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  • DavidDavid A human residing in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Ancestral territory of the Erie, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, Mississauga and Neutral First Nations Veteran

    I only just saw this thread now and it is in itself a blessing.

    Thank you!

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Tayata Om Bhekandze Bekhandze Maha Bhekandze Bhekandze Randza Sumungate Soha

  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited July 2020

    You lucky, lucky, lucky people 💗

    After posting the above Blessing ... the very next day:

    • I find an Internet Friend from Puppy Linux has died in Singapore. His wife, daughter and twins born after his death, survive him.

    Please send puja for his wife and family.

    • My sisters partner Liam Gaynor, has been vomiting all night. He is a Covid vulnerable.
      Outrageous behaviour. 🤮 He drives the car for our weekly food delivery, due tomorrow. ;)

    Please send blessings, merit dedication, puja power, mantra etc to all concerned, especially your favourite crustacean (hopefully c'est moi) 😇

    Why are you so lucky? Chance to practice intensely! 🧘🏻‍♀️🧘🏿‍♀️😎


    John Murga with daughter

    Blessing Update: Phew, thanks already due. My sister plans to deliver our food solo style. ✅🌈🙏🏽Yum. 😌

    I have half day off work tomorrow so I expect I’ll be on my own buying your stuff. We’ll get our stuff in a day or two - we’ve got loads of food (especially potatoes!)

    May all beings benefit. Share the practice. Look after each other. Potato Power!

  • VimalajātiVimalajāti Whitby, Ontario Veteran
    edited July 2020

    Eighty-four thousand
    doors changed into Kannon's arms
    all for a lobster.

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Thanks @Vimalajāti and all blessings across time <3

    Liam safely eating. Food delivered.

    meanwhile ... potato cake

    I offer this to the teacher, higher than any other, the Precious Buddha.
    I offer this to the protection, higher than any other, the Precious Dharma.
    I offer this to the guide, higher than any other, the Precious Sangha.
    If offer this to the places of refuge, the 3 jewels, rare and supreme.

  • Ah ... we thought a blessing was something to receive?
    It is a given.

    Offering. Blessing. Metta.

  • Count your blessings, not your problems. Count your own blessings, not someone else's. Remember that jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.
    ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

  • There I was in the Purelands or was it the hell realms ... Pah! What is the difference!
    Here in the human realms we have a chance.

    May you Be a Well. Peace and Love. Good fortune.

  • Dear Friends

    May Amitabha Bless This Blessing

  • We the Spiritual Parents, Sons and Daughters of The Buddhas are Here.
    We come with Peace Spirit Mind Body
    We share unfolding, break bonds, live in You

    Free Us

  • Praise to Buddha Shakyamuni

    O Blessed One, Shakyamuni Buddha
    Precious treasury of compassion,
    Bestower of supreme inner peace,

    You, who love all beings without exception,
    Are the source of happiness and goodness;
    And you guide us to the liberating path.

    Your body is a wishfulfilling jewel,
    Your speech is supreme, purifying nectar,
    And your mind is refuge for all living beings.

    With folded hands I turn to you,
    Supreme unchanging friend,
    I request from the depths of my heart:

    Please give me the light of your wisdom
    To dispel the darkness of my mind
    And to heal my mental continuum.

    Please nourish me with your goodness,
    That I in turn may nourish all beings
    With an unceasing banquet of delight.

    Through your compassionate intention,
    Your blessings and virtuous deeds,
    And my strong wish to rely upon you,

    May all suffering quickly cease
    And all happiness and joy be fulfilled;
    And may holy Dharma flourish for evermore.

    Author Unknown

  • **Traditional Buddhist Prayer
    May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness;
    May all be free from sorrow and the causes of sorrow;
    May all never be separated from the sacred happiness which is sorrowless;
    And may all live in equanimity, without too much attachment and too much aversion,
    And live believing in the equality of all that lives.

    • Author Unknown

    PD: Pretty cool site, thanks @lobster !

