Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Eastern Wisdom

Interested in Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, etc. or does any "ism" sound like trouble? You may be surprised. Many believe them to be science or philosophy rather than religion. Either way, these paths are quite diverse, rich, and complicated, so I made a lot of notes.

These notes are a collection of that information, mainly from Pema Chodron, her teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. Feel free to conduct your own inquiry through the internet, books, meetings, and other ways as you prefer. Unfortunately these paths may become corrupted and misunderstood, but the essence of them remains clear, pure, and very beneficial.

I consider Bodhicitta (enlightened heart/mind) as the foundation so sorted the information with Absolute Bodhicitta on page 1, and Relative Bodhicitta on page 2. In the absolute/ultimate realm we get in touch with our infinite (God) side, and on the relative level in touch with the blood and guts, everyday, kitchen sink level of relating to ourselves and others. This is followed by a collection of topics you can explore further wherever you find inspiration.

I was lucky enough to get in with some humble and wise people for study and have a had great experience. It is certainly worth a good look in my opinion. For my notes click here. For the bigger picture and fuller story click here. For the Buddhist "Super Powers" click here. For more on Thich Nhat Hanh click here, for Pema Chodron here, the Dalai Lama here, a YouTube here, his books here

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