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Олег Торсунов о беззаконии:

Люди в благости, страсти и в невежестве воспринимают беззаконие по-разному. Человек в благости считает, что надо наказать владельца собаки, чтобы он понял, как поступать правильно, и чтобы больше его собака никого не кусала. Человек в страсти хочет наказать этого владельца, чтобы больше собака его не укусила. То есть, чувство собственной выгоды все равно преобладает. А человек в невежестве думает: "Я обязательно накажу этого владельца собаки, потому что я его ненавижу вместе с его собакой". Поэтому наказание само по себе не является чем-то плохим. Оно является благом. Но мы можем диагностировать в себе, с каким чувством мы хотим наказания, что является основой для нашего наказания. В Ведах существует закон, по которому человек должен бороться с беззаконием, чего бы ему это ни стоило. Есть пассивное преступление, а есть активное.
Человек в невежестве, видя драку, думает: "Здорово! Кто же кого отлупит?" Ему это интересно. Человек в страсти, видя драку, чувствует, что надо сматываться, потому что его могут задеть. Человек в благости немедленно думает: "Надо помочь этим людям, надо остановить все это и наказать виновного, надо немедленно вмешаться". Если он сам не может, к примеру, женщина сама не может вмешаться в драку, то она зовет кого-то на помощь.

..и о соседях:

Вопрос: Наша соседка всех подозревает, считает, что другие забрали ее имущество, не отдали долги. У нее есть даже список долгов. Как с ней общаться?
Ответ: Нужно ее простить, тогда влияние гуны невежества на вас перестанет влиять. Если вы считаете свою соседку такой, постоянно думаете о ней, то это значит, что вы не слишком отличаетесь от своей соседки. В этом случае она копит свою плохую карму, а вы отрабатываете. Когда же вы прощаете свою соседку, то на вас начинает влиять гуна благости, и вы уже не думаете о ней таким образом, а просто желаете ей счастья.

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Maintain a Buddhist World View. Understand all good things come from helping other people, and all bad things come from watching out for your own interest only. You can watch out for your own interests, but equally watch out for other people’s interests. That’s healthy. //'oxygen money'

Every good thing in the world - money, financial security, friends, relationships, food, Michael and Zoe’s milk shakes, everything comes from serving other people. That’s the Buddhist belief. You cannot breathe one breath of air unless you helped someone in the past to live. The reason you have the honor of breathing for the rest of today is that each breath comes from having done something for someone else, like making food. That’s the Buddhist World View. You strive to keep it.

Ten virtues / vows
1. Respecting Life / Killing
2. Generosity (respecting other’s property) / Stealing
3. Sexual Purity (honouring relationships) / Sexual Misconduct
4. Kind Words / Harsh Words
5. Speaking the Truth / Lying
6. Speaking to Bring People Together / Divisive Speech
7. Meaningful Talk / Idle Talk
8. Being Satisfied (with what you have) / Coveting
9. Good Will and Rejoicing / Ill Will
10. Correct World View / Wrong View

Geshe Michael


stop doing things that don't work?

"the other people....where are they coming from? 

I'm not suggesting that this is easy or that I'm always successful at it, but we are always presented with the question of how much of our reality we are willing to take responsibility for. Things start to shift more quickly when we take responsibility for everything. 

"Stop doing things that don't work" is not about determining what things "DO work"-- it's about pre-empting the entire process by first planting the seeds for what we want and then sitting back and watching it unfold. No conventional strategy, no decisions. In this system the seed planting IS the strategy. The rest is just dominoes....waiting for the rest to fall once we've tipped the first one by planting seeds for what we need or want (by helping others who need the same thing). 

it's very very interesting- everybody has the same problems. The world feels very small to me now....you just sit in a metal tube for 8-10-12-14 hours depending on where you're going, and when you get out the people may have slightly different features but pretty much the same human experience as all of us....it's very striking how the same problems come up over and over again from Detroit to Moscow to Hamburg to Hong Kong, Taipei and Ho Chi Minh City. It's incredibly gratifying to work with people all over the globe on this level. 

Seriously, imagine a world where every person goes after what they want by first helping other people to have it! That's what we're working toward."

- Scott Vacek


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Focus of the month

It begins by recognizing another being as more existing to service us. It begins by changing the question, "what can they do for me?" into "what can I do for them-how can I enhance their life-what can I do to make them feel better, happier, more cherished?" It begins by putting a face on the other and asking "Who are you, who am I, who are we? What are we doing and why?" Those are powerful questions. 

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 There is a teaching that you have only to take one step toward God and She will come all the way across the universe to you.

The key is to separate the idea of suffering, which is a phenomenon of the mind, from pain, which is a necessary component of worldly living.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable? 

DAVID: When I drop a stone on my foot or hit my finger with the hammer, stub my toe on the furniture, bump my head on the door, fall down the stairs, when my garden fails, when I’m tired, and when I get sick. But also when I witness the suffering of others, when know that I made a mistake, and when I feel love more than fear.

SHARON: Find a teacher you can bow to, who can teach you how to be kind—how to serve others—because the key to enlightenment lies in that. Be humble, work hard, study and practice. 

Create the kind of world you want to live in by how you treat others now. Don’t expect others to change. Instead, take on the project and see if you can become the change you want to see in the world. Try your best to let go of anger, blame and seeing yourself as a victim. To this end it is helpful to have an understanding of the yogic concept of shunyata (emptiness). Remember that everyone you see and every situation you find yourself in has come from inside of you; you have created your reality by how you have treated others in your past. So whatever you want to have happen to you make it happen for others now and eventually but inevitably you will reap the seeds you have sown.

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..."the choice we have is to consciously partake in the construction of our reality or to remain the victim of fate (really unconsciousness)"...david life


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"Be Grateful To Everybody"
If we were to make a list of the people we don't like-people we find obnoxious, threatening or worthy of contempt-we would find much about ourselves that we can't face. If we were to come up with one word about each of the troublemakers in our lives, we would find ourselves with a list of descriptions of our own rejected qualities. We project these on the outside world. The people who repel us unwittingly show us aspects of ourselves that we find unacceptable, which otherwise we can't see. Traditional lojong teachings say it another way: other people trigger the karma we haven't worked out. They mirror us and give us a chance to befriend all of that ancient stuff we carry around like a backpack full of granite boulders.
"Be grateful to everyone" is a way of saying that we can learn from any situation, especially if we practice this slogan with awareness. The people and situations in our lives can remind us to catch neurosis as neurosis-to see when we've pulled the shades, locked the door, and crawled under the covers."