"My advice for people is to love the world they are in, in whatever way makes sense to them. It may be a devotional practice, it may be song or poetry, it may be by gardening, it may be as an activist, scientist, or community leader. The path to restoration extends from our heart to the heart of sentient beings, and that path will be different for every person."
Or you eat curry and take supplemental curcumin, which also controls neuroinflammation, thereby reducing risk of Parkinson's . . . and it also reduces risk of Alzheimer's, causes cancer cells to self-destruct (apoptosis), and works as well as Celebrex as a COX-2 inhibitor, i.e., it's a natural pain killer.
"This whole world is mind’s world. By meditating we are dealing with the very mind that devised our eyeglasses and put the lenses in the rims. So this is a living world, mind’s world. When we realize this, working with mind is no longer a remote or mysterious thing to do. It is no longer dealing with something that is hidden or somewhere else. Mind is right here. Mind is hanging out in the world. It is an open secret."
~ From Chögyam Trungpa’s “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness” in A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation: Practical Advice and Inspiration from Contemporary Buddhist Teachers, page 38
"Recently I was teaching from a Buddhist text called The Way of the Bodhisattva, which offers guidance to those who wish to dedicate their lives to alleviating suffering and to bringing benefit to all sentient beings. This was composed in the eighth century in India by a Buddhist master named Shantideva. In it he has an interesting point to make about peace. He says something along the lines of “If these long-lived, ancient, aggressive patterns of mine that are the wellspring only of unceasing woe, that lead to my own suffering as well as the suffering of others, if these patterns still find their lodging safe within my heart, how can joy and peace in this world ever be found?”
Shantideva is saying that as long as we justify our own hard-heartedness and our own self-righteousness, joy and peace will always elude us. We point our fingers at the wrongdoers, but we ourselves are mirror images; everyone is outraged at everyone else’s wrongness."
—Pema Chödrön in Buddha’s Daughters: Teachings from Women Who Are Shaping Buddhism in the West, page 69
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