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Alive Dharma Teaching : True Knowledge of Buddhism in globalized world, April 19, 2009
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TRUE KNOWLEDGE OF BUDDHISM
IN GLOBALIZED WORLD
International day of Earth
“Tathagatas forms are endless. And so is His awareness…”
From theVisual Dharma for the planet Earth
1. Introduction :
Everything is in the process of constant change. And CHANGE we need also in Buddhism. Positive change, constructive CHANGE. As brave citizens of this planet Earth we must not clinge so much to negativities of previous century: to social injustice, to wars and conflicts. To find strength within oneself means to go ahead in the process of positive change. In Buddhist terms, especially in Buddhist Vajrayana terms or tantric terms this is called TRANSFORMATION. Transforming or converting negativities into constructive, positive, fresh and alive process.
Many people of this planet Earth, our home, are not yet aware the fact that we entered new millennium nine years ago ! Although the process of constructive change began then, it was for many beings more or less unconscious. Our aim is to make this constructive process of transformation conscious- every citizen of our home planet Earth must become aware of it. Look into yourself and reflect – what can you contribute in your daily life toward constructive transformation of yourself and your environment ? Maybe you are an aggressive person with implosive or explosive anger , always quarreling with others, trying to oppress others, esp. women, spreading your own personal prejudices and psychic problems and trying to sell them as religion ?! Such citizens of our home planet Earth must work more diligently on their true spiritual growth. Spreading religious prejudices and religious intolerance is great crime, often leading to religious extremism! All religious and spiritually developed men and women must take great care and educate general public against religious intolerance, extremism and prejudices, mostly against women. This planet Earth needs more female spiritual masters who can show authentic, practical wisdom and compassion , who can teach true spiritual ethic which begins with : don´t kill any sentient beings, save lives of sentient beings and avoid eating their flesh-meat. It is utterly ridiculous that those of us who teach true spiritual ethic are discriminated and slandered by some narrow minded people as controversial personalities and movements. Those narrow minded people who slander us in such corrupted way, are actually very controversial themselves , because they work against the development of humanity. They try to preserve their “territories” as if religions and spirituality would be their personal property.
2. Visions for the present and the future :
Buddhism offers global awareness in globalized world through right EDUCATION. US President Barack Obama – Friend of Buddha Dharma on youtube channel- recognized the value of education when he spoke with 4000 youths gathered in Strasbourg in April 2009.
We must encourage ourselves day by day through prayers, meditations, virtuous deeds, study and reflection in this process of individual and collective transformation. We must grow more together , not reflecting so much on that which separates us (race, nationality, social position etc.) but on that which connects us : the pursuit of happiness ! We must learn how to love ourselves – not in egoistic or egocentric way – we must learn to discover and love our innate Buddha nature . Our innate Buddha nature is like the seed waiting dormant in every being, waiting to be discovered. It is innate seed of goodness, Samantabhadra Buddha within. It can be awakened through devotion and faith and meditations and prayers, by studying the Dharma teachings of those who teach the Truth, by understanding their pith instructions which always point inwards, directly to you. We always teach true Gnosis, Knowledge within. If more than 600 millions of Buddhists of our home planet Earth pray every day sincerely and devotedly to Buddhas, this means great step forward in the process of positive change , of transforming collective karma of this planet. If many more millions of Christians, Muslims, Hindus , Jews, Bahai and spiritual communities pray sincerely and devotedly to God and praise God within , this means great step forward in world peace.
