Pick And Mix

A crazy day today. Work in the morning, guitar practice in the afternoon, Alice In Wonderland in the evening and then the manic half hour that is 12:00 midnight at New Year.

And all that, without the aid of a safety net, or the company of my better half. I survived and that has to be a good thing, but next time it will be different.

We are making all the right causes to allow us to be together very soon, so watch this space.

In the meantime, I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year.

Remember, today is a new day, a new year and a new decade, so go out and make your own causes, meaning that 2011 will be the best year ever.

Patience Is A Virtue

Having the patience, with a person or situation, to see things through to their conclusion takes Wisdom, Courage and Compassion.

The Wisdom to see that the desired path is both achievable and the correct outcome.

The Courage to stick to your path, despite setbacks or obstacles.

The Compassion to see things from all viewpoints, whether they agree with yours or not.

The one big problem with being patient, is that you never know what the outcome will be until it’s happened.

Time will tell.

Giving It My All

Lotus SutraSadly, for me, the festive holidays ended today. So I made the most of it by chanting my head off all the way to the office.

The only problem with chanting at home, is the possibility of disturbing the neighbours when I get a little over zealous and my volume goes up.

Chanting with gusto really does boost my life-energy, so giving it my all is really therapeutic. So after a nice break from work, my chanting turned a dark, foggy Wednesday morning into the perfect time to exercise my lungs.

I practice twice every day, wherever I am, but having the opportunity to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo at full volume, in the privacy of my own car, was a real treat.

Just as well really, as my colleague coughed and spluttered his way through the day, offering me the chance to pick up all kind of bugs. With my batteries fully charged, I appear to have managed to fight off his infection, though staying up to watch England retain the Ashes did leave me a little fatigued by the end of the working day.

If you ever need that extra little boost, you really should give it a go.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

Fate, God’s Will, Or Your Responsibility?

Sometimes in life we find ourselves in difficult or disappointing circumstances. The laws of Karma are universal, we get what we deserve, whether we recognise the causes or not, the effects speak for themselves.

We might feel sorry for ourselves, we may think it’s unfair, but we make the causes for the effects we experience day in, day out. Now you may be saying that it’s destiny, or coincidence, but that simply means you are delegating responsibility for your life to fate or a mystical figure whose existence can never be proven.

Why do we allow ourselves to be fooled? When we know the reason for events, we accept the situation and move on. When we don’t know (or remember) why something has happened, we waft it away with airy fairy excuses, like fate or God’s will.

I’ve been through the mill in the last year or so. Failed relationships, jobs losses, even death in the family. More than enough to make me feel, at times, enough is enough. But when I sit and think things through, at the bottom of every disaster, is a cause of my own making.

So I hold my hand up, I’m culpable, in part at the very least, and my chanting, prayer and meditation are the tools I am using to start to put things right.

You might be thinking this doesn’t apply in your case, but you are wrong. Accept your own responsibility and start making the causes to get the effects you would like to see.

Bad Apples?

Ok, let’s talk Collective Karma.

The BBC News is full of reports about a group of men being held for being suspected of terrorist activities.

Whilst it is easy to jump to conclusions, another bunch of Muslin terrorists, send them all home, them and us, all that rubbish, we need to remember that they are innocent until proven guilty. Even if they are guilty, don’t forget, they are a tiny minority of the UK Muslim community.

Personally, I feel it is wrong that the media have deemed it necessary to divulge the names and addresses of the accused. What purpose does that serve, other than to make their homes and families, who probably know nothing of their alleged acts, targets for attack by radical elements from our side?

Do you see what I mean? I remember, back in the seventies, when the IRA were blowing up pubs in Birmingham. I was working with an Irish guy, a really nice chap, who was picked on by some people, just because he had an Irish accent. He was totally innocent of any involvement with the bombings, but he spoke differently to us.

