Dec 19, 2011

Words of Wisdom chosen by Lama Surya Das

For those who don't receive this directly, I want to share the message that came during the time I was away. It is especially appropriate to me, as the new year approaches, suggesting new beginnings:

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'I realize that hanging on to the past is like carrying around sharp pieces of glass in your pocket. Until you get rid of them, they'll cut you every time you attempt to move in any direction.'

-- Paul Dolman, "Hitchhiking with Larry David"

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  1. Once again this week (Dec 23, 2011) Lama Surya Das has chosen words which I find so lovely and appropriate, I want to share them, to wit:

    Holiday Prayers & Wishes from Lama Surya Das
    Winter Solstice, December 2011

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    Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not get bent out of shape.
    Blessed are the patient, for they shall be waited on and attended to.
    Blessed are the generous, for they shall receive abundantly.
    Blessed are the grateful, for their life shall always be bountiful.
    Blessed are the wise, for they know not in excess.
    Blessed are the lovers, for love is theirs for the asking.
    Blessed are the healers, for their world and they too shall be healed and well.
    Blessed are those who listen, for they shall be heard and understood.
    Blessed are those who choose to be kind rather than right, for they shall have long-lasting beautiful relationships.
    Blessed are those mates who have made two lives as one.
    Blessed are the open-minded and warmhearted, for they shall receive all they need.
    Blessed are the learners, for they shall be edified and fulfilled.
    Blessed are those who know how to receive as well as to give, for inexhaustible richness is theirs.
    Blessed are the goodhearted, for they shall live long and harmoniously.
    Blessed are the curious, for wonderment is theirs.
    Blessed are the awakeful, for they shall see things as they are.
    Blessed are those who don't know it all, for they shall discover truth through doubt and inquiry.
    Blessed are those without many expectations and appointments, for they shall not be disappointed.
    Blessed are the content, for they have arrived and shall be completed.
    Blessed are the underdogs, for their loyalty and purity shall be rewarded in all walks of life.
    Blessed are those who need little for they shall find simplicity and ease.
    Blessed are the forthright, for they shall right the world and speak truth to power in love.
    Blessed are the altruists, for they shall usher in the kingdom of heaven.
    Blessed are the leaders who inculcate leadership instead of followership.
    Blessed are the servants, for they shall be served and attended to.
    Blessed are the pray-ers, for life is fragile, fleeting, precious and needs to be handled with prayer.
    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall find peace and well being.
    Blessed are the joyful for joy and happiness is theirs.
    Blessed are the co-meditators, for they shall arrive together.
    Blessed are the first rays of the morning, for they bring the gift of awakening.
    Blessed are those who notice, for they shall find small delights around every corner.
    Blessed is the reader who brings the writer's creativity alive.
    Blessed are the first light rays of each morning, for they convey the gift of awakening.
    Blessed is this life we share together; handle with prayer!
    Blessed be. Blessed is.
    Blessed does.

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  2. To: Rising Light Sangha, if you are able please join me for this event which I pledged to organize in Saranac Lake when I attended the same event in Bellevue, Washington on December 31, 2010.

    25th Annual WORLD HEALING DAY
    MEDITATION - An Interfaith Peace Gathering. Join with millions of people world-wide gathering for one hour at the same moment (Noon, Greenwich Mean Time) to meditate & pray for world peace and healing.

    Time: Saturday, December 31st
    (New Year's Eve Morning) at 7:00 am

    Place: Adirondack Unitarian Universalist Community, 89 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983

    (Saranac Laboratory Museum Building, downstairs)

  3. Thanks to Jen C. for suggesting I post this on our blog site.

    Thanks to Naomi B. for "Blessed Attitudes" by Lama Surya Das. I couldn't resist passing it on to Facebook. Sharing the Light!!

  4. I hope that many join the World Healing Day in spirit if not in person. We cannot know what, if any, effects our actions have. The back cover of a book which I hope to share at a future sangha, reads as follows: "The Buddha's teaching can be summarized in two sentences: 'Benefit others.If you cannot benefit others, at least don't harm them." The book is The Spirit of Peace. Teachings on Love, Compassion and Everyday Life by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

  5. Very Nice Naomi, Will look forward to sharing sangha with you in the near future.

  6. Happy New Year to all. Jen Curry is hosting Sangha at her house Jan 6th and I am bringing 1 dozen cranberry orange muffins.
    Many thanks for sharing these wonderful links. I am going to dharma teachings to help me write a social justice "sermon" for the Adirondack UU Community service on Jan 8. May I be able to share inspiration to embrace the work of helping our community, including all our relations (all sentient beings). Namaste. Ginger