What’s wrong with marijuana?

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A lot of people I know tried it. From my perspective of compassion and wisdom, I can quite clearly say, it does you no good. Firstly, everyone should know by now that smoking does cause cancer, and doesn’t do you any good. Marijuana also has nasty toxins. Have you ever tried walking after smoking? It’s very difficult. One’s lungs feel as though they have just suffered a horrible beating.

My father used to smoke cigarettes, but when I was young I managed to convince him to try the mediholder cigarette filter. Every day he would clean out the black tar that got trapped in the filter. That black tar ordinarily gets inhaled into the lungs causing disease and sickness. No one likes getting sick, so stop doing things like smoking that ruin one’s health.

In my experience, smoking causes increased anxiety, depression, hallucination or paranoia, suicidal thoughts and selfishness. It’s a selfish act. I think you can find Gurus and their disciples who care whether or not you engage in harmful acts. In Buddhism, it is considered to be very negative or harmful to engage in acts that harm the five aggregates. A person is the emptiness of form, feeling, recognition, karmic formations and consciousness. These are the five aggregates that are empty of inherent existence. Cause and effect and dependent arising however, are unfailing. This means unless you purify negative karma, you will experience the suffering result of behaving badly or negatively. On the positive side, if you are always virtuous, you will experience a happy set of results.

Do yourself and the community a favour and live well. Live healthily with compassion and the bodhicitta mind motivating your every action of body, speech and mind. Learn to aspire to and engage in the path to Buddhahood. That is a goal that is beyond the cycle of suffering. It is beyond samsara and cyclic existence. It, Buddhahood, transcends and cuts off or cessates the causes of suffering. Buddhahood has cessated the three types of suffering; the suffering of suffering (i.e. a headache or flu), the suffering of change; watching the elements age a home, and pervasive suffering, where life can always be found to contain some type of mental or physical suffering. Life is pervaded by suffering and it’s causes.

Learn how to go beyond the ordinary sufferings of birth, aging, sickness and death. Learn how to accomplish one’s own purpose and the purpose of others as well. Accomplishing the two purposes is a win win situation and good for everyone.

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The downfall of divisive speech.

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I am going to write about the subject of negative karma, and how to avoid engaging in the ten black actions of body, speech and mind. If you engage in negative acts of body, speech and mind, you accumulate negative energy or black karma. Karma means action. Actions can be either black which are negative, and create the causes of suffering and misery, or white actions of body, speech and mind, which accumulate merit and act as a cause of good health, happiness, and wealth or prosperity.

Divisive speech is very negative. My mother unfortunately doesn’t understand how negative her speech is. Sometimes I even feel like she is illiterate, except to say she is pushed along by a very negative mind and motivation. When I was in my early twenties and practicing Buddhism, I was hoping to lead as many beings as possible along the Buddhist path, which I think gives people the opportunity to create much virtue and live a wholesome and meaningful life. I spoke to my old school friends and university friends about the virtues of being a Buddhist, but I didn’t get very far, because my mother chimed in and claimed, like the Chinese communists, that the tradition of Buddhism is garbage. Like a real sloth, atheist and negative being, she slammed my decision to be Buddhist.

The basis was my university and school friends, where we all used to get along, and I encouraged them to follow a healthy pathway to get out of the drug scene and give up smoking and to meditate on virtue instead. However, as soon as these people heard my mother bagging Buddhism, they soon disappeared from my life, falling for the lies and gossip and division that mother actually caused. So the recognition was unmistaken, Out of jealousy and ignorance, my mother severed the connection I had with these people.

The motive was wanting to cause such a division and to reduce the influence I had over these people. The delusion, as I have said, was jealousy, hatred and ignorance. The deed was as follows. Anne wished to divide the people who once got along and to not affect a reconciliation between those who did not. The final step is when the people understand the meaning of those words. So the karma of divisive speech was complete, because I have not seen these people who I was once friends with at school and university ever since. Anne wished to discourage me and my friends from following Buddhism or for engaging in the practice of meditation.

The consequence for Anne, twenty seven years on, is that she no longer seems to have the karma to see even her own daughter. In this blog, I have spoken about another set of lies and divisive speech that my mother engaged in to decimate peoples confidence and trust in me. I agree it’s all very sad to see the negative effect of engaging in black actions motivated by anger/hatred, attachment/desire and ignorance/wrong view. I have in my motivation, only been trying to educate and help. However, due to the delusions in others minds, still to date there has been little improvement in the situation.

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In the mood for pancakes?

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Why don’t people think of eating some pancakes, honey and ice-cream for dinner instead of eating meat? I love being a vegetarian, however on occasion I’ve had to eat some meat. I don’t like it. Vegetarianism is way better. It’s ethical, it’s caring and it’s kind and compassionate.

