Six right livelihood guidelines

Source: Moon journeying through clouds.
Zen Buddhist chants, sayings and recitations from the Buddhist Society for Compassionate Wisdom.

Consume mindfully.

  • Eat with awareness and gratitude.
  • Pause before buying and see if breathing is enough.
  • Pay attention to the effects of media you consume.

Pause. Breathe. Listen.

  • When you feel compelled to speak in a meeting or conversation, pause.
  • Breathe before entering your home, pleace of work, or school.
  • Listen to the people you encounter. They are buddhas.

Practice gratitude.

  • Notice what you have
  • Be equally grateful for opportunities and challenges.
  • Share joy, not negativity.

Cultivate compassion and loving kindness.

  • Notice where help is needed and be quick to help
  • Consider others’ perspectives deeply.
  • Work for peace at many levels.

Discover wisdom

  • Cultivate “don’t know” mind (= curiosity).
  • Find connections between Buddhist teachings and your life.
  • Be open to what arises in every moment.

Accept constant change.


Joanna Macy: Entering the Bardo

–by Joanna Macy

In this op-ed, eco-philosopher and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy introduces us to the bardo—the Tibetan Buddhist concept of a gap between worlds where transition is possible. As the pandemic reveals ongoing collapse and holds a mirror to our collective ills, she writes, we have the opportunity to step into a space of reimagining.

We are in a space without a map. With the likelihood of economic collapse and climate catastrophe looming, it feels like we are on shifting ground, where old habits and old scenarios no longer apply. In Tibetan Buddhism, such a space or gap between known worlds is called a bardo. It is frightening. It is also a place of potential transformation.

As you enter the bardo, there facing you is the Buddha Akshobhya. His element is Water. He is holding a mirror, for his gift is Mirror Wisdom, reflecting everything just as it is. And the teaching of Akshobhya’s mirror is this: Do not look away. Do not avert your gaze. Do not turn aside. This teaching clearly calls for radical attention and total acceptance…

https://www.dailygood.org/story/2595/joanna-macy-entering-the-bardo-joanna-macy/



Here’s A Simple Breathwork Routine for a Calmer, More Centered Day

A few minutes of deep breathing may be just the thing for what ails you. by ~ EMILY ABBATE

Few fitness and wellness trends have taken over my feeds as comprehensively as breathwork has in the last few months—it’s all guys calmly sitting cross-legged or plunging into ice baths while talking about the Wim Hof Method as far as the eye can see.

Now, if you don’t know Wim Hof from Wim Wenders, I’ll refrain from criticizing your under-rock lifestyle. Created and named for the Dutch extreme athlete (also known as the Iceman), the method pairs breathing and meditation techniques with cold exposure to influence the autonomic nervous system to promote relaxation and reduce stress. Given that I live in a fourth floor walk-up with a freezer the size of a large shoe box, ice baths weren’t in my future. But a calmer, more relaxed me through just breathing? I needed to know more…

https://www.gq.com/story/how-to-get-into-breathwork?utm_source=GetShift-dot-net


Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Teachings on Thought Transformation during the Time of COVID-19 and Practice Advice

Find advice from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Dronme (Khadro-la), plus updates and free online learning opportunities on the page Resources for the Coronavirus Pandemic.

How to Practice Dharma during the Coronavirus Pandemic

While staying at Kopan Monastery during the COVID-19 lockdown, Lama Zopa Rinpoche is recording new video teachings on thought transformation (lojong). In them, Rinpoche urges us to use these difficult times to develop our Dharma practice.

While offering advice, oral transmissions, and instruction on practice, Rinpoche emphasizes the opportunities available to us to transform our minds using the Buddha’s teachings. By looking at the pandemic with Dharma in our minds, our daily practice of bodhichitta and wisdom can be quickly developed so that we can be most beneficial…

https://fpmt.org/fpmt/announcements/resources-for-coronavirus-pandemic/advice-from-lama-zopa-rinpoche-for-coronavirus/


Watch “The story of Buddha : Baka brahma has misconception.” on YouTube

Satthâ deva-manussânam – Teacher of Gods and man In Buddhism, Buddha not only taught mankind but also the Gods and various spiritual beings. Although born a human, He transcended that state of being upon enlightenment. In this famous Buddhist scriptural record, we understand that delusions also afflicts the beings in heavenly realms. Gods and Goddesses […]

Watch “The story of Buddha : Baka brahma has misconception.” on YouTube

A New Theory on Exercise’s Anti-Cancer Effect ~ Alex Hutchinson (outsideonline.com)

The ability to sustain a high rate of energy burn for a prolonged period of time may help ward off cancer

Last fall, an international group of exercise oncologists published a major review of the literature on exercise and cancer. The news was good, if somewhat unsurprising. Regular exercise lowers your risk of developing a long list of cancers, in some cases by 10 to 25 percent; and if you do get cancer, exercise enhances the quality and possibly the expected length of your life…

https://www.outsideonline.com/2415412/exercise-energy-cancer-theory?utm_source=GetShift-dot-net#close


This Nifty Website Lets You Peep Out Other People’s Windows (thepathmag.com)

It’s never really okay — read: it’s downright creepy — to peep into someone’s window, but there’s a new web app on the block that wants to normalize looking out of people’s windows all over the world.