3. World Peace as challenge in globalized world :
To work and support world peace means to support SOCIAL JUSTICE on all continents of our home planet Earth. Few rich people on this planet must learn to be generous toward pitiful people and toward animals. They must do virtuous deeds with RIGHT MOTIVATION , not with selfish, limited motivation to attract attention of mass media. They must learn to become true humanitarians from their heart. This will make them even more famous , shining within, from their heart, more starry. To be reborn as human being is great opportunity for spiritual growth. True spiritual growth means to become less selfish, to share your Knowledge and wisdom freely. In this way you contribute very positively to your own personal transformation, adding your own drop of wisdom to collective transformation of humanity. As H.H. the XIV. Dalai Lama pointed out many years ago when teaching about Bodhicitta: “Each and everyone of us is responsible for the future of humanity.” (1) Not only politicians, movie stars, business men , religious leaders etc. All must be trained in this way – also managers of international corporations ! Their education must completely change from being selfish and egocentric into being unselfish and compassionate, open, wise and vast. Those managers must re-educate themselves. It is constantly said that everyone must be in life learning process. Why should not managers be able to learn more ?! Politics and economy are interconnected with climate change which affects all of us on this planet Earth. In your country try to support such politicians who have good human qualities, who are unselfish in words and deeds and who can work for the welfare of citizens – all citizens, not only for social elitists ! We can learn from the noble example of Mahatma Gandhi, although in India his spiritual values are not practiced enough in daily life. Otherwise the 300 millions of dalits – outcasts – would already have equal rights as all others !Learn about meditation on Compassion :
4. Human selfishness causes climate change
The cause of climate change is human selfishness. Shifu Ching Hai proves again and again on her Supreme Master TV that meat eating habit contribute greatly to climate change. If you consider yourself genuine human being, stop eating meat ! You will become more happy, peaceful, wise, compassionate with yourself and others. With peace and happiness your inner wisdom, your innate seed of Goodness – will sprout out strongly. You will begin to realize your potentials of goodness. Fear and anger will diminish and your confidence will increase. You will become genuine human with wisdom and awareness about positive and negative actions and their consequences. Your wisdom of discernment, your prajna will be awakened . Make this positive change in your life TODAY. Don´t wait for tomorrow. Read spiritual novel THE BRICK !!! which we published in our Wisdom without borders series of Teaching (2) Our innate wisdom speaks to us every moment and we must listen to it. Listen to your inner voice, your intuition , your conscience.Learn more about Buddhism, Peace and Ecology :
There are enough resources and enough money on our home planet Earth, but they are not properly distributed. Don´t stamp this out as a kind of socialist idea as opposed to capitalism. We must overcome such distinctions. I am true Buddhist with a sense of social justice. I am also ecologically aware in the sense of GOING GREEN and being vegetarian for more than 28 years. Managers, politicians, religious leaders, movie stars and everyone else must show their own example of humbleness, evolving into shining examples of true humanitarians who work for the welfare of all beings.. Practically speaking : they must help to improve living standards of their fellow citizens and think less and less on their own profit. They must learn how to create merit / positive energy and dedicate it to all beings. Of course not everyone can become as the saintly as Mother Theresa. Her shining example truly teaches deeper and greater humanity and solidarity between races and nations.
5. Discovering hidden talents :
Everyone of us has hidden talents and we must discover them through faith, prayers and meditation. Discovering your own hidden talents will make you happy. Everyone is so unique and gifted. Listen to your inner voice, to your intuition. Many of us feel the need to contribute more and more Wisdom toward transformation of humanity . Put your words into right, virtuous actions. This is MEDITATION IN ACTION (3), this is the way of the Bodhisattva – Bodhisattvacaryavatara. There are much more Bodhisattvas on this planet Earth who help sentient beings as we can imagine. To become great, vast Bodhisattva follow the moral code of the Bodhisattva from the Brahma Net Sutra (4). The process begins with avoiding eating meat and saving lives of sentient beings. When you stop eating meat you already save lives of animals ! See with your wisdom eye : how cruel it is to eat the dead body of another sentient being ! When you become spiritually awake you will wonder how could you ever be so ignorant that you ate the dead body of another being ?! Awaken swiftly from the delusion of eating meat- body of another being . For this we pray.
6. Right listening :
Learn to listen to your own inner voice, your intuition as well as wisdom advices that others offer freely. If you don´t know how to listen rightly, read the study of Mark Brady in selected bibliography (5). May everything be auspicious in your life and may your inner wisdom awaken more and more.
7. Global awareness and challenge in world economy :
Everything is interconnected. We all depend on each other, therefore we can not live on expenses of others. Citizens of North America, Europe, Australia and other developed countries must be aware of these important facts. We support free marked economy but managers of international corporations – producing clothes and other goods – must be aware : free marked economy must stop to be exploitation of female workers in factories of less developed countries (Sri Lanka, border area between Mexico and USA ,India, China). Stable economic growth can not happen on the shoulders of workers who don´t have basic social rights . Stable economic growth will begin when workers will have more rights to participate in the sharing of profits in companies . If managers of companies are able to understand that everyone in their company desire happiness and prosperity, such managers have basic human understanding. Every company is like a family – small or big , everyone should feel happy and peaceful in orders to develop creativity. In such inspiring way the dynamics of the company also develops. Managers who can inspire and manage such positive change in their company , are good managers , unselfish managers. Everyone who has ever participated in a team work knows this facts ! Otherwise learn from the teams in sport (“dream team”). Let us not focus too much on economic crysis – let us focus on POSITIVE CHANGES that everyone of us can contribute to our home planet Earth .
