite welcome, Barb. I was Cheryl's idea really and I just ran with it.

5 years ago

Hi Lynn and Cheryl this is a calming thread!!!   Thank you for making this Lynn.


Love and big hugs.


5 years ago

Oh yes, for sure, Lynn - I know a few people who drain me! I can feel my energy just float right out of me. One is a beautiful, caring person, and she has quite a positive attitude, but she talks non-stop and I can never get a word in edge-wise. So I sit and listen as she goes on and on and on....   

When my Mom first went into the hospital and my Dad and I visited every day, we would walk out of there practically dragging ourselves and each other. My Dad was very into psychic phenomena, ESP, yoga, and lots more, and I learned from him very early in life. We suddenly realized one day that it was the people in the hospital that drained us! There are so many sick people and negative energy fills hospitals. It's not that they mean to do it, it's just present. After that we started to "protect" outselves by putting a mental shield around us before we went in while sitting quiety in the car.  It worked really well.

That's so neat that you feel the same with your statue. One can't help but take a breath and feel calm just looking at him.


5 years ago

In the last paragraph of the above, where it speaks about people leaching your energy?  I know of at least two people who, even when I'm speaking to them on the phone, seem to sap the energy right out of me, and I start yawning! Did any of you ever feel that way?

Cheryl, I have a very similar statue to the one I posted. It is very calming and I find I take a deep breath when I'm looking at it. It's so important to relax your whole body and "fall apart" at times.

Practice Thought Transformation
5 years ago

Another Buddhist idea is the transforming of negative thought or labels into positive ones. For example, when a doctor tells you that you have a disease, you may react to her labeling of your affliction with fear, horror, and helplessness. You may see the disease as a problem, but you could also see it as a positive element in your life, the fruition of some karmic seed and the means to consciously alter your lifestyle in order to live in more balanced and spiritual ways. You could work on developing a compassionate mind. The transformation of negative thoughts into positive ones can effect changes in the body, restoring health. The body, after all, is our physical dwelling.

The Magical World Within

Imagination is much more powerful than reason. The magical kind of thinking that goes on in the imagination addresses the subconscious mind, which is childlike in that it does not question directives that are both simple and repetitive — for example, an affirmation that your left knee is in the process of healing so you can again dance the tango. To stimulate the mind's fantasizing abilities, use colorful imagery rather than dry data and facts.


According to the ancient practice of feng shui, you preserve your store of energy when you avoid people who leach energy from you. Since energy flows from high to low, think of people who drain your energy and others who seem to energize you. The body is like a battery that stores and dispenses energy, but when energy is depleted, proper functioning is impossible.

5 years ago

That little statue at the top looks much like the one I have on my dresser. Doesn't it just remind you to be calm and relaxed and thoughful?


5 years ago

Oh, Lynn, that's such a fun quote and I can see Buddha and the Dalai Lama saying this with humour and certainly a smile!

I thought this was interesting as a little background information. I've just put  excerpts here from the bottom of the article but you can read the article to understand more.

The Controversy Surrounding Tibetan Reincarnation


The Dalai Lama said as early as 1969 that it was for the Tibetans to decide whether the institution of the Dalai Lama "should continue or not." He has given reference to a possible vote occurring in the future for all Tibetan Buddhists to decide whether they wish to recognize his rebirth. In response to the possibility that the PRC may attempt to choose his successor, the Dalai Lama has said he will not be reborn in a country controlled by the People's Republic of China, or any other country which is not free.

In 2007, two monks from Tashilhunpo monastery of Tibet committed suicide following a campaign of exclusion by Chinese officials. These two monks had recognized the 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, and could therefore have been requested to recognize the next Dalai Lama.

On March 10th 2009 Dalai Lama criticized China for oppressing his people and misrepresenting his wish for Tibetan autonomy. He warned Tibetans to prepare themselves “in case our struggle goes on for a long time". The Dalai Lama also spoke of his own exile, and that of the 90,000 Tibetans who followed him, as a period of “unimaginable hardship, which is still fresh in the Tibetan memory.

Link from other thread re the documentary "The Unmistaken Child."

5 years ago

Cheryl, I'm so glad you like it. I just took an excerpt from your post in the other thread and posted it her. It's so appropriate for this thread.

From Buddha:

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.

5 years ago

A few months ago I watched a documentary called "The Unmistaken Child." A young Buddhist monk goes on a quest to find the reincarnated soul of his mentor who passed away a year or two before. He was looking for a child who would be about that age. It was an incredible journey! The child had to be able to recognize things that belonged to him in the most recent life experience and after all things are said and done the Dalai Lama has to approve that the child is that person or soul. Many tests of done to establish that it is the right child. The parents agree to let the child go and he is raised by this young man. 

There are many other wonderful things to look at about Buddha besides the reincarnation Buddhists believe in, and even if one doesn't believe certain  teachings, it's certainly interesting to learn about.

Here is a link to "The Unmistaken Child":    

5 years ago

I love this, Lynn. Thank you!


5 years ago
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