From a Buddhist perspective, terrorism is the result of collective Karma, built up over hundreds of years. Events such as The Crusades against The Saracens in the Middle Ages and a couple of little Middle East wars, not to mention Afghanistan. It’s important to remember that the result of Karma is not a punishment, it’s just the outcome of the causes we make. We’ve made those causes, currently and historically, and we are the seeing the effects.

If we ever want to see the end to acts of terrorism, of wars and to live in a world where people can live in harmony, we need to make causes for that. So think about how things really are, don’t jump to conclusions and smile at the owner when you pop into the local Asian owned shop for your last minute loaf or pint of milk.

Deepest Condolences

One with the UniverseI’m not quite sure why the death of a perfect stranger, someone of whom I knew nothing until a few days ago, has had such a profound effect on me.

Maybe it is because it comes so soon after all the personal losses we have been through, I’m not sure. I just know that I need to send my deepest condolences to Mr and Mrs Yeates for the loss of their daughter Joanna.

Nothing can bring her back, nobody can replace her, but I want you to know that her spirit is safe, at peace, at one with the Universe, and will be back on Earth very soon. Death is just another part of The Wheel Of Life. I hope that knowing this will bring some small crumb of comfort to you at this terrible time.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Silent Night

Well, what a nice restful Christmas day, cold though !!!

I guess, as a Buddhist, Christmas shouldn’t figure too much in my calendar. Most of my family are Christians, so it’s a big day for them, and my children and grandchildren love the whole spectacle, so I’m pleased to join in with them.

I hope you all had a great day, that Father Christmas brought you the presents you asked him for and that you are all happy.

I would like to take a second to mention Joanna Yeates’ parents. I cannot imagine the pain and anguish they are experiencing today and my heart goes out to them. I shall chant and pray for a happy outcome for them all.

Anotated – It appears that the body found on Christmas day was Joanna’s. I am so sorry for her and her family, I will chant and pray for them.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Seasons Greetings

Seasons Greetings

Merry Christmas to all my Christian readers, may you all have a wonderfully peaceful day.

To all other denominations, enjoy the holiday and be nice to one another.

My deepest wish for this holiday, and for the coming year, is that we all learn to live together in peace and harmony. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, in 2011, the only companies to fold, were arms manufacturers. Just imagine what that might mean for mankind.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

Stormy Weather

No, I’m not talking about the UK weather, though that isn’t much to smile about at the moment either. I’m talking about all those people who are going to spend this festive season missing someone close to them.

In the past month there have been five deaths in my immediate vicinity. My hope is that the family and friends of these people have the same feeling towards death that I now have.

I cannot describe the comfort that knowing their souls, spirits, whatever you would call them, have become one with the Universe. After a short period of rest, they will be back in their next incarnation and starting over again.

The Wheel Of Life is such an eternal process, it is such a pity that we only remember snippets of our previous lives.

Although we can see the effects of our karma, it’s often impossible to know the causes of those effects. All we can do, is to make good causes in this life, and wait for the good effects to come to fruition.

My thoughts go out to those who have lost someone close. I hope the idea of reincarnation will bring them solace.

In Perfect Harmony

Today I have a strange example of man and machine being in perfect harmony.

My poor Nokia mobile has suddenly started to suffer from a leaky battery. Not in the sense that the goo is oozing from it, but in that disappointing way where you leave it on charge for hours on end, and it never gets full.

In a very similar way, my life-energy level seems to have taken a disappointing down turn today. Having got back from work I decided to take a quick nap, in order to recharge my own batteries. Four hours later, ironically, my mobile was ringing, waking me with a start.

Whether my lethargy was caused by an almost total lack of sunshine in the last week, or my life-state hovering around the world of tranquillity, or a combination of the two, I’m not quite sure. It may be that the sad episode of Vince Cable has made a contribution too. It’s such a pity that a man I held in such high esteem, turns out to be as foolish as the next politician.

To end this rather sad entry on a high note, my batteries are now fully charged, and a replacement battery for the Nokia is winging it’s way here as I type.

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