Archive | March 2013

About Meditation…

Meditation is participatory observation.
What you are looking at responds to
the process of looking.
What you are looking at is you,
and what you see
depends on how you look.
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

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About all Religions

If we view the world’s religions from the widest possible viewpoint and examine their ultimate goal, we find that all of the major world religions, whether Christianity or Islam, Hinduism or Buddhism, are dedicated to the achievement of permanent human happiness. They are all directed toward that goal. All religions emphasize the fact that the true follower must be honest and gentle, in other words, that a truly religious person must always strive to be a better human being. To this end, the different world religions teach different doctrines which will help transform the person. In this regard, all religions are the same, there is no conflict. This is something we must emphasize. We must consider the question of religious diversity from this viewpoint. And when we do, we find no conflict. …It is a wonderful thing to have variety. It is an expression of individuality; it is a personal thing. Likewise, the variety of the different world religious philosophies is a very useful and beautiful thing.
Answers: Discussions with Western Buddhists

The basic principles and precepts of all true religions are very pure. What you see as impure is simply the inability of those who adhere to them. Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche from Meditation, Transformation, and Dream Yoga

All the spiritual teachers of humanity have told us the same thing, that the purpose of life on earth is to achieve union with our fundamental, enlightened nature. It says in the Upanishads: “There is the path of wisdom and the path of ignorance. They are far apart and lead to different ends. . . . Abiding in the midst of ignorance, thinking themselves wise and learned, fools go aimlessly hither and thither like the blind led by the blind. What lies beyond life shines not to those who are childish, or careless, or deluded by wealth.”
Sogyal Rinpoche from Glimpse of the Day