#geest

bootnodig

Posted on feb 19, 2018

En zoals de mens een boot nodig heeft
Om de zee te doorkruisen,
Zo heeft de geest
Het lichaam nodig om te verschijnen.
En zoals de boot afhankelijk is
Van de mens om de zee te doorkruisen,
Zo heeft het lichaam
De geest nodig om zich voor te doen.
Afhankelijk van elkaar
Gaan boot en mens op zee.
Zo hebben geest en lichaam
Elkaar nodig.

Visuddhimagga

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bloemschikken

Posted on feb 16, 2018

When the flower arranger arranges the flowers, she also arranges her mind and the mind of the person who looks at the flowers.

zen saying

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klooster

Posted on feb 1, 2018

Wie heeft ervaren dat het lichaam zelf het klooster is, is gelukkig.
Deze oorspronkelijke geest is zo zuiver en helder als de ruimte.

Milarepa

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het kaf en het koren

Posted on dec 17, 2017

This is how a mature and healthy mind works: conducting a dialogue not so much between reason and desire as between responsible desires and irresponsible ones.

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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onze beslissingen

Posted on okt 16, 2017

Iemand die de verantwoordelijkheid voor zijn beslissingen aanvaardt, is in een positie om een grote verandering in zijn leven te verwezenlijken … Als we onszelf als slachtoffer beschouwen van de condities die anderen ons opleggen, zitten we in een hinderlaag. Er is geen manier om onze situatie te verbeteren door anderen te veranderen of het verleden ongedaan te maken. Hoe kunnen we denken dat we anderen kunnen beheersen en tot verandering aanzetten, wanneer we zelfs niet onze eigen geest besturen?

Als we echter de verantwoordelijkheid voor onze beslissingen nemen – zelfs die we namen toen we jong en onwetend waren, zelfs als deze beslissingen gemaakt werden in minder dan optimale omstandigheden of ten gevolge van dwang of manipulatie door anderen – dan geven we onszelf de kracht tot verandering. We houden ermee op vast te raken aan het verleden en in plaats daarvan vergeven we onszelf en anderen. We leren van onze fouten en beginnen andere mogelijkheden te overwegen voor onze huidige gewoonten en gedragspatronen. We beginnen met onze eigen geest te werken, we brengen zijn fantastische kwaliteiten voort zoals liefde, mededogen en wijsheid.

Laten we het proberen!

Thubten Chodron

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what kind of mind are we living in?

Posted on okt 15, 2017

we live in our mind
we take our mind with us everywhere
even in our sleep we cannot leave it behind

how we live in our mind is up to us

You have this country and you try to make it a pleasant place for you to live in, you grow trees and you keep it clean. And you have your homes, your rooms, which you keep clean, decorate, try to make it a pleasing environment. And we have our bodies, which we keep clean, we eat the right food, excercise and we try to make ourselves look attractive, keep healthy and fit. But the place we really live, is in our mind. And how much time and effort do we give to making our mind a pleasant place in which to dwell? To cleaning it, to opening up the windows to let some fresh air in, to decorate it beautifully, to make it a fit place to stay so that we live in our mind comfortably and we are at home in our mind, so that our mind is a friend to us.

This is very important because if we don’t have a peaceful friendly mind its very hard to be peaceful and friendly to our families, in our workplace, with our neighbours and in the country and from there to the world.

The kind of society we have reflects the mind of the people living in that society. So each one of us is culpable of the society we live in. Who made the rules? Who elected the politicians who made the rules? Who goes along with the rules that have been made? Each of us is responsible. We cannot just put the blame on other people, each one of us has the responsibility to develop our selves, our minds, to open up our heart.

So often people feel quite helpless and hopeless: what can I do, I am just one? But each of us is not sealed in a bubble, each one of us is constantly interacting with other beings; and even on that level how much time do we spend each day trying to make each other happy?  Our colleages, our family, the peolpe we meet? Are we kind? Is our speech kind? Do we make people feel better for having matters or worse?  If a society is full of people who are kind to each other, all other, then that is a very different society from one where people disregard each other, where people speak rudely to each other or despise each other.

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

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geestelijke ruimte

Posted on okt 14, 2017

The essence of our mind is completely pure, it’s not true that we are sinners. Our true mind is something incredibly vast, open and spatious, it is not this little brain in which we run around like a rat in a cage. … Mind is compared to the sky: it has no centre, no boundary. … If there was no space we couldn’t exist, there would be no tables and chairs and people. Tables, chairs and people are also space and therefore space is all pervading. For this reason it is compared with the nature of the mind which is all pervading: not this little brain which is trapped within our head. We’re talking about a much deeper level of awareness.

Mind is compared to the sky because you cannot grasp it and think: this is me. But at the same time it is not like the sky because it is conscious. The very essence of our mind is awareness and this we all share! When we go beyond our ego, the sense of ‘I’ and ‘others’ does not pertain, it’s not there. We recognize our interconnection with all beings. … This is why we as human beings need to go back to our true nature: for as long as the ego is running things we have chaos -as we see in the world. The world is run by egomaniacs and look what harm!

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

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heart-mind awareness

Posted on okt 8, 2017

If we learn to keep our mind quiet through meditation, to just stay present with our feelings, to connect with our heart, to let go of the story lines, and to directly feel all the unpleasant sensations associated with our emotional hurts, then the heart will open and we can approach each situation from a wider perspective. Meditation practice and the cultivation of heart-mind awareness give us the opportunity to respond to our emotions in a very nonviolent and compassionate way.

Gerry Shishin Wick

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