How can you eat a mother, even if it is just the flesh and enjoy? Look at the suffering that being had to endure whilst it was being slaughtered. It’s just not cricket. I know, the pig, for example is rather stupid. What negative actions of body, speech and mind did it do to get the life of a pig? Nevertheless, no need for us, as humans to indulge in eating such flesh. Look, it’s called meat, of course. Why? Because humans are trying to forget that they slaughtered the poor thing and engaged in the wrong and negative act of killing.

Anyway, eating pancakes is not bad for your stomach. The dough is soft, easy to digest and delicious with some honey. You don’t need too big a serving. Just a pancake or two, depending on the size of the pancake. Just nibble away at it and know that you are not involved in the criminal act of taking life. Don’t you feel better? Even where someone else does the killing, why create the demand for meat?

I was at university once, studying arts and business and I read Peter Singer’s book, Animal Liberation. Well, I tried but even by the very beginning of the book it became painfully obvious that the horror of the meat industry is so great, it just left me traumatised and in tears of compassion for these poor animals, who face such cruelty being organised for consumption or testing and experimentation.

Please people, why not pray to Arya Chenrezig, Compassionate Eyed One, for some help developing a more compassionate heart. It helps us to consider the lives of all sentient beings. Pray to Chenrezig and become a sweeter, kinder person. No-one benefits from the meat industry. Let the meat producer get a better life and work in a more beneficial area.

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Do you need a drink of alcohol? Just to be specific!

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Lots of people try to follow discipline. Personally, I recommend following the vinaya. The only thing is however, you need to overcome neurosis and delusion.

You can wake up early, go to work all day, or maybe you just need to meditate and learn wisdom and compassion. I opt for the latter. The day can be long however, and by the late afternoon, most people, if not all, tire and wonder how to cope with the evening. I’m not a sloth. I practice good mindfulness, alertness and introspection, and I keep all my vows of moral discipline, but having some alcohol has proven to sooth the heart and keep my enthusiasm alive.

Why don’t you enjoy a glass of red wine or a gin and tonic or whiskey and diet coke. There is no harm there, as long as you don’t binge drink and over do it. One drink, two drinks, or even three drinks. What people need to learn is to relax and take life with a good healthy dose of renunciation, bodhicitta and correct view. How do you do that? Well you need to follow the wisdom of the wise, people like His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet, Tenzin Gyatso and motivate yourself with bodhicitta, the wish to be a Buddha for the sake of all sentient beings.

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The Office

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How does a day at the office go for a samsaric being? A being caught in ignorance, attachment and hatred states of mind. It wakes up, what, not at five in the morning ready to do prayers to remedy the situation. It says furiously to itself. Fuck, I need some money. Fucking, fucking fuck, who can I get to pay for me? What? I need to fuck for a living? Have a child with a man I don’t care about, and then pretend to be a caring mother? Just to get the bills paid. Divorce, no problem. I’ll take the man for everything he’s worth. Bring him down and accuse him of moral weakness.

Are you that stupid? Do you hate the actions of morality that much? Laziness is an enemy and you can find it within. No, religious practioners tend to figure out ignorance is the cause of all suffering. Not the Catholics however, or is that going too far? So you find you’re just a prionsoner of cyclic existence. Isn’t it time to wake up to honesty, decency and integrity? How does the average woman find this? Utterly disturbing? You need to hold yourself to account.

Who hates the Dalai Lama and his retinue? The Chinese are commonly known to be thieves, rapists and murderers. Anyone else? Well Shugden of course. Do you know people like this? People that kill to cover up the truth. What I say is if you create and action of body, speech or mind, there is an effect. If the action was pure, well motivated and virtuous there is a positive or happy, healthy effect. However, if the action is motivated by evil or negative states of mind, you suffer. You create the causes of suffering. Follow the path to the cessation of suffering and learn how to attain the cessation of suffering. It is the only virtuous way.

 

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February 18, 2019 Journal

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I often say, staying present, fully present is important. Stop the worried thoughts of the past and future, what’s happened already or what might happen. Fear should never control one. Buddha’s are fearless. How did they attain the state of fearlessness? Firstly, if you accomplish the skill and wisdom to achieve your own means and then that of others as well, that will reduce or wipeout fearfulness. When you stop harming yourself and others, when you develop compassion and the wisdom realising emptiness, you become a more useful member of the family, the community, the society and the world.

How do you stay fully present? If you focus or concentrate with single pointed concentration, a mental quiescence, and a serenity of mind on the present moment, just concentrating with conscientiousness on the actions of your body, speech and mind, you can attain a mental stability. Without serenity of mind, you can’t attain mental and physical pliancy. You need mental and physical pliancy to evolve in a more virtuous direction, cutting off negative states of mind or instinct for negativity and moving in a more virtuous way.

Meditation means to become familiar with virtue. We need to tie our mind with the rope of mindfulness to the object of meditation, which is the Buddha, to learn how to be virtuous in every moment, how to cut off and to abandon all negativity and non-virtue and ride with a positive mind, a mind motivated to be beneficial to oneself and others at all times.

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