Thought Provoking Quotes

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it. Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.

~The Buddha

 

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. 

~Henry David Thoreau

 

“When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.”

~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

 

Spiritual Tuesdays: Buddhist Ethics

A lay Buddhist should train in what is known as the “Five Precepts“. The five precepts are training rules, which, if one were to break any of them, one should be aware of the breach and look at how such a breach may be avoided in the future.

Buddhism places a great emphasis on the ‘mind‘ and its mental anguish such as remorse, anxiety, guilt etc. which is to be avoided to cultivate a calm and peaceful mind. The five precepts are:

  1. Avoid taking the life of beings: This applies to all living things not just humans. All beings have a right to their life and that right should be respected.
  2. Avoid taking things not given: This goes beyond stealing. One should avoid taking anything unless one is sure it is intended for them.
  3. Refrain from false speech:Avoid lies and deceit. Avoid speech which is not beneficial to the welfare of others.
  4. Avoid sensual misconduct: This means avoid overindulgence in any sensual pleasures e.g. gluttony as well as misconduct of a sexual nature.
  5. Avoid substances which cause intoxication or heedlessness:This does not mean alcohol is bad, but indulgence in such a substance could lead to the breaking of the other four precepts.

The information above was extracted from Buddhanet.net.

Buddhism is a way of life. The precepts above is tantamount to the ten commandments in Christianity.

Thanks for reading … Namaste!

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Obnoxious Passenger … FAILED Buddhist Teachings

Tuesday evening, my wife and i were traveling on the bus home. When we got on, the only double seats available was at the back of the bus. A man was sitting in the row before the last with his seat reclined. My wife went into the corner, directly behind the man and I sat beside her. I tapped him on his shoulder and asked him to raise his seat a little.

He turned around quite furious with a frown on his face and bellowed “What?!” I repeated in a polite tone “Could you raise your seat a little please?” He ignored me and answered his phone. When he hung up, he raised the seat a little (literally an inch). He asked if that was OK. Before I could say anything, my wife answered, as if to avoid confrontation, “YES”. His seat was still pressing against her legs. I was livid! My protective instinct was compelling me to pound him with my umbrella.

Buddha‘s teachings of nonviolence was the farthest thing from my mind in the moment. We scooched over one seat to the right. With a frown plastered on my face, I told her how I felt. She smiled and said “Babes, some people are just inconsiderate. If we wanted convenience we would buy a car. This is out of our control”.  I smiled. As she laid her head on my shoulder, my anger dissipated as quickly as it came.

I thought I was in perfect control of my emotions, but sometimes it takes moments like these for us to realize how weak we really are and they act as a lesson.

Accountability

“If a man does not make new acquaintance as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair.”
– Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) British lexiographer.

 

I was reading an article about accountability on Freshly Pressed (yes, that same Freshly Pressed that still eludes me :() this morning, and it struck me. I should be more accountable.

I have … give me a minute while I go check … ah yes, 81 followers friends (wait, is that right? Damn. That’s more than I expected). That’s 81 people who think that I have something worth reading. 81 people who expect a new post often (not everyday), but not once a month either :). 81 people who wish to be on the path to enlightenment (no, I’m joking, but I had to throw that one in :D)

So, it’s been decided. I will post something every Tuesday and Thursday. I’ve marked my digital calendar. To all my friends (I don’t fancy the term followers), I thank you for putting up with what appears to be a dormant blog!

Thank YOU! YOU get me out of bed in the mornings … well technically it’s that damn alarm … but after a cold shower, YOU are the ones that bring me … oh darn. I think I’m messing up what I thought would be a great speech.

The point is, I APPRECIATE YOU ALL :)

Namaste (The light within me salutes the light within you) <–picked that up from Yoga :D

 

Dedicated to all good men

Most of my post have been about equal rights to all especially towards women and others who are different from us. Someone made a comment on one of my post accusing me of being a “feministic moron”. I deleted it. Although I believe  everyone is entitled to their own opinion and not everyone will agree with what I have to say and I have no control over that. I accept that. But what I do have control over is my blog, and what gets accepted :). I will not entertain any negativity on my blog space.

Everyone loves their mother, but what about the fathers? There are some really GOOD men out there and then some. I often hear women complain about not finding the right man, or that they’re giving up on relationships because the last one they were in was shitty. I think sometimes our expectations are too high – he’s not handsome enough, or tall enough or muscular enough. Look past the surface. Is he kind to others? Does he treat and respect women? How does he treat his mother (very telling)? Does he cook? etc.

