Blessings

Here is a series of articles exploring blessings — what they are, where they are, what they do, etc!

(1) What are blessings?

Extract: Anyone can receive blessings any time. We just have to believe in, or tune into, or even actually mix with, the fount of blessings, however we may construe it, and blessings will always come streaming into us like sunshine into a darkened room.

(2) Blissings

Extract: We can taste reality because we have never, ever, been separated from it. It is only our ignorance grasping at ourselves and everything else being independent, limited and ordinary, and the dualistic appearances we project, which are obscuring reality. Let them go for a moment through faith in the infinitely more powerful pervasive omniscient wisdom of holy beings, and anything can happen.

(3) Blessings are not that mysterious

Extract: Blessings may be ineffable, but I don’t think they are entirely mysterious. It is possible for our consciousness to be affected by others’ states of mind; in fact it happens all the time.

(4) How blessings can help

Extract: As Shantideva says in the beginning of Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Buddha’s blessings are like lightning during a dark night, quickly illuminating the environment and so forth. Similarly, Buddha’s blessings suddenly illuminate our mind with positivity, peace, and calm. At that time we are happy.

(5) Turn on, tune in, drop out

Extract: Turn on the faith, tune in to the blessings, and drop out of samsara… Faith is like a radio receiver — radio waves are always playing around us but whether or not we hear the music depends on whether or not we turn on the radio. Same thing for blessings.

(6) What’s the relationship between blessings and inner peace?

Extract: When you experience inner peace, right there is your Buddha nature, right there is Buddha and Buddha’s blessings.

(7) Why pray?

Extract: Then when it is time to meditate, we do so while continuing to bathe in that experience – we don’t LEAVE the blessings. It’s not like filling our car up with gas and then driving off, here I am all on my own again.

(8) Mahamudra blessing

Extract: Now he is a presence in our heart, and once again we can think that our minds mix. This helps us get into our heart and also appreciate that he is doing the meditation along with us. It’s not necessary to visualize him clearly, we just think he’s there with us in our heart. We can experience bliss, and then mix that bliss with emptiness or the conventional nature of the mind. Also, we can use that bliss in any meditation, and we can invite any holy being.

Comments

  1. Lately a doubt about happiness have raised in my mind: I have achieved some degree of peace of mind, and is really great, I needed it a lot. But I still have a sad environment, I am talking about family conflicts and illness too, that hurts my wife. Due to this situation I am not able to feel happiness, except maybe for a short time while I meditate. Even I think is not possible to “disconnect” from the sadness of my wife, so all I can have is peace, but not exactly happiness. I am right? Even inner happiness is conditioned for external environment? Anybody have had a similar situation?

    • Hi there, happiness will come and go until we gain control over our delusions because at the moment attachment and so on make us sad, and we have also built up habits of unhappiness. But Dharma works every time, we just have to keep applying it — for example by letting go of grasping at your wife’s sadness and replacing the grasping with unconditional love and compassion for her and others experiencing similar situations; or by contemplating the selflessness of the situation. Gradually you can keep the peace and happiness going even throughout the meditation break until it replaces the bad habits of delusion and unhappiness. Hope this helps, and wishing you the best.

      • Thanks Luna, you helped of course. I think I have had misunderstand with the meaning of “compassion”, for me the meaning was “to feel the pain of the others as your own pain”, but nowadays, after your answer, I was reading about, and now I know there are a important second part: “to feel the pain of the others as your own pain and the will to help them for overcome it”. i think is this will, and the helping actions we do, that brings us happiness even in front of the suffering, am I right?
        Yet still are certain amount of confusing in my mind about happiness: I have seen very happy children, with happy childhood, who became sad adults later, due to the bad fortune, or maybe, due to their karma, who knows. If the purpose of life is to be happy, why life knocks so hard this children, who had happiness? Maybe it was a superficial happiness based on ignorance? Then, the very purpose of life must be to attain lasting spiritual happiness, not superficial one. So we must suffer for to achieve full happiness?
        Thanks for your dedication Luna🙂

        • A. Friend says:

          I’d love to hear from you too!

        • As Luna does not answer my last question, surely because she was too busy, I answered myself, two years later: there is a happiness, depending on there are no problems, neither external nor internal (physical or psychological). Such happiness is superficial, dependent, and different from spiritual happiness, that is independent of any circumstance. We suffer due to our ignorance of spiritual truth, always.

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