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Practicing Bodhichitta Is the Best Offering
“Bodhichitta is what makes life most beneficial for oneself and meaningful for every single sentient being that exists, because every single one is suffering and needs help,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche said to a student who asked, “What is the best and quickest way to generate bodhichitta?” Rinpoche’s extensive answer to the question continues:

“Bodhichitta makes your life most beneficial for every single other being, who are countless. Not only is it what makes your life beneficial, but when you are practicing bodhichitta, this fulfills the wishes of all the buddhas and bodhisattvas, because their only wish is the happiness of sentient beings. Buddhas actualize the path, collecting extensive merit of wisdom and of virtue, and purify the defilements, and then they achieve enlightenment in order to be able to perform perfect works,without any ... more »

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Saved his life!     -     Sauvé la vie!

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Our restless mind is never satisfied with what we have.
-Lama Yeshe
Learn why in the latest ELEPHANT JOURNAL

Our restless mind is never satisfied with what we have.
-Lama Yeshe
Learn why in the latest ELEPHANT JOURNAL___

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2015-09-03 22:31:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

There's No Such Thing as a Problem Not Dependent on the Mind
“Taking universal responsibility is the meaning of our own life,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche says in Creating the Causes of Happiness, the second volume in a Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive series drawn from the 24th Kopan course in 1991. 

“With loving kindness, thinking how kind and how precious our partner is, we think to repay the kindness. We’re here to repay the kindness. If we generate compassion and loving kindness, then there’s a purpose to be together, to free her from difficulties and to cause her happiness. This way, by being concerned for her, there’s a purpose. Then we can see a purpose. But when the object of life, the aim of life, is only for our own purpose, for our own happiness of this life, where there’s our own self-interest; when we think that way it becomes a big problem. When we think thatway, we find a prob... more »

There's No Such Thing as a Problem Not Dependent on the Mind
“Taking universal responsibility is the meaning of our own life,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche says in Creating the Causes of Happiness, the second volume in a Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive series drawn from the 24th Kopan course in 1991. 

“With loving kindness, thinking how kind and how precious our partner is, we think to repay the kindness. We’re here to repay the kindness. If we generate compassion and loving kindness, then there’s a purpose to be together, to free her from difficulties and to cause her happiness. This way, by being concerned for her, there’s a purpose. Then we can see a purpose. But when the object of life, the aim of life, is only for our own purpose, for our own happiness of this life, where there’s our own self-interest; when we think that way it becomes a big problem. When we think that way, we find a problem; but when we think the other way, thinking about others, when we generate those other thoughts, we don’t see a problem in life.

“Problems in life come from what kinds of concepts we have. With one concept we have problems in life; with another concept there are not problems in life. In that same day, that same hour, that same minute, this all depends on which kind of concept we follow. So you can see that whatever problem we have, even death and rebirth, even those things – everything – definitely comes from our own mind. There can never be a problem that is not dependent on our own mind, that came only from outside. There’s no such thing.”

Find Creating the Causes of Happiness on Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive: http://bit.ly/creating-the-causes-of-happiness.

Learn more about Lama Zopa Rinpoche, spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), and Rinpoche’s vision for a better world. Sign up to receive news and updates.


http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/theres-no-such-thing-as-a-problem-not-dependent-on-the-mind/___

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2015-09-03 22:31:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

There's No Such Thing as a Problem Not Dependent on the Mind
“Taking universal responsibility is the meaning of our own life,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche says in Creating the Causes of Happiness, the second volume in a Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive series drawn from the 24th Kopan course in 1991. 

“With loving kindness, thinking how kind and how precious our partner is, we think to repay the kindness. We’re here to repay the kindness. If we generate compassion and loving kindness, then there’s a purpose to be together, to free her from difficulties and to cause her happiness. This way, by being concerned for her, there’s a purpose. Then we can see a purpose. But when the object of life, the aim of life, is only for our own purpose, for our own happiness of this life, where there’s our own self-interest; when we think that way it becomes a big problem. When we think thatway, we find a prob... more »

There's No Such Thing as a Problem Not Dependent on the Mind
“Taking universal responsibility is the meaning of our own life,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche says in Creating the Causes of Happiness, the second volume in a Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive series drawn from the 24th Kopan course in 1991. 

“With loving kindness, thinking how kind and how precious our partner is, we think to repay the kindness. We’re here to repay the kindness. If we generate compassion and loving kindness, then there’s a purpose to be together, to free her from difficulties and to cause her happiness. This way, by being concerned for her, there’s a purpose. Then we can see a purpose. But when the object of life, the aim of life, is only for our own purpose, for our own happiness of this life, where there’s our own self-interest; when we think that way it becomes a big problem. When we think that way, we find a problem; but when we think the other way, thinking about others, when we generate those other thoughts, we don’t see a problem in life.

“Problems in life come from what kinds of concepts we have. With one concept we have problems in life; with another concept there are not problems in life. In that same day, that same hour, that same minute, this all depends on which kind of concept we follow. So you can see that whatever problem we have, even death and rebirth, even those things – everything – definitely comes from our own mind. There can never be a problem that is not dependent on our own mind, that came only from outside. There’s no such thing.”

Find Creating the Causes of Happiness on Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive: http://bit.ly/creating-the-causes-of-happiness.

Learn more about Lama Zopa Rinpoche, spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), and Rinpoche’s vision for a better world. Sign up to receive news and updates.


http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/theres-no-such-thing-as-a-problem-not-dependent-on-the-mind/___

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2015-09-02 00:42:14 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Saved his life!     -     Sauvé la vie!

Saved his life!     -     Sauvé la vie!___

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2015-08-30 21:20:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

FOR YOU...BEAUTIFUL BIRDS PEAFOWL
WHITE : #PEACOCK

White peacock in the orange #tulips
at Keukenhof garden.
Tulip flowers usually have 2-6 leaves, but some species have up to 12 leaves. Generally tulips have one flower per stem, yet there are a few species that have up to 4 flowers on a single stem.

