900 Posts: A Hope For Peace

Let me start by saying thank you for patiently embarking on this journey with me. As I enter the 900+ club on this space, the easiest thing I have learnt in my life so far is to be grateful. Grateful for all things that happen, whether good or better only time can tell. This journey…

Let It Shine

Butter lamps are an integral part of Buddhist traditions. By lighting butter lamps, you seek relief from suffering and set up a guiding light to the path of enlightenment. Lighting a Butter Lamp brings health, wealth, longevity and more deeply, to reveal wisdom to nature. In the Buddhist Tradition, Butter Lamps symbolize the clarity of wisdom….

Tooth Relic Temple

The Sacred Tooth Relic temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka is said to house a tooth of the Buddha. During puja, the heavily guarded sanatorium holding the stupa containing the tooth is open to devotees and tourists. The tooth is held inside a gold casket shaped stupa, which is, in turn, nested inside a set of…

The Roar of Silence

Like I’ve mentioned before, the trip to Sri Lanka was one filled with cross-cultural learning for me. Although the entire Golden Caves are depicting the Naga Clan, from which Prince Siddhartha belonged, the smaller temples at the foothills though have an abundance of lion symbolism. The lions are representative of the royalty, as Buddhist was…

The Golden Cave

The Golden Cave Temple in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, dates back to 1st Century BC. Spread across five caves, the caves detail the life of Prince Siddhartha after he became Buddha, the enlightened one. These cave are also said to be home to Buddhist monks before Sri Lanka embraced the religion at the scale it is…

Nirvana

There is something inherently beautiful about faith. If you look closely at all religious teachings, there is a very layered overlap. Each culture explains moral and ethical implications of every action and decision we make. What sets them apart is the way in which these are explained, giving us an insight into the socio-linguistic fabric…

Nirvana

Walk and touch peace every moment. Walk and touch happiness every moment. Each step brings a fresh breeze. Each step makes a flower bloom. Kiss the Earth with your feet. Bring the Earth your love and happiness. The Earth will be safe, when we feel safe in ourselves. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

White Elephant

In Buddhist Mythology, Māyā and King Suddhodhana did not have children for twenty years into their marriage. According to legend, one full moon night, sleeping in the palace, the queen had a vivid dream. She felt herself being carried away by four devas (spirits) to Lake Anotatta in the Himalayas. After bathing her in the…

Enlightened!

Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment. ~Morihei Ueshiba

All for One

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. ~Henry Ford