Buddhism

7 Buddha Quotes to Assist You On Your Journey

7 Buddha Quotes to Assist You On Your Journey

“Buddhism is made up of all non-Buddhist elements.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh. Buddhism teaches different ways of realizing the ultimate truths of this life, and also sheds light on the path leading to inner peace and happiness. Here are 7 potentially transformative pieces of wisdom from the Buddha which you can benefit from. (There are several quotes floating around on the Internet which have been misatt... »

Axis Mundi ~ Understanding the Connection Between Heaven & Hell

Axis Mundi ~ Understanding the Connection Between Heaven & Hell

“No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven, unless its roots reach down to hell.” ~ Carl Jung Universal consciousness connects all that there is and this cosmic connection between heaven and hell, high and low, and the different dimensions is the Axis Mundi. This connecting link or metaphysical axis is a symbol found in every religion, in every place or mythology. It’s like a spine that holds ... »

Non-Duality and Presence: Guidelines for Increasing Awareness

Non-Duality and Presence: Guidelines for Increasing Awareness

“The gap is your connection to the field of pure potentiality. It is that state of pure awareness, that silent space between thoughts, that inner stillness that connects you to (your) true power.” ~ Deepak Chopra Give Up. Let Go. Repent. Stop fighting. Just Be. There are many teachings; religious or otherwise that we may have some connection with in our lives for the simple reason that – at some t... »

Death and the Great Transformation: Three Versions of Dying

Death and the Great Transformation: Three Versions of Dying

Dying is a mystery, and many of us fear it. But, much like the thrill of discovering self love, death and our relationship to those hours slipping towards darkness (or as is more famously known as, ‘out towards the light’,) becoming familiar with and meditating on how we feel about our own deaths can be a huge release. It’s like coming face to face with ourselves and finally giving ourselves the p... »

The Six Realms of Samsara in Tibetan Buddhism

The Six Realms of Samsara in Tibetan Buddhism

The Realm of Beings in Hell: Naraka-gati/Jigokudō Yes, even Buddhists believe in Hell, and their notion of it is no less torturous and fiery than the Abrahamic religions depict it to be. This is the intense experience of suffering that we might go through as a human but all in the physical form; hunger, thirst, dismemberment and pain. However, some teachers such as Sogyal Rinpoche, writer of the T... »

Satori – The Zen Concept of Enlightenment and Self-realisation

Satori – The Zen Concept of Enlightenment and Self-realisation

“You and I sip a cup of tea. That act is apparently alike to us both, but who can tell what a wide gap there is subjectively between your drinking and my drinking? In your drinking there may be no Zen, while mine is brim-full of it. The reason for it is : you move in a logical circle and I am out of it.” ~ Introduction-Zen-Buddhism, D.T. Suzuki In Zen Buddhism, Satori is ‘a glimpse of truth’ or a ... »

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The Realm of the Divine: The Dakini and her Sacred Dance

You are our Wisdom Dakini, Effortlessly guiding us with your magic dance, From ordinary beings to sublime beings, Into desire less qualities. – Thinley Norbu’s Magic Dance: The Display of the Self-Nature of the Five Wisdom Dakinis Dancing, naked and exuberant; the trickster spirits of of the Dakinis herald the sacred feminine in Tibetan mythology and Eastern mysticism. Similar to the r... »

5 Trippy Implications About Time

5 Trippy Implications About Time

Time is simultaneously one of the most illusive and familiar concepts out there. Familiar because we experience time in every instance of our waking life, illusive because it precludes every notion of common sense that we have ever had. Time ticks at the same rate no matter where you are. Time can only move in the forward direction. Time moves at the same speed for you when you are moving, as it d... »

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The Mantra of Compassion: Om Mani Padme Hum

“All that is visible, clings to the invisible.” ~ Novalis The purifying and often debated mantra of Tibet: Om Mani Padme Hum is one of the most recognizable mantras in the world and appears in much religious Buddhist imagery, as well as the average chanting session for any beginner in their introduction to the world of meditation. But how much do we really understand its meaning? While in the West... »

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... »