Happy weekend
Good evening......friends

#bird #birds #animals
#tulips #flowers


FOR YOU...BEAUTIFUL BIRDS PEAFOWL
WHITE : #PEACOCK

White peacock in the orange #tulips
at Keukenhof garden.
Tulip flowers usually have 2-6 leaves, but some species have up to 12 leaves. Generally tulips have one flower per stem, yet there are a few species that have up to 4 flowers on a single stem.

Happy weekend
Good evening......friends

#bird #birds #animals
#tulips #flowers
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Dharma Is Developing the Mind
“Since we want only happiness and no suffering, it is extremely important for us to practice Dharma,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche says in “In Search of a Meaningful Life” in Teachings from Tibet, an updated and reprinted collection of lineage master teachings from Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

“Dharma is not chanting, doing rituals or wearing uniforms; it’s developing the mind, the inner factor. We have many different inner factors: negative ones, such as the unsubdued mind, ignorance, delusions and so forth; and positive ones, such as love, compassion, wisdom and the like. Dharma practice is the destruction of our negative mental factors and the cultivation of our positive ones.

“Linguistically, the word ‘dharma’ means ‘existent phenomenon,’ but when we say ‘the practice of Dharma’ or ‘holy Dharma,’ it means that whichprotects us from suffering. That ... more »

Dharma Is Developing the Mind
“Since we want only happiness and no suffering, it is extremely important for us to practice Dharma,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche says in “In Search of a Meaningful Life” in Teachings from Tibet, an updated and reprinted collection of lineage master teachings from Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

“Dharma is not chanting, doing rituals or wearing uniforms; it’s developing the mind, the inner factor. We have many different inner factors: negative ones, such as the unsubdued mind, ignorance, delusions and so forth; and positive ones, such as love, compassion, wisdom and the like. Dharma practice is the destruction of our negative mental factors and the cultivation of our positive ones.

“Linguistically, the word ‘dharma’ means ‘existent phenomenon,’ but when we say ‘the practice of Dharma’ or ‘holy Dharma,’ it means that which protects us from suffering. That is the meaning of the holy Dharma; that is the Dharma we should practice.”

Find Teachings from Tibet on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive: http://www.lamayeshe.com/shop/teachings-tibet

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.


http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/dharma-is-developing-the-mind/___

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2015-08-22 02:39:15 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The Incredible Teaching of Caregiving
“We also went to see quite a number of old folks’ homes. Also recently in Australia. The first one was in America, I think, in Madison, [Wisconsin.] I was extremely surprised to see those young girls working in old folks’ homes, how they really took such good care,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche remembers in Cutting the Root of Samsara, the third volume in a Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive series drawn from the 24th Kopan course in 1991. “It seemed like it was not just a job to them; they worked with such kindness and sympathy. I was very impressed with that. Even though the old people couldn’t eat solid food, just things like bananas, and they had to be fed by mouth and things like that, these girls showed a lot of patience. I was very impressed by those young girls. I don’t think they had met Dharma.

“It seems there are different mental andphysical states. ... more »

The Incredible Teaching of Caregiving
“We also went to see quite a number of old folks’ homes. Also recently in Australia. The first one was in America, I think, in Madison, [Wisconsin.] I was extremely surprised to see those young girls working in old folks’ homes, how they really took such good care,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche remembers in Cutting the Root of Samsara, the third volume in a Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive series drawn from the 24th Kopan course in 1991. “It seemed like it was not just a job to them; they worked with such kindness and sympathy. I was very impressed with that. Even though the old people couldn’t eat solid food, just things like bananas, and they had to be fed by mouth and things like that, these girls showed a lot of patience. I was very impressed by those young girls. I don’t think they had met Dharma.

“It seems there are different mental and physical states. One quite old lady seemed like wood, like a big log of wood lying down on the bed. She couldn’t move. That was very interesting. For somebody who has studied the lam-rim, the whole teachings on the graduated path to enlightenment, I think visiting such a place all day long itself becomes a meditation. If we do the work by looking at it with the understanding of the teachings, with the wisdom of the teachings, I think everything, the whole day, what we see while we’re serving becomes an incredible teaching.

“All day long what we see is the nature of samsara, which is only suffering. It also shows impermanence and becomes the cause of developing compassion. Developing compassion is the cause that makes it possible to have the realization of bodhichitta, and that makes it possible to attain enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings.

“Even if we don’t know the lam-rim, the complete teachings of the graduated path to enlightenment, if we want to develop compassion, to develop a good heart, then I think doing such work, that service, with that motivation is excellent.”

Find Cutting the Root of Samsara on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive: http://bit.ly/cutting-the-root-of-samsara

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.


http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/the-incredible-teaching-of-caregiving/___

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2015-08-19 11:59:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Fisherman - Photography by +Sus Bogaerts  www.pbase.com/suske Antalya, Turkey. #fisherman #ocean #waterfall

Fisherman - Photography by +Sus Bogaerts  www.pbase.com/suske Antalya, Turkey. #fisherman #ocean #waterfall___

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2015-08-19 11:58:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Khalil Gibran

#nature   #naturephotography   #naturephotos   #naturelovers   #flower   #flowerphotography   #googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers   #nikon   #nikonphotography   #d7100  
#mamon  

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Khalil Gibran

#nature   #naturephotography   #naturephotos   #naturelovers   #flower   #flowerphotography   #googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers   #nikon   #nikonphotography   #d7100  
#mamon  ___

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2015-08-19 11:58:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

6 Monks... by O Follmi

6 Monks... by O Follmi___

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2015-08-18 02:28:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Practicing Bodhichitta Is the Best Offering
“Bodhichitta is what makes life most beneficial for oneself and meaningful for every single sentient being that exists, because every single one is suffering and needs help,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche said to a student who asked, “What is the best and quickest way to generate bodhichitta?” Rinpoche’s extensive answer to the question continues:

