May All Beings Be Happy

My friend, Ellen Besso is in Dharamsala right now, teaching English to Tibetans-in-exile. In her blog she writes of the tragedy of self-immolutation occurring in Tibet right now.

“It is now Thursday, October 25th, and 4 people have sacrificed themselves for the Tibetan cause since Saturday: 1 on Saturday, 1 Monday and 2 yesterday, Wednesday.”

I am so grateful to Tibetan Buddhism for the teachings I have received on Loving Kindness, a teaching that helps me touch suffering with compassion: May all beings be happy, May all beings be safe, May all beings be free.

Synchronistically, the same day I read Ellen’s blog, another friend sent me this link to the amazing sound of Jennifer Berezen and a clip on the making of her CD dedicated to Loving Kindess.

May you be happy, may you be safe, may you be free.

The Healing Sounds of The Bell Chant

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I’ve been feeling waves of sadness lately, along with the grittiness of irritability. I also seem to have misplaced what little patience I had been nurturing over the past few years.

I wonder my experience is part of it is the collective sadness that comes with living in a world that doesn’t value the uniqueness of each being, that doesn’t value and honour the beautiful blue-green planet we call home, Pacha Mama.

The inner tension between hope and despair is increasing. At times I look out at our world and see all the wonderful acts of kindness, the indications of economic change, the growth in the local food economy and my heart delights. Other days I hear the rhetoric of our politicians saying how we need to fast track approval processes for resource extraction and I burst into tears, recognizing the model that sees the earth as a commodity to be sold, regardless of the larger impacts on communities, the ecosystem and our souls.

Perhaps it is simply part of the process of evolution – we need to experience the polarization of human consciousness between those who would imprison and those who would free the human spirit.

I’ve been using this beautiful Bell Chant from Buddhist teacher Thich Naht Hahn and Brother  Phap Niem to soothe my soul and heart. To help me water the seeds of compassion, within and without.

I’m curious, are you feeling this tension? If so, how are you meeting it?

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The Fairytale of Braunschweig: An Anonymous Donor and Envelopes Stuffed with Cash – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

What would you think and feel if you found 10,000 euros ($13,000) in your postbox? Well, a number of nonprofits and charities in Braunschweig, Germany are having that experience.

The Fairytale of Braunschweig: An Anonymous Donor and Envelopes Stuffed with Cash – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to see these generous acts spread around the world? Gifting money with no expectation of return – it certainly is mindbending compare to the onslaught of financial advise at this time of year (RRSP season and all, here in Canada)

to maximize your return on your money/investments.

Yet, perhaps anticipating the surprise and joy that the people receiving the envelopes of cash are likely to experience (at least I would) would be the best return on investment there is.