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Alan Peto
Writer on modern Buddhism. Niō Zen Buddhist. Advocate of Intent Based Leadership.
Writer on modern Buddhism. Niō Zen Buddhist. Advocate of Intent Based Leadership.

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Resolve to transform more than your body in 2018! Instead, discover your Buddha Mind and be free!

Learn more about Right Thinking and Meditation in Buddhism:

#Buddhism #Buddhist #Meditation #NewYearsResolutions #NewYearsResolution
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How do you "be" a Buddhist? Easy, we follow the "Eightfold Path" which is a highly successful "plan-of-action" (and lifestyle) that has been in place for 2,600 years!

The core of all Buddhist practice is centered around the Noble Eightfold Path, which is what the Buddha talked about in his very first sermon (so you know it’s important!).

The Eightfold Path is very much like a prescription that the Buddha (if he was a doctor) would write out in order for us to cure ourselves of an illness.

The illness he identified (as explained in the Four Noble Truths) is called “Dukkha” which all sentient beings (such as humans) experience.

Dukkha is often translated to mean “suffering”, but has many meanings such as dissatisfaction, anxiety, stress, etc.

You can end Dukkha through the Eightfold Path.

How do we use the Eightfold Path to cure us of this illness called Dukkha? Read my article for more (and get a cool folding quick-reference card!):

#Buddhism #Buddhist
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Privileged to have met U.S. Navy Captain (Ret.) L. David Marquet who pioneered the groundbreaking "Intent-Based Leadership" method.

His book, "Turn the Ship Around!", should be required reading by anyone who calls themselves a leader:

A companion to the book is a brand new workbook, which is highly recommended (I am using it right now with my team):

#Leadership #Leader #Management
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Take a Free Buddhism Course by Harvard University!

Harvard University is once again offering a course on Buddhism, for free (or pay $50 for an optional verified certificate)!

The course, "Buddhism Through Its Scriptures" can be accessed here:

Looks like a great course, so check it out if you are interested!

#Buddhism #Buddhist
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A Story About President Clinton, North Korea, and Karmic Actions

With the #Olympics in South Korea on TV right now, and North Korea still in the news, I watched a program on North Korea on National Geographic channel.

The program featured journalist Lisa Ling showing an undercover behind the scenes of the country. Later, the show talked about her sister, Laura Ling, who was captured and sentenced to hard labor by North Korea along with her co-worker.

However, former President Bill Clinton was able to visit North Korea to secure Laura and her co-worker's release back to the United States. The episode talked about how President Clinton was the first world leader to send a letter to Kim Jong-Il regarding the death of his father (and former dictator) Kim Il-Sung.

While in North Korea, Kim Jong-Il remarked to President Clinton that he remembered that all those years ago that he received from him. Because of that letter, he wanted to reciprocate by releasing the two journalists.

In Buddhism we talk about "planting seeds", and this was an example where positive actions bore fruit many years later. You never know if your wholesome karmic actions will bear fruit, but that's besides the point. It only takes water (conditions) to make them bloom in a good way.

This story prompted me to write my first article on Buddhism on my website, which you can read here:

Let us all remember to plant seeds of wholesome karmic actions everyday in our lives.

#Buddhism #Buddhism #Olympics2018 #NorthKorea
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What's better than #Caturday 🐈 and #Buddhism ? When both are combined! Read my article about the Buddhist Secrets of Cats here:

#Cats #Cat #Buddhist
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🎉Happy New Year! 🎆

For 2018, let's have a REAL new year's resolution that will transform MORE than just your physical appearance!

- Are you ready to "break out" of your self-imposed jail?
- Want to "tame that Bull" in your mind?
- Want to eliminate the "three poisons" of delusions, desires, and hatred?

Then join me in 2018 with a resolution for a "New Year, New Buddha Mind"!

#Buddhism #Buddhist #Meditation #Mindfulness #NewYear
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Merry Christmas! 🎄 Let this be a time when we all wish, and work towards, peace, love, understanding, and compassion. No matter what religion we practice, peace and love is at its core at should be at the heart of all we think, and do.
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I love this. Thank you to LAPD for protecting and saving all forms of life during this emergency! #Bodhisattva
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Listen to a beautiful song of the Heart Sutra!

One of the shortest sutra (scripture) in Mahayana Buddhism, the Heart Sutra is said to be the pure distillation of wisdom ("Prajna"). The central purpose of the Heart Sutra is to explain the Buddhist concept of "emptiness" (and, no, that is not a bad thing!), which basically means that we are all interconnected (concept of "Dependent Origination") nothing can exist without other things. I am really summarizing it here, but understanding the true, deep meaning of "emptiness" is so central to Mahayana Buddhism, it can help liberate you (and others) from suffering ("Dukkha"), which is the whole point of Buddhism.

This version, beautifully sung in Chinese (we need an English version! 😊) is sure to not only entertain, but inspire! I will be writing an article about the Heart Sutra in the future. During the English Dharma services at 佛光山西來寺 Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple, we were able to chant this in English which was fantastic.

Unfrotunatley, the Heart Sutra is not always best translated into English, with some parts that make people scratch their heads (such as the last part). Some like Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh have created some translations (some parts good, some still confusing), I am searching for some good translations and will share that soon.

until then please enjoy this video, and here is a translation:

When Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara was practicing the profound Prajna Paramita, he illuminated the Five Skandhas and saw that they are all empty, and he crossed beyond all suffering and difficulty.

Shariputra, form does not differ from emptiness;
emptiness does not differ from form.

Form itself is emptiness; emptiness itself is form.
So too are feeling, cognition, formation, and consciousness.

Shariputra, all Dharmas are empty of characteristics.

They are not produced, not destroyed, not defiled, not pure;
and they neither increase nor diminish.

Therefore, in emptiness there is no form, feeling, cognition, formation, or consciousness;
no eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, or mind;
no sights, sounds, smells, tastes, objects of touch, or Dharmas;
no field of the eyes up to and including no field of mind consciousness;
and no ignorance or ending of ignorance,
up to and including no old age and death or ending of old age and death.

There is no suffering, no accumulating, no extinction, and no Way, and no understanding and no attaining.

Because nothing is attained, the Bodhisattva through reliance on Prajna Paramita is unimpeded in his mind.

Because there is no impediment, he is not afraid,
and he leaves distorted dream-thinking far behind.

Ultimately Nirvana!

All Buddhas of the three periods of time attain Anuttara-samyak-sambodhi through reliance on Prajna Paramita.

Therefore know that Prajna Paramita is a Great Spiritual Mantra, a Great Bright Mantra, a Supreme Mantra, an Unequalled Mantra.

It can remove all suffering; it is genuine and not false.
That is why the Mantra of Prajna Paramita was spoken. Recite it like this:

Gaté Gaté Paragaté Parasamgaté

#Buddhism #Buddhist #Mahayana #Bodhisattva
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