Anything by the Dalai Llama is worth reading, and this extract from an interview in the Wall St Journal addresses our most current concerns.
Poetry is a very important element in my life and this particular one, although from the ancient world, has a lot of wisdom for our present circumstances. If we only did ‘Caretake This Moment’ how different would our lives be?
How to Drop Into Your Body & Feelings is a very useful, quick and easy Tibetan Buddhist practice from Tsoknyi Rinpoche for whenever you are not quite at home with yourself.
The public response to disasters whether fire, flood or terrorist attack, of compassion and helping has reaffirmed this basic teaching from the 1930’s on our total interconnectedness. “When you understand the unity between this and that, you and me—the entire world as just one mind working according to the same law of adaptability—you understand this law of unity.”
David Michie is the internationally best-selling author of a number of books about mindfulness, meditation and Buddhism. Here are the Five Secrets of a Purposeful Life from his book ‘The Queen’s Corgi.’
‘Self-pity is the worst poverty; it overwhelms man until he sees nothing but illness, trouble, and pain.’ After a week of conflict and challenges I had a real pity party day, but this quote from Hazrat Inayat Khan brought me up short.
Leonard Cohen was one of my favourite poets, and his songs echo in the heart long after he left us. The Land of Plenty is one such and just the opening line is enough ‘Don’t really have the courage to stand where I must stand’ but the closing stanza touched my heart too: ‘for what’s left of our religion I lift my voice and pray: May the lights in the The Land Of Plenty shine on the truth some day.’ And that’s just a short extract, read the rest here:
“Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time to criticize others.”
– Roy T Bennett
If you loved David Michie’s ‘The Dalai Llama’s Cat series of wonderfully storytelling with Buddhist insights, and of course the cat, then enjoy ‘Five Secrets of a Purposeful Life : from The Queen’s Corgi’ from his blog. So simple, and so effective!
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love has given an amazing talk on creativity. Funny, insightful and worth a watch.