Tag Archive | Buddhism

The Discovery on Netflix

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Have you seen the Netflix movie called The Discovery?

I watched it the other night and it brought up a lot of questions that maybe you have pondered as well – for example –

What happens after death?

I find The Discovery an interesting answer to that question.  I would love to hear if you have seen the movie and what you thought of it.  In case you haven’t heard of the movie, below is the trailer in case you’re interested.

Feel free to share any thoughts you may have!

Shine On!

xo

Do You Believe in Karma?

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I awoke this morning with the song, Karma Chameleon by Boy George in my head this morning.  I admit I found it interesting since I haven’t heard that song nor thought of it in years.  But it brought up the question of Karma to me in a most peculiar way, so I am reaching out to you, dear friends, to see what you have to say about Karma.

As I understand it, having read a bit this morning,

Karma describes how our actions evolve into experience. 

Each action is then a seed,

which grows into our experience of the world,

and either starts a new growth process,

or perhaps reinforces an old one.

Which to me, is interpreted as every moment needs to be mindful!  How about you?  Does the above resonate with your definition and understanding of Karma?  Please share as I am most interested in learning from you!

I also read on Buddhanet:

Perplexed by the seemingly inexplicable, apparent disparity that existed among humanity, a young truth-seeker approached the Buddha and questioned him regarding this intricate problem of inequality:

“What is the cause, what is the reason, O Lord,” questioned he, “that we find amongst mankind the short-lived and long-lived, the healthy and the diseased, the ugly and beautiful, those lacking influence and the powerful, the poor and the rich, the low-born and the high-born, and the ignorant and the wise?”

The Buddha’s reply was:

“All living beings have actions (Karma) as their own, their inheritance, their congenital cause, their kinsman, their refuge. It is Karma that differentiates beings into low and high states.”

He then explained the cause of such differences in accordance with the law of cause and effect.

I have heard people allude to others’ actions which they found distasteful, with the phrase, ‘karma will get them’ and I never knew what to say to that sentence.  I have heard the word over the years, but I have never truly understood the definition.

Please help me today ~ share what you know, what you believe, define it if you will.  If you have written about Karma, please share a link below in the comments.  I truly want to hear from you!

Shine On!

xo

And in case you now have the song in your head…Enjoy!

How To Be Immortal

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“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” 
~ Tho
mas Campbell

My heartfelt thanks to Nicole click here to see her blog  for it was there where I first saw this amazing quote.  As the holidays are upon us, there are families who have missing members, ones that are not here anymore as they have passed away or even moved away.  It saddens me to count the second Christmas that my Dad is not present with us.  Sure, I can say that his spirit is around us, especially on his favorite holiday, but he is not here anymore.

So I wonder, what will happen when I pass away?  Will there be a thought of me when everyone gathers around the Christmas tree?  Will my passing be noticed by anyone else besides my immediate family?  Will there be any mention of my name or memory by someone that I didn’t birth or marry?  I don’t care to be immortal for my ego, but to try to make a difference in others’ lives.  I want to live in hearts, happier hearts for perhaps having known me.  Does this make sense?  But how?

Simple:  Obey the Golden Rule!

Matthew 7:12:  “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

Confucianism:  “Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you” (Analects 15:23)

Hinduism:  “This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you” (Mahabharata 5:1517)

Buddhism:  “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful” (Udanavarga 5:18)

Sounds easy, right?

Shine On!

xo