8. Visual Dharmas – Buddhist teachings for 3rd millennium’s Global awareness
They are supreme healing- empowered medicine- for this planet. They reflect wisdom, goodness, true compassion…spiritually nourishing all beings. All 52 Visual Dharmas (and more to come) that are published on http://www.youtube.com/OpenBuddhistForum channel are empowered with the Sound of Dharmata. They are like white virtuous seeds, growing day by day. By embedding our channel and Visual Dharmas to your web sites you yourself contribute to this growth . This brings great positive energy to yourself and the planet. Visual Dharmas reflect all four enlightened activities of the mandala :
1.pacifying – purifying = East part of the mandala-Buddha Vajrasattva.
2.enriching – South part, Buddha Ratnasambhava
3. magnetizing – West part – Buddha Amitabha
4. subduing – North part – Buddha Amogasiddhi
These activities arise from the central part of the mandala , from all-encompassing wisdom of Buddha Vairochana.
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With your right efforts in promoting ten enlightened activities you also help millennium goals of United nations : universal education, reducing poverty (including spiritual poverty on this planet ) , promote Gender equality and empowerment of women. And you actively participate in our common international projects : Heritage of mankind .
When I write this insights down while sitting at the garden of Atiyoga Ling, birds sing around , listening to inspiring peaceful music. They always learn new melodies. It is symphony of peace and joy. First plum trees opened their white blossoms toward blue sky. Yellow butterflies circle around in the garden. Bees fly around in search for spring nectar. They all know how to do this in a virtuous way : only humans must still awaken innate Buddha nature and be truly loving and compassionate toward all sentient beings.
TOGETHER WE CAN : SAVE THE PLANET BY BEING VEGETARIANS AND GOING GREEN ! YES, TOGETHER WE PRAY AND MEDITATE FOR INNER & OUTER PEACE ON THE PLANET . Please share this encouraging , globally optimistic message with everyone .
BE VEG. GO GREEN. SAVE THE PLANET. *****
BE VEG. GO GREEN. Sauver la planète.
शाकाहारी इ. जाओ ग्रीन. ग्रह सहेजें.
Se Vegetariano. GO GREEN. SALVAR EL PLANETA.
BE VEG. Go Green. Salvare il pianeta.
يتعين فيغ. اذهب الأخضر. انقاذ الكوكب.
BE VEG. GO GREEN. Σωτηρία του πλανήτη.
야채 좋을. 그린 가렴. 행 성을 구할 수.
BE VEG. GAAN GROEN. Planeet red.
צמחוני. Go Green. להציל את כדור הארץ.
Jadilah Vegetarian. GO GREEN. SAVE THE PLANET
Buddhist collective meditations and prayers (since 1988) according to the programe of Visual Dharmas : every Sunday from 4-5 p.m. Meditate at that time at your home, Buddhist centre, temple , in the nature
1. Human approach to world peace , Wisdom publ. 1988
2. The Brick !!! Novel by Sifu John Chow, published at www.myspace.com/BuddhaDharma_OBFI – blog.
3.H.E.Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche: Meditation in action, Teaching at the Adria sea side, Slovenia,EU, March 1994; translation : Meditacija v akciji , Buddha Dharma, Vajra-Garuda Publications, 2001.
4. Brahma Net Sutra – Moral code of the Bodhisattvas , Sutra translation committee of US and Canada, New York, 1998; reprinted for free distribution : Buddha Educational Foundation, Taiwan.
5. Mark Brady , Ph D : Right listening
]Although Mark Brady and Jennifer Austin Leigh write for a much broader audience, … I will carry Right Listening in my pocket on a daily basis.” …
11. Selected bibliography :
1. dr. K. Sri Dhammananda : Buddhism for human life , Buddhist missionary society, Malaysia, 1996; reprinted for free distribution : Buddha Educational Foundation, Taiwan.
2.Entering the Stream : an introduction to the Buddha and His Teachings ; the companion reader to Bernardo Bertolucci’s film Little Buddha; Shambhala, Boston, 1993.
3. The Earth Charter : Values and principles for a sustainable future www.earthcharter.org
4. 2015 100 commitments for gender equality and empowerment of women , Ministry for foreign affairs of Denmark, 2008. We are grateful to Her Excellency Anita Hugau, the ambassador of Denmark in Slovenia, EU , for offering us this valuable work freely.
5. Related Visual Dharmas: Day of the planet Earth; Buddhism, peace and ecology .
12. International institute for contemporary Buddhist studies : e-learning curriculum :
1. What can you learn from these insights and which of them can you apply in your daily life ?
2. What does “being vegetarian” means to you ?
3. What is the aim of Visual Dharmas-Buddhist teachings for 3rd millennium ?
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