A New Year Letter

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plwk
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A New Year Letter

Post by plwk » Tue Dec 31, 2013 4:27 pm

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New Year is a time when people all over the world look
forward to the coming year with hope and anticipation.
It is universally seen as a time to celebrate.
But from a Dharma perspective, what is celebration?

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Re: A New Year Letter

Post by Punya » Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:41 am

Thank you plwk. It would be good to post a collection of 2014 messages from different teachers in this thread so we can read them all and be inspired.
Just as the trunk of an ordinary tree
Lying in the forests of the Malaya mountains
Absorbs the perfume of sandal from the moist leaves and branches
So you come to resemble who whomever you follow.

~Words of My Perfect Teacher

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Re: A New Year Letter

Post by yegyal » Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:24 am

New Year’s Prayer 2014

As I have encountered the Dharma in this life,
And from time to time been interested in practising it,
I must have accumulated some merit during my past lives.

Throughout this life I have admired, been inspired by,
And, on occasion, had the courage to emulate my master,
So I must have gathered a little more merit.

Though shallow, my trust in the Three Jewels is absolute,
And I am convinced that they alone will not mislead me –
Surely a sign of their unfailing blessings.

From time to time I am moved
By the teachings of the Buddha and his followers,
Which must mean that, at some point, I’ve done something right.

Now and then, when required to make an offering,
I feel ashamed of my own miserliness,
And so the Dharma must have entered my mind to some extent.

As, once in a blue moon,
I catch myself trying to impress others,
My random condemnation of ego must have had some effect.

Although the feeling is rare and short-lived,
I have empathized with those who are destitute,
So, however seldom, I must have some heart.

By the power of all this merit and virtue,
May I not attain enlightenment
Until every other sentient being has reached enlightenment before me.

By the power of the merit of not wanting enlightenment
Ahead of all other suffering beings,
May I not become enlightened
Until everyone else has reached enlightenment before me.

—Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, Bartsham, December 31, 2013

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Re: A New Year Letter

Post by muni » Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:50 am

plwk wrote:Image
New Year is a time when people all over the world look
forward to the coming year with hope and anticipation.
It is universally seen as a time to celebrate.
But from a Dharma perspective, what is celebration?

More here
"But the true nature of celebration is our basic goodness. And that never ceases or exhausts".

Thank you for the contemplation. :namaste:
Buddha said all is empty like my brain.
Let’s make a selfie!

Having meditated on love and compassion, I forgot the difference between myself and others. Yogi Milarepa.

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Re: A New Year Letter

Post by Kim O'Hara » Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:59 pm

Dalai Lama (on FB)

Today, as we wish each other a Happy New Year, let us determine to be more sincere, compassionate, warm-hearted human beings, trying to make our world a more equal place. That way we'll actually make it a happy year.
:meditate:
Kim

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Re: A New Year Letter

Post by muni » Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:02 pm

Many thanks for the teaching Dzongsar Rinpoche and H H Dalai Lama. :namaste:
Buddha said all is empty like my brain.
Let’s make a selfie!

Having meditated on love and compassion, I forgot the difference between myself and others. Yogi Milarepa.

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