mjd 2015 - offering bowl
the dalai lama, when asked what most surprised him about humanity, answered:
"man... because he sacrifices himself in order to make money. then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. and then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies never having really lived."
our culture measures us by our productivity and things of an external nature -
we know that is not a true measure of a human. and yet we push ourselves to that end.
no matter what your spiritual or religious belief system, i think there is solid value in the buddhist philosophy. i have been a dabbler for 30 years, but recently made a deeper commitment to the path.
if you are seeking inner peace, wish to learn how to put compassion into practice (towards yourself as well as towards others), want to begin meditating (which is now supported by the scientific community as beneficial to one's health) and don't know where to turn, have a look at www.lionsroar.com. it is a resource that is rich and supportive.
there is no one else to become
there is no where else to be
you are home.