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Buddha Statue, Dharamsala, India

INSPIRATION

 

“Sometimes you encounter people who are so pure, beautiful and content, they give you the impression that they are divine, that they actually are saints or holy beings. What you perceive in them is their awakened self, their Buddha nature, and what they reflect back to you is your own capacity of being awake.” [Thich Nhat Hanh]

 

 

 

We have been blessed beyond measure to spend time in the presence of such people. An encounter with such a person makes a profound impact on your consciousness. It has the capacity to change the course of your life. They reveal your own capacity for truth, goodness and beauty that exists in every human heart. They inspire you to believe in your inherent goodness, Divine essence or Buddha nature, and to have faith that we all contain this within ourselves. They light up the path that leads towards the awakening of our own enlightened qualities. This path brings immense gratitude and deep meaning to your life. We bow to all such people. We try to walk this path and share its beauty with others.

 

 

FATHER BEDE GRIFFITHS

(Christian mystic, Saccidananda Ashram, Shantivanam, South India) 

 

“The Father loves the Son and the Son loves the Father and they are united in the love of the Holy Spirit, which is the expression of their mutual love. In revealing his own relationship to God as Father in the love of the Spirit, Jesus also reveals what is the destiny of man. Every man is destined to discover this relationship in the depth of his Spirit. As we pass beyond our limited rational consciousness and become aware of the depth of the Spirit within, we discover this unfathomable depth of knowledge and love opening up within us and uniting us to one another and to the whole creation in the light of God. This is a communion of love, by which each is in the other, as Jesus expressed it in his high-priestly prayer: ‘I in them and thou in me, that they may be perfectly one.’ [John 17:23]” [Father Bede Griffiths]

 

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SWAMI SUDDHANANDA

(Vedanta Master, Suddhananda Ashram, Tiruvannamalai, South India) 

 

The Vedic scriptures tell you something you don’t know about yourself – you are immortal, eternal. Your true nature is SAT-CHIT-ANANDA. SAT is absolute existence, eternal, ever existing in all periods of time (past, present, future). It is beyond time, ever present, always remaining as it is, unchanging. It is your Self, your being, the true source of happiness and bliss that is ANANDA. CHIT is pure consciousness / objectless awareness / knowledge, that is beyond body, brain and mind. ANANDA is supreme bliss / happiness. Whenever you are with your Self, you are happy – you are the happiness; you are the bliss. [SWAMIJI: Yoga Teacher Training Retreat, January 2010]

 

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MINGYUR RINPOCHE

(Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Master, Tergar Monastery, Bodhgaya, India) 

 

“If you understand that your true nature is Buddha nature, you won’t identify with your negative qualities. You will know that you are really good - you possess good qualities. You will know that you are good, cool, marvelous, awesome! You already have “cool” nature! Within your mind is Buddha nature. You have wisdom, loving-kindness and compassion. You have knowledge and capabilities. Everybody has this, no matter who you are. You must recognize your wisdom, your knowledge, your loving-kindness and compassion, then you can use them.” [MINGYUR RINPOCHE: Mahamudra Meditation Teachings, January 2008]

 

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HH the DALAI LAMA 

(Spiritual Leader, Namgyal Monastery Temple, Dharamsala, India)

 

“Both positive and negative experiences arise from the mind, depending on whether your mind is transformed or not. Therefore it is most important to control and discipline the mind. All the fears and the immeasurable sufferings that we encounter arise from the mind. The Buddha taught that there is no enemy that is more powerful than the mind. Likewise he said that the disciplined mind gives rise to all excellent qualities, and is the source of peace and happiness.” [DALAI LAMA: Annual Public Teachings, April 2003]

 

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LAMA ZOPA RINPOCHE

(Tibetan Buddhist Master, Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal)

 

“Achieving liberation is the goal of life. There is no greater happiness than practicing the Dharma with the aim of helping sentient beings. It beautifies and gives meaning to life. Having this goal in your heart gives meaning to everything you do. It is the answer to achieve peace and happiness in your life now and in the future, and to benefit your life and the lives of others.” [LAMA ZOPA: Lam Rim Meditation Course, November 2002]

 

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THICH NHAT HANH 

(Buddhist Master, Plum Village Monastery, Bordeaux, France)

 

“The need to bring in the spiritual dimension is very great in our time. In all walks of life, we need a spiritual dimension, because we suffer so much. That is why it is very important to bring the wisdom of Buddhism to all sections of the population, not as a religion but as a spiritual dimension offering light and guidance. Buddhism is a way of life, an art of living. Its practices have universal value - you don’t have to call yourself a Buddhist in order to practice them. The practice of joy and happiness is non-sectarian. The benefits of Buddhism are universal and available to everybody.” [THICH NHAT HANH: Hand of the Buddha Retreat, June 2002]

 

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OSHO

(Spiritual Mystic, Osho Meditation Resort, Pune, India)

 

“Sat means truth, and the longest search of man has been for that, because without knowing truth, we know nothing. Truth is the very meaning of our existence. Truth is the experience of being in deep communion with the eternity of existence, and with the wholeness and the perfection and the grandeur and the magnificence of that which is. Truth simply means ‘that which is’. It is pure isness. The revelation of this truth to you is only possible if your consciousness rises to its ultimate flowering. Consciousness gives you truth and tremendous bliss.” [BHAGWAN SHREE RAJNEESH: Sat Chit Anand]

 

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It is only from the kindness of my gurus

That I have met the unequaled teachings of Truth

I dedicate this merit so that all migratory beings without exception

May be guided in the future by kind and holy gurus.

[Dedication Prayer]