If you focus hard enough, and truly believe according to the law, you will see a change, and you will experience the true joy of the law of attraction working in your life.
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Buddha - A great Documentary About Buddhism (Must see)
GUDIE TO BUDDHISM A TO Z
The purpose of this website is to offer concise and authentic information on Buddhist doctrine, the Buddhist perspective on various contemporary issues and subjects pertaining to Buddhism. Included are hundreds of authentic quotations from the sacred scriptures, each with references from the Pali Tipitaka, the oldest record of the Buddha’s teachings, and information about life in India during the Buddha’s time.
You can use the search tool to find the topic you are interested in, or you can browse the Alphabetical Index or Subject Index. There is also a guide to the Abbreviations.
Famous Buddha Quotes
Speak or act with an pure mind
And happiness will follow you
As your shadow, unshakable.
Meditation for Starters
Learn to meditate at The Expanding Light - Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Nevada City, California. (www.expandinglight.org) In this video, Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) author of over 80 books and a world-renowned expert on meditation and yoga, instructs the viewer in the art and science of meditation. You'll learn why we should meditate, how to access superconscious states, how meditation differs from prayer, and how to release little worries that preoccupy one's mind. Swami Kriyananda demonstrates yogic breathing and a non-sectarian concentration technique Hong-Sau—ideal for beginning meditators, or for those wishing to improve and deepen their meditation practice. Interwoven withn this talk is "The Land of Mystery," an enchanting guided visualization with Swami Kriyananda accompanied by beautiful music he composed.
Benefits of Meditation
Guided Meditation for Stress Relief
DEEPAK CHOPRA is the author of more than fifty books translated into over thirty-five languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization.Time magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as ‘the poet-prophet of alternative medicine’.
Dr.Deepak Chopra- Learn How to Meditate (Ancient Wisdom)
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"Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Understanding our universal connection, Chopra says, defeats all suffering. "The tradition I belong to says there are only four or five reasons that human beings suffer. First is, they don't know who they are. Secondly, they grasp and cling to that which is impermanent, and therefore illusory. The third is, they recoil and run away from and are afraid of that which is impermanent and illusory. The fourth is, that they identify themselves with their skin-encapsulated egos – which are total frauds. And the fifth is, they're afraid of death. And, in fact, all these five causes of suffering are contained in the first cause. You don't know who you are. If you find out who you are, it will be a ticket to freedom."
Buddhism is a religion and philosophy encompassing a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices, largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, commonly known as the Buddha (Pāli/Sanskrit "the awakened one"). The Buddha lived and taught in the northeastern Indian subcontinentsometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE. He is recognized by adherents as an awakenedteacher who shared his insights to help sentient beings end suffering (or dukkha), achieve nirvana, and escape what is seen as a cycle of suffering and rebirth.
Two major branches of Buddhism are recognized: Theravada ("The School of the Elders") and Mahayana ("The Great Vehicle"). Theravada—the oldest surviving branch—has a widespread following in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, and Mahayana is found throughout East Asia and includes the traditions of Pure Land, Zen, Nichiren Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Shingon, Tendaiand Shinnyo-en. In some classifications Vajrayana, a subcategory of Mahayana, is recognized as a third branch. While Buddhism remains most popular within Asia, both branches are now found throughout the world. Various sources put the number of Buddhists in the world at between 230 million and 500 million, making it the world's fourth-largest religion. Buddhist schools vary significantly on the exact nature of the path to liberation, the importance and canonicity of various teachings and scriptures, and especially their respective practices. The foundations of Buddhist tradition and practice are the Three Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma (the teachings), and the Sangha (the community). Taking "refugein the triple gem" has traditionally been a declaration and commitment to being on the Buddhist path and in general distinguishes a Buddhist from a non-Buddhist. Other practices may include following ethical precepts, support of the monastic community, renouncing conventional living and becoming a monastic, meditation (this category includes mindfulness), cultivation of higher wisdom and discernment, study of scriptures, devotionalpractices, ceremonies, and in the Mahayana tradition, invocation of buddhas andbodhisattvas.
A Way of Life
The teachings of the Buddha have been a way of life for millions of people in the East for over two and a half thousand years. Yet, in the West, it is only comparatively recently that many have turned away from materialism to seek answers in Buddhism. Part of the reason for this development may well lie in Buddhism’s age-old refusal to demand blind faith from its followers. As the Buddha himself always insisted that people see for themselves the truth of his teachings, we hope that you may be encouraged by this brief introduction to explore further for yourself the rich and varied religious philosophy that is Buddhism.
