Getting together Thursday Nov. 12, 2009 at 7pm...hope you can check it out

From: Summer
Sent on: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 8:21 PM
Hi friends,

Just letting you know we will meet this week to watch a video by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, followed by discussions on the powerful abilities of our minds. From the Dalai Lama, ?The question is not to know the meaning of life, but what meaning I can give to my life.? From Gandhi, ?We must be the change we wish to see in the world.?

How did your week go? Did you notice any particular emotion that rises often for you? Did it lead you to a peaceful state of mind or away from it? Were you happier, off target or some of each? Were you able to contribute in even a little way, to the happiness of others? If so, how did that feel?

What is real happiness? How does one achieve happiness that is not based on changing conditions? Through the teachings, we learn that happiness does not arise from external conditions. The type of happiness that arises from external conditions is fleeting, impermanent and unstable. Happiness is a skill that arises from internal training and transformation of our minds.

It begins with training in mindful awareness, with clearly understanding the infallible truth behind the law of cause and effect and with developing compassion for others beyond one's own self interest. It is found in the spiritual heart free from the personal self or self cherishing. It is becoming that spiritual warrior that has the courage to explore, investigate, try out a different way of living one's life- a life that does not harm others but instead strives to be of benefit, to develop immeasurable loving kindness and compassion to all of those who are struggling with the same life problems that we are.

Everything arises from the mind so that is where the journey begins. We have unlimited potential; the true nature of our minds is vast, joyful, compassionate, pure goodness, perfect, transcendental wisdom. Wanting to find the balance between the true peace of our minds and our external world or outward reality is the first step.

Have a kind week, share a smile>

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