Buddhism

Horizons: A Bridge Between Heaven and Earth

Horizons: A Bridge Between Heaven and Earth

“When we look up, it widens our horizons. We see what a little speck we are in the universe, so insignificant, and we all take ourselves so seriously, but in the sky, there are no boundaries. No differences of caste or religion or race.” ~ Julia Gregson Ever felt so crushed and weighed down by an unknowable feeling of depression or as if your head were so stuffed with so many flies buzzing about u... »

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Practicing Mindful Living

“Mindfulness is about love and loving life. When you cultivate this love, it gives you clarity and compassion for life, and your actions happen in accordance with that.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn Most of us find ourselves stuck in a routine where we wake up and sleep with the same thought at the back of our mind – work. The chaos of everyday routine has drifted us away from the very essence of ... »

Probing the Psyche for a Peaceful Mind

Probing the Psyche for a Peaceful Mind

“All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke The human psyche refers to the forces in an individual that influence thought, behaviour and personality. Carl Jung said, “The Psyche is the greatest of all cosmic wonders and the “sin qua non” (crucial ingredient) of the wor... »

Seeking Freedom from Anger

Seeking Freedom from Anger

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. ~ Mark Twain Anger is a prominently felt emotion in today’s time and age. Somebody is angry with the government, somebody can’t stand the public transport, someone has issues with their colleagues, and it doesn’t end here. Someone is angry because he is not able to exert power, exerci... »

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Delving into the Realms of Emptiness

“Just as it is known 
that an image of one’s face is seen 
depending on a mirror 
but does not really exist as a face, so the conception of “I” exists
 dependent on mind and body, 
but like the image of a face 
the “I” does not exist as its own reality at all.” – Nagarjuna What if I tell you that “I” doesn’t exist? What if I tell you “You” don’t exist? “You” and... »

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“If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him”

“Like they say in Zen, when you attain Satori, nothing is left for you in that moment than to have a good laugh.” –Alan Watts The title of this article is a koan attributed to a 1st century Zen Master named Linji Yixuan. It’s obviously not meant to be taken literally, since killing is wrong. It’s a koan with shock-value, meant to jar us awake, a tool meant for self-exploration and self-interrogati... »

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The Vibratory Power of Sacred Words

“The mantra becomes one’s staff of life and carries one through every ordeal. Each repetition has a new meaning, carrying you nearer and nearer to God.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi A long time ago when I was in school, I had a friend who used to have a tally counter. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a simple counter that you can press a button and well it counts. So he would be reciting his mantras... »

understanding ego and self

The Ego and the Self

The etymology of the word ego is simply “I” in Latin. It was used by Latin speakers in the very same way that we use the first person singular nominative case personal pronoun in modern English, which is “I”. In present day, we use the word “ego” to make a specific distinction; for example when we wish to address an inflated sense of self-worth, but also to refer to our identity that we have built... »

Mandalas represent connection with the infinite

Carl Jung’s Psychological Diagnosis Using Mandalas

Mandalas have been used in many ancient cultures like Buddhism, Hinduism, Native American, Australian Aboriginal as a symbol of the universe and wholeness. Literally speaking, mandala is a geometrical form – a square or a circle – abstract and static, or a vivid image formed of objects and/or beings. It’s a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our connection with the infinite. Interesting... »

Swastika is an equilateral cross with arms bent at right angles, all in the same direction, usually the right, or clockwise

Swastika – The Enigmatic Universal Symbol

Ancient symbols have a sense of mystery and awe wrapped around it – like the Swastika. The initial impression might revolve around its use by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party, which has stigmatized its use in the Western culture. But interestingly, Swastika has been a sacred symbol in various ancient civilizations around the world during different times for over 3000 years, representing life,... »

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