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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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What is your problem?

1997 Korean trip.

 Korean 1st trip.

You see your world from your unique position; it is crystal clear to you. You know your version of your vision. I see my world from my point of view; it could be close to yours or totally opposite to you. It is clear to me what I see, but you cannot see it my way and I cannot see as you do. Perhaps we should change positions. You would then have a clearer view from my position and some idea of my understanding, and I would see things from your angle. We could then decide the advantage of holding a particular point of view. We would then realize we need a three hundred and sixty degree view and this is difficult for a mere mortal to do. Then who has x-ray vision? We still would not know the secrets hidden below the surface. We would remain ignorant but at least have established some understanding of another point of view.

2006 top steps

All our views lack a full understanding of what is beyond our view. On this limited view we make our hypotheses to explain the nature of the inexplicable universe and this is our view. There are many views from scientific to the super natural, some totally different to the view of another, but armed with reciprocal understanding of the other persons view, there is no need to take up weapons to defend our view. Realizing these views are only theories, to explain what we cannot see.

2004 view from steps

Look at some facts; find out how many different views there are on a subject like religion. You may be surprised every major religion, and there are many, have thousands of different branches, denominations or schools. Then there are the cults, the secret societies, the shamans, the witch-doctors and many new age groups. All sincerely believing they are right many without looking into any of the many other beliefs. They may tell you their God has spoken to them. May be God spoke to me too, but evidently I was not listening. Maybe a different God spoke to someone else. There are many Gods and all are the true God to the one that believes in him or her, or ‘it’. Yes, god could be an ‘it’, a force or something like nature with natural laws all interrelated and interdependent.

 Look out

It is easy to accept someone else’s words on faith. Words they claim were given to them from their God. There have been many prophets. The only one with any credibility in recent times would be Haile Selassie a very good man by all accounts. He was an inspiration to Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King also Malcolm X and if you are a fan of Bob Marley you will know about the Rastafarian Movement. Throughout history there have been many admirable men such as Jesus and the Buddha. It is not unusual for followers to enlarge on the good deeds of the deceased. In the case of the Buddha some people have elevated him to the status of a god. A lot of things change over 2,500 years and it takes a lot of unbiased reading to realize the truth is difficult to ascertain. Recently a man was interviewed on T.V. he was claiming to be the returned messiah I do not think anyone believed him.

Gwancheol gate

Metaphysics a philosophy concerned with knowing and being, a metaphysicist tries to explain the fundamental nature of the universe. All I can say is philosophy is a very heavy subject. Was the Buddha a metaphysicist? He taught

The Four Noble Truths. 

1. life was  dukkha, dukkha equates to the unsatisfactory nature of things.

2. The origin of dukkha.

3. the cassation of dukkha.

4. The Eight Fold Path the way to the cessation of dukkha.

Insige wall.

The first step on the path is ‘right understanding’ to realizing all things that are subject to arising are subject to cessation. Wanting these impermanent things is to invite eventual pain. If we have right understanding and practice  the other steps on The Eight Fold Path. We avoid dukkha, much of life’s suffering and will promote good in the world.

good view

We should study all the good teachings available to us and our P.C. gives us access to a vast amount of wisdom. If you are interested type into Google names and things in my post you are unfamiliar with. I do not wish to take anyone to exclusive sites I have chosen.  It is up to you to learn from the outside and growing on the inside. Not accepting anything or ruling out anything till it is tested thoroughly. Any God that objects to this is very insecure and not the true ultimate power in the universe.

Lookout

That is our problem, perhaps it is an unsolvable one. The Alcoholics Anonymous has adopted a prayer, attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr. That is appropriate to quote here, The Serenity Prayer.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can change, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Stream and wall

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Montage of Religions.

The montage of religions.

Although all these religions have good aspects, they all have doubters and disputes, within their faith and with other religions. All have good intentions and can help in living an ethical life.  But in my opinion none are the ultimate answer. I could be wrong, I am still learning, no doubt I am ignorant of some of the details. We often look outside and criticize others, when the fault lies within our self.  I will follow what I believe and not be dogmatic about other dogmas and beliefs. With an open questioning attitude I hope to gain some understanding, of what is possibly an unanswerable question.

A piece of heaven.

I learned some interesting things, while gathering pictures for the montage.

thanks to.

