No discrimination

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Every human being’s tears are salty. The color of blood of every human being is red. Human beings have created these distincions to hurt each other. Today, I refuse such distinctions.”

Quote from ZeeTV’s ‘Buddha

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Adinath

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Adinath or Adi Natha is a Sanskrit word meaning “First Lord” is another name for the Adi Buddha. He is also referred to as Swayambhu Lokanath (He who saves the world through self-incarnation) or Swayambhu (Self-incarnated Lord).

In Tibetan he is called ‘Don Pohi-Sans-Ragyas’ which means ‘He is the Buddha of all Buddhas’ or ‘Machog-Gi-Don Pohi Sansa-Ragyas’ which means ‘He is the self-incarnated first Buddha’.

In Vajrayana Buddhism, the Adi-Buddha, is the “Primordial Buddha.” The term refers to a self-emanating, self-originating Buddha, present before anything else existed. Adi-Buddha is usually depicted as dark blue.

The concept of Adi-Buddha is the closest to monotheism of any form of Buddhism. All famous sages and Bodhisattvas are said to be reflections of Adi-Buddha, and many are identified as the “personality” of it.

Source: Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia

Useless

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Everyone knows how useful usefulness is, but no one seems to know how useful uselessness is.” ~ Zhuang Zi

While doing nothing special beautiful things can happen; inspiration, pieces of a puzzle may fall into place or you may discover things to be quite different than you thought.
Doing useless things can be of great use indeed.

Shantideva

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Shantideva, like Buddha Shakyamuni, was born into a royal family and was destined for the throne. But on the verge of his coronation, Manjushri, a divine embodiment of wisdom, and Tara, a divine embodiment of compassion, both appeared to him in dreams and counseled him not to ascend to the throne. Thus, he left his father’s kingdom, retreated to the wilderness, and devoted himself to meditation. During this time, he achieved advanced states of samadhi and various siddhis, and from that time forward constantly beheld visions of Manjushri, who guided him as his spiritual mentor.

Afterward, he served for a while as minister to a king, whom he helped to rule in accordance with the principles of Buddhism. But this aroused jealousy on the part of the other ministers, and Shantideva withdrew from the service of the king. Making his way to the renowned monastic university of Nalanda, he took monastic ordination and devoted himself to the thorough study of the Buddhist sutras and tantras. It was during this period that he composed two other classic works. But as far as his fellow monks could see, all he did was eat, sleep, and defecate.

Seeking to humiliate him and thus expel him from the monastery, the other scholars compelled him to recite a sutra before the monastic community and the public, a task they thought far exceeded his abilities. After some hesitation, Shantideva agreed to the request and asked them, “Shall I recite an existing text or an original composition?” “Recite something new!” they told him, and in response he began chanting the Bodhicaryavatara. During this astonishing recital, when he came to the verse “When neither an entity nor a nonentity remains before the mind…,” it is said that he rose up into the sky. Even after his body disappeared from sight, his voice completed the recitation of this text.

Dalai Lama on Mary

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For the Dalai Lama, Mary represents the inana mudra (the “imagined female”) so to speak of Catholicism. “Whenever I see an image of Mary,” — he said — “I feel that she represents love and compassion. She is like a symbol of love. Within Buddhist iconography, Tara occupies a similar position” (Dalai Lama XIV, 1996c, p. 83). Not all that long ago, the Dalai Lama undertook a pilgrimage to Lourdes and afterwards summarized his impressions of the greatest Catholic shrine to Mary with the following moving words. “There — in front of the cave — I experienced something very special. I felt a spiritual vibration, a kind of spiritual presence there. And then in front of the image of the Virgin Mary, I prayed” (Dalai Lama XIV, 1996 c, p. 84).