“Bodhichitta makes your life most beneficial for every single other being, who are countless. Not only is it what makes your life beneficial, but when you are practicing bodhichitta, this fulfills the wishes of all the buddhas and bodhisattvas, because their only wish is the happiness of sentient beings. Buddhas actualize the path, collecting extensive merit of wisdom and of virtue, and purify the defilements, and then they achieve enlightenment in order to be able to perform perfect works,without any ... more »

Practicing Bodhichitta Is the Best Offering
“Bodhichitta is what makes life most beneficial for oneself and meaningful for every single sentient being that exists, because every single one is suffering and needs help,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche said to a student who asked, “What is the best and quickest way to generate bodhichitta?” Rinpoche’s extensive answer to the question continues:

“Bodhichitta makes your life most beneficial for every single other being, who are countless. Not only is it what makes your life beneficial, but when you are practicing bodhichitta, this fulfills the wishes of all the buddhas and bodhisattvas, because their only wish is the happiness of sentient beings. Buddhas actualize the path, collecting extensive merit of wisdom and of virtue, and purify the defilements, and then they achieve enlightenment in order to be able to perform perfect works, without any error, liberating all sentient beings, without any exception, and bringing them to highest happiness.

“This is the objective of their life, and their only concern is the happiness of others. Their aim is only that. Their concern is sentient beings obscured in suffering. What they cherish is nobody except sentient beings. The thought of seeking happiness for themselves doesn’t arise for even one second after having realizations of bodhichitta. Bodhisattvas, while they have bodhichitta, are like that. Of course, sometimes it is possible for some new bodhisattvas’ realizations to degenerate. Whereas for us, though the thought of cherishing others may arise, it is very rare. Even though it may arise, it does so only very occasionally. It is still not complete. It can still be very weak. The thought of cherishing the ‘I’ is still stronger than the thought of cherishing others. Buddhas also achieve enlightenment only for the benefit of sentient beings. They cherish no one else except sentient beings; they work only for sentient beings.

“When we practice compassion in our daily lives, when we perform actions with the thought of cherishing others, whether it is a small service or a big service, at that time we are fulfilling the wishes of countless buddhas and bodhisattvas. Therefore, practicing bodhichitta, serving others, and cherishing others is the best offering to numberless bodhisattvas and to all the buddhas. It is the best offering. This is what pleases them the most. So, now the purpose of our life is to free countless other sentient beings and bring them to happiness. Since that is the purpose of our life, to do that perfectly, to be a perfect guide, we need full enlightenment, in essence, to have omniscient mind and complete, perfect power to reveal the path to bring sentient beings to enlightenment by liberating them from suffering, and for this we need to complete the mind training in compassion. That is it in essence. …”

Rinpoche’s complete response to the question “What is the best and quickest way to generate bodhichitta?” can be read in the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Online Advice Book on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive under the post “Generating Bodhicitta”: http://www.lamayeshe.com/index.php?sect=article&id=588

More information, photos and updates about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be found on Rinpoche’s webpage. If you’d like to receive news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche via email, sign up to FPMT News.


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The Perseid Meteor Begins Its Peak TONIGHT - Don't Miss It!
It’s almost time to watch the annual spectacular Perseid meteor shower, one of the brightest meteor showers of the year.

And even NASA recommends this as a must-see: "If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August's Perseids."

The comet Swift-Tuttle travels through our Solar System every 133 years, leaving a dust trail in its wake. When Earth passes through, the dust cloud specks hit its atmosphere, causing the Perseid meteor shower, which happens annually between July 17 and August 24.

This year, the meteor shower will be most visible at its peak activity from Sunday (August 9) until August 14. If you’re looking for the optimum window to view the meteor shower, you’ll want to be looking to the skies during the early hours of the morning at the showers’ peak on Tuesday (August11).... more »

The Perseid Meteor Begins Its Peak TONIGHT - Don't Miss It!
It’s almost time to watch the annual spectacular Perseid meteor shower, one of the brightest meteor showers of the year.

And even NASA recommends this as a must-see: "If you see one meteor shower this year, make it August's Perseids."

The comet Swift-Tuttle travels through our Solar System every 133 years, leaving a dust trail in its wake. When Earth passes through, the dust cloud specks hit its atmosphere, causing the Perseid meteor shower, which happens annually between July 17 and August 24.

This year, the meteor shower will be most visible at its peak activity from Sunday (August 9) until August 14. If you’re looking for the optimum window to view the meteor shower, you’ll want to be looking to the skies during the early hours of the morning at the showers’ peak on Tuesday (August 11).

http://www.iflscience.com/space/dont-miss-annual-perseid-meteor-showers
August 9, 2015 | by Morenike Adebayo___

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2015-08-07 22:26:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Waterfall, Hot Air Balloons and a Sunset. Fabulous

Waterfall, Hot Air Balloons and a Sunset. Fabulous___

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2015-07-28 22:25:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

'The Remedy Is to Think of Reincarnation'
A student asked Lama Zopa Rinpoche a question:

I’m doing my best for my parents and family at this juncture, but we’re going through a very difficult time now. My dad’s business failed and has since chalked up a huge debt. He can’t afford to pay the debt; anytime now, once the bank seizes the property, we’ll be homeless. They are already in their late 60s, turning 70. I don’t think they can face the failure and take it in stride. I’m so sad and stressed out that I can’t do much for them. I’m watching over them for fear that they have suicidal thoughts.

Rinpoche responded:

My very dear, most precious, most kind, wish-fulfilling one,

I got your emails. If you tell your father that there is no need to commit suicide, that I dedicate all my merits to him and to the family, that’s likemoney, good karma, ... more »

'The Remedy Is to Think of Reincarnation'
A student asked Lama Zopa Rinpoche a question:

I’m doing my best for my parents and family at this juncture, but we’re going through a very difficult time now. My dad’s business failed and has since chalked up a huge debt. He can’t afford to pay the debt; anytime now, once the bank seizes the property, we’ll be homeless. They are already in their late 60s, turning 70. I don’t think they can face the failure and take it in stride. I’m so sad and stressed out that I can’t do much for them. I’m watching over them for fear that they have suicidal thoughts.