Peace in heaven.

Thanks to Google and all the people whose pictures I used in the montage. All the other pictures I used are my own photos and drawings. That works out reasonably well, thanks to the Photoshop program. For the montage I decided to explore another way of getting pictures and I learned a lot more than I had expected   Thanks to the web site, Islamic Academy, I read the article for non Muslims, well worth reading, especially for people who consider Muslims a threat. That was where I got the beautiful art representation of Allah I liked others but chose the one with the flowers as they are more in keeping with purity and seemed more as a gift from the above. Thanks for the picture I used in the montage from other sites. They all gave me a bit more interesting knowledge about the beliefs they represented. I give thanks to them for this knowledge that contributes to my understanding and enlightenment.

Many rivers flow to one ocean.

Knowledge and understanding are the antidote to fear and hatred. It is said, “Things are neither good nor bad, things are just as they are.” to the wise. We can get too emotionally involved, too judgmental. Some times we think something is wonderful when we learn the price; decide it expensive, not worth the time and effort and often an adversity is a blessing in disguises.

The ocean is vast.

If we look for the good we will find it, if we look for faults we will find them. It could be what we see is only a reflection of what we are looking for. So let us start to look for the good in our fellow man, he is a reflection of you. Smile at the people you meet, they will usually return your smile, do not get upset if they do not, they may have problems and need kindness, not more troubles. Do not be too quick to judge that untidy, mean-looking person, in reality he may have dreadful problems plaguing him. See him under favorable circumstances and he could appear much more appealing.

The ocean is deep.

To judge a belief as a myth and nonsense, before studying it with an open mind is biased, prejudice. A mind interested in the underlying reasoning is more rewarding. Things I once thought had no useful purpose or were unintelligible nonsense, after further investigation I saw the reasoning behind them. Some I then judged as helpful to my spiritual advancement others I decided were not helpful to me. I always benefited in that I gained understanding of the people that lived by those beliefs.

The ocean is beautiful.

Reciprocity, understanding and respect are things that could save a lot of turmoil in our world. To live with trust in our neighbor, knowing he has the same needs as us and if not deprived of his fair share of these basic needs, like us he would rather live in peace than risk his life in war and the destruction. War does more damage to our environment than all the peaceful activity. Nature is infinite and will not be destroyed, man is mortal he will be destroyed, if he refuses to learn.

Natures beautiful gifts we should appreciate in your own way.

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Temple gate gards.

The Waking Dreamer.

The title could have been “The Waking Dreamer.” or “The Awake Dreamer.” because when I dreamed up the picture for this post I was wide awake. I was tired and relaxing uninterested in any activity so I was not focused and concentrating on anything. This is when the mind takes off on its own and if you are tired why not let it take over? If it starts to take you some where you would rather not go, do as you would in meditation take another deep breath and start concentrating on your breath.

Guarding four directions.

What is that noise? Then the thought popped into my mind and I let it run. People just do not understand shouting will do no good; you have to reason with people. The thoughts came racing, some will not listen, they think they are right, no it is their ego that is stopping them, maybe it is they have been told not to listen, that is not reason, that is unreasonable, we will never learn anything if we do not listen.

Beautiful Jesus staned glass,

Some religious people are like that, they are extremists, bigots, fanatics. My mind is racing now. These people are fundamentalists that give a religion a bad name. Why do they disagree, argue, fight, go against all moral decency and kill?

The om syllable a Hyndu symbol for Brahman.

Stop, it is time to cool down, relax take a deep breath, do not get all excited. This is the danger of letting the monkey mind takeover. One needs to be mindful of those uncontrolled thoughts. I then thought music could sooth the situation. The song ‘Imagine” came to mind, then the boy cow herder playing his flute and Shiva doing her dance, Buddha, Lao Tzu,  Confucius and Jesus could sing along I think most religions like singing.

Chinese temple Darwin.

All the heavenly angels and the like could gather in the heavens to listen. Some gods might find this a bit below them. But we could have a copy of the Creation of Adam that Michelangelo painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel as a back drop. What a superb fantasy, everyone invited to the greatest concert of all time. Hold on! Let’s not get too carried away, focusback to the breathing meditation.

Muslim art represinting Allah.

