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Wild but not angry.

Wild but not angry.

Back home grazing on the plains.

He looks friendly.

He looks friendly.

There once was a wild buffalo that roamed the muddy swamp lands of the young mind.

Rice field in Thailand.

Rice field in Thailand.

Things must change the swamp was drained the ox was tamed. It was a savage youthful game the picador, matador or bull, one must meet disaster. Death was flaunted in those adventurous, hectic years of joy and tears.

This is not a bullfight.

This is not a bullfight.

Let us not forget those naïve years and judge unfairly the youth of today. To tame the bull takes calm and patient contemplation. In time with practice a state of peace and contentment can be achieved. The ox is free from yoke and harness to roam the fertile grassland of the mind. It is now tamed and does not stray as in those stressful, boisterous party years.

An attractive flower.

An attractive flower.

Life is a challenging jungle to adventurer in, full of wonderful exotic things to tempt us from the virtuous safe path. To become the prey of some greedy hateful thing and be devoured by the beast of ignorance.

Lunch time on the Adelaide River.

Lunch time on the Adelaide River.

Carried away by the turbulent flow of life we desire the flowers blooming on the roadside. These flowers never last they wither fade and die. We crave for more and are led astray into the danger zone. We can be aware that we are straying from the path this is not enough we must be mindful of the danger in these misadventures and return to focus on the destination.

Showing respect to the Buddha.

Showing respect to the Buddha.

There are always wondrous temptations to distract the unmindful from the path that leads to the fertile grassy plain where true understanding resides and peace and contentment reigns. This is where the calm serene ox grazes.

Fertile land.

Fertile land.

 You may see this as bull but this is wisdom to the wise.

My favourite Buddhist quote.

My favourite Buddhist quote.

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Pauline Annan river Qld.

Pauline Annan river Qld.

Life’s Stream. 

 These falls are not seen from the road so are often missed.

These falls are not seen from the road so are often missed.

Pleasures hurry by like a mountain stream,

                                        kissed by the sunlight’s golden beam.

Gurgling happily, bubbling along

 a child of the mountain singing Mother Nature’s song.

Borne in the mountains far from the ocean.

Born in the mountains far from the ocean.

All young play

 in a similar way

 joyful, joking full of fun

 from sun up till the day is done.

The sun sinks low, the sparkle is gone

 childhood passes, we must move on.

Soft patient water wears away hard rock.

Soft patient water wears away hard rock.

As we grow and mature

  pleasures in life become fewer.

Obligations and deadlines to meet,

 work to ensure our life stays sweet.

As sure as the sun moves across the sky

all things in life are passing by.

One of natures free gifts, Ok two of natures gifts.

One of natures free gifts, Ok two of natures gifts.

Only gather what you need

 grasping more is only greed.

When we struggle for possessions

 we have not learned our lessons.

The stream of life flows so fast

 the joys of childhood do not last.

A t tranquil place to rest and let the world catch up.

A t tranquil place to rest and let the world catch up.

The water flows to a lower plain

 it cannot go back up again.

Meandering slow it sings soft and low

 there is only one way it can go.

Cool and refreshing.

Cool and refreshing.

Our body is mostly water if we dehydrate we die

We leave all our possessions and our loved ones may cry.

When water dries up in a puddle I know were the steam will go.

But when I dry up and my life is over will I go up or down below?

Life's stream has many changing moods.

Life’s stream has many changing moods.

As a tear drops in the ocean we are so very small.

Compared to the starry sky I am nothing at all.

 Water returns to the sky above

 the best we can do is leave memories of love.

The moon showing off.

The moon showing off.

From the heavens tear drops fall

running back to the oceans primeval call.

The clouds gather heralding rain

 and the whole procedure starts again.

High above Cook Town.

High above Cook Town.

Man must return to mother earth

 to nurture new things for rebirth.

The ego that once was me,

who knows what it will be,

does it really exist in me

or an allusion that I see.

The wanting dictator in my mind

 that made me greedy and unkind,

keeping me desiring, wanting more

 although I need nothing, I am not poor.

Stirring the mud, polluting the air

 with an attitude of I do not care.

Water sings many songs.

Water sings many songs.

All beings need water and air to survive

 nothing is so important to staying alive.

As the wheel of life rolls along

 go with the flow, sing a song.

 Slow down, let the water clear

to see our obligations here

 are to promote good for everyone,

 appreciate life with wholesome free fun.

Rest by the river and revive

 be thankful you are alive.

the young play all day.

the young play all day.

There are places to swim and hills to climb

 to enjoy a view of the sublime.

As an example for you and me

Mother Nature’s gifts are free

for all to savour and enjoy

 not abuse, plunder and destroy.

I try to control thoughts of greed

 and only take what I need.

Banish anger, hatred and fear from my mind

 and replace them with what is good and kind.

 I try to understand and learn all I can

to become a better man.

Buddha statue, ruins of Ayuttaya Thailand.

Buddha statue, ruins of Ayuttaya Thailand.

 I am on the Buddha’s path, you should know,

 and think it is the way to go.