Rinpoche responded:

My very dear, most precious, most kind, wish-fulfilling one,

I got your emails. If you tell your father that there is no need to commit suicide, that I dedicate all my merits to him and to the family, that’s like money, good karma, good luck. He should read, if he can, the Vajra Cutter Sutra three times. Also, I have made prayers. If you can, pass that message to your father, even though he doesn’t like Buddhism or Buddhists. But just pass along the message.

Courage is so important. Committing suicide when some problem comes and you don’t know how to deal with it comes from mental exaggeration. That’s a very ignorant thought that does not think about the next life, that does not allow one to think of the next life. There is continuation of consciousness. Even though the body stops, there’s a continuation of consciousness. Because we are born with suffering, that means there was life before this one. There was life before and this is the result of that life. There was suffering then, so there is suffering now. If the previous life were free from suffering, the oceans of samsaric suffering and their causes – delusion and karma – then in this life there would be no suffering, only ultimate happiness. So the suffering from beginningless lives goes back like this. 

If it’s 100 percent certain you are going to go to a pure land or even a perfect human rebirth in the next life, it’s okay to die. But mostly we go to the hells, hungry ghost realm, or animal realm. The suffering there would be the greatest suffering. For example, compared to one small spark of hell fire – to describe how hot it is if it were up here – the entirety of fire from the human world put together, that hotness, is like falling snow or air conditioning. This is just an example of lower realm suffering, especially the hells. Wow, wow, wow, wow; you can’t imagine, you can’t imagine; you can’t imagine. How unbelievable it would be if you were born not in a major hell, but in a secondary one, the hell realm in lava. 

So committing suicide is like deceiving yourself to immediately join with the heaviest suffering of the hells after this life. This life – even if you have those failures that are believed in in the West, that are made so much by attachment and delusion – is incredible peace. Committing suicide is like completely deceiving yourself with ignorance. Whenever suicidal thoughts come, the remedy is to think of reincarnation, the continuation of life.

With much love and prayers,

Lama Zopa

Scribed by Ven. Sarah Thresher, Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, February 2015. Edited by Mandala for inclusion on FPMT.org.

Learn more about Lama Zopa Rinpoche, spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), and Rinpoche’s vision for a better world. Sign up to receive news and updates.


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2015-07-20 01:05:11 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

ABSTRACT DESIGN 55  by MICHAEL LANG

#abstract   #art   #artist  

ABSTRACT DESIGN 55  by MICHAEL LANG

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2015-07-20 01:00:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

hand over your lupins

we're at the height of flower season, and its impossible to not take their photographs... these lupins would make Dennis Moore proud.... "who is Dennis Moore?" you ask.... watch ->  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbtVaTWs6II

hand over your lupins

we're at the height of flower season, and its impossible to not take their photographs... these lupins would make Dennis Moore proud.... "who is Dennis Moore?" you ask.... watch ->  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbtVaTWs6II___

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New Online Feature: 'How Do Holy Objects Work?'
Ven. Tenzin Legtsok, an American monk in his 12th-year of geshe studies at Sera Monastery in India, discusses the power of stupas and other sacred objects in Mandala‘s newest online feature: “How Do Holy Objects Work?” Ven. Legtsok begins with an explanation of a common teaching story about a fly benefiting greatly by unintentionally circumambulating a stupa.

“The story, told in Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, is about an old man named Shrijata who wanted to leave his home and take ordination. Venerable Shariputra refused to give Shrijata novice vows, explaining that he didn’t have the roots of virtue to be able to keep ordination. Shrijata was utterly disappointed. Shakyamuni Buddha saw the situation through his clairvoyance, appeared to Shrijata and told him that he does have the roots of virtue to takeordination, but... more »

New Online Feature: 'How Do Holy Objects Work?'
Ven. Tenzin Legtsok, an American monk in his 12th-year of geshe studies at Sera Monastery in India, discusses the power of stupas and other sacred objects in Mandala‘s newest online feature: “How Do Holy Objects Work?” Ven. Legtsok begins with an explanation of a common teaching story about a fly benefiting greatly by unintentionally circumambulating a stupa.

“The story, told in Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, is about an old man named Shrijata who wanted to leave his home and take ordination. Venerable Shariputra refused to give Shrijata novice vows, explaining that he didn’t have the roots of virtue to be able to keep ordination. Shrijata was utterly disappointed. Shakyamuni Buddha saw the situation through his clairvoyance, appeared to Shrijata and told him that he does have the roots of virtue to take ordination, but that this virtue is so subtle that Shariputra could not see it. This virtue, the Buddha said, was created in Shrijata’s past life when as a fly – following a cartload of dung – he unknowingly circumambulated a stupa.

“… But a question remains: how does an inanimate object – no matter how sacred – affect sentient beings regardless of their motivation? This is not so easy of a question to answer. If you’re in doubt that the Buddha taught this, the idea is reiterated in the King of Concentrations Sutra, where it says that even looking upon a drawing of a stupa with a mind of anger creates the cause to see millions of buddhas in the future. Similar statements are made in other sutras – such as the Sutra of Golden Light or the Sanghata Sutra – about how hearing merely a few lines from these sutras purifies negative karma collected over eons and helps a practitioner accumulate inconceivable amounts of merit. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has explained that such effects are due to the power of prayer. ‘It’s like mantra,’ Lama Zopa Rinpoche says. ‘A mantra has power because a buddha blesses it to have power. A mantra is powerful because a buddha makes it powerful. This [ability], the power of prayer, is one of a buddha’s 10 powers.'” Read more …

In case you missed last month’s online feature, “A Many-Splendored Thing: Anne Carolyn Klein on the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism,” you can read it now. If you like Mandala’s online features, consider becoming a Friends of FPMT, which supports our work as well as the education programs of FPMT.


