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LOVING KINDNESS

"Keep in mind the many beings who are suffering in the same way as you are, and pray that your suffering may absorb theirs and that they may be liberated from all suffering. In this way, illness can teach us compassion." Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche…

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Added by Michael Forbus on April 29, 2010 at 6:08pm — No Comments

HOW MULTITASKING LEADS TO IGNORANCE

How multitasking leads to ignorance

By Andrew Olendzki



© Mark Harwood



When the Buddha says, “I know of no single thing more conducive to great harm than an unrestrained mind,” I think he is referring, in part, to the current penchant for multitasking. When the mind tries to do several things at once, it does not do any of them very well. This is an empirical fact proven by numerous experiments, and it is easy to test out for yourself: try texting a message while… Continue

Added by Michael Forbus on March 21, 2010 at 6:59pm — 3 Comments

CO WRITING A BOOK ON POST HYSTERECTOMY, ANXIETY DISORDER AND MANIA, SEVERE OVER PRESCRIBING ESTROGEN PELLETS IMPLANTED AND ANTIDEPRESSANTS

AS YOU KNOW BY MY MANY BLOGS, I TYPICALLY WRITE ABOUT SPIRITUAL ISSUES AND ART. I AM NOW CO-AUTHORING A BOOK WITH A DEAR AND LONG TERM FRIEND OF MINE WHO HAS HAD SEVERE ISSUES WITH POST-HYSTERECTOMY PROBLEMS. SHE HAS SEEN MANY PSYCHIATRISTS, TAKEN MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF PRESCRIBED MEDICINES, IMPLANTED OVERDOSES OF ESTROGEN PELLETS AND ALMOST LOST HER ENTIRE FAMILY, LIFE, HER CAREER, WHICH WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL, AND HAS HAD MANY YEARS OF WONDERING WHAT HAPPENED. SHE MET A DOCTOR THROUGH A FRIEND AFTER… Continue

Added by Michael Forbus on March 2, 2010 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

COMING HOME

Coming Home

Home is the realization that we are not separate from anything, there is only "this", our natural condition. Our idea that there is a separate sense of self, separate from all of "this" is what keeps us from this

realization. No object, or being exist independent of itself; How can

it? When there is a sense of a separate self there is something…

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Added by Michael Forbus on February 9, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

COMING HOME



"When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched,

you begin to discover that it's bottomless, that it doesn't have…
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Added by Michael Forbus on February 9, 2010 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Winter Wolf

As the snow builds, so does our character. Namaste, and bless you all. Stay warm and safe, Miguel


Added by Michael Forbus on February 8, 2010 at 9:51pm — No Comments

Winter Wolf

Include Everything

Realization is unconditional happiness, an indescribable inner joy. We are always seeking something, trying to see, to know, just like we try to get ordinary things and accumulate…

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Added by Michael Forbus on February 8, 2010 at 9:50pm — No Comments

Blessings to the folks who run this site, Especially Krishna who does such a great chore of love.

Dear my beloved friends, this is the most beautiful site. Full of lovely photographs and sweetness, the scent of sandlewood, the words ob Buddha, the poetry of Rumi, the laughing faces of my dear friends. I am in a paradise where there is no conflict, only love amongst our fellow beings. How can I think of the differences between any of us. We are the same, my heart is yours and yours is mine. Our thoughts are of beauty and kindness. You have all changed my live, you have made me a better man… Continue

Added by Michael Forbus on January 12, 2010 at 5:43pm — 1 Comment

To The Mist That Refreshes Me All Days, My Love Always, Namaste, Miguel

We need a little more compassion, and if we cannot have it then no politician or even a magician can save the planet.



~The Dalai Lama



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Change is Inevitable



As Buddhists, we work to accept the impermanence and inevitable decay of the physical body. But it’s not enough to accept it as a fact; we can believe in this and still not want it in plain sight. Nagarjuna said, “Change makes all things possible.” It is… Continue

Added by Michael Forbus on December 4, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

A Little Dharma for the Weekend, bless you all dear Friends. Namaste, Miguel

Cloudspotting



Although cloudspotting is an activity best undertaken with time on your hands, it is something that everyone can enjoy. Clouds are the most egalitarian of nature's displays, since each one of us has a good view of them, so it really doesn't matter where you are. A little elevation never goes amiss, of course, but this could as easily be provided by a high-rise as by a mountain range of outstanding natural beauty. More important is the frame of mind you are in while… Continue

