If you use WhatsApp be sure to update the App as it has been reported to be hacked recently. Users are strongly advised to check for updates manually through the Apple App Store on an iPhone, Google Play or similar on an Android device, the Microsoft Store on Windows Phones and the Galaxy app store on Tizen devices.
According to the Guardian news, the number of people affected is not yet known. If you haven’t received any WhatsApp voice calls or dropped calls from unknown parties then you have probably not been targeted. But if you happen to be a lawyer or work in sensitive industries and use WhatsApp, even for personal correspondence, you should be especially vigilant.
Like everything you need being online now and the threat to security, it is worrying but sadly we also cannot do without this media to connect with others. We can, however, stay safe if we are vigilant, review and update our devices for security regularly.
In Tibetan Buddhism you are encouraged to practice tsemey-shi which are the four immeasurable qualities to be aspired and these are as follow:
The Four Immeasurables Prayer in Tibetan Buddhism is recited everyday by anyone following Tibetan Buddism. The image below is the Tibetan version with an English translation.
May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness.
May they be free of suffering and the cause of suffering.
May they never be disassociated from the supreme happiness which is without suffering.
May they remain in the boundless equanimity, free from both attachment to close ones and rejection of others.
Teachings on the nature of Mind and how we should practice, this is what his late holiness Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche said “We normally operate under the deluded assumption that everything has some sort of true, substantial reality. But when we look more carefully, we find that the phenomenal world is like a rainbow vivid and colorful, but without any tangible existence.”
Rinpoche then goes on to offer a fantastic analogy to that of the rainbow and our mind. He says when the rainbow appears as a result of various phenomenal conditions and shows us the beautiful colours that we enjoy and appreciate it so much but we also know and understand that we cannot keep them for an indefinite period. Likewise, our thoughts arise in the mind in just the same way depending on the given condition. They have no tangible reality or intrinsic existence at all. There is, therefore, no logical reason why thoughts should have so much power over us, nor any reason why we should be enslaved by them.
The mind is nothing but the thoughts which are inherently empty in its nature and once we realise that we can break free from it and the mind will no longer have the power to deceive us. To gain control over the mind, we need to be vigilant, constantly examining all our thoughts, words, and actions.
Practice equanimity and sever the ties of hope and fear, attraction and repulsion to understand that all appearances of beauty and ugly are nothing more than projections of your own mind.