Siddharta Gotama, the man who was eventually to become the Buddha, was born heir-apparent to the Sakyan royal family during the sixth century BC at Lumbini in Southern Nepal. Right from his birth, the young prince was surrounded by wealth and great privilege. He was destined to become king of one of the most important royal families in the region. Yet as he grew older and more mature, he began to question many aspects of the princely life. Finally, he became so totally disillusioned with the ostentatious wealth and power of the Sakyas that he felt compelled to abandon his royal heritage and become an ascetic. For six years, Siddharta wandered the Ganges Plain, meeting many of the most famous religious teachers of the day and subjecting himself to the ascetic religious practices demanded by these teachers. Gradually these practices caused him to become physically very weak and he began to realise that the answer to his searches lay not in the extreme asceticism of others but in his own experience. One day, whilst in deep meditation beneath a tree (which became known as the Bodhi or Bo tree), he attained a state of enlightenment that enabled him to comprehend the true nature of life. This unique achievement eventually led him to be called the Buddha, which literally means ‘The Awakened One’.
"Self-confidence is not a feeling of superiority, but of independence."
"Self-confidence is knowing that we have the capacity to do something good
and firmly decide not to give up."
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Lack of self-confidence or low self-esteem is not directly defined in the Buddhist tradition, but it would certainly be classified as a negative emotion or delusion, as it exaggerates one's limitations in capacity, quality and potential for growth. Briefly put, every sentient being has the potential to become a fully perfected Buddha, if one does not understand this, one is deluded in this respect.
Lack of self-confidence can be made up of several different aspects like: guilt, anger turned inward, unrealistic expectations of perfection, false sense of humility, fear of change or making mistakes, depression etc. Depression can actually also be a result of a lack of self-confidence. (See also the page on Depression.)
From "The Art of Happiness at Work" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, M.D.
"...to have greater self-awareness or understanding means to have a better grasp of reality. Now, the opposite of reality is to project onto yourself qualities that are not there, ascribe to yourself characteristics in contrast to what is actually the case. For example, when you have a distorted view of yourself, such as through excessive pride or arrogance, because of these states of mind, you have an exaggerated sense of your qualities and personal abilities. Your view of your own abilities goes far beyond your actual abilities. On the other hand, when you have low self-esteem, then you underestimate your actual qualities and abilities. You belittle yourself, you put yourself down. This leads to a complete loss of faith in yourself. So excess--both in terms of exaggeration and devaluation--are equally destructive. lt is by addressing these obstacles and by constantly examining your personal character, qualities, and abilities, that you can learn to have greater self-understanding. This is the way to become more self-aware."
A view from Shantideva:
"Self-confidence should be applied to wholesome actions,
Overcoming of delusions and my ability to overcome them.
Thinking, 'I alone shall do it'
Is the self-confidence of action."
P.J. Saher writes in 'Zen-Yoga':
"Courage in an untrained mind leads to cruelty, and in a trained mind it leads to hope and compassion."
Specifically in the Mahayana tradition of wishing to lead all sentient beings to enlightenment, it is important to have a healthy amount of self-confidence, self-esteem and self-respect to bring this vast task to a good end. Obviously, overconfidence and pride are at the other side of the scale and to be avoided.
His Holiness the 7th Dalai Lama in 'Songs of spiritual change' (translated by Glenn Mullin):
"Who has magnificent self-confidence
And fears nothing that exists?
The man who has attained to truth
And lives free of error."
In my own words: 'If a doctor would only focus on his fear for mistakes, how could he ever heal a patient?'
Do take a moment to let the next one sink in:
"No one can make you feel inferior without your permission."
Not an easy one; take some time to dig deeper into yourself to answer why you allow others to make you feel inferior? Why don't they feel inferior?
In Buddhism, in order to be cured from the problems in cyclic existence, we ourselves need to follow the instructions given by the Buddha with regard to the manner and frequency in taking his medicine, his daily diet and other relevant medical restraints. Likewise, we need to follow the precepts and advice given by the Buddha and control/subdue our greed, hatred and ignorance. No one can find salvation by simply singing praises of the Buddha or by making offerings to him. Neither does celebrating festivals in honour of the Buddha, mere prayer or begging lead to enlightenment. We need to strive hard by controlling our selfish desires and emotions in order to find a permanent solution to our problems.
"Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, "I am of no value", is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought- so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are your own master."
"With the realization of ones own potential and self-confidence in ones ability, one can build a better world. According to my own experience, self-confidence is very important. That sort of confidence is not a blind one; it is an awareness of ones own potential. On that basis, human beings can transform themselves by increasing the good qualities and reducing the negative qualities."
Both quotes from His Holiness the Dalai Lama