It is one thing to dream up a picture like this. How do I achieve my dream picture? I will do it with the help of the Photoshop program, I have no picture of the Creation of Adam so will use Google and the snippet tool. Even if my photos are not the best I always use them. The montage is going to be difficult to bring them all together in reality, harder still to bring them all together. Well it is not a bad way to pass the time and it is exercising the 80 year old brain, just like the body needs a work out, so does the brain. I have found the saying “use it or lose it“to be true.

Picture in Chinese Temple.

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Tan’s ice sculpture.

The Buddha gave us fundamental principles to live by in the                Noble Eight Fold Path. They are Right understanding; R/ thoughts; R/Speech; R/actions, R/livelihood; R/effort; R/mindfulness &   R/ concentration. To put this into practice we need to know just what is meant by all these Right things he mentioned & knowing is not enough these principals have to be practiced. Every day we need to be aware or mindful of our thoughts, speech & actions. This is not easy it takes effort, perseverance & concentration; we will be distracted, falter, forget & make mistakes.  Life is about learning skills to improve things & what better improvement than to improve our self to be calm contented & live in harmony with the world & all its inhabitants.                                                                            Right understanding is to realise all things are subject to change. So to crave & cling to impermanent things will only cause us anguish. Life is passing all is in flux. We cannot change the inevitable we must accept the universal truths & natural laws. The river runs to the ocean & we will have difficulty unless we go with the flow. Knowing this we can appreciate & share the good fortune & cope with adversity knowing that it will pass.  Right thoughts: What we think controls our mood & our outlook on life. If we are aware or mindful of our thoughts we can wisely monitor our thinking & take more control of our life. Our thoughts shape our personality the thoughts we dwell on make us what we are.

Sawing the ice.

Right Speech: The wise know the truth is essential eventually a liar gets found out then trust & credibility is lost. Be mindful & consider before making a comment, what effect will it have, will it help the situation or am I qualified to comment on this subject. Are people interested in my opinion or am I boring them, is my voice disturbing in tone or volume? If what we have to say has no useful purpose then silence is preferable. These are right thoughts to have before airing our views. After all this considering & thinking the opportunity to give our opinion may have passed but no comment is better than foolish remarks we could regret. Sometimes the mouth can run away without the brain.

The artist at work.

Right actions are mindful, when you wash dishes are you washing dishes, or trying to get them clean so you can do something else, then you are not mindful. When you eat savour the foods do not gorge consider all your actions carefully. Except in an emergency, circumstances where alert prompt action is essential. Although fear can sometimes lead to wrong decisions, there is a danger in taking action when under strong emotions such as fear, pride, impatience & especially anger. Anger is like temporary insanity.                                                                                               If the occupation we choose to earn a living is something we enjoy work is not drudgery. That is a good thing to remember when deciding on a profession. Right Livelihood involves more than this, others have to be considered besides ones self. The work we do should promote good and do no harm to any sentient being. Every step on The Eight Fold Noble Path complements the other, Right Effort needs Right Thought, Right Mindfulness, and Right Actions, consider how our actions affect others.  A calm mind is necessary to advance on The Eight Fold Path.

Work at its best.

                    In the modern world there are so many options, in every aspect of this technological world, where everything is clamouring for attention.        We need to stop and calm down to let our thoughts settle. Meditation is needed to achieve a calm mind. Right Concentration, controlling the thoughts that are stirring our mind. Till you try to sit in meditation and concentrate on one single thing, such as counting the inhalation and exhaling of your breath, you may not realise how your thoughts are racing. Once you have learned how to still your mind and get your thoughts under control. You can use the time you would normally be impatiently waiting for an appointment or any dreary wait, to calm your mind and let the world catch up to you. Also to take a few deep breaths can ease pain, control nerves and trigger calmness in stressful situations. In short. Be mindful and the most important thing is, what we are doing now. Give it our best shot, try to stay on target, give it a go make it our life’s aim to do our best and not stray off the righteous path. It’s not a command it’s a challenge a commitment for life that can benefits all.

These Photos were taken at Buddha’s Burthday celebrations Brisbane.

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Roebourne near Karatha W.A.

These are the only photos I had relating to jails, they are not exactly appropriate but do tell a story often ignored and also serve to make us realise how fortunate we are.

Jaol House Key.

