The Reality of Joy

May 2, 2016 – month of daily flower & buddha photos – day 2

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.    — Thich Nhat Hanh

Avalo flowers


dash one

dashboard flowers photo ©

photo of painting from a greeting card on my bulletin board,

“Mindfulness” by Angi Sullins & Silas Toball, Duirwaigh Studios

Tree-Free Greetings, Swanzey, New Hampshire

“Within the general Buddhist framework of the three yanas — the Hinayana, the Mahayana, and the Vajrayana — the Dzogchen teachings and practices belong to the Vajrayana. In the Hinayana, Buddha taught the means by which we can transcend our personal suffering, and in the Mahayana, Buddha illuminated how to develop the genuine heart of love and compassion that aspires to elevate all beings from the state of suffering to the state of enlightenment. Finally, in the Vajrayana, Buddha pointed out that the true nature of our experience is not the reality of suffering but the reality of joy — great joy and happiness. There is a sense of agonizing bliss in samsara. When we apply the view and instructions of Vajrayana with mindfulness, we can experience great joy right within the experience of tremendous pain and suffering. The only way we will know this is by doing it. If we make an effort, we will have that experience.”

— Dzogchen Ponlop, Wild Awakening: The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen (2003)







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