THE ACTUAL NATURE OF THE MIND Don’t think of Buddhism as some kind of narrow, closed-minded belief system. It isn’t. Buddhist doctrine is not a historical fabrication derived through imagination and mental speculation, but an accurate psychological explanation of the actual nature of the mind. ❤︎ Lama Yeshe
7 Zen Stories That Give You a Glimpse of Enlightenment
Zen Story #1: The Pointer The Zen teacher’s dog loved his evening romp with his master. The dog would bound ahead to fetch a stick, then run back, wag his tail, and wait for the next game. On this particular evening, the teacher invited one of his brightest students to join him – a boy so intelligent that he became troubled by the contradictions in Buddhist doctrine. “You must understand,” said the teacher, “that words are only guideposts. Never let the words or symbols get in the way of…
Footprint of the Buddha. Sikri, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province 2nd–3rd century CE. Schist H. 37 x W. 19 11/16 x D. 1 3/4 in. (94 x 50 x 4.5 cm). Lahore Museum, G-124 The footprint of the Buddha (buddhapada) was one of the earliest symbols used in Buddhist art. It stands for his former physical presence and is an object of profound veneration. The swastikas at the tips of the toes and the omega symbol on the heel are auspicious symbols. The central wheel represents the Buddhist doctrine.