Who convinced us that we’re the superior species? And who said subjective thinking was all that and a bag of chips!? The Buddhists say that the thinking mind is most functional when it’s the servant of consciousness and does a really poor job when our thoughts rule us. Observing the rationale these days exhibited by people in high places, it’s clear that the mind can distort reality. Is there a higher truth, or is it all subject to interpretation? When it comes to irrefuta
According to Anne Klein (the Buddhist teacher, not the fashion designer :), “A bodhisattva is someone whose purpose is to benefit others in every possible way, especially to free them from ignorance and from bondage to a sense of self…You’re a bodhisattva when you never waiver from your powerful aspiration to be of benefit to everyone, not just in meditation but throughout daily life.” The Buddhists believe that sitting in meditation is an activity that benefits everything an
At my age I can look back on a variety of situations that I would never have picked off a menu. At the time I saw them as bad luck, a conspiracy of life against little old me, or at times catastrophic. Now I see them as glimmering opportunities that mark transitions from one state of awareness to another. I’m still not deliberately choosing what most of us would label as “trouble,” but I can honestly say that when trouble comes along I don’t get hysterical. In fact I go to
Rosanne posts her teachings and observations in this part of Essential Spirit. Enjoy her wisdom and learn from her years of study and practice.