Many paths lead up to an inspiring view,

select carefully the  one that suits you.

There are many that know

but never go.

Pauline our van Matilda and Sunflowers, loving life.

Pauline our van Matilda and Sunflowers, loving life.

They talk the talk but do not take the walk.

Ice is water that has become cold and dense.

Man is cold-hearted if he loses commonsense.

This poem is not a work of art

 but in a small way may play a part

 in helping someone stay afloat.

Have I written a poem or built a boat?

Malanda Falls another  swimming hole..

Malanda Falls another swimming hole..

 

 

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A peck on the cheek.

A peck on the cheek.

Contentment.

All you need is love.

All you need is love.

Contentment is to have what you need and want no more. To want more than you need is greedy. A greedy person is never satisfied desiring. If that desire is satisfied the pleasure is fleeting, the happiness passes the wanting continues. A new desire becomes the goal thinking it will lead to happiness. A mirage like the end of the rainbow can never be reached.

Rainbows end.

Rainbows end.

Contentment is a balance like when Yin and Yang are in perfect balance, neither too much or too little. In time all things pass it is a fact of life all is impermanent. Understanding this reality brings equanimity. Wanting is no longer a driving force sharing becomes the priority. Sharing is the antidote to greed. Sharing creates friends and friends in turn share their surplus. So sharing ensures you against hunger, needing and wanting.

Picture of contentment, when the bull is themed.

Picture of contentment, when the bull is themed.

Contentment is the balance between deprivation and excess. Without life-sustaining necessities all living things wither and die. The world is a garden of life caring for this world garden is our reason for existence. Not to appreciate and care for our garden we could starve ourselves out of existence. There is life-sustaining necessities we should be contented with. Greedily wanting taking more than we require will only bring sorrow. A fruitful way of life entails effort, an idle life focused on self brings discontentment.

This is the idea of contentment.

This is the idea of contentment

want for nothing is to be satisfied with enough. To know when you have enough is wisdom. Ignorance, always wanting, is the stupidity of the unenlightened. There is a way to find enlightenment a path to follow that leads to contentment and wisdom. It can be followed in conjunction with other ethical beliefs without any difficulty. These steps are a self-imposed set of rules that guide one to self-improvement. No one can walk this path for you. Others may point the way but self effort must be practiced in everyday living to bring peace and contentment.

Jogyesa Temole Seoul.

Jogyesa Temple Seoul.

There are eight basic rules to follow on this path to ethical self-improvement and it is a lifelong journey. One must always be aware of the many pitfalls and diversions along the path. False trails are a part of life’s path. It is human to lose our way. No need to fret over misguided steps. Return to the true path that leads in the direction of peace and contentment. Contentment is the closest man can come to lasting happiness. Pleasures are fleeting; happiness is like snowflakes on the river, to quote Robbie Burns, Or like bubbles on the river, as in  Worlds on worlds are rolling ever.Shelly’s poem, contentment lives within you.

Tappa chanting book Suk lum temple Korea.

Tappa chanting book Suklum temple Korea.

One needs to be aware of their thoughts, speech and actions, concentrating, mindful at all times, of their state of mind and attitude. This is not an easy formula to follow but the amount of effort will directly govern the benefits received. You may have a method you prefer to this. Though I have studied many other philosophies, beliefs and paths and found helpful ideas. I have found this a clear blueprint outlining the steps to follow that, has enhanced the quality of my life, with peace, satisfaction and contentment.

Somewhere over the rainbow.

Somewhere over the rainbow.

Flowers bring colure to our life birds bring a song. By sharing our gifts we cannot go wrong.

I would like to share this philosophy. Caring and sharing is philanthropy.

Giving brings joy it is a win-win situation. Sharing good fortune is a pleasant sensation.

Wanting, cling and hoarding too is not the decent thing to do.

Be contented with enough, give to those doing it tough.

Bring contentment free from strife. With loving thoughts fill your life.

The birds defy gravity singing for you and me.

Give your gifts as freely as a birds and you will fly these are my words.

Rainbows end.

Rainbows end.

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Understanding.

Alone with natune

Alone with nature.

Have I reached the point of right understanding? Right understanding is the first step on Buddha’s “The Eightfold Path”. I have become aware through studying the teachings of wise sages, philosophers and modern authorities on these matters. Now, answers are becoming clearer, the fog is lifting; a clear view of the mountain top is in sight. Or is this thought the ego crying out for attention? Realize the mind is vast, everything can be imagined in our mind. Like the tiny dewdrop can reflect all in its midst our tiny mind can see infinity. What we see in our mind is not reality; it is our minds interpretation of what surrounds us in reality.

A dew-drop on hyacinth.

A dew-drop on hyacinth.

Constantly reading and discussing spiritual matters can leave an impression on the mind. Unlike a foot print in mud that is a physical reaction to pressure. The imprint on our mind is caused by words that are an abstract representation of reality. What is seen is our interpretation, of what is there and is based on our past experiences from our personal view-point.  The human mind likes to cling to what is pleasing and reject facts that are unfavorable. Consequently we have many myths that promote reincarnation or life after death in a promised paradise. Which myth appeals to you?

