Empty Mind

This is what Guru Padmasambhava said “Within the sky-like empty mind, habitual tendencies and disturbing emotions are just like clouds and mist. When they appear, they appear within the expanse of empty mind. When they remain, they remain within the expanse of empty mind. And when they dissolve, they dissolve in that same expanse of empty mind.”

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Thought for the day!

Shantideva the great Indian Buddhist scholar who is known as Gyalsey Zhewa Lha in Tibetan language said, “When fear and suffering are disliked by me and others equally what is so special about me that I protect myself and not the other?”

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Tashi Delek Valentine’s Day

The potential to develop our heart for love and our mind for memory is truly limitless. Myths and ideas that limit us can fall away, and the heart opens to reveal love that is pure and profound.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my families and friends.

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Mind is a Master

It is said in Tibetan Buddhism, our mind is so powerful that our body and speech follow what it wants. The mind that has no form to touch, see or feel and yet it has the enormous power to rule over our body and speech. Therefore, it is so important to pay full attention to train our mind.

The great masters of the past and present in Tibetan Buddhism have perfected the training of the mind and produced some beautiful guides. One of these guides for training of our mind in Tibetan is called Lojong “Lo” is mind and “jong” is training. This guide is accredited to Jow Jey Pelden Atisha the great Indian master who went to Tibet and taught Buddhism.

Here is what one of the Tibetan teachers said “if we lack peace of mind, then what good does it do us to have youth, beauty, health, wealth, education, and worldly power?”

Meditate and reflect in the present moment to be fully awaken. Awakening means living and accepting all things to be as it is and not to change who you are but to discard who you are not.

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Protection from COVID

འགྲོ་བའི་མགོན་པོ་ཨོ་རྒྱན་སྤྲུལ་བའི་སྐུ༔

ཞིང་ཁམས་གནས་མཆོག་གང་དུ་བཞུགས་གྱུར་ཀྱང་།༔

ཐུགས་རྗེ་མྱུར་མགྱོགས་ལྡན་པའི་ལྕགས་ཀྱུ་ཡིས༔

བདག་སོགས་ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་གདུལ་བྱར་གྱུར་པ་རྣམས༔

འཁོར་བའི་ཆུ་བོ་ཆེ་ལས་བསྒྲལ་ནས་ཀྱང་༔

ཨོ་རྒྱན་མཁའ་སྤྱོད་གནས་སུ་ལམ་སྣ་དྲོངས༔

ཨོཾ་ཨཱཿཧཱུྃ་བཛྲ་གུ་རུ་པདྨ་སིདྡྷི་ཧཱུྃ༔

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Buddha’s Teaching

”We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. Speak or act with an impure mind and trouble will follow you.
As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.”

This is from Dhammapada a collection of Buddha’s teachings in small verses.

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A Prayer for Pacifying the Fear of Disease

A Prayer for Pacifying the Fear of Disease by Thangtong Gyalpo

ལས་དང་གློ་བུར་རྐྱེན་ལས་གྱུར་པ་ཡི། །
lé dang lobur kyen lé gyurpa yi
May all the diseases that disturb the minds of sentient beings,
གདོན་དང་ནད་དང་འབྱུང་པོའི་འཚེ་བ་སོགས། །
dön dang né dang jungpö tsewa sok
And which result from karma and temporary conditions,
སེམས་ཅན་ཡིད་མི་བདེ་བའི་ནད་རྣམས་ཀུན། །
semchen yi midewé né nam kün
Such as the harms of spirits, illness, and the elements,
འཇིག་རྟེན་ཁམས་སུ་འབྱུང་བར་མ་གྱུར་ཅིག །
jikten kham su jungwar magyur chik
Never occur throughout the realms of this world.

ཇི་ལྟར་གཤེད་མས་འཁྲིད་པའི་གསད་བྱ་བཞིན། །
jitar shemé tripé seja shyin
May whatever sufferings arise due to life-threatening diseases,
སྐད་ཅིག་གཅིག་ལ་ལུས་སེམས་འབྲལ་བྱེད་པའི། །
kechik chik la lü sem dral jepé
Which, like a butcher leading an animal to the slaughter,
སྲོག་འཕྲོག་ནད་ཀྱི་སྡུག་བསྔལ་ཇི་སྙེད་པ། །
sok trok né kyi dukngal jinyé pa
Separate the body from the mind in a mere instant,
འཇིག་རྟེན་ཁམས་སུ་འབྱུང་བར་མ་གྱུར་ཅིག །
jikten kham su jungwar magyur chik
Never occur throughout the realms of this world.

འཆི་བདག་གཤེན་རྗེའི་ཁ་ནང་ཚུད་པ་ལྟར། །
chidak shen jé kha nang tsüpa tar
May all embodied beings remain unharmed
ནད་ཀྱི་མིང་ཙམ་ཐོས་པས་སྐྲག་བྱེད་པའི། །
né kyi ming tsam töpé trak jepé
By acute, chronic and infectious diseases,
ཉིན་གཅིག་པ་དང་རྟག་པའི་རིམས་སོགས་ཀྱིས། །
nyin chikpa dang takpé rim sok kyi
The mere names of which can inspire the same terror
ལུས་ཅན་ཀུན་ལ་གནོད་པར་མ་གྱུར་གཅིག །
lüchen kün la nöpar magyur chik
As would be felt in the jaws of Yama, Lord of Death.