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It Depends on the Mind
On July 11, Ven. Roger Kunsang shared this from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who was at the time teaching at Maitreya Instituut, Loenen, Netherlands, on his Twitter page: 

“Lama Zopa; happiness and suffering all come from your mind, depends what you do with your mind. Holland Maitreya.”

UPDATE: Some of Rinpoche’s preliminary teachings for the Heruka Five Deities initiation may be webcast live, including today’s (Tuesday July 14). To receive announcements of teachings, visit FPMT’s Livestream page and click the green “Follow” button:
http://livestream.com/FPMT/NL2015

High quality videos of some of the Maitreya teachings will soon be available on the FPMT.org:
http://fpmt.org/media/streaming/teachings-of-lama-zopa-rinpoche/lama-zopa-rinpoche-teachings-in-netherlands-2015-2/

Links to download the translationof the teachings int... more »

It Depends on the Mind
On July 11, Ven. Roger Kunsang shared this from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who was at the time teaching at Maitreya Instituut, Loenen, Netherlands, on his Twitter page: 

“Lama Zopa; happiness and suffering all come from your mind, depends what you do with your mind. Holland Maitreya.”

UPDATE: Some of Rinpoche’s preliminary teachings for the Heruka Five Deities initiation may be webcast live, including today’s (Tuesday July 14). To receive announcements of teachings, visit FPMT’s Livestream page and click the green “Follow” button:
http://livestream.com/FPMT/NL2015

High quality videos of some of the Maitreya teachings will soon be available on the FPMT.org:
http://fpmt.org/media/streaming/teachings-of-lama-zopa-rinpoche/lama-zopa-rinpoche-teachings-in-netherlands-2015-2/

Links to download the translation of the teachings into French and Spanish in MP3 audio format will also be posted at the above link.

Ven. Roger Kunsang, Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s assistant and CEO of FPMT Inc., shares Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s recent pith sayings on Ven. Roger’s Twitter page. (You can also read them on Ven. Roger’s Facebook page.)

More information, photos and updates about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be found on Rinpoche’s webpage. If you’d like to receive news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche via email, sign up to receive FPMT News.


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The Chronic Disease of the Self-Cherishing Mind
On July 1, Ven. Roger Kunsang shared this from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who was at the time teaching in Moscow, on his Twitter page:  

“Lama Zopa; the chronic disease we have had since beginning less time is the self cherishing mind, put the blame on it and destroy this demon.”

Recordings of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings from Moscow, Russia, organized by Ganden Tendar Ling, can be watched on FPMT’s Livestream page as can Rinpoche’s upcoming teachings from the Netherlands.

Ven. Roger Kunsang, Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s assistant and CEO of FPMT Inc., shares Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s recent pith sayings on Ven. Roger’s Twitter page. (You can also read them on Ven. Roger’s Facebook page.)

More information, photos and updates about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be found onRinpoche’s webpage. If you’d l... more »

The Chronic Disease of the Self-Cherishing Mind
On July 1, Ven. Roger Kunsang shared this from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who was at the time teaching in Moscow, on his Twitter page:  

“Lama Zopa; the chronic disease we have had since beginning less time is the self cherishing mind, put the blame on it and destroy this demon.”

Recordings of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings from Moscow, Russia, organized by Ganden Tendar Ling, can be watched on FPMT’s Livestream page as can Rinpoche’s upcoming teachings from the Netherlands.

Ven. Roger Kunsang, Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s assistant and CEO of FPMT Inc., shares Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s recent pith sayings on Ven. Roger’s Twitter page. (You can also read them on Ven. Roger’s Facebook page.)

More information, photos and updates about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be found on Rinpoche’s webpage. If you’d like to receive news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche via email, sign up to receive FPMT News.


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2015-07-06 11:30:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." ~ #NelsonMandela​ from Long Walk to Freedom, 1994 #Time2Serve #LivingTheLegacy 

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"To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." ~ #NelsonMandela​ from Long Walk to Freedom, 1994 #Time2Serve #LivingTheLegacy 

www.nelsonmandela.org
archive.nelsonmandela.org
www.mandeladay.com ___

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Women's World Cup: Lloyd's hat-trick leads U.S. to third title 
(We Believed!!)

Women's World Cup: Lloyd's hat-trick leads U.S. to third title 
(We Believed!!)___

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2015-07-06 08:59:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

It's His Holiness' Birthday but You Get All The Presents! Many happy returns!

It's His Holiness' Birthday but You Get All The Presents! Many happy returns!___

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2015-07-05 20:04:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama exchanging farewells with Actor Forest Whitaker at the end of his talk on "Wisdom, Love & Compassion" at the Peak Mind Summit at Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado, California, USA on July 4, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama exchanging farewells with Actor Forest Whitaker at the end of his talk on "Wisdom, Love & Compassion" at the Peak Mind Summit at Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado, California, USA on July 4, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)___

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Russia To Be Webcast Live
Lama Zopa Rinpoche is teaching at Ganden Tendar Ling, the FPMT center in Moscow, Russia, beginning with a public talk “How to Find Peace” on June 30. 

You can watch Rinpoche teach live on FPMT’s Livestream page for the teachings in Russia:
http://livestream.com/FPMT/russia2015

Rinpoche’s teaching on July 1-2 on the “Three Principles of the Path” will also be webcast live. And the preliminary teachings before the Great Medicine Buddha initiation on July 3-5 are also tentatively planned to be webcast.

Details on the specific schedule for these teachings will be posted as soon as possbile on the FPMT Livestream page for the Russia events.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organizationdedicated to th... more »

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Russia To Be Webcast Live
Lama Zopa Rinpoche is teaching at Ganden Tendar Ling, the FPMT center in Moscow, Russia, beginning with a public talk “How to Find Peace” on June 30. 

