“Suffering chastens us and makes us remember. We are like the child who tries to pick up fire and is unlikely to do it again, once she has seen the consequences. With material things, seeing is easy; but when it comes to picking up the fires of greed, aversion, and delusion, most of us aren't even aware were holding fires at all. On the contrary, we misguidedly believe them to be lovable and desirable, and so we are never chastened. We never learn our lesson.”
"It is true the body is perishable, but within it dwells the imperishable Self. This body is subject to pleasure and pain; no one who identifies with the body can escape from pleasure and pain. But those who know they are not the body pass beyond pleasure and pain to live in abiding joy.”
Although I have already inscribed the names of our key supporters in our Honours Wall on this web site, I feel it really important to acknowledge once more the wonderful people that have recently after many many years AGAIN shown their commitment and untiring support.
TASHI SHOK, (Snow Lion Crystals) have once again donated a consignment of beautiful T shirts with Dharma symbols for issue as prizes to students and teachers involved in any of the various projects. They also provided high quality discounted bracelets as supplementary prizes The amount of giving that they have done has been extraordinary. In addition to this they have provided behind the scenes logistical support almost continuously. Chris and May: you have been a blessing for this project and I cannot thank you enough.
From a Buddhist point of view, the actual experience of death is very important. Although how or where we will be reborn is generally dependent on karmic forces, our state of mind at the time of death can influence the quality of our next rebirth. So at the moment of death, in spite of the great variety of karmas we have accumulated, if we make a special effort to generate a virtuous state of mind, we may strengthen and activate a virtuous karma, and so bring about a happy rebirth.
“One moon appears everywhere in all bodies of water; the moons in all bodies of water are contained in one moon. This is a metaphor for one mind producing myriad things and myriad things producing one mind. This refers to dream illusions, flowers in the sky, half-seeming, half empty.”