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Friday, January 13, 2012

The Power of Living in the Present Moment.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kyodo for the Japan Times

The Dalai Lama comforts a child in Japan following the tsunami of 2011. Here we see the Dalai Lama less as a revered leader, and more like a benevolent grand-father. Time stands still as the cool water of the Dalai Lama's compassion soothes the terrifying flames of this child's fear and depression. When we are present for one another with no other motive than compassion and love, there truly isn't anything we can't survive together.

Times of extreme stress often have a way of stripping through the layers of the ego to expose a seemingly lost ability to co-operate as a society. During times of crisis and disaster, the self melts away to expose the innate goodness in all sentient beings. It is our dedication and practice as Buddhists and other spiritual believers to bring this co-operation to all moments.

It is in that unison, I believe, where we can prevent disasters before they unfold with their tragic results. And while a certain level of tragedy is the reality of life, we should do everything in our power to lessen the impact. In being present and aware of changes gives us additional information to head of problems and lessen consequences. That's the power of living in the present moment.

---I bow to the Buddha within all beings---

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8 comments:

tscrew said...

awesome, thanks for sharing.
Gassho

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Sophia Grace said...

The Buddha within me bows to you!

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Anonymous said...

A powerful example of what zen can do. If we learn to strip away the ego in our daily lives, we can bring out the best of ourselves at any time. It reminds me of the paradox "Untrain the mind. Be empty. When empty, you are full." meaning when we let go of the self, only our true self remains. The fact that this ego-free true self can be so benevolent is a very beautiful thing.

I read the paradox above in a book called "Where's My Zen?" which really helped me to be in the present moment, without ego.

Tim Illencik said...

The man is an inspiration.

Anonymous said...

"Here we see the Dalai Lama less as a revered leader, and more like a benevolent grand-father. " is a weird saying.
What is a revered leader, in Buddhism?
Is it not his or her benevolence that makes him or her a revered one? Or you think otherwise?
How can one be less a revered leader when he or she a more benevolent person?

They call him James Ure said...

@Anonymous...I wasn't trying to over-think the post. I simply meant by "revered leader" that he is a well-respected leader in Buddhism. I didn't mean anything other than that.

I was trying to make the comparison between the Dalai in formal ceremonies versus among the people when he's more like a grandfather.

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