You can watch Rinpoche teach live on FPMT’s Livestream page for the teachings in Russia:
http://livestream.com/FPMT/russia2015

Rinpoche’s teaching on July 1-2 on the “Three Principles of the Path” will also be webcast live. And the preliminary teachings before the Great Medicine Buddha initiation on July 3-5 are also tentatively planned to be webcast.

Details on the specific schedule for these teachings will be posted as soon as possbile on the FPMT Livestream page for the Russia events.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.


http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/lama-zopa-rinpoche-in-russia-to-be-webcast-live/___

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Russia To Be Webcast Live
Lama Zopa Rinpoche is teaching at Ganden Tendar Ling, the FPMT center in Moscow, Russia, beginning with a public talk “How to Find Peace” on June 30. 

You can watch Rinpoche teach live on FPMT’s Livestream page for the teachings in Russia:
http://livestream.com/FPMT/russia2015

Rinpoche’s teaching on July 1-2 on the “Three Principles of the Path” will also be webcast live. And the preliminary teachings before the Great Medicine Buddha initiation on July 3-5 are also tentatively planned to be webcast.

Details on the specific schedule for these teachings will be posted as soon as possbile on the FPMT Livestream page for the Russia events.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organizationdedicated to th... more »

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Russia To Be Webcast Live
Lama Zopa Rinpoche is teaching at Ganden Tendar Ling, the FPMT center in Moscow, Russia, beginning with a public talk “How to Find Peace” on June 30. 

You can watch Rinpoche teach live on FPMT’s Livestream page for the teachings in Russia:
http://livestream.com/FPMT/russia2015

Rinpoche’s teaching on July 1-2 on the “Three Principles of the Path” will also be webcast live. And the preliminary teachings before the Great Medicine Buddha initiation on July 3-5 are also tentatively planned to be webcast.

Details on the specific schedule for these teachings will be posted as soon as possbile on the FPMT Livestream page for the Russia events.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.


http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/lama-zopa-rinpoche-in-russia-to-be-webcast-live/___

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Have a nice day! :)

Have a nice day! :)___

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche Travels to Russia from India
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has had a busy month of travel. Rinpoche visited and taught at several FPMT centers in Australia before traveling to Dharamsala, India, to attend the long life puja for His Holiness the Dalai Lama on June 21. The long life puja was part of a celebration of His Holiness’ 80th Birthday.

Rinpoche has now arrived in Russia, where he will be teaching at Ganden Tendar Ling in Moscow through July 6. From Russia, Rinpoche travels to The Netherlands, where he will teach at Maitreya Institute, Loenen.

You can watch Rinpoche’s teachings from Australia in June at:
http://livestream.com/FPMT/au2015

Rinpoche’s teachings from his visit to New Zealand in May are available on our Rinpoche Available Now page: 
http://fpmt.org/media/streaming/teachings-of-lama-zopa-rinpoche/

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche Travels to Russia from India
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has had a busy month of travel. Rinpoche visited and taught at several FPMT centers in Australia before traveling to Dharamsala, India, to attend the long life puja for His Holiness the Dalai Lama on June 21. The long life puja was part of a celebration of His Holiness’ 80th Birthday.

Rinpoche has now arrived in Russia, where he will be teaching at Ganden Tendar Ling in Moscow through July 6. From Russia, Rinpoche travels to The Netherlands, where he will teach at Maitreya Institute, Loenen.

You can watch Rinpoche’s teachings from Australia in June at:
http://livestream.com/FPMT/au2015

Rinpoche’s teachings from his visit to New Zealand in May are available on our Rinpoche Available Now page: 
http://fpmt.org/media/streaming/teachings-of-lama-zopa-rinpoche/

You can learn more about Rinpoche’s schedule at:
 http://fpmt.org/teachers/zopa/schedule/

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.


http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/lama-zopa-rinpoche-travels-to-russia-from-india/___

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Effraie de Soumagne (Tyto soumagnei) Madagascar

Effraie de Soumagne (Tyto soumagnei) Madagascar___

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2015-06-22 23:57:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

#NEPAL

#NEPAL___

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THE WINNER OF THE NATIONAL HERO DOG OF THE YEAR HAS JUST BEEN ANNOUNCED -- THE WINNER... TARA, A 7 YEAR OLD TABBY CAT

There was a stunning surprise today when the local chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals presented its annual National Hero Dog Award.

The winner was a cat.

Tara, a 7-year-old tabby from Bakersfield, bested “man’s best friend” to claim the award and its accompanying prize -- which was adjusted from a year’s supply of dog food to 12 months’ worth of cat chow, courtesy of PurinaOne.

Tara was honored for risking one of her nine lives on May 13, 2014, when 5-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo was attacked by a neighbor’s dog while playing in the family’s front yard. The dog bit Jeremy in a leg, pulled him off his bike and began shaking him.
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THE WINNER OF THE NATIONAL HERO DOG OF THE YEAR HAS JUST BEEN ANNOUNCED -- THE WINNER... TARA, A 7 YEAR OLD TABBY CAT

There was a stunning surprise today when the local chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals presented its annual National Hero Dog Award.

The winner was a cat.

Tara, a 7-year-old tabby from Bakersfield, bested “man’s best friend” to claim the award and its accompanying prize -- which was adjusted from a year’s supply of dog food to 12 months’ worth of cat chow, courtesy of PurinaOne.

