One of the most beautiful things about Buddhist community is the tremendous generosity and service that makes it possible. Real life heroes doing the hard work everyday. Feeling gratitude for these two amazing women who are my students, coworkers and friends (and they also happen to be excellent practitioners and inspiring teachers)! Satya and Aruna run Ngakpa International and they do so much more. They show up with massive resourcefulness and love to organize my teaching activities with such care and dedication. Its not always easy or simple to make things happen - and when its not - it really matters to have an excellent team.... Thank you Satya and Aruna for showing me the power of love and support. May all beings everywhere have friends like this.... #leadersnotfollowers#teamwork#truefriends#bodhisattvas#helpingeachother#buddhistyogis#buddhistwomen#pemakhandro#bebrave#chooselove
It is in the presence of Death, Heartbreak, Disappointment and Persecution of your character do you discover who you are. It’s not an easy process of self-discovery, it requires you to stand in a river of emotions with a strong current. If you can be brave and be willing to send your prayers to the Great Mystery... many Medicine gifts will be given to you. Many Healers are born not from birth, but out of pain and loss - the Wounded Healer. “On the journey of the warrior-bodhisattva, the path goes down, not up, as if the mountain pointed toward the earth instead of the sky. Instead of transcending the suffering of all creatures, we move toward turbulence and doubt however we can. We explore the reality and unpredictability of insecurity and pain, and we try not to push it away. If it takes years, if it takes lifetimes, we let it be as it is. At our own pace, without speed or aggression, we move down and down and down. With us move millions of others, our companions in awakening from fear.” - Pema Chodron #tarot#tarotcards#tarotreading#tarotreading#bodhisattva#bodhisattvas#spiritualwarrior#spiritualteachings#woundedhealer#healers#lifechallenges#lifecoach#shaman#storyteller#spiritualteacher#yvr
It really is about learning. Again and again. How many times? In some of the darkest hours of my life I thought about just ending it, but there was a voice inside of me that knew the way out could not be that easy and I would probably be reborn right back into another life of troubled circumstances and perhaps worse off. So I (reluctantly) decided to tough it out- every single painful, f-ed up moment, even the ones that felt like it would never end. Like I would never not feel pain, or sadness or desperation or heartbreak or lost, all of those ghosts that tried to make a home in my heart and mind. For a long time my circumstances were fitting to all that. But I learned. I read. I studied. I traveled. I followed what my heart really wanted. Life became amazing. As #JosephCampbell said #FollowYourBliss I let go of the old broken ways. I listened to people who had hope. I listened to inspirational quotes that woke something up in me. I sought people who believed in possibilities rather than limitations. I started to believe In possibilities rather than limitations, and sometimes slowly sometimes suddenly more things became possible. My frequency changed. This life at this moment is a constellation of temporary arrangements. This life, this skin, this gender, this citizenship, this money, this health, this family, this everything,... it's all part of a temporary vehicle. We are not human beings having spiritual experience, we are Spiritual beings having human experiences. Do you feel it when you meet someone you've known for lifetimes? What goes with us into the next lifetime? Our karma? Our mental habits? Our intentions? Our actions? I have so much gratitude for all the spiritual beings who come specifically to help all the rest of us out. Thank you old souls. Thank you speakers of truth. Thank you #Bodhisattvas Thank you Love in human form. Thank you Spiritual teachers who show the way back to our own Spirits and connection with Divinity and all things. Thank you to those who taught me how to #smudge , how #pray , how to #meditate . #SpiritualEmpowerment . #ItGetsBetter#SpiritualLife#SpiritualGangster#SpiritualAwakening#Reincarnation#AskBelieveReceive
we will all encounter loss, be faced with illness and age, and eventually that great equalizer, death. our time here is increasingly limited and the opportunity to bring healing, light and love, easily escapes.
knowing this how can we harm?
many of us don’t face this difficult truth. many of us don’t know how to transform or heal our suffering, so we transmit it, feeding into the cycle of pain and suffering.
don’t fight people. shed light on destructive ideology. work to end what is harmful - the greed, the fear, the anger and aggression, the violence, the hate. ~j
There are these three obstructions.
And there are these ways to remove those obstructions:
1. Let go
At first mind is addicted to its own creation. Let go.
Then it realizes the error and become averse to its own creation. Embrace!
There is a foolish “letting go” and an enlightened “letting go”. Foolish letting go is aversion. Enlightened letting go is freedom from discrimination!
Thinking it has found truth, mind rejects both ‘picking up’ and ‘setting down’. This is the danger of apathy. Apathy is aversion to both addiction and aversion. Disengaged. Meta aversion. This is not the emptiness of the Buddhas. The Buddhas and #Bodhisattvas are fully engaged. Not hiding in the mud. Engage!
The emptiness of the #Buddha is beyond the assertions and negations of the philosophers (lankavatara sutra). Beyond the produce of dualistic false imagination.
Gate gate paragate parasamgate