Lama guiding His Holiness Dagchen Rinpoche's vajra in hand, destroying the Hevajra Mandala, close up of colored sand mandala, Tharlam Monastery, Tibetan Buddhist, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal
The path to enlightenment
Place - Fort Kamalgad, Maharashtra, India
This place is a well situated on top of a fort called Kamal Gad near Wai-Mahabalshwar, Mah, India. You have to see it to beleive how beautiful it is. This gentleman happens to live on the fort and was very kind to show us around. I didn't ask him to pose for the picture neither did i played with the lighting or something. Just happened to be there at the right time :) Photoshop free.
Enlightenment Room, British Museum
The British Museum's Enlightenment Room is a display dedicated to the age of Enlightenment. Separated into the various arts and sciences, there are books, fossils and statues on display, along with examples of earthenware and metalwork, which try to explain how pieces were viewed and collected at the time.
There are many shelves of old leather-bound books covering topics from the obscure (insect legs) to the popular (Shakespeare).
It also has two fire extinguishers. This fact alone makes it the most awesome room in the world.
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His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya draws a line with a vajra into the Hevajra sand mandala closing the glowing deity palace, on a circular table, monks and students attending, Sakya Lamdre, Tharlam Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Glowing naturally - this is a blessed image... we consider ourselves lucky! Our Tibetan Lama is from Seattle, Washington, USA
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In this world, which is so plainly the antechamber of another, there are no happy men. The true division of humanity is between those who live in light and those who live in darkness. Our aim must be to diminish the number of the latter and increase the number of the former. That is why we demand education and knowledge.
No one who has lived even for a fleeting moment for something other than life in its conventional sense and has experienced the exaltation that this feeling produces can then renounce his new freedom so easily.
Enlightenment is a full, permanent recognition of what one truly is, free of all false positions, speculations and other mental encumbrances. At the end of a hard day trading, it is enlightenment that is the only thing worth taking home from the spiritual marketplace.
A man whose mind feels that it is captive would prefer to blind himself to the fact. But if he hates falsehood, he will not do so; and in that case he will have to suffer a lot. He will beat his head against the wall until he faints. He will come to again
The moment of truth, the sudden emergence of a new insight, is an act of intuition. Such intuitions give the appearance of miraculous flushes, or short-circuits of reasoning. In fact they may be likened to an immersed chain, of which only the beginning and the end are visible above the surface of consciousness. The diver vanishes at one end of the chain and comes up at the other end, guided by invisible links.
I don't know Who -- or what -- put the question, I don't know when it was put. I don't even remember answering. But at some moment I did answer Yes to Someone --or Something --and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life, in self-surrender, had a goal.
Every concept leads to a new thought. Each new thought creates more seeking. The Minimalist Enlightenment Path avoids creating concepts but directs the seeker of self-realisation directly towards the goal: the Self, the origin of Self-Consciousness.
As unobtainable, as you have heard, that Enlightenment is, it is in fact within your reach, already waiting within the palm of your hand. Not much stands in your way. Nothing that you could not move in one day.
Enjoy the good health. Bring the truth happiness.
Care of his own family. Give the peace to all.
Firstly, one must discipline and control his own mind.
If he can do so, the enlightenment, wisdom and virtue will go to him naturally.