In a time when most people are feeling desperate to travel and roam like they did before our lives were dictated by COVID, Window Swap is here to let you feel like your traveling without having to buy a ticket, pack a bag, or board a plane. (Travel without TSA? We’ll take it.) The site is the brainchild of husband-and-wife Singapore creatives Sonali Ranjit and Vaishnav Balasubramaniam who put it together as a “quarantine project” to help them deal with the monotony and restlessness of being in lockdown…


Practicing gratitude is the simplest and fastest way to build mental strength, according to a psychotherapist. Here’s how you can get started. ~ Amy Morin (businessinsider.com)

Almost every day someone asks me, “If I only have time to do one exercise to build mental strength, what should I do?”

My answer is always this: practice gratitude. It’s the fastest and simplest way to develop mental muscle. It doesn’t cost anything. It only takes a few minutes of your time. And anyone can do it…


How to Train Your Brain to Be More Optimistic (The Loop/kindsnacks.com)

We all know that positive thinking can help improve our attitude and outlook on life, but what about the physical health benefits associated with it? More optimistic people tend to live healthier lives. In fact, studies have shown that optimists have a 50% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and higher cancer survival rates. What’s more, positive thinkers are even shown to have a longer life span! Though consistent optimism can be difficult, that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. Train your brain to be more optimistic with these easy steps.
1. Challenge Negative Thoughts
Often, without even noticing, negative thoughts tend to crop up as we worry about the future, stress over a past event, or concentrate on a certain personality trait or physical characteristic we possess. To become more optimistic, train your brain to challenge and rebuke these negative thoughts. Consider how you would respond if you heard a friend or family member voicing similarly negative thoughts about themselves, and apply that positive response to yourself. As you do this more often, over time, your brain will learn to quickly shoot down those negative thoughts and replace them with more positive counterparts.

2. Express Gratitude
Increasing how and when you choose to practice gratitude can have an incredibly powerful impact on your positivity! In fact, thoughts of gratitude can actually increase your serotonin and generally improve your mood. While it may feel silly or strange at first, mindfully noticing and acknowledging the things in your life that you’re grateful for is a great first step to regularly practicing gratitude and eventually, enhancing your positive outlook on things.
To start, write down or repeat in your head three things that you’re grateful for and reflect on why that is. The next day, choose three more! Soon enough, you’ll be noticing new gratitudes, both small and big, that can help improve your positivity.

3. Focus on the Solution
When a tough or stressful situation occurs, it’s a natural response to focus on the problem at hand and all of its negative potential outcomes. However, this thought process can have seriously hurt your optimism, and even ruin your day if you let it! Instead of focusing on the problem, practice focusing on a positive solution. Not only can concentrating on solutions help you resolve a problem more quickly, but it can also make you feel more confident in yourself and improve your chances of success!

4. Picture Your Best Self
Have you ever sat down and considered your life plan, sketching out where you want to be five, ten, and twenty years from now? It’s a scary thought, but research shows that when you literally map out your best possible future plans and focus on visualizing them, you can actually boost your optimism. To do this, think very carefully and consider certain details, like where you are, who you’re with, how you spend your time, and what brings you joy. Continue to do so as regularly as possible, and don’t be afraid to dream up new scenarios or get very detailed. Research shows that even 30 seconds of visualization can bring you a jolt of positivity and help develop an optimistic outlook over time!

5. Stop Complaining
This tip could be the hardest yet, as complaining can often feel like it’s ingrained in us, and a natural response to tiring or difficult circumstances. While complaining once in a while can help let off steam, doing so often can bring your mood and positivity way down. When you start to notice a stream of complaints running through your head, practice quickly shutting them down and replacing them with more positive thoughts about the situation. It may feel hard or unnatural at first, but working more optimism into your thoughts will help inject a generally optimistic attitude into your daily life as well!

Practicing positivity is, ironically, no laughing matter. Though it can be a difficult process, the results are well worth the work you put in. As you train your brain to incorporate more optimistic thinking, you also increase your odds of living a longer and happier life!