I believe there are no bad people there are only sick or ignorant people. Would they be in jaol if they were not ignorant or stupid? By ignorant I am not saying you are stupid I mean you may not have had a good role model or the opportunity to learn. If you are  mentally sick I cannot help you. Go see a doctor, parson, priest or clergyman they will help you, that’s their job. I am only interested in the facts I have no faith in praying, so don’t walk on the water where I am trying to fish. When you pray you are talking to God, I meditate God talks to me and his language is silence or maybe meditation just stills my mind and understanding comes. I tried prayers and found I was talking to myself, so could only rely on myself.

Roebourne old joal near Karatha W.A.

I used to be an angry, ignorant man I worked for money and lived for pleasure. I wanted to have all those wonderful things cars, holidays in Hawaii, best hotels you name it I wanted it. I was always chasing after the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. You can never reach that pot of gold. Lasting pleasure is something out of reach and never achieved by possessively grasping and clinging to things that are by nature impermanent. Nothing is permanent, everything passes and you can’t take it with you. I am reluctant to go for that very reason, this is a wonderful world. One day when these old bones really ache I may be less reluctant.

Roebourne gaols unjust treatment of indigenous people.

The anger is in the past, the past has gone no good grieving over the past good or bad it’s gone, Robbie Burns said “for pleasures are like poppies spread you seize the flower the bloom is shed or like the snow fall on the river one moment white then lost forever.” We can learn from the past but must live in the present. Now is here to live it is a gift that is why we call it the present. No good dreaming of the future we have to enjoy the present.

Being deprived of freedom in any way is not my idea of a good present, but with the right attitude we can put it to the best use. We can read good books, meditate, that is a good way to spend time, no pun intended. The purpose of meditation is to calm the mind and control our thoughts by concentrating on something, like counting our breath, and not being distracted by outside distractions and our own thoughts.

Not much of a view, you can look up at the stars or down at the dust.

Everything changes, nothing lasts, this is a universal truth and the first of The Buddha’s Four Noble Truths.  These are the truths that freed me from ignorance, put me on the Eight Fold Path and gave me an aim in life.   Reading is good but practice is the key to happiness. Think about that and  do it. The Chinese say, “To know and not to do is still not to know.” Sakyamuni, The Buddha’s name, he also said do not accept my teaching without question, try it and see if it works. We should not accept anything on blind faith, but where ever we find helpful ideas we should practice them.

About 2500 years ago The Buddha taught a way of life that promotes peace and contentment. It spread from India to other lands. As it spread it had myths and local religious ideas added and became a mixture of many ideas, not all were rubbish. In China Daoism or Taoism was added, Yin and Yang as well as ancestral worship and Kon gfuzi or in English Confucius ideas. There are many buddhas displayed in temples and many forms of Buddhism.  This is confusing, but makes interesting reading as you sort out the under laying reasons and logic behind these puzzles.

Why there are so many buddhas is because anyone who practices The Buddha’s teaching and reaches novena, becomes a Buddha. Novena is a state of perfect enlightenment. I do not know about Novena, I do know as you learn more about The Four Noble Truths and practice The Eight Fold Path as a way of life you do reach more understanding. As you progress you will become a calmer and happier person in the process.

This is part of the history the victors never recorded.

The indigenous Australians in these photos were guilty of nothing they were used and abused. Today Australian gaols are not barbaric and there is a chance to learn and make a new start, with the right attitude.

I have never been in jaol but that is more good luck than good management. If I had been unfortunate I am not sure how I would have coped. It is so easy to say I would use the time to do all sorts of productive things. Like get physically and mentally fit. It is easy to talk, but it takes money to buy whisky. That saying is not attributed to The Buddha; he did say all things in moderation, I suppose that includes whisky.

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How I imagine lao-tzu.

Star Wars and Lao-tzu.

In the movie Star Wars Obi-Won Kenobi said to Skywalker “May the Force be with you.” I have forgotten all the action that made Star Wars a great movie. The one thing that has stayed with me is when Obi-Won Kenobi said to Skywalker “May the Force be with you”. This force is everywhere and gives the Jedi their power. Conversely it gives the villain Darth Vader his, opposing power.

Darth vader.

The similarity between Lao-tzu and Zhungzi writing about the Tao and Star Wars power is obvious. The Tao is described as the driving force of everything an indescribable force that keeps the whole cosmos in equilibrium. Lao-tzu is quoted as saying “The Tao that can be described is not the real Tao.”