  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    An early cup of coffee
    Frog jumps in
    Sound of water

    — After Basho by Kerome

  • Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
    Please help me increase my wisdom;
    Please help me open my mind.
    May I be able to appreciate the wonders of sky and earth;
    May I be able to be grateful for the warmth of the world;
    May I be able to obtain the assistance of friends;
    May I be able to realize the value of Dharma.

  • A blessing received is a blessing. In that sense its reception empowers its giving.


  • Receiving is generous
    Goodwill to All,9774,0,0,1,0

  • “We are like someone immersed in water, who complains of nothing to drink.” ~ Hsueh-Feng

  • Oh great, compassionate Buddha!
    The day has passed.
    On such a night,
    I can feel how quickly life and time have gone by;
    Just like a fish in shallow water;
    I know the time is short;
    I cannot help feeling the impermanence of life.

  • I’m free in this cave on T’ien-t’ai:
    No seeker here will ever find me.
    Han Shan’s my only friend.
    Chewing magic mushrooms,
    Underneath tall pines,
    We chatter back and forth
    Of ancient times, and new,
    Sighing to think of all the others,
    Each on their own way,
    Get your heads out, there’s still time!

    • Shih-te

    (IMAGE: Kuti at Bhavana Society Theravadan Buddhist Forest Monastery and Retreat Center in Hampshire County, WV
    , where they most assuredly DON'T eat magic mushrooms. ;-))

  • howhow Veteran Veteran
    edited December 2020

    And yet psychedelic hues of this photo's blue bark, paths & kuti roof persist.
    I saw a documentary the other day that was talking about the huge amount of viral, bacterial and fungal life found within each human that we actually depend upon for our continued good health. Perhaps fungal mushrooms, whose origins far precede all animal life, also claim that they most assuredly don't eat magic humans.

  • Fungi are so extensive that they were made a new separate kingdom (they had previously been included in the "plant" kingdom). There are more fungal species than plants. Moulds, yeasts, slimes and mushrooms are all fungi, including the charmingly nicknamed "Fuligo septica"—commonly referred to as dog vomit slime mould.There is also debate on whether they are plant OR animal:

    "In 1969, a scientist named Robert Whittaker published the first major revision to Linnaeus’s proposed two kingdom classification – animals and plants (which included fungi). In the revised version, Whittaker suggested that fungi should be classified as a separate kingdom, and this has been accepted by scientists.
    Are fungi plants or are they animals?

    "Fungi share characteristics of both plants and animals, making it confusing when trying to classify these organisms."

    READ ON:

  • howhow Veteran Veteran
    edited December 2020

    I have a friend who grew up in India where she was taught that mushrooms were a food too blessed with sentience for vegetarians to eat.

  • "At death a person abandons what one construes as mine. Realizing this, the wise shouldn’t incline to be devoted to mine." the Buddha (Sutta Nipata 4.812)

  • Embracing our differences,
    I shall know myself as you,
    and you as myself.
    May we serve each other
    for all our days,
    here, there, and everywhere.

    Sensei Wendy Egyoku Nakao

  • “Just as water flows under the ground
    So those who seek it find it,
    Without thought, without end,
    Its effective power all-pervasive,
    Buddha knowledge is also like this,
    Being in creatures’ minds;
    If any work on it with diligence,
    They will soon find the light of knowledge.”

    • Avatamsaka Sutra
  • “I have love for the footless,
    for the bipeds, too, I have love;
    I have love for those with four feet,
    for the many-footed I have love.”

    Have always appreciated this saying from the teachings of the #Buddha (Anguttara Nikaya 4.67)

  • When the song of the angels is stilled,
    When the star in the sky is gone,
    When the kings and the princes are home,
    When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
    The work of Christmas begins:
    To find the lost,
    To heal the broken,
    To feed the hungry,
    To release the prisoner,
    To rebuild the nations,
    To bring peace among brothers,
    To make music in the heart.

  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    Nice find @lobster, I like it.