Added by Michael Forbus on November 7, 2009 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Love Abounds from Miguel

Practice is what we are



Our lives, like the ocean, constantly change, and we will naturally face great storms and dreary lulls. How, then, to put our minds in a space where practice is always there, whether tumultuous or in the doldrums? It requires a completely radical view of practice: practice is not something we do; it is something we are. We are not separate from our practice, and so no matter what, our practice is present. An ocean swimmer is loose and flows with the current… Continue

Added by Michael Forbus on October 9, 2009 at 9:52pm — No Comments

The Meaning of Namaste

The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. "Nama" means bow, "as" means I, and "te" means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means "bow me you" or "I bow to you."



To perform Namaste, we place the hands together at the heart charka, close the eyes, and bow the head. It can also be done by placing the hands together in front of… Continue

Added by Michael Forbus on September 11, 2009 at 12:12am — No Comments

La Cocina

La Cocina



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am in the kitchen roasting chiles and you are in your studio playing The Gipsy Kings, and quite loud, I might add. I began to think, as the chiles charred, of all the merengues and tangos we had danced when we were so young that we could dance the night away and take shot after shot in celebration of the great Manitas de Plata. “The fingers of silver,” as he and his brother were known, could pound anything made of wood and keep the flamenco rhythm vibrant and… Continue

Added by Michael Forbus on August 18, 2009 at 4:59am — No Comments

A quote from my favorite Chilean Poet, Pablo Neruda.

“Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into the making of bread.”

Pablo Neruda quote

Added by Michael Forbus on August 2, 2009 at 6:35pm — No Comments

TODAY'S DHARMA

To me, then, true criticism consists in trying to find out the intrinsic worth of the thing itself, and not in attributing a quality to that thing. You attribute a quality to an environment, to an experience, only when you want to derive something from it, when you want to gain or to have power or happiness. Now this destroys true criticism. Your desire is perverted through attributing values, and therefore you cannot see clearly. Instead of trying to see the flower in its original and… Continue

Added by Michael Forbus on July 22, 2009 at 6:22pm — 4 Comments

MEXICAN ORCHID FOR LA FLORITA Copyright by Michael (Miguel) Forbus

Mexican Orchid For La Florita



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aco picked this orchid for La Florita, his love, during the Festival of the Dead in Oaxaca. He was to meet her in the Zócalo at Zaruela's. He waited and waited and paid the mariachi to play Una Paloma Blanca over and over. They didn't mind. He also was heavy handed with the liter of El Presidente he had at the table.



He cradled the orchid as he would a wounded bird and splashed ice water on it for hours and finally it began to… Continue

Added by Michael Forbus on July 19, 2009 at 3:33pm — 1 Comment

Miguel and Paloma

Miguel and Paloma



M

y beautiful Paloma, there was a time in my life when I was not calm. I was a vessel with a tattered sail tossed about in an ominous sea.



As a young man, I had become quite restless and when I finally was of age I went to sea. It was no place for a young boy, but the closeness to death every week helped me grow the body of a man and the mind followed. We were a rough bunch and I always tried to remain a gentleman. I studied while at sea and… Continue

Added by Michael Forbus on July 19, 2009 at 3:28pm — 2 Comments

LAVENDER ORCHIDS FOR THE QUEEN OF LIGHT copyright by Michael (Miguel) Forbus

Lavender Orchids For The Queen of Light



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was born without sight in San Paolo. My dear parents went to God shortly thereafter from the tainted water in the street. I lived in a box of a house in the Thieves’ Ghetto. I had to beg for food or visit the garbage heap as a last resort. I always thought I could see shadows and light but probably not. The darkness was bad for the child and the adult as they had to lead me through the barrio to the piles of garbage that we ate. I had… Continue

Added by Michael Forbus on July 18, 2009 at 5:06pm — 17 Comments

Love In a Room in San Miguel de Allende

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o you remember coming back from the long hike to the ruins, burning from the sun, to this beautiful room full of evening light, sheer mosquito netting and the Aztec sun orchids that adorned our room? My only flora, do you remember? We had a few cold Negra Modelos and you put lemons in yours, as you cared not for the yuppie lime. I always laughed at that. You were always so different than anyone I ever knew.



You laid the vase on the bed cradled in the pillows and just stared… Continue

Added by Michael Forbus on July 14, 2009 at 7:00pm — 9 Comments

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