Obe Won kinobi

The opposite forces of Yin, the dark and negative, and Yang, the Hot and light side, as shown in the beautiful Yin and yang symbol of opposing opposites are attributed to Zou yan. All this has a Pantheist philosophy about it, the unfathomable laws of nature and the delicate balance, nature needs to keep things flowing in harmony. Mans ignorance of natures laws are causing problems. When the Yin and Yang are out of balance, like nature out of balance there are problems.

The ego does not like to admit it does not understand the big questions, so man invents explanations in the form of powers, forces and gods. I really do not know, one of them could be right; I will not debate on that subject. I try to keep an open mind, I have my ideas but they are like clay that has not been fired, they can be reshaped. I do not mind sharing my ideas, largely they are not my ideas, they are a combination of ideas from many sources.

Mimiatere Buddha in geode.

The Buddha is supposed to have said “Do not accept my teaching, practice then and only accept them if they work. I have been putting those words into practice, testing many vastly different beliefs and concepts, from motivational books to religious writing, myths to scientifically proven facts. As well as science fiction like Star Wars. It does not matter where it originated or who said it first. If it works for you practice it.

People are looking for truth, truth is hard to define, it is subject to change, what was true in the past is often not true today. The exception to this is that everything in time is subject to change. All things in time change it is a universal unchanging fact. It is part of the Buddha’s teaching and when fully under stood will help to alleviate suffering.

Fundamental to all schools of Buddhism are the Four Noble Truths and The Eight Fold Path. Refer to my earlier page A Path to Live By. Also The Way to Peace and Contentment. Ignorant of right understanding, the way things really are, we grasp and cling to things we should realize are fleeting, unsustainable and impermanent. Like a child with an inflated balloon an unpleasant outcome is inevitable. This is learning the hard way from life experience. The lesson may have to be repeated. Still many never learn that giving is more rewarding than clinging and hording. To be able to share and let go when the need arises.

This is all part of the original teachings of Sakyamuni the sage of Shakyas,  Siddhartha Gautama, The Buddha.  No other ethical guide, religion or philosophy reveals so clearly actions leading to peace, contentment and the end of suffering. The Four Noble truths: that life has unsatisfactory aspects causing suffering, because of ignorance craving and attachment. The Eight fold Path leads to cessation of attachment and craving and therefore suffering. Sanskrit words describing the Four Noble Truths, The first truth is Dukkha a word that has no exact synonym in English. To describe dukkha as suffering is misleading. All beings are subject to suffering because of ignorance of the true nature of things. The problem is all things are impermanent described by the Sanskrit word Anicca. The Buddha was like a doctor discovering the disease first, noting the cause second, prescribing the medicine third and fourth the cure, The Eight Fold Path.

Meditation is another Buddhist teaching that originated at a much earlier time, it is mentioned in the Bible, Hindu Vedas, Chinese Taoist and adopted in Buddhism as a way to calm and train the mind. These are the profound teachings The Buddha gave to his followers. As Buddhism spread it absorbed other beliefs, religions and myths, some like the Taoist are worthy of study. Though many only muddied the water, but do make interesting reading and should be looked into.

The Eight fold Path is a way of life that gives one a long-term goal to aim for. Taking self-discipline without any divine help, it is not an easy path to adhere to in the turmoil of life’s distractions. To stray from the path has no dreaded fear of retribution from a demanding God. The only repercussion is karma, the law of cause an effect, the seed you sow governs the crop you get.

The idea of Karma originated in Hinduism they believed a just God punished or rewarded as was deserving of the individual’s deeds. The Buddha did not enter into discussing gods and creation his interest was in finding a cure for suffering. Originally Buddhists believed Kama to be the law of cause an effect. To test this smile and usually you get a smile in return when we act badly there is a negative response. It may not happen immediately but when the conditions are right the deed will yield a like response. Karma is a fact in this life, as for the afterlife I would not speculate.

Buddha’s teaching is a profound philosophy that has been polluted as it spread to other lands. Today it is a conglomeration of many beliefs, myths and religions. I find this reading colourful, interesting and a wonderful puzzle to be sorted out. Wise and helpful aspects have been added as well as unintelligible nonsense.

