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Religious diversity and tolerance.

Post by muni on Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:35 am

I think I put this here in the lounge, as it is more "life in general". But very nice value.



Sitting on a wall, looking how people washed their clothes on the rocks, all armed with a piece of soap, a man began to talk. He had a wooden cross on his neck and a Christian little silver jewel. Maybe their was a face of Mary, the mother of Jesus. He had back pain. A Buddhist monk appeared and started some carefull massage. We drunk together tea while a Hindu boy played music on his selfmade instrument. Later, not moved from the wall a woman went to sit for a small rest. She told me she was jewish. I pronounced it like juice but she didn't mind at all. Very hearty and tolerant lady she was and when someone other arrived, we again drunk tea together. Meanwhile Hindu people walked along us. Namaste! Smiles. Later on I saw the Christian man back and he told me about the beauty of the expression of mindfulness, The Dalai Lama told about. That is so great expression he said happely.

"All religions share a common root, which is limitless compassion. They emphasize human improvement, love, respect for others and compassion for the suffering of others. In so far as love is essential in every religion, we could say that love is a universal religion. But the various techniques and methods for developing love differ widely between the traditions. I don't think there could ever be just one single philosophy or religion. Since there are so many different types of people, with a range of tendencies and inclinations, it is quite fitting that there are differences between religions. And the fact that there are so many different descriptions of the religious path shows how rich religion is.

The person who has a tremendous reserve of patience and tolerance has a certain degree of tranquility and calmness in his or her life. Such person is not only happy and more emotionally grounded, but also seems to be physically healthier and to experience less illness. The person possessses a strong will, has a good appetite and can sleep with a clear conscience."

By The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet: we are all one family.

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Re: Religious diversity and tolerance.

Post by muni on Fri Nov 06, 2009 10:23 am




Peaceful atmosphere.



A good heart is both important and effective in our daily life. If in a small family, even without children, the members have a warm heart for each other, a peaceful atmosphere will be created. However, if one of the persons feels angry, immediately the atmosphere in the house becomes tense.

Despite good food or a nice television set, you will lose peace and calm. Thus things depend more on the mind than on matter. Matter is important, we must use it properly but in this century we must combine a good brain with a good heart." Dalai Lama.


We have the responsability to remain mindful not only for our own being but for all around us. Whether there appears someone acting in attachment-aversion or in insight; there is compassion and devotion; both are love. In that way patience and tolerance can bloom.

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Post by Gerry on Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:17 pm

I have heard more than one Dzogchen Master say one indicator of a peaceful, compassionate mind is good health. Ayurveda holds a similar view.

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Re: Religious diversity and tolerance.

Post by muni on Sun Nov 08, 2009 11:35 am

Oh yes, Gerry!
When we sit on a lovely beach or on a beautiful mountain, our experienced view can be like paradise. But for example; with a huge headache and disturbed stomach will our experience differ and all will be so nasty and nobody should near us to closely or we shoot.

Mastering mind in which health problems can be seen for what they are. May all be healthy.

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Post by Gerry on Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:12 pm

But a steady mind can be happy for no apparent reason even when everything outside provides an excuse to not be happy, even with failing health or chronic pain. Happiness, compassion, equanimity, etc. are all part of our inherent Buddha Nature, but we tend to look outside for these.

There is another angle that many do not even notice. The food we eat can play into this as well.

A friend of mine and I had been eating according to our dosha (Skt, nyipa-sum Tib) for a few months and one night went for a pizza. It was a "nice" vegetarian pizza with tomatoes, onions, hot peppers, etc. By the time we had walked a block on the way home we were in the worst argument ever about absolutely nothing at all. We got home she stormed off to her room as did I.

Curious about what just happened I got out one of my Ayurveda texts and almost everything on the pizza was aggravating to our dosha. So our bodies were upset (angry about the unhelpful food decision) and moving mind looked outside for a reason to be angry. I told her about it the next morning and we laughed until we cried.

Moving mind can be like that - looking outwardly for an excuse, instead of looking inside. And most people have never taken the time to let the body tell them what to eat, what it needs to be healthy - we just eat.

I have a theory about "road rage". I think it is the result of designer coffee shops and unsteady minds. Too much caffeine, the body gets overstimulated, etc.

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Post by malalu on Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:38 pm

Gerry wrote:I have heard more than one Dzogchen Master say one indicator of a peaceful, compassionate mind is good health. Ayurveda holds a similar view.

Absolutely, Gerry. I would certainly agree with this statement. I have noticed this first hand as well.
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