Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Until Then...

DHS 147

Here's today's picture of the cherry tree in front of my house. It's looking gorgeous today, although it's been raining all day, there's a chance of snow tonight, and tomorrow's high temperature is forecast to be in the mid-40's, so i don't know what will become of it by tomorrow night. Better enjoy it while it is showing off this afternoon.

And here's another shot of the tree that i just snapped from the safety of my desk while waiting for GIMP to open:


"Even within cyclic existence, much of our happiness and satisfaction actually derives from altruism and sense of caring. These qualities offer us unlimited benefit, even in everyday life. Therefore, we should share the sentiments expressed by Shantideva in his Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, where he stated that we should wish to be of service to and utilized by all other sentient beings, just as are the earth, mountains and trees. When we think about altruism in such depth, we will realize that independent self-interest, the interests of the individual I, are totally meaningless, and will truly understand what Shantideva meant in that beautiful verse towards the end of his Guide, which I quoted before but will mention again:

"For as long as space exists,
For as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then, may I too remain
And dispel the miseries of the world.

"When you dedicate your entire being, your body, speech and mind, to fulfilling the single goal of being of benefit to others, you can say that true happiness has begun and you have entered the path to full enlightenment."

Illuminating The Path To Enlightenment
Dalai Lama

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