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My father is awesome. He taught me the value of hard work. He was strict (when needs be). He always showed interest in my school work, whether he understood it or not. That man would beat me silly to take school word seriously. In retrospect, that’s kind of why I’m where I am in my life now. He understood the value of education (even though his stopped at junior high). He was always around and he took good care of me as a child. The things he taught me I will pass on to my son (or daughter). I will be the best husband and father I can be because of him.

Without a father in the house, it’s easy for a child to turn towards violence. Granted it’s possible to bring up a good child as a single parent, but it’s much harder. So this post is for all the good men out there. Those that stick to it through thick and thin. Those that make time for their child/children and wife. Those that don’t abuse their woman or any other woman.

PS: Ladies, if you’re complaining about not finding the right man or that there are no good man out there, get off you high horse. YOUR right man might be closer than you think.

Respect and love to all the GOOD men out there.

Peace!

Blog Awards & Nominations

OK, so I received these awards from Harry over at Dribbling Pensioner (that old geezer<– I meant that in a good way :)) on March 21, 2012. I’ve been a bit preoccupied with a school project so I haven’t fulfilled by awardee duties. Come to think of it, I haven’t been fulfilling my blogging duties either :roll: (After this post, I’m going into the naughty corner)

I don’t know what the rules are for the HUG AWARD, but I guess I’ll just pass it on to someone who needs a digital hug today :)

The Sunshine Award

Sunlight represents a ray of hope, so again because I don’t know the official rules for this award, I’ll just pass it on to some of my blog friends. Always have hope despite the struggles that you may be having at any given time in your life :)

Ten Commandments Rules:

  1. Describe yourself in seven words.
    1. Sarcastic, Funny (at least I think so), Charming, Laid back, Tolerant (at times), Smart ;), Outgoing
  2. What keeps you up at night?
    1. Mosquitoes :(
  3. Whom would you like to be?
    1. A self-actualized me :)
  4. What are you wearing now?
    1. Slacks and a burgundy dress shirt with a blood-red and burgundy striped tie :)
  5. What scares you?
    1. An empty refrigerator :(
  6. What are the best and worst things about blogging?
    1. Best –> The community. Worst –>Keeping up with ALL the blogs I’ve subscribed to :(
  7. What was the last website you looked at?
    1. Yamyah 
  8. Slankets, yes or no?
    1. After googling the term, my answer would be –> In another life :)
  9. Tell us something about the person who tagged you.
    1. Harry is just pure awesomeness. He’s a retired guy that has a lot of time on his hands and thoughts in his mind. His posts a varied and entertaining. He has won a myriad awards and was nominated for Dark Globes’ Blogger of the Year … and he WON!!! :D

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Today, Yamyah, over by Crystal Moons gave me the Beautiful Blogger Award.

I must say I’m a little verklempt (you heard me Liz. I’ve OWND the word :)) It feels rewarding getting an award. Feels like I’m doing something … right. (sob sob, sniff sniff) You guys must be tired of hearing my speeches, so I’ll save you the trouble this time around.

Beautiful Blogger Award

Beautiful Blogger Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog back
    1. MERCI BEAUCOUP!! Done. :D
  2. Share the love by passing the award to 6 bloggers
    1. See below (I may have gone overboard).
  3. Keep writing, keep smiling, keep inspiring and keep being beautiful!
    1. :D heehee

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OKAY … (cracks neck and fingers) let’s get this ball rolling.

The Sunshine Award

The Hug Award:

Change of plans. This is gonna take too long. I’m giving the Sunshine & Hug Award to EVERYONE that has subscribed to my blog. That ought to cover it :)

And the nominations are: (drum roll please)

Ten Commandments: (I thought it fitting to nominate TEN people :))

  1. Harry
  2. El Guapo
  3. Lizzie
  4. Fashion Life
  5. Linda
  6. Humor World
  7. TrJensen
  8. Nuggets and Pearls
  9. GuyLaine
  10. LafemmeRoar

Beautiful Blogger Award

Beautiful Blogger:

  1. Harry
  2. El Guapo
  3. Lizzie
  4. Fashion Life
  5. Linda
  6. Humor World
  7. TrJensen
  8. Nuggets and Pearls
  9. GuyLaine
  10. Harnew
  11. Pete
  12. Jason
  13. kDaddy23
  14. LafemmeRoar

Now, as promised, I going to the naughty corner for a TIME-OUT.

Happy blogging!

à bientôt! (see you soon)