This flower lasts only one day.

This flower lasts only one day.

Followers of myths like to call them by other names such as belief, creed or religion. I have faith that my hypothesis is correct, as other believers have in their faith, although I would not argue or go to war on behalf of my beliefs. Religions and philosophies, regardless of their unfathomable parts, all have useful ethical guide lines one can follow to develop honesty, kindness and compassion. That brings with it joy and contentment, of a quality, that money cannot buy. I respect all spiritually devoted people and admire their art and architecture inspired by their belief. To sit in any sacred sanctuary, with a respectful unbiased attitude for your fellow-men, is a pleasure that the narrow-minded miss out on.

Pottery is easily broben.

Pottery is easily broken.

Part of “Right Understanding “is the realization that all things in life are subject to change. It is a universal truth, that all things in life are impermanent. Knowing this truth we then realize the futility of hording and clinging to impermanent things. With this understanding craving for impermanent things becomes less important. Knowing pleasures pass as well as disagreeable pain and suffering helps foster equanimity. Understanding the ego, the I, that always wants everything to be in its favor, is another cause of suffering. There are steps on the Buddha’s “Eight Fold Path” that helps tone down desire. The wanting drive that is the cause of much unhappiness in our lives. With right understanding it is realized that, in this life, both good and bad karma do bring like reactions.

Forming pot on wheel.

Forming pot on wheel.

I have not reached enlightenment. But I do have enough understanding to know the problems in this world will persist as long as people are intolerant of other people’s beliefs. Intolerance must be replaced with reciprocity. Hatred exchanged with kindness, if not love, misunderstanding being replaced by understanding. To understanding another’s views we must keep an open mind and listen to try to understand. Not listening to find faults and argue but to learn and see the other point of view. If you can keep an open mind you will learn, there are many things you can agree on. You may find some people will never see things as you do. This does not give you the right to condemn them as this would be arrogance on your part.

Peace of early morning.

Peace of early morning.

My ideas are formed but are still like unfired clay. When and if, I am satisfied with the pot I have formed on the wheel I will place it in the kiln. If you have fired your pot congratulations, I will not attempt to change it, to my liking, as it would only shatter it spoiling it completely.

To appreciate is to acknolidge.

To appreciate is to acknowledge.

 

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The shadow taking it easy.

 

Shadow on the wall.

Slow down to the movement of the shadow on the wall. This is how time was first measured and it is more in tune with the natural rhythm of our body. That prompts us to take a deep breath and exhale like a sigh that takes with it the tension in our body. To breathe in the life force to nourish our body and breathe out all the impurities built up in our blood. To become aware of our breath is to return to our inner being.

Sola time piece or smiling sun dile.

Who lives in tune with nature in the modern lifestyle today? Things are now measured in milliseconds. Our stressful way of doing things makes us huff and puff. It is no wonder we are more dissatisfied and no happier than in the past although we have more luxuries than a Roman Emperor. We have lost sight of the really important things in life. The close knit family life has broken down, other people care for our children. We are alone in a crowded city; communities live in isolation not knowing their neighbors.

Time and commercial progress.

Although you would die deprived of air you are conscious of your breath only when lacking in air. To be conscious of your breath is to return to a relaxed state of being and our racing thoughts slow down. We need to think, but most of our thoughts are unnecessary and can have a negative effect, making us worried and unhappy. We need control over our thoughts to be able to concentrate on what is important to us in life. This can be achieved by practicing meditation.

Taking a breather.

There are so many different ways to practice meditation and things to chose from and focus on to meditation. All the advice and rules about the correct way to meditate, what object to focus on and the when, where and how, confuses and deters the average person from practicing. If this is your problem there is an easier approach to meditate, it is the just do it method.

It is tough at the top.

You only have to become aware of that life giving force your breath. Not necessarily in a special place under ideal conditions, try it in a traffic jam, or anywhere you would become impatient or stressed by having to wait. All you have to do is take a deep breath in and a long exhale and concentrate on the relaxing feeling. Feel the air pump you up as you inhale and the tension flow out with the out breath.   Repeat this in, out aware breathing.

Haven in the city.

Of course this is only a basic way of using meditation to relieve stress and anxiety. To control those racing thoughts you will need to set-aside some time each day to practice this method. This will make you aware of how easily your irrelevant thoughts distract your concentration. With practice your thoughts will quieten down and you will find the habit, taking an aware deep breath, brings you back to a calm, natural, relaxed state of being.

smiling are infectious.

You will smile once more and look upon adversity as just one of life’s challenges. Your problems will become opportunities to practice patience, tolerance and serenity. It will be a case of less haste more efficiency, less futile effort more productive and more rewarding achievement.

Parked up in Seoul.

What are we hurrying for, are we not aware of our ultimate end? It is the joy and beauty on the path, not the destination. Let our travels on this one way journey not be rushed. Be patient take the time to do only good and your reward will be happy smiles everywhere you go.

Time marches on.

 

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