  • ** “ I made my home west of the Sha
    Where water fills Sky Lake
    And the moon fills the river
    People are frightened when they see the heights
    But once they arrive they know the trail
    Dried snail shells on rock walls
    Fresh tiger tracks in the mud
    My door stays open
    When spring days grow long
    When paulownias bloom and cicadas call **“

    ~ Stonehouse (1272-1352

  • I am a link in Lord Buddha’s golden chain of love that stretches around the world.
    I must keep my link bright and strong.
    I will try to be kind and gentle to every living thing, and protect all who are weaker than myself
    I will try to think pure and beautiful thoughts, to say pure and beautiful words, and to do pure and beautiful deeds, knowing that on what I do now depends my happiness and misery.
    May every link in Lord Buddha’s golden chain of love become bright and strong and may we all attain perfect peace

  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited February 2021

    There comes a time when the storms and calms
    in a teacup
    stir into each other
    and we are the teacup in the I
    of the storm

    Don't stir
    Settle the spin ...

    Galatians 5:22-25 (KJV)

  • “We gently caress you, the Earth, our planet and our home.

    Our vision has brought us closer to you, making us aware of the harm we have done to the life-network upon which we ourselves depend.

    We are reminded that we have poisoned your waters, your lands, your air.

    We have filled you with the bones of our dead from war and greed.

    Your pain is our pain.

    Touching you gently, we pray that we may become peace-bringers and life-bringers so that our home in its journey around the Sun not become a sterile and lonely place.

    May this prayer and its power last forever."

  • all around you are jewels. you, yourself are a priceless gem.

  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    If we are peaceful,
    If we are happy,
    We can smile and blossom like a flower.
    And everyone in our family,
    Our entire society,
    Will benefit
    From our peace.

    • Thich Nhat Hanh
  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    With every breath I take today,
    I vow to be awake;
    And every step I take,
    I vow to take with a grateful heart.
    So I may see with eyes of love
    Into the hearts of all I meet,
    To ease their burden when I can
    And touch them with a smile of peace.

    • Anonymous
  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    Here is the great Earth,
    Filled with the smell of incense,
    Covered with a blanket of flowers,
    The Great Mountain, the Four Continents,
    Wearing a jewel of the Sun and Moon.
    In my mind I make them the Paradise of a Buddha,
    And offer it all to You.
    By this deed, may every living being
    Experience the Pure World.

    • Tibetan Prayer
  • Then spring now autumn,
    the four seasons revolve.
    Then young now old,
    you see the hair turn white.
    Then wealthy and nobility,
    now a long dream.
    Years and months go by,
    Carrying ten thousand pecks of sorrow.
    In the path of suffering,
    The wheel of rebirth rolls endlessly.
    In the river of passion,
    We swim like bubbles
    forming and popping.
    Now coming to the right place
    To learn the Way,
    Why don’t you touch your nose?
    See that this is your very good
    Chance of a million lifetimes.

    ~ Tue Trung Thuong Si (1230-1291)ệ_Trung

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Namo Amitabha Buddha
    Namo Amitabha Buddha
    Namo Amitabha Buddha

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    May the blessings of love be upon you
    May its peace abide with you
    May its essence illuminate your heart
    Now and forever more...

  • lobsterlobster Veteran



  • Yesterday was difficult. First NoBell ding dong Truly Dukkhaing . And so … to curly wurly …

    The Blessed Smile

    Be Happy. Smiling Meditation. Buddha Mona Lisa style.

    Buddha Bless Us, Every One

    • Tiny Tim (Almost)
  • JeroenJeroen Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter Netherlands Veteran

    @lobster said:
    Yesterday was difficult. First NoBell ding dong Truly Dukkhaing . And so … to curly wurly …

    For us mere mortals, bearing up under difficult circumstances is a worthwhile thing, if only to set the good example. It is good to see that crustaceans also keep up the habit.

  • Enter the stream
    With all good intents and empowerment
    With all who are blessed and a blessing
    May you sense your well being, increase in fortune
    Increase in virtue, giving, service, power to transform
    Increase in sense, in protection, in friendship
    Make it so
    Eh Ma Ho

  • 2022 Blessing

    Here is a working blessing

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