Am I a Mirror of Altruistic Love

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Am I a mirror of altruistic love

To the refugee

To the unlovable

To the widow

To the abused

To the ugly

To the beautiful

To the sick

To the untouchable

To the poor

To the rich

To the enemy

To all sentient beings?

Or do I mirror the fear

Of the refugee

Of the unlovable

Of the widow

Of the abused

Of the ugly

Of the beautiful

Of the sick

Of the untouchable

Of the poor

Of the rich

Of the enemy

Of humanity

And turn away in fear only to forget?

May I be a bodhisattva who realizes and mirrors

The goodness within all sentient beings, and serve.

(written by venerable ani drubgyudma)

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happiness, peace, and freedom in 2013

Happiness, peace, and freedom in 2013!

May all sentient beings be happy, peaceful, and free!

May all goodness and prosperity be with you and yours in 2013!

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happy winter solstice 2012!

bear paw monastery views

 

Blessings Blessings Blessings

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argentina mom rescues hundreds of sex slaves

this is an amazing, inspiring, and heart-breaking story of how one mom entered into a world that she never knew existed while searching for her missing 23 year old daughter since 2002.

thus far rescuing hundred of girls from sex slavery, she continues searching for her daughter while rescuing others along the way.

please read the story on the following link:

http://news.yahoo.com/argentine-mom-rescues-hundreds-sex-slaves-221110530.html

may all sentient beings be happy! 

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A Buddhist Pro-Active Approach to Human Trafficking & Slavery

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Hearing & Responding to the Cries of the World

A Buddhist Pro-Active Approach to Human Trafficking and Slavery

Venerable Ani Drubgyudma, socw

December 5, 2012

Raising awareness that we, as human beings, can cultivate and manifest as selfless, altruistic compassionate wisdom beings in the world is possible. Subsequently, once a practitioner stabilizes to some extent through practice this individual realizes that, as a human being, s/he has been a slave to conditionings and confusion. A shift takes place and practice of the three studies of ethics, meditation, and wisdom become expedient. Consequently, the practitioner begins to experience greater happiness and peace.

If the motivation and practice is pure the practitioner then realizes that all sentient beings must be happy – the bodhisattva realization is birthed.

“For the benefit of all” becomes the practitioner’s mantra. Exchanging one’s personal happiness “for the benefit of all to be happy” manifests. Fearlessness and freedom are evident in the face of many objections and hindrances that indeed arise.

A bodhisattva is not self-satisfied and content – complacent. Renunciation is incorporated into the daily life of a bodhisattva. We, who are Buddhist practitioners, question ourselves, “How much of my time, my thoughts, my actions, and my resources revolve around the care of me being happy?” “Can I make the time and exert the energy in order to be more pro-active and selflessly motivated as a compassionate wisdom being in assisting to end the suffering of others, so that all sentient beings are happy?”

“Hearing the cries of the world, I resolve to respond,” is the vow of a bodhisattva.

I have come to the conclusion that raising awareness about the problem of human trafficking and slavery in today’s world is expedient. Nevertheless, I have also concluded that penetration into the world of the human trade market at the grassroots level is subsequently needed.

We cannot depend on law enforcement completely. Individual citizens, trained and equipped, can and must take action to stop slavery in all forms.

I have created a booklet inspired by and created in light of material offered by the Polaris Project that is a succinct, yet comprehensive, guideline for Creating a Direct Outreach to Victims of Human Trafficking.

If you would like a copy please email <sistersocw at yahoo . com > .

May all sentient beings be happy!

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For the Welfare of All – Joanna Macy, Bhikkhu Bodhi, & Venerable Dr. Pannavati

May all sentient beings be happy! 

Please consider watching this most edifying and interesting video “For the Welfare of All”

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slavery – human trafficking must stop

we can not shut our eyes, cover our ears, turn our faces…slavery exists today in the usa and throughout the world:

http://flowerdance.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/slavery-we-can-not-shut-our-eyes-cover-our-ears-turn-our-faces/

may all sentient beings be happy!

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