Buddhism regards the human world as a training ground for the enlightenment process. Living begins take rebirth here in order to learn and evolve. - Glenn H. Mullin
Food and Wine magazine recently published an article on the history of "fake" meat which is plant based. While vegetarian meats are not thriving in the West, that is a recently acquired taste which is growing due to more people adopting a vegetarian diet. The Food and Wine article reports this history of vegetarian options for pork, chicken, fish, beef:
According to tradition, after the Buddha was enlightened he spent the next seven days just looking at the tree which gave him shelter and under which his awakening emerged. Take a moment to understand what he did. Rather than rush off, start teaching and sharing his life changing insights with others, the Buddha took an entire week to sit in gratitude before a tree which meant so much to him. From the Buddha we get a glimpse of how important it is to pause and feel gratitude. Pause to examine your own mind by asking these questions of yourself:
The solitary life is suitable for very few people; the vast majority prefer social connections. - Deepak Chopra
Do not keep your mind in a state of bitterness. Do not promote an attitude that is degrading. - Swami Jyotirmayananda
The following is traditionally recited at many Zen Temples before a period of meditation. It's a reminder to use time - not "kill" time:
Let me respectfully remind you,
Life and Death are of extreme importance.
Time passes swiftly by, and opportunity is lost.
Each of you should strive to awaken, awaken.
Take heed . . do not squander your lives.
Criticism does not give you the right to abandon a commitment. - Swami Radha
"I take it literally when the New Testament says, “Ask and you will receive, knock and the door will be opened.” It’s that simple. You will know every secret about life when you can truly say I must know. I can’t wait a moment longer. Buddha sitting under the Bodhi tree and Jesus wrestling with demons in the desert are symbolic of the same drama of the soul that you were born to repeat. Never doubt this."
- Deepak Chopra
Our body has a most profound relationship with us in this life; it can even affect our many future lifetimes, and thus should be cherished. - Hsing Yun
Life is a process of finding yourself and living in contentment with what you find. It’s not an expedition to reach a distant mountain peak. It’s not a trail marked by things you can tick off, like a college diploma, a first house, retirement in Florida. The process is at once intimate and simple. You learn to be. This is the highest meaning of being true to yourself.
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