Tara was honored for risking one of her nine lives on May 13, 2014, when 5-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo was attacked by a neighbor’s dog while playing in the family’s front yard. The dog bit Jeremy in a leg, pulled him off his bike and began shaking him.

http://patch.com/california/venice/watch-animal-kingdom-upended-cat-named-hero-dog-year___

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Red Crested

Red Crested___

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2015-06-07 12:24:26 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Yes, yes you do ❤

#Dogs #Puppies #Cute #AnimalLovers #Adorable #Funny #Love

Yes, yes you do ❤

#Dogs #Puppies #Cute #AnimalLovers #Adorable #Funny #Love___

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Offerings, Pujas, and Support to Sangha on Saka Dawa for the Benefit of the Entire FPMT
Each year on Saka Dawa (Day 15 of Month 4: Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana), the Puja Fund sponsors an extensive array of offerings and pujas. The practices are done by up to 15,650 ordained Sangha and offerings are made to all of them. This year, Saka Dawa will take place on June 2. 

Over Saka Dawa, the Prajnaparamita will be recited along with 100,000 Praises to Tara among many other practices. Even after the devastation experienced in Nepal from the recent earthquake, Kopan Monastery and Nunnery are still doing all the practices on Saka Dawa and offerings will also be made to all the Sangha.  

Pujas and Practices During Saka DawaBy 650 monks of Gyurme Tantric College

Recitation of the Prajnaparamita (three versions)By the 400 nuns of KopanNunn... more »

Offerings, Pujas, and Support to Sangha on Saka Dawa for the Benefit of the Entire FPMT
Each year on Saka Dawa (Day 15 of Month 4: Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana), the Puja Fund sponsors an extensive array of offerings and pujas. The practices are done by up to 15,650 ordained Sangha and offerings are made to all of them. This year, Saka Dawa will take place on June 2. 

Over Saka Dawa, the Prajnaparamita will be recited along with 100,000 Praises to Tara among many other practices. Even after the devastation experienced in Nepal from the recent earthquake, Kopan Monastery and Nunnery are still doing all the practices on Saka Dawa and offerings will also be made to all the Sangha.  

Pujas and Practices During Saka DawaBy 650 monks of Gyurme Tantric College

Recitation of the Prajnaparamita (three versions)By the 400 nuns of Kopan Nunnery

100,000 recitations of Praises to 21 TarasBy 6,000 monks of Sera Je and Sera Mey Monasteries

Druk Chu Ma (64 offerings to Kalarupa to eliminate obstacles)Namgyäl Tong Chö (One thousand sets of offerings to Buddha Namgyälma)Zangcho (King of Prayers)By 3,400 monks of Gaden Jangtse and Shartse Monastery

Medicine Buddha PujaDruk Chu Ma (64 offerings to Kalarupa to eliminate obstacles)
Zangcho  (King of Prayers) By 4,200 monks of Drepung Gomang, Loseling and Deyang Monastery

Druk Chu Ma (64 offerings to Kalarupa to eliminate obstacles)Namgyäl Tsechog (puja offered to Buddha Namgyälma)ZangchoBy 600 monks of Gyuto Tantric College

Namgyäl Tong Chö (One thousand sets of offerings to Buddha Namgyälma)
Zangcho  (King of Prayers) By 370 monks of Kopan Monastery

Medicine Buddha PujaDruk Chu Ma Puja (64 offerings to Kalarupa to eliminate obstacles)Offerings to Gurus and SanghaOfferings are made to all of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s gurus, such as:

His Holiness the Dalai LamaHis Holiness the Sakya TrizinKyabje Choden RinpocheDhakpa RinpocheJhado RinpocheKhongla Rato RinpocheSmall money offering to 15,650 Sangha of:

Sera Je, Sera MeyGaden Jangtse and ShartseDrepung Gomang, Loseling and DeyangGyuto and Gyurme Tantric CollegesKopan Monastery and NunnerySmall money offerings are made to the Sangha at IMI international Sangha communities:

Nalanda Monastery, FranceThubten Shedrup Ling, AustraliaIstituto Lama Tzong Khapa, ItalyChenrezig Institute, AustraliaOfferings Made to Holy Objects in India and Tibet Buddha inside the Bodhgaya Mahabodhi temple: Offering a new set of robes of the most precious materialJowo Buddha in Lhasa’s Jokang: Offering gold to the holy face of the Jowo BuddhaMaking and filling of stupas and lunch offering to participants at Chenrezig Institute, AustraliaYou are welcome to contribute toward these incredibly beneficial activities which are multiplied in virtue by one hundred million during Saka Dawa month, according to the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic. 

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Size Does Matter

Cats and Summer Time

We all know how much cats love to sunbathe and chase flying insects around the garden, so here are a few tips to help keep your cat safe.
Cats get sunburn too!

I know all of our cats love to lie in the garden all day if it's sunny and who can blame them?

Cats who have pale ears and noses are at risk from getting sunburn just as we are; they can even get skin cancer.

To help prevent this try and keep your cats in during the hottest hours of the day (11am – 2pm), if this is not possible you can put sunscreen on their ears and noses.

Ask your vet which type of sunscreen is safe to put on your cat. You need to obtain a non-toxic brand or buy a specialist brand just for pets, since your cat is likely to lick some of it off. Using it is very straightforward, just apply to the ears andn... more »

Size Does Matter

Cats and Summer Time

We all know how much cats love to sunbathe and chase flying insects around the garden, so here are a few tips to help keep your cat safe.
Cats get sunburn too!

I know all of our cats love to lie in the garden all day if it's sunny and who can blame them?

Cats who have pale ears and noses are at risk from getting sunburn just as we are; they can even get skin cancer.

To help prevent this try and keep your cats in during the hottest hours of the day (11am – 2pm), if this is not possible you can put sunscreen on their ears and noses.

Ask your vet which type of sunscreen is safe to put on your cat. You need to obtain a non-toxic brand or buy a specialist brand just for pets, since your cat is likely to lick some of it off. Using it is very straightforward, just apply to the ears and nose a few times a day.
Bee & Wasp stings

They fly, so as far as your cat is concerned, it's potential prey, but if your cat is stung in the mouth or throat it could cause swelling and block the airway.

If your cat is stung in the mouth/throat take it to the vets straight away.

