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Sunset ‘burg (at Williamsburg Waterfront Piers)

Life is beautiful! (at Williamsburg/McCarren Park Farmer’s Market)

Life is beautiful! (at Williamsburg/McCarren Park Farmer’s Market)

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Back in the city across from “the city” with @tyleralove (at Brooklyn, NYC, NY, USA)

The Japanese Samurai used to make decisions within seven breaths. If that wasn’t possible, they turned toward something else because, in their minds, the conditions or they themselves were not ready for a decision yet.
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Evolution, sure… But what about the guy with the big stick?

Evolution, sure… But what about the guy with the big stick?

If you use your mind to study reality, you won’t understand either your mind or reality. If you study reality without using your mind, you’ll understand both.
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Anonymous said: What is the 'Heart Sutra'?

panatmansam:

The Heart Sutra along with the Lotus Sutra are the two most predominant Buddhist scriptures. In the Heart Sutra (Essence of Wisdom Sutra) the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara is asked about the proper way to pursue the path to enlightenment (prajnaparamita or “the perfection of wisdom”). The Bodhisattva replies (in part) 

… Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva mahasattva said to venerable Sariputra, “O, Sariputra, a son or daughter of noble family who wishes to practice the profound prajnaparamita should see in this way: seeing the five skandhas to be empty of nature. Form is emptiness; emptiness also is form. Emptiness is no other than form; form is no other than emptiness. In the same way, feeling, perception, formation, and consciousness are emptiness …

 … The prajnaparamita mantra is said in this way:

OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA ("Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone utterly beyond, Enlightenment hail!")

You may listen to the correct pronunciation of this mantra here.

You may read the entire English translation here on Pema Chödrön’s website. 

There is far more to this short sutra than I can go into in an ask response. I will consider writing a longer more exhaustive article at some point.

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