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November 11, 2013 · Brisbane · Edited

"we need to have time to practice and be focused otherwise very soon we will realize we have wasted this life." -- quote from thusness via piotr
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    Marta Wrona, Goose Saver, Stuffs RedTurtle and 14 others like this.
    Neony Karby very soon might be a very long time , unless of-cause you leave time all together
    November 11, 2013 at 10:55pm · Like

    “Busy-ness is Laziness,” by Dr. Reggie Ray, from elephant journal’s Autumn 2005 issue.

    Photo Credit: Amy RM Stahl

    Life emerges out of the silence of our inner being. The life that we have in our mind, the life that is a reflection of our planning, the life that has been constructed out of bits and pieces in our environment—external conditioning, things we have observed in other people, things that influential people have told us—is actually not who we are.

    That pre-planned life is rigid. It’s artificial. It’s unresponsive. It doesn’t reflect the life that we were born to live.

    As a student of mine observed, obstacles—which are always with us—are not really obstacles when you work with them in the right way. And we have to work with them.

    Many, many people tell me “I’m having a lot of problems doing this [meditation] practice because I am so busy. I’m really busy. I have a full life. It’s busy and I run from morning ‘til night.” People actually say that.

    Now think about that for a minute. What kind of life is that? Is that a life worth living? Some people feel it is. America is probably the most extreme example of a speed-driven culture—and this is not my particular personal discovery, but something that has been said to me by many people from other traditional cultures. The first time this was said to me was when I was 19 and I went to Japan. Western people are running from themselves and they use the busy-ness of their lives as an excuse to avoid having to actually live their own life. We are terrified of who we actually are, terrified of the inner space that is the basis of the human experience.

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    Buddhism vs. Speed: Busyness is Laziness, by Dr. Reggie Ray.
    "Busy-ness is Laziness," by Dr. Reggie Ray, from elephant journal's Autumn 2005 ... See More
    November 12, 2013 at 8:55am · Like · 7 · Remove Preview
    Soh Good article!
    November 12, 2013 at 9:56am · Like
    Kyle Dixon From Padmasambhava’s Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo, revealed by the Tertön Karma Lingpa:

    "With the insensitive attitude that there is plenty of time, while striving and struggling at the pointless aims of this life, if I now return empty-handed, I shall have confused my goal. Since the sacred Dharma is my main priority, shouldn’t I rather practice the Dharma right now? Since this is what my gracious guru taught me, if I don’t keep his instructions in mind, won’t I just be fooling myself?

    This completes the root verses for the six bardos."


    Alternate translation:
    "Without thinking that death will come, I am absorbed in plans for the future. After having done the many and futile activities of this life I will leave utterly empty-handed. What a blunder; as I will certainly need an understanding of the excellent dharma. So why not practice now?"
    November 12, 2013 at 3:42pm · Unlike · 7
    Soh bump. always a good reminder
    May 21 at 5:33pm · Like
    Albert Hong "Would You Believe...It's Just Laziness?

    chances are you'd agree, if someone said to you, "Laziness is the opposite of effort." But did you ever think of discouragement as a type of laziness? How about a sense of inferiority? How about busy-ness? Well, Buddha counted all three of these forms of (yes) laziness. Let's see how Buddhists try to get rid of laziness in the practice of right effort.

    - Discouragement saps one's enthusiasm for spiritual work, so it is considered the worst form of laziness. Actually, Buddhists feel there is no need to be discouraged, due to the Master's skillful means. With the ability to target his audience, Buddha taught the spiritual path in a variety of ways, to reach many kinds of people. Due to this wealth of teachings, there is always at least a tiny portion of dharma that a person can put into practice.

    -Inferiority is feeling "How could I possibly do this?" A person who feels inferiority tends to become discouraged. It may seem compassionate to feel sorry for people- including ourselves- when they feel inferior. But everyone is inferior to someone else in countless ways. However, a person can always accomplish something no matter how "bad" he or she is at it. This old adage might apply to inferiortiy: practice makes perfect.

    -Busy-ness is the habit of getting caught up in activities that dont accomplish anything. Being too busy is a type of laziness, because the person is distracted from things of spiritual value. If we think about the number of useless activities the average person gets into, we can begin to understand Buddhsit point of view about busy-ness as laziness.

    Guarding the mind well is the essence of practicing right effort. One who guards the mind is like a shepherd who both protects the flock from predators and catches the sheep who would run away into danger. Predators of the mind are nonvirtuous mental formations that barge or creep in to destroy wholesome mental formations. If a shepherd were to sleep all day, many sheep would be hurt. Similarly, if one who pretends to guard the mind is lazy, the mental condition deteriorates. The botton line? Avoid laziness. Cultivate joyous perseverance!"

    - from ..."The complete Idiot's Guide to The Life of Buddha" by Victoria Urubushurow -
    May 21 at 10:02pm · Unlike · 5
    Goose Saver In Zen it is a hit over the head or back area, Soh, it helps wake us up! Thank you, Kyle, beautiful quotes!!
    May 22 at 12:41am · Like

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