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Happy 2016 Chinese (Lunar) New Year's Day!

But, did you also know that in Mahayana Buddhism, today (1st day of the 1st moon of the Chinese lunar calendar which coincides with the Chinese New Year Day) is celebrated as the "birthday" of the future Buddha, Maitreya (Metteyya)?

Learn more about Maitreya, the "future Buddha", and only Bodhisattva acknowledged by both Mahayana and Theravada traditions.

#ChineseNewYear2016 #cny2016 #Buddhism

http://www.alanpeto.com/buddhism/back-to-the-future-buddha/
What does the “Back to the Future” movie series have to do with Buddhism? Who is the “Future Buddha”? Learn all this and more in this article!
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Interested in learning #Meditation, but can't find a teacher or want to do it from home? Look no further than my article on the topic! Get insight on YouTube videos (from +Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu and +Mindah-Lee Kumar), books and training (such as from +Wildmind), great apps for your phone, how to track your progress, and connecting with others.

http://www.alanpeto.com/buddhism/learn-meditation-home/
Interested in learning meditation, but you don’t have a teacher you can visit or you don’t have the time? Find easy ways you can begin learning meditation from the comfort of your home…
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"Let us extinguish the flames of hatred with a flood of dialogue." ~ Daisaku Ikeda

#Buddhism #AllLivesMatter
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Taking refuge in the Triple Gem is the starting point for becoming a Buddhist follower, that is, for learning and practicing Buddhism. The Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha—referred to as the Triple Gem—are the focus of faith for every Buddhist follower. The Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha are considered the noble wealth that transcends all worldly forms. The Buddha is like sunlight that can mature and perfect living beings, for the Buddha is the teacher of this world; the Dharma is like water that can nurture living beings, for the Dharma is the truth of life; and the Sangha is like a field that can cultivate the Dharma wealth of merit for the believer, for the Sangha is the community of spiritual friends who sustain the Dharma. The importance of the Triple Gem is comparable to sunlight, water, and soil, for none of these can be lacking. The life of wisdom is planted through taking refuge in the Triple Gem. Undertaking the Triple Gem Refuge allows us to elevate the spiritual world of our mind and transcend the confines of mundane life.

Venerable #MasterHsingYun #hsilaitemple #mindfulness
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+Eunsahn Citta thank you! :). I will be back more....soon-ish ;)
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#SamsaraSunday: What Do Lotus Blossoms Symbolize in #Buddhism?

You will see the lotus flower in many Buddhism images because it is highly symbolic of Buddhism in general. The lotus flower grows in muddy waters and breaks through the surface revealing a large beautiful flower. It starts off unseen, in the muddy waters, but bursts through the surface and blossoms into the beautiful Lotus Flower. This is much like Buddhism. You may not think you are making any progress, but you are…you are almost ready to break the surface of the water and blossom into enlightenment.

In Buddhism the lotus flower symbolizes:

•Enlightenment: Overall, the lotus flower symbolizes the stages of ones life and practice from ignorance, to enlightenment.
•Rising Above Suffering: How we rise above the mire of life (suffering or ignorance) to become pure through practice
•Your Roots Are Still in the World: Although we rise out of the mire of life, we should not remove ourselves from it as it is part of the world
•Experiences Helps You Grow: When the lotus blossoms in the heat of summer, we must also take the troubles, obstacles, and suffering in our lives as opportunities to further our practice and cultivation

The growth of the lotus flower relates to our growth through practice in Buddhism:

•The Pond (The World): Our world is also a ‘muddy water’ where we cannot see above the surface of the water (to see the true nature of things)
•Growing (Practice): Through constant practice, and faith in the teachings (Dharma / Dhamma), we ‘grow’
•Persistence (Faith): Just because you can’t see above the surface of the water doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop practicing
•Blooming (Enlightenment): Eventually we can grow and become enlightened seeing the world as it truly is (just as the lotus flower breaks the surface of the water. When you have grown and broke free and understand the true nature of the world, and yourself, you will bloom into a Buddha

You will see many images of the Buddha sitting on a ‘throne’ of a blooming lotus flower. This symbolizes that he is fully enlightened (awaken) and sees the true nature of things. All of us can reach this as we all have Buddha nature within us all.

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As with many things the lotus is shared in Asian culture. For example, it is the national flower of IndiaThe lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is a sacred flower and occupies a unique position in the art and mythology of ancient India and has been an auspicious symbol of Indian culture.
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Did you know that Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. have a statue?

http://plumvillage.org/news/martin-luther-king-on-the-power-of-love

#MartinLutherKingDay #Buddhism
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: I'm concerned about a better World. I'm concerned about justice; I'm concerned about brotherhood and sisterhood; I'm concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, ...
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So true!
 
Offerings do not have to be material.
Non-material offerings such as hospitality, and mindfulness are just as important.
Three acts of Goodness:
Do good deeds,
Speak good words,
Think good thoughts
are the best and easiest offerings we can all do in our daily life. #hsilaitemple #fgs
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In #Buddhism, lunar July is the Buddha joyful month and lunar July 15 is Buddha Joyful day. When the Buddha was alive, his disciples meditated in the forests of India during the rainy season of summer. Three months later, on the fifteen day of the seventh month, they would emerge from the forests to celebrate the completion of their meditation and report their progress to the Buddha. Because of the large number of disciples obtained enlightment on July 15, the Buddha was very pleased. Hence the name - Buddha Joyful Day #hsilaitemple #fgs
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Happy Mother's Day!
May all moms have a great day filled with Buddha blessings, big smiles and love!
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#ProductivityMonday: Get Productive with #Windows10!

Do you have the new Windows​ operating system? Well that little Start Menu that came back in this version has LOTS of power to make you productive!

Check out my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAiNrfkS-ig

And FULL article that goes in-depth about all these features, and much more: http://www.alanpeto.com/productivity/windows-10-start-menu-tips/

#Productivity #Windows #Technology
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#Buddhism and #MartinLutherKingDay have a lot in common.

Rev. Martin L. King, Jr. and Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh met and became good friends during the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War (both of which were raging at the same time).

Both of these men showed one thing: that engaged, peaceful, and determined action towards peace and justice is as effective...or more so...than violent action. True Bodhisattva's in our age.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Thich Nhat Hanh:

"I know Thich Nhat Hanh, and am privileged to call him my friend… [He is] an apostle of peace and non-violence… He has traveled the world, counseling statesmen, religious leaders, scholars and writers, and enlisting their support. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity."
[Nominating Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967]

Thich Nhat Hanh on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:

"The moment I met Martin Luther King, Jr., I knew I was in the presence of a holy person. Not just his good work, but his very being was a source of great inspiration for me… On the altar in my hermitage in France are images of Buddha and Jesus, and every time I light incense, I touch both of them as my spiritual ancestors… In Vietnam, we refer to Dr. King as a “Bodhisattva”, an enlightened being devoted to serving humanity…"



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Hi, I'm Alan.  I like to explain things that make your life better!

Our time here on this little planet is short, so you should make the most out of it!  In my opinion, the best way to do that is through:

  1. Learning about Buddhism so you can grow, understand life, and become a better person
  2. Using Technology effectively so it can work for you (and not drive you crazy!)
  3. Embracing Productivity and organization so you can get things done faster and better (and have less stress and more time for other things!)

My articles and videos help you do all three of the above!  While my opinions are my own, I hope you will enjoy and learn from my research, designs, writings, and explanations :)

Be on the lookout for my first book, "The Organized Buddhist", coming out late 2015!  I will post here on Google+ when it is ready :)

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