Cats are often stung on the paws, which can be treated at home:
Bee stings are acidic so carefully remove the sting and bathe in Bicarbonate of soda and water.
Wasp stings are alkaline so bathe the area in vinegar or lemon juice.
Heatstroke

If you suspect your cat has heatstroke you must act quickly, symptoms of heatstroke include:
Panting
Drooling
Anxiety
Dark red tongue and gums
Lethargy
Vomiting

If your cat displays these symptoms get it into a cool area, and wrap it up in a cold wet towel and phone your vet as soon as possible.
Follow these tips and your cat should be able to play happily out in the sunshine for the rest of the summer.


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Our Self-Cherishing Mind Is a Dictator
On May 16, Ven. Roger Kunsang shared this from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings at Chandrakirti Centre on his Twitter page: 

Lama Zopa: Our self-cherishing mind is a dictator, like a guru we serve constantly.

Ven. Roger Kunsang, Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s assistant and CEO of FPMT Inc., shares Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s recent pith sayings on Ven. Roger’s Twitter page. (You can also read them on Ven. Roger’s Facebook page.)

Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings at Chandrakirti Centre can be watched now on FPMT’s Livestream page. 

For continuing updates and news from Kopan Monastery and other FPMT centers and projects in Nepal affected by the earthquake, please visit our “Updates from Nepal after the Earthquake” page: 
http://fpmt.org/nepal-earthquake/

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Our Self-Cherishing Mind Is a Dictator
On May 16, Ven. Roger Kunsang shared this from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings at Chandrakirti Centre on his Twitter page: 

Lama Zopa: Our self-cherishing mind is a dictator, like a guru we serve constantly.

Ven. Roger Kunsang, Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s assistant and CEO of FPMT Inc., shares Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s recent pith sayings on Ven. Roger’s Twitter page. (You can also read them on Ven. Roger’s Facebook page.)

Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings at Chandrakirti Centre can be watched now on FPMT’s Livestream page. 

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Orange-winged Parrot!
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Orange-winged Parrot, Lora Amazónica, or Loro Guaro (Amazona amazonica).
Photo by Kester Clarke: http://ow.ly/NiQVt 
Exclusively found in the lowlands east of the Andes, Orange-winged Parrot is distributed from northern Colombia south to eastern Brazil, including the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. In contrast to many parrots, which have declined massively as a result of hunting, trade and habitat destruction, the Orange-winged Parrot remains surprisingly abundant over much of its very wide South American range.
Via Neotropical Birds Online

Orange-winged Parrot!
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Orange-winged Parrot, Lora Amazónica, or Loro Guaro (Amazona amazonica).
Photo by Kester Clarke: http://ow.ly/NiQVt 
Exclusively found in the lowlands east of the Andes, Orange-winged Parrot is distributed from northern Colombia south to eastern Brazil, including the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. In contrast to many parrots, which have declined massively as a result of hunting, trade and habitat destruction, the Orange-winged Parrot remains surprisingly abundant over much of its very wide South American range.
Via Neotropical Birds Online___

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Escape Problems Forever
“The wisdom realizing emptiness gives us the possibility to escape from problems forever,” said Lama Zopa Rinpoche in a 1990 teaching in Florence, Italy. “Achieving this ultimate happiness mainly depends on this realization. As I mentioned before, only the wisdom realizing emptiness can directly eradicate the ignorance which is the root of the whole samsaric suffering.Therefore, we should feel extremely fortunate and attempt to learn more, to listen, reflect and meditate more. As much as possible, in our everyday life we should attempt to meditate on emptiness even for a minute or a few seconds, especially once we have heard teachings that reveal the unmistaken view and we have some basic understanding of what ultimate nature means. Realizing emptiness gives us the opportunity to be free from the whole of samsara and all suffering.

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Escape Problems Forever
“The wisdom realizing emptiness gives us the possibility to escape from problems forever,” said Lama Zopa Rinpoche in a 1990 teaching in Florence, Italy. “Achieving this ultimate happiness mainly depends on this realization. As I mentioned before, only the wisdom realizing emptiness can directly eradicate the ignorance which is the root of the whole samsaric suffering.Therefore, we should feel extremely fortunate and attempt to learn more, to listen, reflect and meditate more. As much as possible, in our everyday life we should attempt to meditate on emptiness even for a minute or a few seconds, especially once we have heard teachings that reveal the unmistaken view and we have some basic understanding of what ultimate nature means. Realizing emptiness gives us the opportunity to be free from the whole of samsara and all suffering.

“So, we should not waste time, we should not waste the opportunity. We must meditate as often as possible, even for a few seconds. We must meditate. Not meditating on emptiness, or not even remembering it for even one day is a great loss. Meditating on emptiness itself becomes great purification. For example, when it comes to purification methods in tantra and sutra, reading the Prajñaparamita teachings is one of the methods. Meditating on emptiness is one of the most powerful purifications.

“Even if you are doing Vajrasattva meditation, you are still advised to remember emptiness. The Vajrasattva recitation-purification becomes very powerful by remembering emptiness. Making offerings to these scriptures or copying them and meditating on them, are all regarded as very powerful purification practices. Anyway, you should not waste the opportunity, especially if you have studied these teachings and have some basic understanding of them. Even rising doubts about emptiness has a great effect – it shatters samsara into pieces.”

Excerpted from “Meditation on Emptiness and Tong-len (Taking and Giving)” (http://bit.ly/meditation-on-emptiness-and-tong-len) made available by the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

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SAKA DAWA IS COMING
Rejoicing how with your help together we have reprinted six more of our free books, 5,000 copies of each! That's 30,000 more Dharma books for free distribution and the total number of free books printed to nearly 700,000!
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SAKA DAWA IS COMING
Rejoicing how with your help together we have reprinted six more of our free books, 5,000 copies of each! That's 30,000 more Dharma books for free distribution and the total number of free books printed to nearly 700,000!
FREE BOOKS > http://bit.ly/SAKA-DAWA-Free-Books-Rejoicing___

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