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Stop and be still.

Recognize that you are this love that you love.

Simple and endless. And here.

May this reverberate through your life in surprising ways, and through all life everywhere in ways we cannot know or calculate.

May all being be happy.

May all being come to know itself.
May there be peace on earth.
Gangaji
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religion

“Probably no one of us has the True Religion. But all of us together – if we are allowed to be free – are discovering ways of conversing about the great mysteries. The pretense to know all the answers to the deepest mysteries is, of course, the grossest fraud. And any people who declare a Jihad, a holy war on unbelievers – those who do not share their believers’ pretended omniscience – are enemies of thinking men and woman and of civilization. I see religion as only a way of asking unanswerable questions, of sharing the joy of a community of quest, and solacing one another in our ignorance.”
Daniel Boorstin

If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism. … The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the material and spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description.”
Albert Einstein

“Your mind is your religion.”
– Lama Thubten Yeshe

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Buddhist view on ‘faith’

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In Pali, the language of the original Buddhist texts, the word usually translated as faith is saddha, which literally means “to place the heart upon.” To have faith is to offer one’s heart. In Pali faith is a verb, an action, as it is also in Latin and Hebrew. It is not a singular state that we either have or don’t have,
but is something that we do. We “faithe.”
Once, when I was with Sayadaw U Pandita in Burma, he asked us which of the five spiritual powers – faith,
energy or effort, concentration, mindfulness and wisdom – was the most important. Since he frequently
demanded so much courageous effort from his students, I responded “Effort.” He replied, “No.” As we were in the heartland of mindfulness, that was my next reply. Again, he said, “No.” He then answered his own question: “Faith is the most important quality, because without it we wouldn’t be moved to cultivate any of the others.” The Buddha said, “Faith is the beginning of all good things.” No matter what we encounter in life, it is faith that enables us to try again, to trust again, to love again. Even in times of immense suffering, it is faith that helps us to relate to the present moment in such a way that we can go on, we can move forward, instead of becoming lost in resignation or despair. The capacity
for this type of faith is inherent in every human being. We might not recognize it, or know how to nurture it, but we can learn to do both.”

The offering of one’s heart happens in stages. Faith evolves from an initial bright faith – a falling in love with a teaching, a teacher, a way of life – to a faith that is verified through our sincere efforts. Then, as we come to deeply know the underlying truths of who we are and what our lives are about, abiding faith, or unwavering faith as it is traditionally called, arises. This abiding faith in ourselves is different from“conceit”. Conceit lays claim to specialness – whereas our fundamental nature is not personal, it’s universal and shared. When we look at the Buddha or a great teacher, we can see our own potential for happiness and sustained compassion. This is a potential that all beings everywhere share. However, if
we stop at faith in another, admiring the other and overlooking ourselves, our faith remains incomplete.

Susan Salzburg

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