I try not to criticize the beliefs others hold because religious people are usually sincere, kind and trustworthy, if treated with respect. Reciprocity is needed, one cannot expect respect, if they are not respectful, or be trusted if not trustworthy or be shown kindness if they are unkind. All this can be thought of as aspects of karma.

Unfortunately religions create positions of power that can have an adverse influence on the religion. Yet if religion is sincerely practiced it can be a great comfort and do a lot of good.

All major religions have the same basic principles, commandments, precepts or laws.  Beyond all the other differences there is a neutral place we can all meet and share the basic good values we all hold, a place where empathy and kindness lead to understanding.

miniature buddha in geode.

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A magic place mt Warning.

 

 

Buddhist temple repairs..

Living The Magic Life.

I talk to myself, what do I say? “What a wonderful day.

Life is grand.” I shake my own hand, “What a mighty land.”

I want to run to my magic place, no, there are things that need to be done,

 do your duty and let it be fun.

 

Demanding work art detail.

 

How can I play all day and make the work go away.

Attitude, work is play if we see it that way.

It is in our mind whether it is work or play.

 I can enjoy the day in a different way.

I want to run to my magic place.

I want to run but it is not a race.

The human race sets a stampede pace.

Concrete will be covered with coloured tiles.

Always wanting makes people rush, hurrying to where they want to be,

 they miss the good things they could see,on the way.

“Slow down.” I say “enjoy this day.”

It is up to you what you want to do. I choose to do what is required of me.

 It is like breathing, a necessity.

 Obligations and genuine needs are best done with delight,

 if you want to sleep sound at night.

Makes my work childs play.

 Life is a challenge to do your best;

 a job well done is like a test.

 The more you practice the better you do.

 Very soon work is fun to you.

Doing good work is the right way,

 to find contentment in your day.

No worry or strife free from desire, wanting and greed.

 We find there is pleasure in every deed.

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Dragons are a symbol of luck.

Existance Hypotheses.

Who am I is the question? The Buddha claimed there was no I. How can that be explained, I am here for all to see? No you only see my body you only hear my voice and feel my presence. So there is a physical person that exists. The physical body is made up of absorbed matter and all matter is subject to change. Our body is made up of atoms of matter and is always changing. The body is in flux impermanent not existing alone but part of a whole never ending cosmic soup.

There is also a mysterious mental, abstract person that no one sees. The explanation for this is, before this body existed there was no I. The moment the sense organs of touch, smell, hearing and sight became aware of the surrounding environment sensations were relayed, via the electro chemical nervous system to the brain. That started to form a personal mental idea of the world. The external experiences I encountered formed my individual memory and unique mental outlook. This is what I refer to as me and you refer to as him or her. This is only a convenient handle used to work with, an abstract reference used to distinguish one person from another. This leads us to a false conclusion that we have an unchanging soul or spirit and an arrogant ego that is hurt by criticism, craves complements and always wants to be superior.

There is a basic animal instinct to mate. The seed is sown genes passed down from forbearers and life starts anew. The embryo is nourished by nutrients, the fetus grows to maturity, then is born into the world with a living body of matter and genes, like a map to direct growth. The individual personality is then formed by sensory input. Experiences are either pleasant or distasteful forming our likes and dislikes. This is how an individual’s personality is formed. We are still nothing more than part of this entire ever changing cosmos.

Take away one vital part of the body and the electro chemical impulses to the brain stop and the I is at rest. The body breaks down to become part of the whole world. Like a computer with the power turned off or a candle blown out. The I that never really existed is no more. The record of our good or bad deeds is all that remains. All else is returned to the entire cosmic existence. Like a circle with no beginning or end, matter remains in a never ending circle of change. As for a creator of the whole infinite cosmos, that is unanswerable. Because a circle has no beginning or end and a creator would have to have a creator etcetera.

Lao Tzu is credited with saying “The Tao (or Dow) that can be explained is not the real Tao.” If we do not know we try to explain with a hypotheses based on existing knowledge. Knowledge has advanced so our ideas should have advanced past fables and myths.

Why are we here? We are here to learn. Our purpose can only be to promote good that benefit all. To live in peace and harmony and make the world a better place for all to share.  As we are all a microscopic part of this cosmic soup, what nobler or wiser reason can there be than to leave behind a good example for future generations to build on.

Happy Chinese Buddha.

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