གནོད་པའི་བགེགས་རིགས་སྟོང་ཕྲག་བརྒྱད་ཅུ་དང་། །
nöpé gek rik tongtrak gyechu dang
May the 80,000 classes of harmful obstructors,
གློ་བུར་ཡེ་འདྲོགས་སུམ་བརྒྱ་དྲུག་བཅུ་དང་། །
lobur yé drok sumgya druk chu dang
The 360 evil spirits that harm without warning,
བཞི་བརྒྱ་རྩ་བཞིའི་ནད་ལ་སོགས་པ་ཡིས། །
shyigya tsa shyi né lasokpa yi
The 404 types of disease,1 and so forth
ལུས་ཅན་ཀུན་ལ་འཚེ་བར་མ་གྱུར་ཅིག །
lüchen kün la tsewar magyur chik
Never cause harm to any embodied being!

ལུས་སེམས་བདེ་བ་མ་ལུས་འཕྲོག་བྱེད་པའི། །
lü sem dewa malü trok jepé
May whatever sufferings arise due to disturbances in the four elements,
འབྱུང་བཞི་འཁྲུགས་པའི་སྡུག་བསྔལ་ཇི་སྙེད་པ། །
jung shyi trukpé dukngal jinyé pa
Depriving the body and mind of every pleasure,
མ་ལུས་ཞི་ཞིང་མདངས་སྟོབས་ལྡན་པ་དང་། །
malü shyi shying dang tob denpa dang
Be totally pacified, and may the body and mind have radiance and power,
ཚེ་རིང་ནད་མེད་བདེ་སྐྱིད་ལྡན་པར་ཤོག །
tsering nemé dekyi denpar shok
And be endowed with long life, good health, and well-being.

བླ་མ་དཀོན་མཆོག་གསུམ་གྱི་ཐུགས་རྗེ་དང། །
lama könchok sum gyi tukjé dang
By the compassion of the gurus and the Three Jewels,
མཁའ་འགྲོ་ཆོས་སྐྱོང་སྲུང་མའི་ནུས་མཐུ་དང་།
khandro chökyong sungmé nütu dang
The power of the ḍākinīs, Dharma protectors and guardians,
ལས་འབྲས་བསླུ་བ་མེད་པའི་བདེན་སྟོབས་ཀྱིས། །
lé dré luwa mepé den tob kyi
And by the strength of the infallibility of karma and its results,
བསྔོ་བ་སྨོན་ལམ་བཏབ་ཚད་འགྲུབ་པར་ཤོག །
ngowa mönlam tab tsé drubpar shok
May these many dedications and prayers be fulfilled as soon as they are made.

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New Year New Resolutions

Another year has gone by and time to come up with some new year’s resolutions to begin the new year 2021.

New Year resolutions for the new year are not uncommon pledges as many will come up with a long list, often not possible to follow or indeed achieve. I think the key to making resolutions is to keep it to a few and follow them, which is what I am going to try.

Here are my top five New Year’s resolutions which I am hoping to follow and aim to achieve during 2021:

Couch to 5K: I want to have a go running in 2021 and thought the NHS couch to 5K programme might help. I have downloaded the apps and will see how I get on. It is a 9 week programme with three sessions per week.

Meditation Practice: There are four immeasurable qualities one should learn to practice and these are; the quality of Loving-kindness, the quality of Compassion, the quality of Bountiful Joy and the quality of equanimity. These qualities if practiced diligently will help us cultivate and become a mindful individual.

Drink Water: I drink countless cups of tea at work and home which I need to cut down and instead drink water which I know is good for me. I now have a water bottle and have already started to drink at least bottle a day. I am also keeping a target challenge on my watch.

Chod Practice: This is a Vajrayana practice that I have learnt from my dad when I was little and recently I have renewed the empowerment of this secret practice from my dad again as I had almost forgotten it. I am hoping to keep the practice of Throema going.

Reflection Time: When your critical monkey mind starts jumping about, stop and reflect before saying anything. I prefer writing down how I feel and delete it afterwards once a reflection on critical monkey mind has been calmed down.

Hope you have your resolutions to follow too. I wish you all the best.

Tashi Delek 2021!

Dawn of New Hope
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Happy New Year!

Another year has gone by and another new year to begin. Difficult times ahead to endure in 2021 but we can overcome any challenges through our collective efforts. Don’t give up hope.

Happy New Year to you all! Stay safe and stay well. Tashi Delek!

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Game Changer

It was announced today that Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use in the UK. Hopefully, this is a game changer to fight off this dreadful virus as it is so much easier to transport and store compare to other COVID vaccines.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55280671

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